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Project Management (Graduate Certificate)

[Program Overview] [Program Outcomes] [Curriculum] [Admission Criteria] [Application Requirements] [Transfer Credits] [Academic Standing] [Time to Completion] [Accreditation] [Faculty] [Contact Information]

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.


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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.

Academic Standing

You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain in a College of Management graduate or certificate program.

Only courses for which you receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward certificate requirements; and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. If you receive a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course, you will be placed on academic probation. If you receive a letter grade of C+ or below in two courses, or if your cumulative GPA is below 3.0 for two consecutive semesters, you will be dismissed from the graduate program.

If you have been dismissed from the program for unsatisfactory academic progress, you may apply for readmission after one calendar year has passed. To reapply, submit an updated resume and a letter to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee indicating what circumstances have changed and how you plan to successfully complete the program. The admissions committee reviews your request and responds in writing.

Only courses in which you receive a letter grade are applied toward your certificate. The option of a competence/no competence with a narrative transcript is not available to College of Management graduate students. Only internships are graded using pass/fail criteria.

Appeal of Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Removals from the Program

Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may apply for readmission no sooner than one calendar year after the last semester of study. To reapply, they have to complete the same process that was required for their initial admission and they must meet all the requirements of the Program as of their time of readmission. Readmission decisions are made by the College of Management and are not automatic.

If you are removed from the program for unsatisfactory academic progress, you may appeal the removal to the College of Management dean. The appeal must be in writing, and it must provide specific grounds for the appeal. The appeal is due to the dean within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying you of the decision to remove you from the program. The dean has 30 days to respond, in writing, to the appeal. Appeals received after 30 days will not be considered.

Time to Completion

You have two years from your first semester of graduate study to complete your certificate program requirements. You may request an extension of the time limit by writing to the College of Management Graduate Programs Office. Such requests must be received prior to the expiration of the time limit. Requests for extensions should include your reason(s) for requesting the extension, a summary of your plan to finish graduation requirements, and a specific date for the extension to expire. Extension decisions are made by the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee and are not automatic.

Reactivating into the Program

If you are a student in good academic standing who has not registered for courses for three or more consecutive semesters, you must apply to reactivate into the certificate program. To reactivate, submit an updated resume and a letter to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee expressing a desire to reactivate into the program. The Admissions Committee reviews your request and responds in writing, specifying certificate completion requirements and deadline for completion. You may be required to satisfy certificate requirements in force at the time of reactivation, even if those requirements differ from those in force at the time of original admission to the certificate program.


Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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Chicago, IL 60602-2504


All faculty members are:

  • Holders of doctorates in their fields
  • Authors of applied and refereed publications
  • Professionally trained as advisors for applied research projects.
  • Experienced in their employment fields.

David Bahn, Allen Bellas, David Bouchard, Steven Creason, Timothy Delmont, James Fatzinger, Ken Hess, Roger Israel, Katryna Johnson, Nancy Nentl, Hameed Nezhad, David O'Hara, Narasimha Paravastu, Roger Prestwich, Jayant Saraph, Jennifer Schultz, Francis Schweigert, Michael Sher, Adrianne Slaymaker, Joel Wilson, Michael Wilson, Minh Vo, Carol Bormann Young, Kenneth Zapp.

Contact Information

Office Location
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mailing Address
College of Management
Graduate Programs Office
Metropolitan State University
1501 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-659-7290
Email: com.graduateprograms@metrostate.edu
Website: choose.metrostate.edu/comgradprograms