UC San Diego Extension’s Professional Certificate in Project Management provides professionals with a practical, hands-on approach. Students hoping to get started in or advance their project management careers will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to plan, execute and complete complex projects within various types of organizations and industries.
Based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the curriculum includes an in-depth study of the elements essential to initiate, execute and complete a successful project, including the development of interpersonal skills critical to conducting work in a team environment. Examine how the principles of project management apply to specific industries, broaden your people skills to prevent or handle all types of conflicts or situations, and learn the nuances of management from a global perspective. Apply the tools and skills learned through a comprehensive hands-on simulation experience.
Careers in Project Management:
International Students Please Note:
For students who want to develop highly marketable competencies in project management, check out the full-time Project Management Program for International Students (two quarters). Participants will study alongside American students and build their professional networks. For more information, please visit the International Student Project Management page.
Transfer to Online Master’s Degree
Upon completion of UCSD’s Certificate in Project Management, 12 units can be transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville’s M.S. in Project Management degree program, which is offered fully online.
|Course Title||Course Number||Units||FA||WI||SP||SU|
|Pre-requisite (Complete one of the following courses prior to taking other required courses.)|
|Project Management Essentials in Science and Technology||O||O|
|Project Management Boot Camp||U||U||U||U|
|Project Management Essentials||O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Required Courses (Complete all five courses. )|
|Project Planning and Scheduling||U||O||L,O||U|
|Work Team Concepts and Skills||L,O||L,O||L,O|
|Controlling Project Costs and Risks||L,O||O,U||L||O,U|
|Project Procurement Management||O||L||O||O,U|
|Project Management Simulation||U||O||O,U||O|
|Elective Courses (Complete at least nine units. Choose from any of the following areas.)|
|Project Cost and Risk Management: Advanced Topics||O||O|
|Agile Power Practices||O||U|
|Conscious Project Management|
|Construction Project Management||U||O|
|Earned Value Project Management||O||U||O|
|Microsoft Project 2016||U||O||U||O|
|Planning & Project Management for Facilities Managers||U||O|
|Project Management for Technical Communicators|
|Leadership and Management|
|Business Communication Skills||L||L||L||L|
|Managing for Maximum Performance||O,U||O,U||O,U||O,U|
|Practical Writing Skills and Strategies for Business Professionals||O||O|
|Software Engineering Management|
|Business Practices for Software Project Managers||U||U|
|Successful Software Implementation and Delivery||U||U|
|Successful Software Requirement Analysis and Design||U|
|Engineering Project Management I||O|
|Logistics I: Logistics Overview||O||O|
|Systems Engineering Management||O||O|
|Systems Requirements Analysis||O||O|
|Other Courses of Interest (Not required)|
|Careers in Project Management||U|
|L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA|
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|Application Fee: $0||Apply Now!|
|Contact: Business, Professional & Legal Programs, 858-534-8133|
|Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.|
UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.
The Project Management Program consists of six required courses (17 units) and at least nine elective units. Courses are available in both in-class and online formats, and the entire certificate can be completed online. The program can be completed in one or two years, depending on whether one or multiple classes are taken each quarter.
Project Management Essentials or Project Management Boot Camp is required to advance to other project management courses. A student who has met the necessary pre-requisite, or who already has the PMP credential, is welcome to enroll in any individual class of interest. In order to request to bypass a pre-requisite, please email ProjMgtProgram@ucsd.edu.
Any student working toward the Project Management Professional Certificate must elect to take every course for a letter grade. As of Fall, 2016, a grade of ‘Pass’ is not acceptable toward the certificate. If you have registered for a course and selected a ‘Pass/No Pass’ grade option, and you would like to apply that course toward the certificate, you can submit a grade change request in writing to the Student Services office directly by sending an email message to email@example.com. Students are allowed to change their credit status for a particular course at any time, up to and including the final course meeting. Keep in mind that any work already completed in this certificate program, before Fall, 2016, will be counted, as long as long as you “passed,” whether you received a “pass” or a passing letter grade.
For more information please visit extension.ucsd.edu/pm.
Connect your classroom education with real-world experiences through a Next Steps Experience course. These specially designed classes allow students to gain hands-on experience by working closely with instructors and/or peers on simulated projects.
In the Project Management capstone course, Project Management Simulation, participants gain hands-on project management experience via a team project simulation. This course allows students to practice project management methodology and techniques in developing solutions to project management challenges. Students apply strategies to: project management prior to initiation; risk management; resource/vendor considerations; change management; portfolio management; outsourcing and contracts; team change responses; mergers and acquisitions; and global and virtual team project management.
Students are also encouraged to take a next step by taking advantage of our partnership with University of Wisconsin-Platteville, which allows graduates of our Project Management Certificate program to transfer up to twelve units toward the fully online M.S. in Project Management. If you are interested in taking this next step, be sure to check out all transfer requirements: www.uwplatt.edu/files/distance-education/PDF/Transfer-Agreements/PM/uc-san-diego-extension.pdf.
Courses can be used to satisfy the Professional Development Unit (PDU) requirement needed by Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holders. For information on PMP certification, the PMBOK and PDU requirements, visit PMI at pmi-sd.org.
Gary De Spain
Dir. of Exec. Development
UCSD Chemistry & Biochemistry Department
Susan Peterson, MBA, PMP
Program/Project Management Consultant