Project Management Adv. Cert.

A graduate credential driven by real-time employer demand

These jobs will grow 15% by 2030, outpacing overall labor market growth.

The project management job market

80k+

Average Annual Salary

15%

Employment Growth

1.5M

New Project Management Jobs/Year

97%

RIT Graduate Outcomes Rate

Program Highlights

The advanced certificate in project management is a graduate-level credential designed to provide you with the in-depth knowledge and skills to be a successful project manager in any industry. Designed for working professionals and part-time study, in this program you will develop the leadership skills needed to effectively manage a team and achieve your project objectives. This graduate credential follows industry project management standards. RIT's School of Individualized Study (SOIS) is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Authorized Training Partner.

What you will learn

  • The tools and techniques to manage the comprehensive project management life cycle for a project - from initiation through closing
  • How to balance the critical tradeoffs of time, cost and scope to meet customer expectations
  • How to lead a project to success, and how to capitalize on the leadership and behavioral facets to do so
  • How to navigate the social and cultural aspects, legal and regulatory practices, technology and infrastructure

Curriculum

PROF-710
Credits 3
This course addresses project management from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering the fundamental nature of and techniques for managing a broad range of projects. Topics cover the Project Management Life Cycle from Planning to Termination. It also addresses the behavioral and quantitative facets of project management, as well as the use of methods, tools and techniques for the initiation, planning, and execution of projects. Introduces the standard framework, processes and knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute. *Note: Bachelors degree or minimum of 5 years of work experience in a project related business environment. Recommended education or work experience in organizational behavior, mathematics and basic accounting. *Note: BUSI-510 may not be substituted for BUSI-710 in a graduate concentration or the advanced certificate in project management. Additionally, a student may not register for and receive credit for both BUSI-510 and BUSI-710, whether taken as an undergraduate or graduate student.
PROF-714
Credits 3
Business agility allows organizations to quickly adapt to new markets. In a fast paced ever changing world of highly competitive products and services, organizations need to be able to deliver solutions to market quickly in an uncertain environment. Agile Project Management provides an iterative and incremental framework to explore and deliver high risk solutions efficiently in a rapid response timeframe. We will explore Agile Project Management practices across multiple industries including Agile project roles following the Project Management Institute® Agile Practice Guide.

Choose one of the following:

PROF-711
Credits 3
Advanced Project Management covers the topics necessary for implementation of and excellence in project management. It deals with turning the principles and theory of project management into practice. The course addresses the best practices for project management in the world; project portfolio management and ROI; the project office and Six Sigma; project risk management and integrated projects; corporate cultures, behavior, and cultural failures; informal, adaptive, and extreme project management; and critical chain project management. Integrates aspects of the framework, processes and knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute. *Note: Advanced Project Management is available in on-campus and online formats.
PROF-712
Credits 3
With the increasing frequency of globalization, mergers, and acquisitions, international projects are becoming more prevalent and approaching the norm for many organizations. This course addresses a wide range of international projects—based in different industries and multiple countries. It deals with cultural and social differences within firms; cultural and social differences among countries and within countries; languages and dialect variations; different management practices and structures; religious practices; legal, regulatory, and reporting requirements; technology and infrastructure differences in different regions; and time zone differences. Incorporates aspects of the framework, processes and knowledge areas of the Project Management Institute.
PROF-715
Credits 3
Agile Leaders are able to work effectively in unpredictable and ambiguous situations. Being adaptable, promoting innovation and modeling a learning organization set apart Agile Leaders from their more traditional counterparts. We will explore the servant leadership characteristics of Agile leaders, how they create and lead self organizing teams, how they drive value into everything they do balancing agility with strategy without creating an environment of chaos. Additionally, we will explore the Agile Culture which allows for both dynamic approaches to the business while also ensuring clear strategy and stability for the employee community. We will explore the facets of an Agile Culture across various industries that promote a customer centric approach of value through empowered employees.
PROF-716
Credits 3
Finding and implementing solutions to customer problems that are both adaptable and incremental provide for the greatest flexibility and return on investment. Agile and Design Thinking supports project teams working in an environment that requires innovation as well as dealing with uncertainty. Agile encourages a collaborative relationship with customers that promotes flexibility to meet business needs. By focusing on the human element and customer experience, Agile and Design Thinking provide a framework for engaging customers in ensuring prioritization of organization, product and service solutions that deliver frequent value for the business.

Electives

 
Graduate Elective
Credits 3

A foundation for the MS Professional Studies

With your advanced certificate in project management, the master of science in professional studies is within your reach. The 12 credits/four courses will count toward your master’s degree. 

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

Cost

The online advanced certificate in project management requires 12 credits and costs $1,237 per credit hour (Academic Year 2021 – 2022). This tuition reflects the RIT Online discount of 43% off the traditional campus-based program cost. 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Military tuition benefits
  • Support from employers 
  • Private scholarships 
  • Financing 
  • Payment plans 

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