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.
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.
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Meet Your Instructors
Assistant Director, Purchasing and Contracting, County of San Diego
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.
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.
Industry expert in course design, creative lesson planning, public speaking, and technical writing.
Dr. Lutheran M. Carter
Retired U.S. Navy leader with a background in Organizational Leadership and an emphasis in Organizational Development.
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.
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
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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.
- 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
Job postings in the last 12 months
Projected job growth in the next 10 years
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Core Courses (complete all 8)||Cost||FA||SP||SU|
|PM 0004 Introduction to Project Management: Framework and Integration
Recommended first course
|PM 0002 Resource Management & Team Building||$549||2/22-3/28|
|PM 0005 Procurement||$549||10/9-11/13|
|PM 0008 Scope, Schedule and Cost||$649|
|PM 0013 Communication and Stakeholder Management||$449|
|PM 0014 Project Risk Management||$449||9/12-10/10|
|PM 0020 Agile Project Management||$449||10/5-11/2||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.
|Elective Courses (choose 1)||Cost||FA||SP||SU|
|LS 0010 Lean Certification
|PM 0015 Earned Value Management
|PM 0022 PMP Exam Prep||$749|
|PM 0019 Microsoft Project Fundamentals
(Ed2Go) Introduction to Microsoft Project 2019/Office 365
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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- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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