Project managers are consistently in high demand. Our 15-credit Project Management Certificate is interdisciplinary and designed to help you explore the foundations of organization, leadership, methodologies, and the communication techniques of project management. The five online courses required for this certificate are offered in 8-week sessions with a required 90-minute weekly synchronous online component. The weekly synchronous meeting allows you to interact with faculty and fellow students in real-time. Requirement for admission –  60 or more college credits.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define traditional and emerging project management trends and methods.
  2. Apply project management concepts to successfully launch and complete a project.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts connected to globalization as it relates to the project management of large scale team-based projects.

Why Get a Certificate in Project Management?

  • By 2027, employers will need an anticipated 87.7 million individuals to work in project management-oriented roles.*
  • Employers will need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027.*
  • Students completing the Project Management Certificate will have successfully met the Project Management Institute’s PMP exam education requirement.
  • The median salary for PMP holders in the U.S. is 25% higher than those without PMP certification, according to PMI’s most recent Project Management Salary Survey. **
    * Source: https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/pdf/learning/job-growth-report.pdf
    ** Source: https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp

Required Courses:

  1. PPM 301 Foundations of Project Management (3 credits)
    Everyone is a project manager on some level.  This course will identify best practices to manage projects, both large and small.  Students will apply those practices while implementing a project to enhance their expertise. This course is not designed to prepare a student for the Project Management Institute’s Project Manager Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) certification exams. Concepts presented in the Institute’s Project Management Book of Knowledge are discussed throughout the class as proven project management practices.
  2. PPM 310 Project Organization and Leadership (3 credits)
    This course builds on PPM 301 “Foundations of Project Management.” In this class, students will explore how to affect project outcomes by analyzing project leadership styles and different team organization approaches and techniques.  Students will evaluate their leadership style and, during in-class exercises and assignments, will practice skills to enhance team dynamics and project performance. Prerequisite: PPM 301
  3. PPM 315 Project Management Methodologies (3 credits)
    This course builds on PPM 301 “Foundations of Project Management” by introducing and comparing various project management methods including the traditional (waterfall), Agile, Scaled Agile and hybrid methodologies, the theory of constraints and critical chain, and other emerging trends in project management. This course will include considerations for organizations that are moving to a value or product-based focus and the impact that has on traditional project management planning, executing and reporting. This course will also explore troubled project recovery and program & portfolio management considerations. Prerequisite: PPM 301
  4. PPM 320 Project Controls (3 credits)
    This course builds on PPM 301 “Foundations of Project Management” by introducing advanced topics in project controls including: scope identification, estimating, resource management, scheduling, risk and quality management, and cost control. Project Control Information Management Systems, including Earned Value Management, will also be introduced in this course. Prerequisite: PPM 301
  5. PPM 325 Project Communications and Stakeholder Management (3 credits)
    This course builds on PPM 301 “Foundations of Project Management” by introducing the criticality of proper communication to project success. This course will cover how to effectively create and execute a Project Communication and Project Stakeholder Management Plans. This course will also explore how effective communication can be performed considering stakeholder management, various project management methodologies, organizational structure, culture, roles, knowledge and skill sets on teams. Prerequisite: PPM 301

How to get started:

Want more information? Reach out to our admissions team here or email parttime@syr.edu.

Requirement for admission –  60 or more college credits.