2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Project Management

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

Program Requirements

Project Management, Certificate Program Checksheet


  • Certificate Courses
  • Admission Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

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. Completion of this certificate will lead to understanding of the project management life cycle and 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.

Additional courses will focus in 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.

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: