Learn how to make teams run smoothly and productively by pursuing an undergraduate certificate in project management.

The project management certificate program at University of Maryland Global Campus can help prepare you for supervisory and mid-level management positions involving project management and team management. If you're a project manager, project team member, or otherwise assigned to project teams within a private- or public-sector organization, this certificate program can help you upgrade your skills with theoretical and practical knowledge to advance to a higher level.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Project Management Undergraduate Certificate

In project management courses, you'll learn to bring a project full cycle from development to completion. You'll also work with a variety of tools designed specifically for project management and work hands-on with federal contracts to become familiar with processes and issues.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage a project through all phases of the project's life cycle
  • Develop and implement plans to manage information systems projects, using Microsoft Project to develop schedules and related components
  • Apply agile practices to manage complex projects with responsiveness and adaptability
  • Use a proven problem-solving framework to generate potential solutions for effective decision making
  • Manage the federal contracting process by adequately planning, documenting needs in writing, developing evaluation criteria, and reviewing and assessing contractor performance

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Complete a personality assessment that helps provide insight into team members' strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop a project focused on the project initiation and planning phases of the project life cycle by applying principles, processes, and practices of project management
  • Execute a project that involves realistic decision making scenarios and provides experience in managing the variables routinely encountered in project management

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

Project Management Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • BMGT 487
  • BMGT 488
  • IFSM 438
  • IFSM 441
  • Two supporting electives chosen from the following:
    • BMGT 317
    • BMGT 339
    • BMGT 365
    • BMGT 484
    • IFSM 300

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but you must apply for a certificate before you are awarded the degree.
  • If you apply for your certificate after your degree has been awarded, you may be required to complete additional coursework for the certificate. Contact your academic advisor for more information.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses. Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit, under current policies for such credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You must complete all required coursework for the certificate with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate. Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for supervisory and midlevel management positions that involve project management and team management within a private- or public-sector organization.