Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Are you a take-charge person? Do you love to plan, organize, and manage resources to successfully complete specific project goals and objectives?

If you hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, earning a Graduate Certificate in Project Management could provide you with the critical knowledge and skills to grow and expand your talents, and prepare you to advance your career.* You will study project initiation; project planning and execution; project cost and scheduling; and project risk, quality, and assessment. Upon completion of the program, you may also be eligible to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

As a student, you can complete your project management courses online and study on your schedule. The Graduate Certificate in Project Management program consists of a minimum of 16 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management Program Highlights

Our project management online courses provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Study to acquire the critical knowledge and skills to pursue a mid-level position in project management.
  • Explore topics including project initiation; project planning and execution; project cost and scheduling; and project risk, quality, and assessment.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

Earning a certificate in project management could help you prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam.

Prepare for Future Studies

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to seek mid-level employment as a project manager.*

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 16

    Total Program Credits: 16

    • GM 591: STRATEGIC PROJECT SELECTION AND INITIATION Change

      This course covers project management from a strategic perspective. The course emphasizes the life cycle project phases and processes advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). It stresses strategic project selection and initiation and incorporates aspects of the five process groups, as discussed in the PMBOK® Guide, and their importance in the project life cycle. Further, this course examines the impact of various project management tools and techniques on time, cost, scope, quality, risk, customer satisfaction, and resources.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses or enrollment in Graduate Certificate in Project Management program.

    • GM 592: PROJECT PLANNING AND THE PROJECT PLAN Change

      Topics in this course include: setting project goals and objectives; conducting feasibility studies; selecting management approaches; preparing a project plan; establishing measurement tools; and executing control within the project for optimal performance. Additional instruction includes strategies for effective resource acquisition, management; and performance reporting, with special attention on workforce globalization, ethics/legal issues, outsourcing, and conflict management in diverse environments. This course also includes guidance on alternate methods for project planning, such as agile and extreme approaches for complex and obscure projects.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses (or enrollment in Graduate Certificate in Project Management program) and GM 591.

    • GM 593: PROJECT EXECUTION WITH MONITORING AND CONTROL Change

      Project Execution with Monitoring and Control provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for the execution, monitoring, and controlling of project cost and schedule. You will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics in this course include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses (or enrollment in Graduate Certificate in Project Management program) and GM 592.

    • GM 594: PROJECT CLOSE-OUT, ETHICS, AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Change

      This course provides an in-depth understanding of the final phase of the project life cycle, the various ethical dimensions of projects, and the professional responsibilities of project managers. Closing phase activities explored in the course include final project accounting, closing procurements, and capturing lessons learned, among others. You will gain an understanding of the ethical dimensions of project management, an ability to differentiate between ethics and legality as they pertain to projects, and a recognition of the function of organizational codes of conduct relative to projects. Finally, you will learn the professional responsibilities of project managers.

      Credits:

      4

      Prerequisites Required:

      Completion of all core courses (or enrollment in Graduate Certificate in Project Management program) and GM 593.

Curriculum: Concentration

Can I Afford This?

Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Kaplan University program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.