Projects are becoming more complex, project managers and teams are often being asked to do more with less, and executives and clients expect innovation, agility, and responsiveness. We offer project management training, leading to a Professional Certificate in Project Management, designed to give project managers (and any other professionals who work on projects) the tools they need to successfully manage any type of project – regardless of scope or industry.

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Learn how to manage all types of projects—regardless of scope or industry—with a Professional Certificate in Project Management from SDSU Global Campus.

SDSU Global Campus is a PMI Authorized Training Partner PMI and PMP are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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About the Program

If you’re responsible for managing projects, you know it can be a challenge. From creating calendars and coordinating with team members to making decisions, managing deadlines, and leading in the face of change, you need to keep the project lifecycle on track so that you can deliver results that executives, clients, and team members will be happy with.

$5,800

Estimated Cost
Textbooks not included

12 Months

Min. Completion Time

Online

Course Format

Meet Your Instructors

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Allen Hunsberger
Allen Hunsberger
Assistant Director, Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego

Germaine “Geri” Wales
Germaine “Geri” Wales
Experienced in leading teams, facilitating conflict resolution, driving teams to decisions, and working closely to formulate strategic goals with teams and individuals.

David Matawitz
David Matawitz
Retired Navy Captain with experience as a Program Director in the defense industry, Director of the Maritime Laser Weapon program at Northrup Grumman, and PMO Director at BAE Systems.

Kevin Reilly
Kevin Reilly
Industry expert in course design, creative lesson planning, public speaking, and technical writing.

 

Dr. Lutheran M. Carter
Dr. Lutheran M. Carter
Retired U.S. Navy leader with a background in Organizational Leadership and an emphasis in Organizational Development.

 

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Learn how to manage projects with innovative and responsive management strategies by earning your Professional Certificate in Project Management from SDSU Global Campus. Whether you’re a seasoned project manager, or you’re just beginning to manage your own projects, our online project management training program will help you acquire the tools you need to become a better leader.

The Professional Certificate in Project Management at SDSU Global Campus helped prepare me to take the PMP® exam. The one-night-a-week class format fit my busy schedule, and the instructors were first rate. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in becoming a project manager, and also to existing project managers to enhance their skills.

- Marc Daniel, Project Manager, i-Net Profits, LLC

Is This Program Right for Me?

SDSU’s Project Management training program will help you become a better project manager, no matter what type of experience you bring to the table. Your classmates include:

  • Professionals planning, managing, and controlling projects within an organization
  • Managers who need to fine-tune and formalize their project management skills
  • Those interested in learning the latest project management tools and methodologies
  • Anyone managing multiple tasks
  • People who want to take the Project Management Institute (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam
  • Anyone interested in a career in project management

All project management courses are 100% online, unless otherwise noted, and accessible from anywhere in the world. Instructors hold classes one night a week starting at 6:00 pm Pacific Time, which makes it easier to fit the program into your busy schedule. You can earn your Project Management Certificate in 12 to 18 months or take up to five years to complete the program.

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Creating Workforce Solutions

SDSU is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). If you’re unemployed or underemployed, you may be eligible to receive full or partial tuition assistance on this program. Equal Opportunity is the Law. Equal opportunity employer/program auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Click here to learn more.

I'm in the information technology business – that's been my career for the last 28 years. I don't necessarily want to change careers, I'm trying to enhance my career path within that field. Rather than a wholesale switch, I've found that a lot of the jobs I'm applying for prefer you have project management certification. I've managed a lot of projects informally, so this will enhance my resume to say I have that skill and have been through the certification process.

- Al Lessig, former student

Student Voices

SDSU Alumni Lifetime Member Discount

Are you an SDSU Alumni Lifetime Member? If so, click here to learn more about how you can receive 20% off registration for this program.

What Can I Learn?

SDSU’s Project Management training program will show you how to deliver exceptional results on time and within budget. You’ll cover a wide range of topics that are broadly applicable to nearly any industry, including:

  • Frameworks, standards, terminology, and definitions
  • Roles and responsibilities in high-performance teams
  • Proactive risk management
  • Creating work breakdown structures (WBS)
  • Proven communication methods
  • Managing stakeholder expectations
  • Lean/Agile methodology

SDSU’s Project Management program is an Authorized Training Partner for the Project Management Institute (PMI®). The curriculum covers the five process groups and 10 knowledge areas outlined in the current edition of PMBOK® by PMI®, which are:

Five Process Groups

Initiating: processes performed to define a new project or a new phase of an existing project by obtaining authorization to start the project or phase.
Planning: processes required to establish the scope of the project, refine the objectives, and define the course of action required to attain the objectives that the project was undertaken to achieve.
Executing: processes performed to complete the work defined in the project management plan to satisfy the project specifications.
Monitoring and Controlling: processes required to track, review, and regulate the progress and performance of the project; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes.
Closing: processes performed to finalize all activities across all Process Groups to formally close the project or phase.

