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Project Management

Degree Type: Certificate
College(s): College of Business

Why Choose the Project Management Certificate?

Project management is a profession that consists of planning and executing projects within an organization. It is a discipline that is needed in many types of businesses including information technology, construction, health care, finance, marketing, supply chain, 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 disciplines.

An in-depth examination of project management practices, processes, tools and techniques, and knowledge areas is explored. The first course in the certificate program examines the foundations of project management as defined by the Project Management Institute, which is considered the global standard for project management best practices and is the certifying organization for both the PMP (Project Management Professional) and the CAPM (Certified Associate Project Management) designations. During this program, you will understand the project management life cycle and learn the knowledge areas using the Project Management Body of Knowledge, course textbooks, and case studies. Agile practices, scrum, and visual management systems are introduced as emerging project management frameworks.

Following the foundation course, the remaining courses focus in more 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.) Completion of the project management certificate satisfies the number of contact hours required to take the CAPM and PMP exams.


Career Opportunities

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 five 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.

Admission Requirements

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. The certificate will be granted upon completion with an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses designated for the certificate. 

Individuals wanting to advance their career, but not admitted to an FSU degree program, may also earn undergraduate COB certificates. 

Admission process for individuals seeking only a certificate: 

  • Applicant should show proof of high school graduation with a 2.35 GPA.  If it is determined by the COB Dean’s Office/SAA that regular program admission criteria should be met in order to complete the certificate successfully and be a contributing member of the course, all college transcripts should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Once admitted, an advisor will be assigned by the College of Business in the certificate program.
  • Dual enrolled/concurrent students must complete the high school degree (provide transcript) before the certificate will be granted from FSU.  

  • Students wishing to pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree must meet the admission criteria for the program. This criteria review is initiated when the “Program Change Form” request is processed through the COB Dean’s Office/SAA.

Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office/SAA

*This document is subject to change. Questions should be submitted to the COB Dean’s Office/Student Academic Affairs (BUS 200) in care of the Director of Student Academic Affairs (231-591-2420).

Graduation Requirements

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.

More Information

Accountancy, Finance & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Proj Management Fundamentals
Project Scheduling
Project Communication
Managing Procurement
Minimum credit hours required for Project Management certificate: