Keep Businesses Running Efficiently

Project managers are integral to keeping any organization running efficiently. If you enjoy planning, scheduling, budgeting, and leading teams through important projects from start to finish, project management would be an excellent field for you to pursue. The Undergraduate Project Management Certificate program at City University of Seattle will give you a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to be a solid team leader. Whether you want to advance in your career, begin your career, or sharpen your project management skills, this certificate will help you achieve your goals.

Undergraduate project management courses can be taken online or on campus for a completely flexible experience. You can complete this certificate program in as little as two quarters. A high school diploma is all you need to enroll in this project management undergraduate certificate program.

The Undergraduate Certificate program in Project Management will give you a strong foundation in managing projects from conception to closure. In this accredited, five-course program, you’ll learn how to organize, lead, and schedule diverse projects across a variety of industries. Coursework will cover strategic planning, cost management, leadership and partnership, and much more.

PMBOK® Guide

Project management training courses are built around the competencies in, “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK® Guide), a globally recognized standard for project management. And, because we’re fully accredited, all of your courses count toward a bachelor’s degree at CityU.

CityU is a registered Global Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® so you’ll earn continuing education credits that count toward your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Work in a real team managing a project’s lifecycle
  • Tools and techniques for project scheduling and cost management
  • How to manage risk and crisis throughout a project’s lifecycle through a simulated project
  • Managing behaviors, leadership, HR planning, and how teams work
  • Effective leadership techniques

*As of July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.” City University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificates that lead to gainful employment. Information for each certificate program for the latest reporting year is available here.

PM 401

Introduction to Project Management (5)

Introduction to Project Management utilizes a real team project to manage a project’s life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.

PM 404

Project Scheduling and Cost Management (5)

Project Scheduling and Cost Management exposes students to the techniques and tools for project scheduling and cost management. This course includes detailed discussions and a series of related learning exercises on the sequence of project activities, including creating work breakdown structures, creating integrated networks, scheduling, and project cost and schedule controls. Cost management introduces the basic approaches and methods associated with cost management, from the establishment of budgets and cost accounts to the monitoring, interpretation, and use of cost data throughout the life cycle of the project. Required prerequisites: PM 401. Recommended prerequisites: PM 409, PM 410.

PM 406

Project Risk and Change Management (5)

This course utilizes a simulated project to teach students how to manage risk and crisis occurrence through a project's lifecycle. Strong emphasis is placed on integrating SWOT, Risk Breakdown Structure, and Risk Mitigation into the overarching project lifecycle. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships, especially in times of uncertainty and crisis. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts related to identifying, classifying, and mitigating risk. Prerequisites: PM 404 and PM 408.

PM 408

People and Communication in Projects (5)

This course provides an overview of people and communication factors in managing projects. Topics include human resource planning; how teams work; managing conflict; social and relationship capital in the context of projects; managing behaviors; diversity; leadership pitfalls; and communication factors within a project environment. Required prerequisites: PM 401, PM 409. Recommended prerequisites: PM 404, PM 410, BC 302.

PM 409

Leadership and Teams (5)

In this course, students will explore techniques for effective leadership and team management. Students will examine how to lead and participate on teams and manage change. Special emphasis is placed on team development and the ability to lead and work on geographically distributed teams. This course focuses on how to build and sustain alignment among team members by focusing on improved coordination, communication, and collaboration among team members regardless of geographical location.

This online undergraduate project management certificate will give you the skills and practical learnings to take on a number of career pursuits. Whether you’re looking to enter or advance in project management, you can explore a career in:

  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Project management

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.