This certificate provides a concentrated course of study for students seeking to build their career in the growing profession of project management. Graduates leave with the following knowledge and skills: beginning and advanced project management technical skills based on the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge), Agile management framework and tools, and the complex leadership and organizational skills to manage virtual and in-person project teams. The completion of just one GGU class fulfils PMI®'s education requirement to apply for either the CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management) or PMP® (Project Management Professional) exams. Students will gain knowledge from faculty who are certified by PMI®, and who have significant real-world project management experience. Course materials align with the Project Management Institute A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

  • Learn from PMI® certified instructors from some of the Bay Area’s largest companies.
  • Gain essential PM skills, including Agile, to build collaboration, inspire action and improve project outcomes.
  • Apply credits towards a Master's in Project Management or an MBA.
  • No GRE or GMAT required.

PMI®, PMBOK®, PMP® and CAPM® are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute.

What You'll Learn

Motivational, communicative and conflict resolution methods to manage virtual and in-person project teams.

Risk management with a focus on project procurement management, solicitation, and contract issues.

Organizational skills for building collaboration, inspiring action, and improving project outcomes.


Introduces the principles and techniques of directing and controlling resources for a fixed-term project established for the accomplishment of specific goals and objectives, including issues pertaining to engineering, construction and large-systems development projects. Topics covered are the manager's responsibility, use of systems analysis, scheduling and control of project operations, planning, executing, budgeting and staffing; the manager's role in leadership, motivation, communication, conflict resolution and time management. Class material will be integrated with the information in the PMI®'s A Guide to the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge).

Managers in today's complex, rapidly changing business environment must be able to effectively respond to change, learn consistently, make connections and understand context. This course uses presentation, interactive exercises, and small-group work to explore Agile concepts, principles, roles and responsibilities, and practices. Students will get hands-on experience with Agile management tools and techniques, and gain an understanding of how Agile teams and projects work.

Presents an in-depth treatment of critical aspects of planning and control in modern project management. The locus of projects within the overall context of good business practice is emphasized, as well as the role of business analysis and the relevance of business needs. Project-planning issues addressed include project life cycles, constraints, the work breakdown structure, project plan and charter, project estimating, project budgeting and financial control issues and earned value analysis. The latest techniques in project risk management are explored through assessing and controlling of the risk variables with emphasis on project procurement management, solicitation and contracting issues. Project quality management is treated in depth, to include contemporary concepts, tools and techniques. Applications using computer-based software and case studies are drawn from various industries to illustrate the analytical, planning and control activities common to project management.

Explores the three critical human aspects of successful project management (administration, leadership and team dynamics) in the context of each stage of the project process. Content includes organizing and supporting human effort, positioning the project across organizational boundaries, internal and external roles and relationships of projects, politics of projects, indispensable leadership actions, influencing and supporting change, project communications, negotiation, managing conflict, and effective team building and leadership. Students' participation is focused on case studies, problem solving and creation of innovative approaches to dealing with the human side of projects. Class material will be integrated with the information in PMI®'s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®).

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Course Delivery

  • 100% Online: No in-person classroom presence is required.

Tuition & Fees

  • Special tuition rate per unit: $600
    (terms & conditions)
  • Technology fee: $85 / term
  • Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum education: Bachelor's degree
  • Prerequisite courses: None
  • Student status: May not be currently enrolled in a GGU degree or certificate program and may not have been enrolled in a GGU graduate degree or certificate program during the previous 12 month period.
  • Residency: F or J Visa holders are not eligible.


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