Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Project management is an applied management discipline employed within all industries today at all levels of the
organization. The Project Management Institute (PMI) projects significant growth in this field through the year
2027. Additionally, it is observed that many project management career opportunities go unfilled due to an
observed talent gap (Project Management Institute, 2017).
The Project Management certificate offered by United States University provides students exposure and essential
training in project management essentials, project organizations, and project planning, execution and control. The
project management course sequence within the program addresses elements of the Project Management Institute
Talent Triangle® and includes the following courses: Project Management Essentials, Project Management
Organizational Framework, Project Management Integration Framework, and Information Technology Project
Note: This program is in the application process to become a PMI R.E.P (Registered Education Provider).
Applicants interested in pursuing a graduate certificate in Project Management must meet the general admission requirements for Graduate Admissions.
The certificate requires successful completion of a total of 12 semester credits. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B would have to retake the course before credit would be given.
Per Credit Hour: $325
Estimated Tuition: $4,410 (including fees)
1-2 semesters / 4-8 months
Graduate Certificate in Project Management Total
Project Management Essentials introduces and provides an overview to the fundamental elements of effective
project management, including the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) five processes and ten knowledge areas. Tools, methodologies, and sample questions, exercises, quizzes, and assignments are included in the modules of this class. The reading materials required for this class include a significant amount of information, however, our goal is to expose you to all the areas of project management and not expect you to be advanced project manager learners at the end of the course. As such, material you read and research should be understood to the level that you are capable of thoroughly answering the discussion questions, quizzes/exercises, and written assignments.
This course introduces students to the Initiating and Planning processes of the Guide to the Project Management
Body of Knowledge by means of a real-world project scenario. Students develop the work products and sub-plans described in the ten knowledge areas represented in the Initiating and Planning process groups. The course
culminates with a course project that includes a project schedule featuring developed using open-source project
Project Management Integration Framework completes the topics presented in the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge and Project Management Organizational Framework. The processes covered are: execution, controlling, and closing. Continuing the work from Project Management Essentials and
Project Management Organizational Framework provides students with additional opportunities to apply these concepts using real-life exercises and examples. The project initiated during Project Management Organizational
Framework is completed in this course.
In today’s fast-paced and dynamic environment, innovative information technology and system development
projects are critical to many companies’ success. The emphasis on such projects creates greater demand from senior management to deliver quality information technology projects on time, within budget, and which add functionality and value to their customers and clients. IT Project Management will teach the project manager how to integrate sound project management principles in the information technology project’s development profile in order to assure every aspect of the project is under control and delivers the technical objectives. This course will also cover the IT project’s life cycle from initiation through closeout and address all the components of project
management as they relate to IT projects, based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® GUIDE) as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI).Students taking the project management specialization also develop a breadth of management skills by beginning the program with foundational courses that include important topics such as information systems, cross-cultural management, and strategic management and analysis.