Knowledge Areas

  • Integration Management
  • Scope Management
  • Schedule Management
  • Cost Management
  • Quality Management
  • Resource Management
  • Communications Management
  • Risk Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Stakeholder Management

By participating in our program and earning your certificate, you’ll be uniquely prepared to earn your Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification, as well as other essential project management certifications. This program will prepare you with the necessary foundation and skillset to sit for the PMP® Certification Exam, especially those that enroll directly in our PMI Authorized On-demand PMP® Exam Prep course (PM0022).

The Project Management Certificate Program at SDSU Global Campus profoundly increased my ability as a project manager. The real-life approach to project management offered by experienced project management instructors has fundamentally increased the contributions I make to my employer.

- Ignacio Sedeno, City of San Diego

Career Outcomes

Labor Analysis
Project Management Specialists — Nationwide

Job Postings
280,409
Job postings in the last 12 months

Projected Growth
8%
Projected job growth in the next 10 years

Salary Range
$58,198-$99,812
Average Salary Range

Median Yearly Salary by Popular Industry, Nationwide

IT Project Manager - $105,000
Corporate Development Analyst/Manager - $103,000
Engineering Manager - $94,000
Program Manager - $91,000
Compliance Manager - $89,000
Construction Manager - $82,000
Business Continuity Planner/Analyst - $84,000
Business/Management Analyst - $81,000
Sustainability Specialist - $73,000
Administrative Manager - $56,000

 

Because nearly every industry employs project managers in some capacity, the outlook for project managers is bright. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 280,000 job openings across the country seeking project managers. Those numbers are expected to grow by more than 8% over the next decade, which is faster than the national average growth rate for all occupations.

Why Choose SDSU?

Flexibility

All courses are 100% online, accessible from anywhere in the world, and scheduled for working professionals and busy students. You can enroll in individual courses as needed or finish your certificate in just 12 to 18 months.

Highly-Experienced Instructors

Learn from a panel of project management professionals with years of experience across a variety of industries, including public administration, manufacturing, construction, defense/aerospace, and more.

Proven Curriculum

SDSU Global Campus is an Authorized Training Partner by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), which means that you can use the program to prepare for your PMP® certification and other industry certification exams.

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To earn the Professional Certificate in Project Management, you’ll need to successfully complete eight (8) core courses and one (1) elective.

You may take as many individual courses as you wish, but all requirements must be completed within five (5) years to earn the Professional Certificate. To register for Capstone: Project Simulation (PM0016), you must first successfully complete all other Core Courses.

Course List

Core Courses

Core Courses (complete all 8) Cost Spring 24' Summer 24' Fall 24'
PM 0004 Introduction to Project Management: Framework and Integration
Recommended first course
$449      
PM 0002 Resource Management & Team Building $549 2/22-3/28    
PM 0005 Procurement $549   6/17-7/22  
PM 0008 Scope, Schedule and Cost $649   7/25-9/5  
PM 0013 Communication and Stakeholder Management $449   5/9-6/6  
PM 0014 Project Risk Management $449      
PM 0020 Agile Project Management $449 4/4-5/2    
PM 0016 Capstone: Project Simulation
*Prerequisite: All other core courses need to be successfully completed in order to register for this course.
$649   6/18-8/6  

Elective Courses

Elective Courses (choose 1) Cost Spring 24' Summer 24' Fall 24'
LS 0010 Lean Certification
(Asynchronous)
$279 Open Open  
PM 0015 Earned Value Management
(Asynchronous)
$449      
PM 0022 PMP Exam Prep $749      
PM 0019 Microsoft Project Fundamentals
(Onsite)
$499 4/9-5/14    
OR
(Ed2Go) Introduction to Microsoft Project 2019/Office 365
(Asynchronous)
$449 Open    

This schedule is tentative and dates are subject to change. Courses meet one night a week, 6-9 pm, unless otherwise noted.

