Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The Certificate in Project Management provides a broad theoretical framework and practical tools to develop a robust understanding in project-management knowledge areas and mastery of advanced project-management skills. The curriculum is designed for business leaders, professionals and administrators who are involved in the management of complex projects, or who wish to be prepared for managing projects across organizational and functional lines.

Courses critically address these project-success issues and intertwines all 10 project-management knowledge areas: project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, procurement and stakeholder management.

The course work also includes all five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing.

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SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). As a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), SUNY Empire State College, School for Graduate Studies has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria, and has been approved by PMI to issue PDUs for our three Project Management courses.


Program Design

Courses are taught online and students may begin the certificate program in the fall, spring and summer terms.

Course Materials Fee:

Graduate Studies provides temporary licenses of the required software MS Project Professional for a $22 fee (per term, beginning in the Spring 2018 term) which will be charged at the time of registration of 3 of the 4 required courses of this certificate program. Please Note: Microsoft Project is designed to be installed on computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. Those with Apple devices may not be able to install Microsoft Project or may be required to install additional software not provided by Empire State College. Students wishing to use Microsoft Project on an Apple device should contact Apple technical support to determine if they can install MS Project and whether additional software is required.

Required Courses and Suggested Sequence

Management Information Systems (3 credits)

Management Information Systems explores the technologies and organizational factors that make information systems a vital part of contemporary business. By designing and building software applications, students will become familiar with the unique problems and opportunities that information systems present. The analysis of business cases will enable students to manage effectively both the hard and soft aspects of information systems in the workplace. An important focus of this course is clear, concise communication of technical concepts and business decisions. Therefore, there is an emphasis on written work that clearly states the business case and problem statement and explains information-system technology.

Students will take courses in:

  • introduction to information-system analysis and design through the system development life cycle
  • database technology
  • design of Web-based business presence
  • integrating information systems into a business process
  • organizational implications of information systems.

Tools and Processes in Project Management (3 credits)

This course introduces modern tools and techniques for planning, scheduling, reporting, controlling and managing business-related projects. Students will study and analyze the project life cycle and the core project-management processes (scope, time and cost). Participants will gain knowledge of the concept of work-breakdown structure and different approaches to project screening and selection and will apply those techniques in the project-planning process.

Students will:

  • learn financial analysis to evaluate and select a project using Excel
  • plan a project
  • estimate duration and setup project schedule and allocate resources using MS Project
  • communicate project information using electronic and e-collaborative tools.

Managerial Perspectives in Project Management (3 credits)

A true understanding of project management comes from knowing:

  • all project-management knowledge areas and process groups
  • how to partner with contractors, stakeholders, or users
  • how different elements of project-management systems interact to determine the outcome of the project.

Project-management success is established upon mastering technical, sociocultural and leadership dimensions of the field.

Learning activities in this course cover the impact of project management on:

  • organizational strategy and decision-making practice
  • advancement in corporate operations and global competition
  • improvement of products and services.

The course critically addresses these project-success issues and intertwines all project-management knowledge areas.

It exposes and addresses the major aspects and issues of the managerial project-management process and provides a theoretical foundation and practical solutions to these increasing challenges.

Strategy and Tactics in Project Management (3 credits)

Although project managers can be successful as individuals, organizations will be much more successful in all their projects if they create a systemic, strategic approach to project management companywide. This course integrates the concepts and processes discussed in earlier courses by relating them to evaluating and implementing multiple projects within the framework of:

  • portfolio management
  • project-management offices
  • virtual project management
  • project monitoring and assessment (Lean and Six Sigma).

By completing a variety of individual assignments, class discussions and a final capstone project, students will learn more about the human side of project management, including:

  • team building
  • managing virtual teams
  • developing and implementing effective project communications.

Admission and Advisement

Admission to the certificate program requires the applicant to submit an official transcript of his or her bachelor’s degree along with a completed application. Advising will be provided by the certificate program coordinator, Dr. Hope Sun, PMP.

While the 12 credits are fully transferable into the MBA program, acceptance to the MBA will require candidates to apply to the master’s degree program and complete the full admission process. Completion of the graduate certificate does not guarantee admission to the master’s program.

Advanced certificates may be incorporated into a related master's degree for those meeting the program admission requirements.

Apply online or request information for more details on the Certificate in Project Management.

Tuition and Fees

Students completing this certificate pay the following tuition and fees:

Federal financial aid is not available unless concurrently matriculated in a master’s degree program.


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