Program Overview

Project management is one of the fastest growing career fields in business. Organizations are increasingly using projects as a means of achieving their strategic objectives.

In response to this need, the College of Management is offering a graduate certificate and concentration in Project Management. The required courses prepare students for the challenging field of Project Management by providing them with tools, skills, and knowledge necessary to initiate, plan, and implement projects successfully.

Some of the major skills areas covered include:

  • Project planning, implementation, and control using Microsoft Project
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) formulation
  • Earned Value Analysis
  • Computer-aided problem solving and decision making methodologies
  • Systematic approaches to risk identification, risk modeling, risk impact assessment, response planning, and documentation
  • Simulations using Microsoft Project, Crystal Ball, and Excel
  • Techniques in data mining and visual display of quantitative data
  • Team building, negotiation, and conflict resolution in projects
  • Project management organizational options
Program Outcomes

Students completing the Project Management certificate will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • prepare, evaluate, and make proposal decisions
  • develop, monitor, and implement project plans, using appropriate tools and techniques
  • apply critical thinking, analyses, and strategies to complex business problems
  • negotiate and manage conflicted situations
  • identify, model, assess, and document risk management factors and
  • present, explain, and market project-related information.

More information about this program

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Admission Criteria

To be considered for admission to the Project Management Graduate Certificate Program, you must submit evidence of the following:

  • A bachelor's degree earned from an accredited institution
  • At least one year of full-time professional work experience
  • Principles of management and basic statistics and a basic knowledge of Microsoft Office.
Application Requirements

Applicants should allow 7-10 business days for review once all required application materials are received and sent to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee.

To be considered for admission you must submit:

  • Graduate Application
  • Non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Assessment Scores
  • Current resume
  • Goals Essay

See Applying to the Program for application packets, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.

Transfer Credits

Courses are accepted in transfer upon the approval of the Graduate Programs Director in consultation with discipline coordinators. A course is accepted in transfer only if it has been completed within the last five years from an accredited institution, no degree was granted, and a letter grade of B or better was earned in the course.

Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 12 total credits)

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  • DSCI 620 Project Management
    4 credits

    This course provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of project leadership and management. Topics covered include all aspects of project management from project initiation issues, RFP formulation, proposal decisions, preparation, and evaluation, project planning and implementation to organization, risk assessment, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Also included are project planning techniques such as PERT, CPM, Earned Value Analysis, and project monitoring and simulation using Microsoft Project software.

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  • DSCI 630 Project Risk Management
    4 credits

    This course provides a comprehensive study of project risk management, including concepts, methodologies, and applications. It includes systematic approaches to risk identification, risk modeling, risk impact assessment, respond planning, and documentation. Decision science methods such as System Dynamics, Monte Carlo Simulation, Decision Analysis, Probability Analysis, Analytic Hierarchy Process, and Scenario Analysis will be utilized in risk assessment. Use of computer software in risk analysis will also be emphasized.

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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • DSCI 691 Project Management Leadership and Problem Solving
      4 credits

      The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to overall leadership and methods and procedures for solving managerial problems in multiple knowledge management areas of project management. Students will learn the art and science of problem solving by actively participating in solving real-life problems and cases and in the execution and control of projects through simulations. Emphasis is placed on developing the proper attitudes for dealing with complexity and uncertainty. Topics covered include decision making, prediction and forecasting, conflict resolution, scenario planning and strategic problem solving. Applications of appropriate computer software programs will also be emphasized. This course covers many important topics that are included in the Project Management Institute's examinations for certifications like PMP and CAPM. Students who wish to achieve these type of certifications will be facilitated by this course.

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    • MIS 671 Problem Formulation and Data Presentation
      4 credits

      This course provides students with techniques and strategies to work on complex business problems while exercising strong critical thinking skills. It also helps them develop potential solutions. This course then focuses on how to take the results of students' professional work and present complex material in a manner that helps them clearly explain and market their information.

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