Project Management Certificate

About the Project Management Certificate 

The project management certificate teaches leadership, communication, how to manage a project budget and how to motivate team members. At the end of this 18-credit hour course, you will understand how to manage complex projects from beginning to end. 

This certificate prepares you to work in a range of industries in the public, private and non-profit sector. It offers you a practical curriculum that covers setting goals, managing stakeholder relationships and integration. By following the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge), it prepares you to manage project scope, schedule, cost, risk and quality. 

This certificate is six courses and can be completed in one year. The courses are all available online. You can take this certificate if you already have a bachelor’s degree, or you can take this certificate and apply these credits to a bachelor’s degree in the future. 

Where can the Project Management certificate take me? 

The undergraduate certificate in project management is a concise way to strengthen your skills in strategic planning, managerial insight and communication. The strategies you learn in the six certificate classes will give you the skills you need to enter a new field or advance your career. 

According to the 2020 Project Management Salary Survey, the median annual salary for project managers in the United States was $116,000*. Those with less than three years of experience earned a median annual salary of $83,000 while those with more than 15 years of experience earned a median annual salary of $120,000*.  

The Bureau of Labors Statistics (BLS) considers project managers as cost estimators and predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 11% by 2026**. In South Carolina, cost estimators are predicted to increase by 13%**. 

By staying within the budget and on schedule, businesses can maximize their costs and resources. As businesses and organizations expand into the global market and face increased competition, project managers are expected to be in high demand. 

*Source: Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, 11th Edition  
**Source: CareerOneStop 

Project Management Career Opportunities 

  • specialized industries like aerospace, construction and manufacturing 
  • consulting 
  • financial services 
  • government projects 
  • information technology 
  • operations manager 

Certificate Milestone Option: The School of Professional Studies designed a milestone option for project management by creating a certificate and Bachelor of Professional Studies concentration in project management. The certificate consists of the six courses in the project management concentration. These courses can always be added to a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in the future. To learn more, click here. 

Required Coursework

Each student is required to complete 18 credit hours (six courses). The courses in the project management certificate include 

  • PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management 
  • PMGT 311 Managing Project, Scope, Schedule and Cost 
  • PMGT 321 Managing Risk 
  • PMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in Projects 
  • PMGT 341 Managing Project Quality 
  • PMGT 401 Project Management Capstone Simulation