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    Project Management Certificate Program

    As projects grow in scope and complexity, organizations use the tools and techniques of project management to drive efficiencies and profit growth. Successful project managers are highly visible to top management and more likely to be considered for promotion. With DePaul University’s Project Management Certificate Program, in only 12 weeks you can discover how fast this growing discipline can drive strategic changes within your organization and provide a competitive advantage in your industry.

    This program is offered both in-class and online and is designed for professionals seeking to further their knowledge and understanding of the skills required to successfully complete projects. Its purpose is to expose you to the latest practices and standards in the field of project management, based on the book A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide)—Seventh Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2021. Through lectures, team interaction, activities and classroom discussion, the course fulfills the education requirement set forth by the Project Management Institute but is not an exam-prep course.

    Courses in this Program

    “I’m so glad I took this course! I’ve learned so much that I am applying to my job on a regular basis. I feel I have a good grasp of the different processes in the project management body of knowledge.  Loved the class, highly recommend it!”
    -Miryam Rashid, Project Manager, CrossRealms

    Who Should Attend

    This program is designed for professionals who manage, lead or participate in projects including, but not limited to, the following industries:

    • Administration
    • Art
    • Banking
    • Computers
    • Construction
    • Consulting
    • Customer service
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Financial services
    • Government
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
    • Human Resources
    • Information technology
    • Insurance
    • Law enforcement
    • Legal
    • Public relations
    • Purchasing
    • Quality
    • Supply chain management
    • Training


    Learn project management by jumping into the lifecycle of a typical project. Over the course of the program, you will learn how to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and close a project, using the best and most common practices in project management, according to the standards set by the Project Management Institute(PMI)®.

    You can choose to take the courses in the Project Management Certificate Program in-class or online. This program can be customized and conducted on-site for organizations seeking to enhance the professional skills of their employees. For more information, visit our Corporate Training page.

    Professional Affiliations

    The Project Management Certificate Program can be used to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam or to obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs). DePaul's Management Development Center has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

    Many students advance to become a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® or a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®. Please see the PMI® website for certification details and requirements.

    Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider


    The Project Management Certificate Program is a 12-week course that will lead you through the entire life cycle of a project. The program will cover the following topics:

    • The Discipline of Project Management/System for Value Delivery
    • Project Management Principles
    • Development Approach
    • Life Cycle Performance Domain
    • Stakeholder Performance Domain
    • Team Performance Domain
    • Planning Performance Domain
    • Project Work Performance Domain
    • Delivery Performance Domain
    • Measurement Performance Domain
    • Uncertainty Performance Domain


    What is the format of this course?
    Paced study is that which follows a schedule. This course has 12 modules, each lasting one week starting Monday at 12:01 AM and ending the following Sunday at 11:59 PM Central Time.

    There are graded discussions with an initial deadline of Thursday night and a final deadline of Sunday night. There are quizzes in several modules which are also due on Sunday nights. This will help you to plan your time accordingly during the week.

    Online means that the course content is delivered via D2L by selecting the Content link. Although we will be moving through the content in sequential order, (one module per week), all of the content for all 12 modules is already here for you in case you like to look ahead.

    Asynchronous means that unlike a face-to-face course where you need to be in a classroom with the instructor and other students at a specified place and time, this course is delivered entirely online, with no face-to-face requirement.

    The Module overviews take the place of the in-person lecture, and you may review these as quickly as you like or as slowly as you need to fit your pace. And you may keep and review these as you like; they are the same as the lecture provided in the in-person class. You may participate in the class the discussion forums at a time which fits your schedule within the established due dates.

    Can I earn PDUs with this program?

    PMP® certificants can earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward license renewal by taking courses in the Project Management Certificate Program. Each contact hour is equivalent to one PDU. Licensed professionals in other industries may qualify to earn Continuing Education (CE) credit. Students should contact their respective licensing body to ensure they meet the requirements.

    What is the difference between a certificate and a certification?
    A certificate is earned after completion of a course or a series of courses. Certificates are usually awarded by a training provider or an educational institution. Certification typically includes an experience, an educational component and requires passing an exam. Certifications are awarded by governmental and/or professional agencies and often require recertification to remain certified.

    Are books included in the tuition fee?
    Books are not included in the tuition fee. All other class materials are covered in the tuition fee and will be distributed as appropriate.
    The required texts to purchase for both the in-class and online sections of the Project Management Certificate Program are:
    • Larson, Eric W. and Clifford F. Gray. Project Management: The Managerial Process (McGraw-Hill Series Operations and Decision Sciences), 8th Edition, 2020. [ISBN-13: 978-1-260-57043-4 or ISBN-10: 1260238865]
    • Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Seventh Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. 2021. [ISBN-13: 978-1-628-25664-2 or ISBN-10: 1628256648]
    • Project Management Institute. Agile Practice Guide, 2017. [ISBN-13: 978-1-628-25199-9 or ISBN-10: 1628251999]

    Does this program qualify for financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)?
    In order to find out if you qualify for financial assistance, you must first contact Workforce Development. As a certified program under the ILLINOIS workNet initiative, this program has been approved for workforce training grants for those who are eligible. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Please contact Workforce Development for more information.

    Is this an exam-prep course for the PMP® Exam?
    No. Its purpose is to expose you to the latest practices and standards in the field of project management. It does fulfill the 35-hour education requirement set forth by the Project Management Institute for anyone who intends to sit for the exam.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Hap Bryant

    Phone: +1 312-362-6327

    Upcoming Class Offerings

    Project Management Certificate Program

    Dates: 9/9/2024 - 12/1/2024
    Time: -
    Location: Online
    Cost: $2,855.00
    Registration Deadline: 09/2/2024 - a $75 late fee will be assessed after this date for late registrations
    Final Deadline: 09/9/2024

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