EMBARK ON YOUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOURNEY IN VIRGINIA WITH FXUA
Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GCPM) Program Overview
In addition to the Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree program, Fairfax University of America offers a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (GCPM). Unlike the master’s degree, this program focuses more on providing students with strategic skills instead of organizational competencies. As a certificate course, it also adheres more to the core subjects discussed in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Learn more about this program offered at our Virginia campus in the Washington, D.C., area.
Graduate Certificate in Project Management Program Objectives
Project management is a fairly simple concept. It encompasses all efforts to produce a valuable service for a specific group of people. Project managers use various strategies, tools, and talents to provide these services. Students who pursue the graduate certificate in project management obtain numerous proficiencies that empower them to be effective project managers, including:
- Directing project launches
- Developing methods to accurately predict the costs, timeframe, and overall quality of a project
- Displaying effective control tactics and execution techniques to ensure a successful initiative
- Employing processes that lead to successful communication, resource use, and change and risk management
- Exhibiting a solid understanding of professional responsibility and ethical practices
- Performing steps for project closure to receive formal acceptance for proposals
GCPM Program Course Work
Students need 18 credit hours to earn a graduate certificate from this project management degree. All the courses in this program are core classes that prepare students to pursue a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Applicants for this graduate certificate must either have work experience or education in project management. If you do not have a professional background in this field or did not earn a bachelor’s degree in business or management, you will need to take prerequisite courses.
Students can take these classes while earning credits toward their GCPM. Depending on the specific situation, students may take a test or provide proof of knowledge, such as training certificates or similar classes, to determine if they need to complete prerequisites.
Besides coursework, students must meet other criteria to apply for this degree. To learn what you need to enroll in the GCPM program, review the guidelines outlined in our graduate program admission requirements.
Career Outlook With A Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Most organizations conduct initiatives to achieve goals or expand their services, regardless of their industry. Many career paths exist for those who study project management. The GCPM program at Fairfax University of America builds a foundation for students to continue their education and seek leadership roles in virtually all fields of administration and business. Consider the following director and management-level positions you can pursue upon graduation along with average salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
- Project Manager ($80,220)
- Construction Manager ($97,180)
- Procurement Manager ($72,270)
- Cost Estimator ($66,610)
- Industrial Production Manager ($108,790)
- General and Operations Manager ($115,250)
Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Enroll in the GCPM program at Fairfax University of America’s Virginia campus for affordable, business-centered training. Students receive great flexibility when designing their studies and can access a wide variety of employment opportunities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area upon graduation.