The College of St. Scholastica has been granted accreditation by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.
The Certificate in Project Management is a foundational certificate, offered 100 percent online. This graduate level certificate is designed for professionals seeking increased knowledge and experience with project management processes and techniques.
Graduates of the certificate will be able to:
This certificate is primarily targeted to professionals without a PMP® certification possessing a bachelor's degree from any field.
The 12 credit certificate program can be completed in two semesters and consists of four foundational courses from the Master of Science in Project Management curriculum. These courses cover topics related to writing and communications, leadership, basic project management practices, and strategic decision making.
An examination of the importance of leadership theories and styles, and the essential importance of communication. Oral and written communication methods will be studied to determine how effective communication is integral to the success of IT initiatives. Topics include communicating complex ideas, collaboration in a team environment, and using communication to lead a team and work effectively with complex interpersonal and team processes. (8 weeks)
The first of two survey courses examining project management processes. This course provides an examination of the processes used in initiating and planning projects and the tools and techniques used to support these processes. Students study and apply current techniques to obtain project sponsorship and resources, develop project metrics, and prepare detailed plans to guide project execution.
The second of two survey courses examining project management processes. This course provides an examination of the processes used in executing, controlling, and closing projects and the tools and techniques used to support these processes. Students study and apply current techniques used to lead project teams, engage stakeholders, monitor and evaluate projects, deliver effective results, and close projects.
An examination of the methods used to make informed and ethical strategic decisions. The course provides a review of qualitative and quantitative methods applied to the decision making process. Topics include goal setting, systems thinking, cost-benefit analysis, contingency planning, decision trees, risk assessment, and decision evaluation.
The courses that comprise this certificate program may be applied toward the Master of Science in Project Management degree program.
* Tuition rates are for the 2020-21 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change. View 2019-20 tuition rates.