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. You’ll also learn the Earned Value Project Management (EVPM) methodology for monitoring projects to ensure time and cost efficiency and quality outcomes.
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
Schedule and Fees
Interested in starting the certificate program? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a customized certificate plan or click here to access a recommended plan starting May 18th.
Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
All Required for Certificate
|One Time Certificate Fee||$45|
|Total Certificate Cost (4 courses)||$2,441|
All courses offered in our Online Fixed-Date modality.
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
- Individuals preparing to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam
- PMP credential holders seeking to earn professional development credit units
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, however the courses may also be taken individually:
- Project Management Introduction, Integration, Scope and Stakeholder Management
- Project Management Schedule, Cost and Risk Management
- Project Communication, Resource and Agile Management
- Project Quality, Procurement and Closure Protocols
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.
- Project managers earn an average of salary of $108,000 in the United States, with a median salary of $89,286 for entry-level project managers.
- 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.
“It is one of the best courses I have ever completed since it is about learning AND interaction with other team members. Fantastic course … I never learned so much in 30 days about myself, others and our human and professional interaction. I found it very rewarding to get in touch with your peers.”
— Manfred O. Steuerwald, project director
“The instructors are knowledgeable in the field, available for questions and provide constructive feedback.”
— Connie Gunther, consultant
“I found the Blackboard software extremely helpful and easy to work with. I found the course material very much fitting the contemporary industry requirements. The instructor was always timely with responses and the material provided was highly professional.”
— Manfred Otto
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.
What is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider?
R.E.P.s are organizations that the Project Management Institute has approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements of PMI credential holders. To earn this designation, providers must meet or exceed PMI’s rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness.
Do courses need to be taken in sequence?
No, courses can be taken in any sequence. If you are new to project management and/or are pursuing a certificate we recommend that you begin with PMP-X853: Project Management Introduction, Integration, Scope and Stakeholder Management.
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 books are required for the program:
- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition by Project Management Institute, bundled with the Agile Practice Guide (2017) by PMI, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
- An Introduction to Project Management, Sixth Edition by Kathy Schwalbe, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
- Recommended - Not Required PMP Exam Prep: Ninth Edition by Rita Mulcahy, available at store.rmcproject.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. Students who have declared their intent to pursue a certificate are eligible to receive exclusive PMI San Diego Chapter benefits.
Do you accept third-party funding options?
Yes, this program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:
- The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA)
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
- California's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)
For students using third-party funding, please contact Enrollment and Student Services at email@example.com or 619-432-3790 to begin the registration process. Please have your funding source details readily available.