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Graduate Certificate in Project Management 

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Get Noticed in Project Management with These Stackable Credentials

As change agents, project managers are a pivotal part of any organization and almost any industry. Advanced project managers can expect some of the following responsibilities:

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Work with management to understand project-specific strategies.

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Determine the tasks and time to completion for projects.

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Communicate, collaborate with, and manage team members.

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Have the ability to understand a variety of professional areas.


What will I learn in this certificate program?

Take your project management career to the next level with a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from CSU Global. This nationally-recognized, transcribable certificate lets employers know that you’re serious about furthering your career with stackable credentials.

Gain the business and management skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, analyze, and apply the concepts required for leading dynamic projects within large, global organizations. Understand, develop, and apply project management best practices to the planning and execution of projects. Learn how to better manage people, procure assets, and utilize the skills necessary for leading and managing within complex environments.

Advanced topics include:

  • Decision sciences
  • Risk management
  • Project control and monitoring
  • Financial metrics

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Courses in this Certificate

This 12 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of four, three credit courses:

  • PJM500 Project Management
    This course introduces the tasks and challenges fundamental to project management. Topics include how to manage teams, schedules, risks, and resources in order to produce a desired outcome. Case studies are incorporated into the course, allowing students to apply knowledge and skills associated with selecting, managing, organizing, planning, negotiating, budgeting, scheduling, controlling, and terminating a project.
  • PJM530 Contracts, Procurement, and Risk Management
    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the procurement-and risk-management processes in projects. The course also helps students evaluate and synthesize concepts within the domains of contract management and risk management, and helps students identify and assess recommended practices in contract management and purchasing. Topics primarily include risk-management planning, risk identification, risk analysis, risk-response strategies, risk monitoring, and risk control. In addition, the course covers the project manager's responsibilities in identifying and obtaining resources from vendors, as well as the legal requirements and contracting processes involved. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM535 Project Metrics, Monitoring, and Control
    Selecting, evaluating, and communicating performance metrics plays a critical role in successful monitoring and control of projects. This course provides an in-depth discussion of project management metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and it explores related topics such as value-based project management metrics, dashboards, and measurement-driven project management. The course discusses the role of metrics in effective monitoring and control of projects, and provides an overview of the most important considerations in proper use and communication of project performance metrics. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM560 Project Management Office (PMO)
    This course emphasizes the Project Management Office (PMO). Students will learn the elements of a PMO, which includes defining and maintaining standards, policies, processes, and methods for project management within the organization. Learners will also identify the responsibilities of the Project Management Professional (PMP) to include guidance, documentation, and metrics related to the practices involved in managing and implementing projects within the organization. A PMO may also get involved in project-related tasks and follow up on project activities through completion. The office may report on project activities, problems, and requirements to executive management as a strategic tool in keeping implementers and decision-makers moving toward consistent, business- or mission-focused goals and objectives. Organizations around the globe are defining, borrowing, and collecting best practices in the process of project management and are increasingly assigning the PMO to exert overall influence and evolution of thought to continual organizational improvement. Prerequisite: PJM535


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your certificate comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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CSU Global’s School of Management and Innovation is ranked #1 by Top Management Schools in their Top 25 Online Bachelor’s in Project Management ranking.

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The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc. CSU Global’s Certificate in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management.

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CSU Global project management curriculum is aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading project management organization.

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Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.

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In Best Colleges’ Schools of Distinction standings, CSU Global earns one of only 15 gold rankings, out of more than 2,000 online degree programs.

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Graduate Certificate

We understand that in today’s changing economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while building credits toward a full degree. With a graduate certificate from CSU Global, you can prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time.

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Learn Valuable Skills

As a graduate level student of project management, you will develop your communication, presentation, and collaboration skills to become a better project manager. This is what you can expect to gain with a Graduate Certificate of Project Management from CSU Global:

  • Identify and solve organizational problems using a systemic decision making approach.
  • Execute and manage projects using advanced principles of project management, business analytic skills, and organizational development knowledge.
  • Articulate the importance of strategic planning, cost and risk management, financial metrics, change management, execution and monitoring tools, and evaluation best practices.
  • Communicate and demonstrate the importance of ethics, quality, testing, metrics, reliability, and validity in relationship to project success.
  • Outline and explain the additional requirements and considerations that must be evaluated when managing international and multinational projects.

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