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.

Who Will Benefit

  • 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

Certificate Requirements
To earn the Professional Certificate in Project Management, you must successfully complete seven (7) core courses and two (2) electives. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years. If you are not pursuing a certificate, you may take as many individual courses as you wish, with the exception of the Capstone: Project Simulation.

Core Courses (complete all 7) Hours Cost Day 18SU 18FA 19SP
PM 0004 Introduction to Project Management: Framework and Integration 15 $449 Tu   9/4-10/2 3/7-4/4
PM 0014 Project Risk Management 15 $449 W   11/13-12/18 5/16-6/13
PM 0002 Resource Management & Team Building 15 $449 Tu 5/15-6/12 10/9-11/6 4/11-5/9
PM 0008 Scope, Schedule and Cost 21 $649 Tu 6/19-7/31   1/8-2/19
PM 0005 Procurement 18 $549 W 8/1-9/12   4/2-5/7
PM 0013 Communication and Stakeholder Management 15 $449 M   9/19-10/17 2/26-3/26
PM 0016 Capstone: Project Simulation 18 $649 W 5/9-6/20 10/24-12/12  


Elective Courses (choose 2) Hours Cost Day 18SU 18FA 19SP
PM 0018 Quality Management 15 $449 M 7/9-8/6    
PM 0015 Earned Value Management 15 $449 Th 8/2-8/30    
CM 0014 Ethics and Compliance 18 $449 Th   9/6-10/11  
PM 0020 Agile 15 $449 W     1/16-2/13
CM 0003 Effective Negotiation Skills and Techniques - Level I 18 $449 Tu     2/20-3/27
PM 0019 Microsoft Project Fundamentals 15 $449 M     4/8-5/6

*Dates subject to change


Enrolling in the Program
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 still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.


Location of Classes
SDSU Extended Studies/Gateway Centers, Hardy Avenue entrance, unless otherwise noted.

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For more information, email or call (619) 594-3946.

Core Courses

2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall
PM 0004 Introduction to Project Management: Framework and Integration

This course is designed for those who have already been introduced to project management, but are looking to gain more understanding about the project management framework, project management standards, and the project management knowledge areas. Some of the topics covered will include: terminology and definitions, the role of a project manager, benefits of project management, project life cycle and organization, project management processes, and the project management knowledge areas. A focus on project integration management will cover the development of a project charter, project scope statement, and project management plans.

Course Date(s)

David Matawitz
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)

Edwina McKinney
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)

Germaine Wales
2018 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)
June 19 - July 31
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)

2018 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)
August 1 - September 12
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.

Course Date(s)

Elective Courses

2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall
CM 0014 Ethics and Compliance

This course will discuss the practical aspects and critical requirements of compliance and ethics within any organization. Emphasis will be on compliance and ethical issues relating to contracting, project management, and the statutory and other regulatory requirements of these activities. The course will cover topics such as: creating and maintaining an ethical workplace; how to ensure compliance with laws, rules and regulations; what can go wrong, and the business implications if it does.

Course Date(s)

Bob Borntrager
PM 0021 Program Management

Vision and strategy cannot have a meaningful impact if they aren't put into action. Program Management is a critical set of tools and methods that enables organizations to plan and execute complex efforts to realize business value. This five-week course builds on the core Project Management curriculum and provides an overview of the tools, methods, and skills involved in Program Management including:

Alignment of the Program with the Organizational Strategy
Program Benefit Management
Establishing and Leveraging Program Governance
Stakeholder Communication and Management
Decision Making

Course Date(s)

Carrie Hoff
2018 Summer
PM 0018 Quality Management

Today, high quality is no longer an option; it's a mandatory deliverable. Project quality must be defined and project managers must deliver on quality metrics. This course will help project managers understand the key elements related to managing project quality, and understand when to apply Continuous Improvement and Quality principles to meet deliverables and commitments.

  • Understand the key elements, tools and processes used in the Planning, Performing and Quality Control phases
  • Understand the history of the evolution of the Quality Movement
  • Learn Continuous Improvement history and methodology including Plan, Do, Check; Act (PDCA); and Lean Six Sigma (LSS)
  • Learn DMAIC methodology: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control
Course Date(s)
July 9 - August 6
2018 Summer
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)
August 2 - August 30
PM 0020 Agile

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)

David Fenner
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)

Paul Van Loon
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 2013 with an emphasis on the relationship to the project lifecycle.

Course Date(s)

Germaine Wales


2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall

The Project Management Certificate Program at SDSU's College of Extended Studies 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

The Professional Certificate in Project Management at SDSU's College of Extended Studies 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 Daniels, Project Manager, i-Net Profits, LLC

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 been 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


SDSU Research Foundation Program

San Diego Workforce Partnership - Creating Workforce SolutionsThe College of Extended Studies is a State-approved provider for the Federal Workforce Investment Act for this program.