Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Lead project management faculty Jeffrey Pinto gives a presentation

The Importance of Project Management Credentials

Delivering complex projects on time and under budget is a daily challenge for most corporations. More organizations now use project-based methods to accomplish such tasks, so the demand for project managers is on the rise. This increased job competition means that you need additional credentials or certifications to stand out in the job market. A graduate certificate in project management can help you add an important credential to your resume — as you acquire a skill set valued in virtually any industry.

Why a Certificate in Project Management at Penn State

The Penn State World Campus online Graduate Certificate in Project Management is an interdisciplinary, 12-credit program that uses problem-based learning to provide a strong foundation in project management theory and practice. The program is AACSB accredited, and Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P), so your certificate will be a well-respected credential.

AACSB Accredited             Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider


As a student in the program, you can learn project management fundamentals from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. (2013), as well as the European model (APM).

After completing an introductory project management course taught by renowned industry professional Dr. Jeffrey Pinto, you can customize your certificate to best suit your career goals. For the remaining three courses in the certificate program, you can choose from the following topics:

  • cost and value management
  • planning and resource management
  • commercial law and project procurement
  • organizational behavior
  • interpersonal and group behavior
  • corporate, business, and project strategy
  • project management

Continue Your Education in Project Management

In addition to being an excellent stand-alone credential, all of the courses in the Graduate Certificate in Project Management can be applied toward the Master of Project Management degree program also offered through Penn State’s World Campus.

Who Should Apply?

Whether you are in construction management; project execution; or project, program, or portfolio management, this could be an ideal program for you if you are looking for career development opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skill sets in managing large, complex projects.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Because project managers are in high demand in numerous industries, a graduate certificate in project management can help prepare you for a variety of positions, including:

  • project manager
  • assistant project manager
  • project management associate
  • project coordinator
  • project planner
  • project change management analyst

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.

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