Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is a private, non-profit institution of higher education located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with an additional location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Education granted University status to Harrisburg University in 2005.  Harrisburg University became the first comprehensive, non-profit university founded in Pennsylvania in over 100 years. The Middle States Commission of Higher Education accredited Harrisburg University in 2009 with Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs with fully approved distance education programs.

The certificate program with Harrisburg University can be taken in a full-time, part-time with two options for delivery: all online or Executive (Hybrid- both online and in class format). The Graduate Certificate Program emphasizes experiential learning so that graduates obtain a concrete grasp of real-world project management issues. And, because Harrisburg University is a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute (PMI), the courses taken prepare the student for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification-the most in-demand professional certification in the field.

Certificate Description

This Certificate Program is designed for students with a desire to understand both traditional and agile principles and practices of project management with the goal of obtaining an academic Certificate in Project Management from Harrisburg University and an industry certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), either the Project Management Professional – PMP, or Certified Associate Project Manager – CAPM. The Certificate in Project Management requires all the core Graduate Level Project Management courses (six 3 credit hour courses – non-capstone) required to obtain a Master of Science in Project Management.  These core courses when completed successfully apply directly towards a Master of Science in Project Management if at some point the student decides to seek a full Master of Science graduate degree.

In order to complete the Certificate in Project Management at Harrisburg University, a graduate must also complete the necessary requirements for the PMP or CAPM including passing the relevant exam from PMI.  The PMP is the de facto standard in industry for Project Managers with over 700,000 professionals having obtained the PMP worldwide. The PMP requires not only the passing of a 4-hour exam but also requires industry experience. The CAPM is not as prevalent as the PMP (30,000 certifications) and requires only the passing of an exam.

With increased use of projects by businesses to develop and implement new products and services, and with the added complexity of project management, the Certificate from Harrisburg University in Project Management exposes students to the inputs, tools & techniques and outputs of managing successful projects. Students who participate in the certificate program will have an integrated understanding of both the knowledge areas and processes groups of the project management process and the application of these concepts to passing CAPM or the PMP certification exams. All academic credits achieved in completion of the Certificate program count towards eventual completion of a Master of Science in Project Management if student desires to continue their studies.


Required Courses:

 Prefix
 Course
 Credit
 Course Name
Delivery Option
 PMGT
 510
 3
 Fundamentals of Project Management
Online/Executive
 MGMT
 520
 3
 Professional Communication
Online/Executive
 PMGT
 530
 3
 Procurement, Risks, Contracts
Online/Executive
 PMGT
 540
 3
 Planning and Executing Projects
Online/Executive
 MGMT
 560
 3
 Organizational Leadership
Online/Executive
 PMGT
 570
 3
 Agile Project Management with Scrum
Online/Executive
 PMGT
 697
 0
 PMP/CAPM Exam Preparation
Online

Courses may be taken purely online or in the Executive Format.  Executive format is a hybrid approach which is a combination of
online and 3 half days on Saturday per 14 week semester at the Harrisburg University campus.

Prerequisite for Admission

Students would apply through the regular graduate admissions at Harrisburg University.  There is an option to select non-degree certification application.

How to Register for Classes

Applicants can register by calling the admissions office at 717.901.5101 or emailing admissions@harrisburgu.edu. Learn more about the admissions process at  http://www.harrisburgu.edu/admissions/.

Estimated Cost

$800 per Credit hour

$ 14,400 for Entire Certificate Program (does not include PMI application or exam fees for PMP/CAPM certification)