Graduate Certificate Programs

Business Project Management

Program Description:
This certificate programs aims to equip students with a set of tools that will allow them to achieve Project Management Institute (PMI) standards in the project management area, to successfully manage projects and human resources, and to analyze, evaluate, and improve systems. Specifically it will give students the ability to:

  • Identify operations problems and implement solutions for improved strategic competitiveness
  • Make sound decisions, plan, and control the key resources of an organization – money and people
  • Critically analyze, evaluate, improve, or adapt existing technical and/or managerial systems
  • Organize and manage complex projects

Students are responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors. Below listed are the four required courses for the Graduate Certificate.

  • BUS 6425 Supply Chain and Project Management
  • BUS 6723 Corporate Information Systems Management
  • ENG MGT 5320 Project Management
  • ENG MGT 6322 Case Studies in Project Management

BUS 6425 Supply Chain and Project Management
This course covers supply chain management and its critical role in developing and maintaining effective and efficient processes in the organization, including operations and project management processes and principles. MBA core. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BUS 6723 Corporate Information Systems Management
This course is designed primarily for potential managerial end users as managers, entrepreneurs, or business professionals in a technology-enabled business environment; it helps students learn how to use and manage information to revitalize business processes, improve business decision-making, manage IT projects, and gain competitive advantages. MBA core. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

ENG MGT 5320 Project Management
Organization structure and staffing; motivation, authority and influence; conflict management; project planning; network systems; pricing, estimating, and cost control; proposal preparation; project information systems; international project management. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

ENG MGT 6322 Case Studies in Project Management
Includes the main components of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Body of Knowledge; case students in project management including project implementation, organizational structures, project estimating, project scheduling, project risk management and conflict management. Prerequisite: ENG MGT 5320 or equivalent

 

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the department may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. The administrative coordinators must approve the substitution prior to enrolling in the course.

 

The business project management certificate program is open to all persons holding a BS, MS, or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. The certificate program consists of four courses. Potential students must have the prerequisites for the courses in the program. In order to receive a graduate certificate, students must have an average graduate cumulative grade point (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status, but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The courses in the program will be offered at least once per year. If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MS IST). The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the certificate program will count toward the MBA or MS IST programs.

Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

Admissions

Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)


Graduate certificate programs are designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Business Administration (MBA)  
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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