Graduate Certificate in Project Management


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The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is uniquely different from the Master’s Degree in Project Management or the MBA with a specialization in Project Management in two areas: The focus of a Graduate Certificate in Project Management is on strategic outcomes rather than organizational strategic outcomes, and certificate courses are aligned principally to the core processes and knowledge areas found in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).


  • Manage the initiation of projects and planning of activities that accurately forecast project costs, timeline, and quality.
  • Implement processes for successful resource, communication, and risk and change management.
  • Demonstrate effective project execution and control techniques that result in successful projects.
  • Conduct project closure activities and obtain formal project acceptance.
  • Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of ethics and professional responsibility. The GCPM degree program is earned by completing the program course requirements of 18 semester credit hours.


The GCPM program develops the foundation for continuing education and leadership in all fields of business and administration. Graduates of the GCPM Program can anticipate jobs in the following types of careers at the management and director level:

  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Procurement Manager
  • Project developer
  • Project Specialist
  • Project Manager


The Graduate Certificate in Project Management requires 18 academic credit hours, and requires the completion of an additional course aimed at successful preparation for obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Area Number of Courses Credits
Core Courses 6 18
Total 6 18
Program Prerequisites

If applicants do not have previous business background and project management experience, and their bachelor’s degrees are not related to business and management, they are required to take the following MSPM program prerequisite courses:

Code Course Title Prerequisite Credits
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics None 3
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics None 3
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting None 3
BUSS 303 Principles of Finance None 3
ENGL 120 Academic Writing and Research None 3

These program prerequisites can be taken at the same time. In rare circumstances, students also have the option to test out of these courses or provide other evidence of content knowledge through certifications, successful completion of similar courses, or training certificates.

Core Courses (6 core course- 18 Credits)

Students must take all six (6) courses (18 credit hours).

Code Course Title Course Prerequisite Credits
PMP 605 Project Management Systems None 3
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices None 3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management None 3
PMP 620 Contract and Procurement Management None 3
PMP 625 Advanced Project Management Practices PMP 605 3
PMP 650 PMP Exam Preparation PMP 605, 610, 615 3


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