Help Keep Businesses Running Efficiently

Whether you plan to pivot into project or program management or prefer to use your new knowledge to increase prospects in your current role, the Graduate Certificate in Project Management from City University of Seattle can help get you there. Earning a certificate in project management gives more weight to your resume. Having the credential and skills will open doors for you in today’s competitive economy. If you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply to get your project management graduate certificate. This certificate is available online or on-site, so you can learn in a way that works for you. The program can be completed in as little as one year.

City University of Seattle’s Graduate Certificate in Project Management provides a comprehensive overview of project management skills, so you can apply them to your undergraduate and professional experience. You’ll work independently and within real and virtual teams, learning how to organize and lead projects that occur throughout many areas of business.

Work toward your PMP® Certification: At CityU, all of your project management courses apply toward a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and qualify as PMI® Professional Development Units (PDU).

Apply credit to a master’s: Each course in the certificate program is a part of CityU’s Master of Science in Project Management, so you can use this certificate as a stepping stone to a graduate degree.

PMP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the project management graduate certificate program, you’ll learn:

  • The practices that are fundamental to successful project management in a variety of industries
  • Project scope and schedule development processes based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • Activity-based financial principles and risks and the means for effective mitigation
  • Underlying business goals that drive the need for projects
  • Critical elements of project management in a variety of real-world scenarios and situational contexts

PM 501

Introduction to Project Management (3)

This course will introduce the practices that are fundamental to successful project management in a broad range of industry environments. Students will be introduced to the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in this fast-growing professional field including project planning, scheduling, managing cost, quality, and risk, while monitoring the influences that can affect project scope and eventual project success. The challenges of working with diverse teams of internal and external resources will be explored through activities and interaction with distributed teams. The goal of this course is to provide a sense of confidence in bringing projects to a successful close in any professional setting.

Core Courses

PM 504

Project Planning and Control (3)

Planning is central to project management along with scope, schedule, and cost. This course will examine project scope and schedule development processes based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Advanced scheduling development processes will be addressed, enabling students to create a work breakdown structure and to define and sequence activities using advanced scheduling techniques. Scheduling techniques such as the use of activity calendars and the application of baselines for analyzing schedule performance will be addressed. Prerequisite: PM 501

PM 507

Project Financial Management (3)

Cost, scope, and schedule are considered the triad of project management. This course is a continuation of PM 504 and will focus on the cost leg of that triangle and earned value management. Project activity-based financial principles will be presented to support the assignment of resource and cost loaded schedules for performing budget planning and estimating. You will learn cost estimating methods, budgeting, performance measurement and controls, as well as various project financial management terms, techniques, and tools and how to apply them in managing the various phases of a typical project. Topics will include an introduction to ANSI 748 Earned Value Standards. You will resource and cost load the schedule you developed in PM 504 and experiment with methods to deal with changes that affect the successful outcome of your project. Prerequisites: PM 501 and PM 504.

PM 508

Managing Risks: Project and Business (3)

Risks associated with cost, schedule, quality, and performance are prevalent in project work and therefore need to be managed. This course exposes students to a plethora of project risks and the means for effective mitigation. Specifically, students will investigate principle theories and practices of risk management to learn the latest techniques for identifying, assessing, and evaluating trade-offs to manage the various types of risk associated with a project. These theories and practices will help students devise effective strategies to prevent and/or respond to potential risks in a timely manner. From such work, students will learn about the impact of project risk as it relates to the probability of failure to achieve the business goals associated with the project and further determine the potential damage it has to the overall organization.

PM 511

Measuring Project Performance for Success (3)

Ensuring project health is a vital concern for all project managers. This certification course focuses on the underlying business goals that drive the need for projects. The course is designed to help project managers develop and implement a set of performance measures that evaluate and facilitate achievement of goals for the project and the business. Students will learn to integrate the historic triple constraint project performance measures (time, budget, and quality) with a larger set of business measures specific to operational and customer needs that together can define a successful project. Through this process of measuring performance, students learn how to determine and integrate appropriate performance targets, measures and metrics, then detail the means to collect baseline and actual performance data necessary to measure, analyze, trend and report findings and recommendations to project stakeholders. Prerequisites: PM 501.

PM 514

Project Integration (3)

The work of a project manager is continually challenging and situational based upon the broader business context in which a project operates. This integration course is conducted using multiple simulations that allow students to apply critical elements of project management in a variety of real-world scenarios and situational contexts. Applying knowledge from prior coursework in simulations will build practical understanding and integration of core project management tools and activities. In concert with the simulations, students are professionally facilitated through a process of reflective learning about the simulations, the project management discipline, and their planned career. The integrative learning summarizes the prior course work while preparing students for the remaining courses in the master's program. Upon completion of this course, the student will be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management and ready to proceed toward higher levels of learning in the MSPM degree program. Prerequisites: PM 501, PM 504.

With a project management graduate certificate, you’ll have the skills you need to advance into a leadership position and gain a competitive edge in your chosen field. Project managers play a critical role in keeping business operations running smoothly and efficiently, and you must have the expertise and qualifications to be successful.Project management has become a central mode of business success across a broad range of industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Technology
  • Military
  • Trades
  • Marketing
  • Manufacturing

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.