High-Quality Courses to Help You Become a Better Project Manager

Our online Project Management Certificate program is designed to sharpen your project management skills and deepen your understanding of essential strategies and methodologies.

You’ll learn to plan and manage projects using standard Project Management Institute (PMI)® methodology while building a solid foundation for project success by applying the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) framework. Offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education, this multi-course certificate program provides a high-quality learning experience focused on such essential issues as:

  • Overall project management including introduction, integration, scope and stakeholder management
  • Project scheduling, cost assessment/analysis and risk management 
  • Effective project communication
  • Principles of agile project management
  • Project quality, procurement and closure protocols

Changes Between the 7th & 6th edition of the PMBOK® Guide

Aligned with the launch of the 7th edition PMBOK® Guide in August 2021, our program has been redeveloped to meet emerging technology, dynamic approaches, and rapid workforce changes. Our comprehensive four-course certificate program prepares you for this evolving profession, enabling you to get projects done and deliver value. The greatest change between the two versions is that the 6th edition was designed by the PMI to be project manager and process-focused, whereas, the new 7th edition is project team and outcome-focused.

Are you a student who was registered in the Project Management program prior to Fall 2021? Students will have an opportunity to finish their certificate through Spring 2022 or contact us to learn more about transferring into the new program. Email us at pce-bus@sandieog.edu today! 

Information Session

Join us on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, for an information session webinar. During this live session, we will be reviewing the ins and outs of the program, and get 1 - 1 time with your program coordinator and instructors on the team! Click here to sign up today!

Schedule and Fees

Interested in starting the certificate program? Contact us at pce-bus@sandiego.edu to request a customized certificate plan or click here to access a recommended plan starting March 8, 2022.

Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
All Required for Certificate
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Course to be discontinued Spring 2022
PMBOK® 6th Edition
Oct 19
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Course to be discontinued Spring 2022
PMBOK® 6th Edition
Jan 11
Open for active certificate students only.
Course to be discontinued Spring 2022
PMBOK® 6th Edition
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New for 2022 - Launches Mar 8th
PMBOK® 7th Edition

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PMBOK® 7th Edition
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PMBOK® 7th Edition
Jul 5 Oct 18
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PMBOK® 7th Edition
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One Time Certificate Fee
Total Certificate Cost (4 courses)
All courses offered in our Online Fixed-Date modality.
*Schedule and Fees are subject to change.

Who Should Attend

Taught by experienced faculty instructors in a convenient and flexible online format, this series of online project management courses is ideal for:

  • Those seeking a hands-on approach to gaining project management skills
  • Those seasoned or new professionals seeking a salary advancement or promotion
  • Career changers seeking to add competitive value to their resume

Benefits of USD’s Online Project Management Certificate Program

Here are some of the most compelling reasons to enroll in the University of San Diego’s Project Management Certificate program: 

  • Learn best practices in the project management profession.
  • Gain direct insight into applying them to your actual day-to-day project work or future aspirations.
  • Explore the five processes or phases in a project management plan (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling and closing).
  • Better understand the value of stakeholder and resource management when developing a project management plan and assembling a team.
  • Learn strategies for mobilizing executive-level support and organization-wide support to help ensure project success.
  • Describe and understand the best approach for estimating your project costs and mapping the project costs with your schedule management plan to create a time phased budget.  
  • Develop an understanding of different contract types and strategies for evaluating the variables involved in selecting third-party partners.
  • Recognize the difference between predictive and agile approaches to project management.

Project Management Certificate Program Curriculum

The online Project Management Certificate Program consists of four online “fixed date” courses spanning the full spectrum of the project management experience. All four are required to earn your certificate:

  • PMP-X857 Stakeholder and Team Performance Domains
  • PMP-X858 Life Cycle and Planning
  • PMP-X859 Project Work and Delivery
  • PMP-X860 Measurement and Uncertainty

Certificate Requirements and Fees

To earn a professional certificate in Project Management, participants must:

  • Complete the four required courses (course fee: $599 per course)
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of C or better
  • Submit a one-time certificate fee of $45

Learn more about the benefits and policies of University of San Diego | Division of Professional and Continuing Education’s certificate programs.

Project Management Job Market and Career Outlook

The Project Management Institute’s Job Growth and Talent Gap in Project Management report shows a widening skills gap for project management professionals at a global scale — meaning there are not enough well-trained project managers to meet the growing demand.   

Expanding Job Markets

  • Projections call for 2.2 million new project-oriented roles to be created globally each year through 2027.

Rising Salaries

Growing Industries

  • Specific industries experiencing project manager job growth include Manufacturing, Business Services, Finance & Insurance, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Information Technology Services, Construction and Utilities.
  • By 2027, employers worldwide will need nearly 88 million individuals in project management-oriented roles.

Experienced Faculty Instructors

Our instructors, most of whom hold advanced degrees, are experienced practitioners and subject matter experts who engage each student in a stimulating and participative learning environment. Meet a few of your Project Management Certificate program instructors: 

Malachi L.R. Walker, PMP (Project Management Professional), brings a diverse background including project and product management, operations, information technology, startups, higher education, and health and wellness coaching. His experience is reinforced by a degree in Sports Management & Communications from the University of Michigan, a certificate in Project Management from San Diego State University and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the University of San Diego. A past president of the San Diego chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI-SD), he prioritizes a commitment to excellence when working with his students, colleagues and clients.   

WATCH VIDEO (1:50): Malachi Walker talks about the USD Project Management Certificate program

Marie Struttmann, PMP, is a program manager and consultant with broad experience in leading manufacturing and operations teams through organizational change both as a senior leader and project manager. She holds an MBA with a focus on organizational change from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky. Her additional certifications include Practical Process Improvement (PPI) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM). Marie has been recognized and honored for her success and expertise in business transformation, continuous improvement and Lean Six Sigma across multiple industries. She has served on the executive board and is a mentor for PMI-SD.

Robert Key, PMP, is passionate about his work as a project manager and college professor. He served in the U.S. Air Force for nearly a decade and has earned both an MBA and a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd). Robert’s commitment to lifelong learning is evidenced by his wide range of professional certifications. In addition to Project Management Professional, these include Certified Professional ScrumMaster, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Agile Certified Practitioner and Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect.


The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WASC).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Project Management?

The discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

Do courses need to be taken in sequence?

Yes, the newly revised program has been developed to be taken in sequence, starting with course, PMP-X857 Stakeholder and Team Performance Domains.

How long are courses?

Each course is 7 weeks. Courses are taught in an Online-Fixed Date modality. Learn more about the Online-Fixed Date format, here.

What textbooks are required?

Although most course materials are shared through our online learning platform Blackboard, the following book is required for the program:

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Seventh Edition and The Standard for Project Management, Seventh Edition by PMI, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

Will this program prepare me for the PMP Certification Exam?

The Project Management certificate program is intended to provide practical project management skillsets. It is real-world based and led by practitioners. It provides an in-depth overview of PM methodology; however, it is not a PMP exam prep course.

When should I pay for the certificate fee?

It is recommended that you pay your one-time certificate fee upon enrolling in your first course. 

Do you accept third-party funding options?

Yes, this program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:

For students using third-party funding, please contact Enrollment and Student Services at continuinged@sandiego.edu or 619-432-3790 to begin the registration process. Please have your funding source details readily available.

Are you a student who was registered in the Project Management program prior to January 2022? 

Contact your program advisors during office hours to learn more about transferring course equivalences to the updated Project Management Certificate Program. Contact us at pce-bus@sandiego.edu today! 

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