Why Choose Project Management?
Project management is a profession that consists of planning and executing projects within an organization. It is a field that is needed in many types of businesses including information technology, construction, health care, finance, marketing, manufacturing and others. The Project Management Certificate is a 12 credit hour certificate designed to prepare individuals for careers in project management in technical and non-technical fields. The certificate includes 4 courses that will provide an in-depth examination of project management practices, processes, tools and techniques. The first course in the certificate program examines the foundations of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute which is considered the premiere source for project management best practices and is the certifying body for both the PMP (Project Management Professional) and the CAPM (Certified Associate Project Management) designations. The first course consists of a review of the project management life cycle and knowledge areas using resources such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge, course textbooks, and case studies. Following this foundation course, the next courses focus in greater detail on specific aspects of project management including project scheduling, budgeting, risk management, communication, team management, and the procurement process. The final course places emphasis on preparation for project management certification exams including both the PMP (Project Management Professional) and the CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management.)
This certificate is also offered through an online delivery format.
Get a Great Job
The Project Management certificate is designed to service one of the fastest growing and largest job classifications in both technical and non-technical fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment as a project manager is expected to continue to increase at a fast rate for the foreseeable future. Several surveys of job outlooks have also rated project management within the top 5 career paths today and into the future. Certified project managers (PMP, CAPM) earn, on average, 15.6% more than their non-credentialed colleagues who have similar experience.
Any person admitted to a Ferris State University degree program may enroll in courses for undergraduate COB certificates. No more than 50% of the credits in a certificate may be transferred from another institution. If a student is in a FSU degree-seeking program, the certificate will not be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are required in the program/major.Individuals wishing only to complete a COB certificate may enroll as a non-degree student restricted to a maximum of 9 credits per semester and a total of 15 credits.
Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates through the non-degree program.
Admission/registration process for individuals seeking only a certificate:
Unless it is determined that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, non-degree students need only show proof of a 2.35 high school GPA where competency is required and complete the simple non-degree application process by accessing the FSU website. FSU provides part-time non-degree students with a streamlined method to register early for day or evening courses on the FSU campus through the Educational and Career Counseling Center located in Starr 313.
An advisor can be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
Admission process for non-degree certificate students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree:
If the student decides to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree, admission criteria for the College of Business is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed.
The student will then complete the regular admission process for FSU.
Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.
A Ferris student will receive the Project Management certificate upon graduation with a Baccalaureate degree, and after completion of the requirements for the certificate with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in Project Management certificate courses.
No more than 50% of the credits in this certificate may be transferred from another institution, nor will the certificate be granted if more than 50% of the certificate credits are specifically required in the student's major.
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The College of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP.) Next accreditation review is February 2018.