Graduate Certificate in Project Management

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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.

Complete an application to enroll in classes at our Virginia campus in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. If you have questions about our GCPM program, you can also request information online.


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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