Develop the Skills Needed to Meet Evolving Demands

Learn to ensure project quality and outcomes in this certificate program. You will build a solid foundation for project success by applying the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) framework. Students will learn to plan and manage projects using Project Management Institute (PMI)® standard methodology, and use a uniform approach for Earned Value Project Management (EVPM) and its importance in monitoring projects.

Who Should Attend

This program is intended for those seeking a hands-on approach to gaining project management skills and methodologies. Individuals who are preparing to take the PMP certification exam, or PMP credential holders seeking to fulfill professional development units.

 Project Management Certificate Program | PMI Regional Educational Provider logo | University of San DiegoPMI® Registered Education Provider 

This designation signifies that our project management program and curriculum is aligned with the latest PMI® global standards and methodologies. In addition, to offering professional development units to PMP® credential holders and those seeking to meet educational PMP® Exam requirements. 


Tuition $2,441
Format Online Fixed Date
Application Open Enrollment
Program Duration 9 -10 months

Schedule and Fees

Course Schedule and Enrollment Links
All Required for Certificate
SP 2020
SU 2020

Jan 21

May 19 


Mar 10

July 7


Jan 21

May 19


Mar 10

July 7



Schedule and Fees are subject to change. 


Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Project Management. Learn more about certificate benefits and policies, here

  • Complete 4 required courses (8 units)
  • Complete all coursework with a final grade of 'C' or better
  • Certificate Fee $45

The Project Management Institute's Job Growth and Talent Gap in Project Management report shows a widen skills gap for project management professionals at a global scale.

Expanding Job Markets

  • A total of 2.2 million new project oriented roles globally each year through 2027 and 213,974 in the United States
  • Project intensive industries with occupational areas that have a high level of project orientated work

Rising Salaries

  • Median Project Practitioner Salary in the United States $108,000, ranking third in the world after Australia and Switzerland
  • Wages in the United States for project management-oriented professionals were higher on average than wages of non-project-oriented professionals—by 82%

Growing Industries

  • Manufacturing, Business Services, Finance & Insurance, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Information Technology Services, Construction and Utilities
  • 15.7 million new project management roles will be added globally across seven project-intensive industries by 2020

Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap Report // 2017-2027

  • Identify best practices in the project management profession and cross reference them with your actual day-to-day project work or future aspirations.
  • Learn how projects align with an organizations programs and portfolios to achieve overall objectives.
  • Define the five processes in a project management plan and understand the value of Stakeholder and Resource Management when assembling a project team and when developing a project management plan.
  • Understand how Quality Management is achieved best by having executive-level support and initiative to value quality organization wide across all programs.
  • Define sequence, estimate, and create relationships for project work which can be managed via a schedule management plan which includes milestones, work packages, contingencies, and constraints.
  • 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.
  • Define the contract types and the best choice of contract for the industry of project work based on dynamic variables.
  • Recognize the difference between predictive and agile approaches to project management.

This program is approved by the following third-party funding sources:

  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • ETPL

Students using third-party funding please contact Enrollment and Student Services, at continuinged@sandiego.eduor 619-260-4585 to begin the registration process. Please ensure to have your funding source details readily available.

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 Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.)?

PMI R.E.P.s are organizations that we have approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements needed by PMI credential holders. To earn the R.E.P. designation, a provider must meet or exceed rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness as defined by PMI.

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 it is recommended to begin with PMP-X853: Project Management Introduction, Integration, Scope, and Stakeholder Management.

How long are courses?

Each course is 7 weeks in duration. 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:

Will this program prepare me for the PMP Certification Exam?

The Project Management certificate program is intended to provide the practical project management skill sets. It is real-world based and lead by practitioners, however, it is not a PMP exam prep, but an in-depth overview of PM methodology.

When should I pay for the certificate fee?

It is recommended to pay for your one- time certificate fee upon your first course. Students who have declared to pursue a certificate are eligible to receive exclusive PMI San Diego Chapter benefits.

Are you a student who was registered in Project Management program prior to March 2019?

Contact Enrollment and Student Services during office hours to talk to a representative about transferring course equivalences to the updated Project Management Certificate Program. 

Enrollment and Student Services

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PST) | Tel: 619-260-4585 | Email:

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PCE and PMI-SD joined together to provide certificate track students with two benefits:

  1. Students receive Free Admittance to a PMI San Diego Chapter Event event per quarter, with the exception of the annual conference. Learn more about upcoming events here.

  2. Students will also receive a Free San Diego Chapter Membership valid for one year. Students must first register with Project Management Inc., Global, the cost to join PMI is $129 + a one-time $10 application fee.

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