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Registration Instructions

To register for courses in the Project Management program, please complete the following steps:

  1. Choose your courses in the "Courses" tab
  2. Click on the red course links to register
  3. Check the dates and times to ensure that you can attend all sessions of the course
  4. Click “Add to Cart”
  5. Add more courses to your cart or click “Checkout”
  6. Log into your SDSU Global Campus Account, if you haven’t already done so
  7. Pay for your course(s)

Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
  • See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You’ll still need to register and pay for each course you wish to take.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can this certificate help me advance in my career?

Yes! Our students have found that the skills they learn in the certificate program have helped them move up in their careers, either into a project management role or another position that requires some project management knowledge.

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Can the classes I take towards a certificate be applied towards a degree in project management?

Not at this time. The credits you earn in the certificate program cannot be used towards earning a bachelor’s or masters degree in project management. However, many of our students find that the certificate program is a great way to build professional development skills and elevate a resume or LinkedIn profile.

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How can I check my progress in the program?

You can check your progress by logging into your SDSU Global Campus student account. If you need assistance with your account, contact our Registration staff at 619-594-5152 or enrollment.global@sdsu.edu.

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How is the program structured?

Our courses are fully-online and accessible from anywhere in the world. Instructors hold classes 1 night per week, which makes it easier to fit the program into your busy schedule. The Microsoft Project Fundamentals (PM0019) course may be offered on-campus, but we do also offer Introduction to Microsoft Project as a virtual asynchronous course through our Ed2Go partner.

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What is the program format?

Unless otherwise noted, all classes in the Project Management Certificate program are held via live (synchronous) Zoom sessions and held in the evenings for students who may work or have family commitments during the day. Please click on the course descriptions for specific dates and times.

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Do I need to purchase textbooks in order to complete my courses?

Most courses within our project management certificate program have either required and/or recommended textbooks to complete the course. Follow the instructions here to view the textbook requirements for your particular course.

Please note that textbooks are subject to change.

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Where can I purchase required textbooks?

Students may purchase required course books from the SDSU Bookstore’s website. Click here for a list of textbooks along with purchasing instructions. Textbooks are also available new or used through many online retailers.

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What if I don’t have access to Microsoft Project?

SDSU students are eligible to install Microsoft software applications like Project Professional and more with their SDSUid. More information may be found on the SDSU University Library page here.

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How do I receive my professional certificate once I’ve finished the program?

Once you’ve completed all the program requirements, fill out and submit a certificate request form. SDSU Global Campus will verify that you’ve completed all the required courses and assignments. Once you’ve been verified, you’ll receive a digital copy of your certificate.

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I’m interested. How do I get started?

Ready to take the next step? First, enroll in the program! Then, click on the Courses tab to browse our courses and register. If you have any questions about the program, our Welcome Center can help! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

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Want to Learn More?

Submit this web form and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions and explain the next steps in the process. Or, you can reach a program recruiter by emailing recruiter.global@sdsu.edu or by calling (619) 594-7700.

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Core Courses

2023 Fall2024 Winter2024 Spring2024 Summer
PM 0004 Introduction to Predictive and Agile Project Management

This interactive course is your one-stop introduction to project management! We'll explore both Predictive (Waterfall) and Agile methodologies using real-world examples.

Some of the topics we'll cover include Project Management framework, standards, terminology, responsibilities, life cycles, and the theory and practice behind both Traditional Predictive and Agile Scrum methodologies. You'll work in small in-class groups and participate in collaboration activities to dive deeper into the course content. You'll also work on two in-class exercises: the first will establish a Project Charter and the second will demonstrate Agile Ceremonies associated with a project.

Course Date(s)

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Instructors
David Matawitz
2023 Fall
PM 0014 Project Risk Management
Project managers must understand, plan for, and manage risks. In this course, participants will learn and apply a proactive approach to threats and opportunities based on an understanding of the risk management process.
Course Date(s)
September 12 - October 10
Register
Instructors
Germaine Wales
2024 Spring
PM 0002 Resource Management & Team Building
In quality organizations, project managers spend large portions of their time sponsoring teams for success. This "how-to" course defines the environment, roles, responsibilities, behaviors, and activities that support teams in an organization. Participants will learn when and why teams make project management sense, and the prerequisites for maximizing their results.

