Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 16.5
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion:
1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 52.0211
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 11-9199

About the Program

Please note: This program is no longer accepting new students.

While project management has been around since the 1950s, the field has experienced an explosion of growth, both in the number of project managers being employed and in the expectations of the industry. Not only is work becoming more “projectized,” but also more organizations are using project management to achieve business results. This requires a solid foundation in business fundamentals, communication, and leadership, as well as skills in program management and portfolio management.

The graduate certificate in Project Management is designed to support the growing need for project management graduate education. It provides students with the skills necessary for successful professional and leadership careers in the rapidly expanding field of project management and will prepare students to pursue their Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 may be considered.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may email official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary institution directly to Drexel University Online. All transcripts must be supplied regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school attended. If all post-secondary institutions are not listed on the application and then listed on transcripts received from other institutions, application processing will be delayed until the remaining transcripts are submitted. Use Drexel's Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation, professional or academic. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation. If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal essay, between 750-1000 words, describing your interest in the program. Specifically, discuss the following:
    • How the program relates to your previous educational activities
    • If changing course, why are you moving in a new direction with your educational goals
    • How the program relates to your current line of work
    • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
  • Resume
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. For more information regarding international applicant requirements, view the International Students Admissions Information page.
  • An interview may be requested.

The graduate certificate in Project Management is also open to Drexel graduate students in any discipline who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
PROJ 510Project Quality Management3.0
PROJ 515Project Estimation & Cost Management3.0
PROJ 601Project Leadership1.5
or PROJ 602 Project Teamwork
Elective courses3.0
Select 1 of the following:
Project Risk Assessment & Management
E-Tools for Project Management
Managing Multiple Projects
International Project Management
Project Procurement Management
Project Management Tools
Project Stakeholder Management
Managing Project Knowledge
Other graduate-level courses, with approval of student's Academic Advisor and the Project Management program (must be 5XX or higher)
Total Credits16.5

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PROJ 5013.0PROJ 5023.0PROJ 5153.0
PROJ 601 or 6021.5PROJ 5103.0Elective*3.0 
 4.5 6 6 0
Total Credits 16.5

Additional Information

Interested candidates should visit Drexel University Online for admissions requirements and more information about how to apply.

Questions about the graduate certificate in Project Management should be directed to:

Tina Lloyd
Program Manager
Graduate Office, LeBow College of Business
Tel: 215.895.6976
Email: cal332@drexel.edu

CAPM, PMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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