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  • Online Project Management Certificate

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Project Management

    Drexel’s online Graduate Certificate in Project Management offers a solution for at-work professionals seeking solid and basic project manager skills to advance their career. Recent reports show demand for project managers is high worldwide.

    Because project manager skills are versatile, the 18-credit certificate is perfect for those who want to make an impact in fast-growing industries. These include information technology, healthcare, manufacturing, business services, finance and insurance, oil and gas, construction, and utilities.

    The project management certificate also aims to help you prepare for such new opportunities with marketable credentials. Along the way, you might extract insights that you can apply to a current role. You’ll also be able to pursue the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)® from the Project Management Institute (PMI).®*

    Graduate Certificate in Project Management Program Features

    • 18 credits
    • Online classes allow working professionals to learn at their own pace
    • Coursework includes fundamentals and principles of project management
    • Elective courses allow you to focus on a specific area of interest
    • Credits transfer into the full MS in Project Management

    What is a Project Management Graduate Certificate?

    A project management graduate certificate is for bachelor’s prepared students who want extra credentials. While providing an alternative to a degree, you’ll be able to transfer earned credits to Drexel’s MS in Project Management if that is your goal.

    What Exactly Does a Project Manager Do?

    A project manager oversees a task from start to finish. This timeline involves procuring a project; defining the scope, cost, and goals; (re)focusing the team; and coming in on budget and on time.

    What is the Average Salary of a PMP Certified Project Manager?

    Recent figures by PayScale indicate that PMP Certified project managers earn an average annual salary of $104,000. In contrast, general project managers earn an average annual salary of $73,080. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not list project managers as a category, they do show that salaries vary by industry and location. For example, IT Managers report earning an average annual salary of $142,530 in 2018.

    What Jobs Can I Get with a Project Management Certification?

    Those who take the extra step of pursuing PMI credentials might pursue popular positions such as:

    • General Project Manager
    • Construction Project Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Project Engineer
    • Information Technology Project Manager
    • Senior Project Manager

    Based on a survey by PMI, those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification.*

    How Do You Earn a Certificate in Project Management?

    To earn Drexel’s graduate certificate in project management, you need to complete 18 credits (six courses). The five required classes cover fundamentals. You’ll learn how to plan, schedule, estimate, lead, collaborate, and deliver a quality project on budget and on time. You then choose an elective that lines up with your interests.

    Meeting PMP Certification requires you to complete 35 hours of project management education plus either of two paths:

    • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) and 7,500 hours leading or directing projects; or
    • Four-year degree and 4,500 hours leading or directing projects

    How Do I Get CAPM Training Hours?

    You can get CAPM training hours by completing 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam. Or have a secondary degree and 1,500 hours of project experience.

    Related Programs

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

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses  
    PROJ 501 Introduction to Project Management 3.0
    PROJ 502 Project Planning & Scheduling 3.0
    PROJ 510 Project Quality Management 3.0
    PROJ 515 Project Estimation & Cost Management 3.0
    PROJ 603 Project Leadership & Teamwork 3.0
    Elective (Select One) 3.0
    PROJ 520
    Project Risk Assessment & Management  
    PROJ 530
    Managing Multiple Projects  
    PROJ 535
    International Project Management  
    PROJ 540
    Project Procurement Management  
    PROJ 645
    Project Management Tools  
    PROJ 650
    Project Stakeholder Management  
    PROJ 665
    Managing Project Knowledge  
    Other graduate-level courses can be chosen with approval of your Academic Advisor and the Project Management program (must be 5XX or higher.)
    Total Credits 18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1342 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2020-2021 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

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    Fall 2020

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    Winter 2021

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    Spring 2021

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    Summer 2021

    June 21, 2021

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    September 4, 2021

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