Course Date(s)
February 22 - March 28
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Instructors
Germaine Wales
2024 Summer
PM 0008 Scope Schedule and Cost
This course will focus on the processes required to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required, to complete the project successfully, the processes required to accomplish timely completion of the project, and the processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, and controlling costs so that the project can be completed within the approved budget. A main focus will be on creation of the work breakdown structure (WBS), activity duration estimating, and cost estimating.
Course Date(s)
July 25 - September 5
2024 Summer
PM 0005 Procurement
Most projects involve buying goods or services. Project managers don’t have to be expert technical buyers, but they do need to understand the buying process, particularly how to clearly define what they want and manage what they get. Clearly drawing the line between scope performed by the team and what has been outsourced has important ramifications for the ultimate success of the project. Participants will learn the processes required to ensure their projects meet their original goal and gain an understanding of the activities that determine the quality policy, objectives, responsibility, and implementation.
Course Date(s)
June 17 - July 22
2024 Summer
PM 0013 Communication and Stakeholder Management
Project human resource management includes the processes that organize and manage the project team. This course provides an overview of project human resource management processes and provides a process flow diagram of the inputs, outputs, and other related knowledge area processes.

Project communications management is the knowledge area that employs processes required to ensure timely and appropriate generation, collection, distribution, storage, retrieval, and ultimate disposition of project information. This course provides information on the critical links among people and information that are necessary for successful project communications.
Course Date(s)
May 9 - June 6
2024 Summer
PM 0016 Capstone: Project Simulation
Participants will work on a team project to drive home the relevance of the course content. Participants will demonstrate knowledge and mastery of good project management principles and apply these skills to current projects.
Prerequisite: All seven core classes must be successfully completed to be eligible for PM16. A course registration link will be emailed to students who have met the prerequisites. Please contact pm.ces@sdsu.edu if you have any questions.
Course Date(s)
June 18 - August 6
2024 Spring
PM 0019 Microsoft Project Fundamentals
Many users get frustrated and overwhelmed when trying to use MS Project, and even experienced users often use the suite of tools incorrectly, overlooking many complex features. This course covers proper techniques necessary for building an effective project management schedule using MS Project Pro 2021 with an emphasis on the relationship to the project lifecycle.
Course Date(s)
April 9 - May 14

Elective Courses

2023 Fall2024 Winter2024 Spring2024 Summer
2023 Fall
PM 0015 Earned Value Management
Learn the best-known technique for monitoring overall project performance against cost and schedule expectations. Gain a "big-picture" view of how your project is progressing and then drill down to specific problem areas.
Course Date(s)
October 17 - November 14
Register
2023 Summer
CM 0003 Effective Negotiation Skills and Techniques - Level I
Designed to enhance knowledge of negotiations and provide negotiating experience to individuals involved in contract administration, pricing, purchasing, project management, marketing, and engineering. Classes will include a combination of lectures (covering buyer, seller, government, and commercial perspectives) and mock negotiations, seeking to reach agreement on a variety of issues.
Course Date(s)
May 3 - June 7
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2023 Spring
LS 0010 Lean Certification

Cost: $275
Time Involved: 16 Hours

Our Lean/Lean Six Sigma courses provide online, in-depth training that will help you analyze your current processes, identify which steps are wasteful, and take steps to reduce cycle time and costs, as well as build a lean culture within your organization to make those improved processes sustainable.

Lean Six Sigma is a combination of two powerful process improvement methods: Lean and Six Sigma. Together, they provide a simple yet comprehensive framework and toolkit for solving problems. Register today to advance your skills, build your résumé, and achieve competitive advantages for yourself and your organization.

Learning Objectives

After completing the Lean Certification course, you will be able to:
  • Define what Lean is, where it came from, and how organizations can benefit from it
  • Describe how to use the tools and techniques involved in establishing the current state of a process
  • Describe how to use the tools and techniques involved in developing the future state of a process
  • Describe how to use the tools and techniques involved in building a Lean culture
  • Describe the tools and techniques involved in becoming a Lean leader

Students receive 3 months of access upon registration.

Course Date(s)
December 18 - May 5
May 6 - August 11

Courses

2023 Fall2024 Winter2024 Spring2024 Summer
2024 Spring
PM 0020 Agile Project Management
This course examines the theory and practice behind the Agile Scrum methodology. Following an overview of the basics and benefits of Scrum, we will track deeper into the Scrum standards and process including roles and responsibilities, ceremonies, and artifacts. Other topics include the impact of tangible and digital tools on the flow of conversation and collaboration within the Scrum team dynamic, as well the need to reconcile the "ideal" Scrum implementation with real-world constraints. Mapping Scrum to Waterfall and the critical need to integrate Scrum into the organizational culture will also be covered. This is an interactive course that utilizes small group collaboration activities in-class to further the examination of content.
Course Date(s)
April 4 - May 2