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BELLEVUE, Wash. and Newtown Square, Pa., April 5, 2011 — The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) at City University of Seattle’s School of Management was accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) on March 14, 2011.

Degree programs that achieve GAC accreditation must demonstrate and meet the GAC’s rigorous global standards, which include an assessment of each program’s objectives and outcomes, faculty and student evaluations, onsite and online resources, annual self-evaluation, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management education. Seventy-six project management degree programs at 33 institutions in twelve countries are accredited by GAC. Programs at 14 other universities are in the process of accreditation. GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the needs of the rapidly growing field of project management.

Since its creation in 1997, CityU of Seattle’s MSPM program has graduated more than 300 students. In 2002, CityU became a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), which allows students the opportunity to earn professional development units (PDUs) toward a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

On behalf of CityU, MSPM Program Director Linh Luong managed the yearlong accreditation process and its approval. PMI representatives also visited CityU to learn about the MSPM program last November.

“This rare and prestigious accreditation is truly a quality stamp of approval — a milestone desired by many leading universities. Having GAC recognition of our project management program ensures a high level of education for our students and gives worldwide exposure to this quality CityU program,” says School of Management Dean Kurt Kirstein.

“Obtaining PMI GAC accreditation is a rigorous process and CityU’s participation makes a public statement about the deep commitment of the institution and its faculty to ongoing evaluation and continuous quality improvement,” said Edwin Andrews, Ph.D., director of academic and educational programs and services at PMI. “GAC accreditation confirms that the scale and quality of an institution’s project management degree program conforms to a comprehensive international standard.”

Individuals who complete CityU’s GAC accredited project management program earn 1,500 hours of project management experience toward the requirements that are needed to sit for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential examination. Currently, an applicant with a bachelor degree (or higher) must document 4,500 hours spent leading and directing project tasks. If the applicant documents that he or she graduated from a GAC accredited program, then only 3,000 hours of work experience need to be presented to fulfill this requirement. Additionally, individuals who complete a GAC accredited program earn 1,500 hours of project management experience toward the requirements that are needed to sit for the PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential examination.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)
PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than half a million practitioners in over 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. When organizations invest in project management, supported by PMI, executives have confidence their important initiatives deliver expected results, greater business value and competitive advantage. Learn more at www.pmi.org.

About the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)
Established by the PMI Board of Directors in 2001, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is a specialized accrediting body that assures the quality of project management degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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