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About the Project Management Program

Become a Leader in Project Management

 

A Professional Certificate in Project Management provides an applied, hands-on approach to start or advance your project management career.

Advance your project management knowledge needed to plan, execute and complete complex projects within all organizations and industries. Industry-neutral curriculum allows you to apply knowledge to any field of interest.

Self-Paced Program

 

For those with busy schedules, our self-paced program is the perfect pay-as-go option that allows for maximum flexibility to take as many or as few courses each quarter as you prefer, so you can balance life, work, and school. To start, simply scroll down to the "Courses" section near the bottom of this page and start with a foundational course. The program can be completed in six months, but may be extended up to five years.

Project Management Package Options

 
The package options provide set schedules, a definitive program start and end date, and a reduction in tuition and fees for pre-paying for all classes. We offer three package options:
Contact: ProjectManagement@ucsd.edu

Project managers are becoming increasingly essential to management team functions in every industry.

Employment Outlook

Employers will need to add 87.7 million project management jobs by 2027 across 11 countries on five continents. Over the next several years nearly 214,000 new project management related positions are slated to be added in the U.S.

Earning Potential

In the U.S., project managers earned an average wage of $105k in 2017; making the field an attractive option for those looking to advance their careers or retool into a growing field.

(Source: The Project Management Institute, Job Growth and Talent Gap Report)

  • Project-based coursework taught by actively practicing industry leaders and subject matter experts
  • Industry-neutral curriculum allows you to customize the program to suit your career goals
  • Technical project management, leadership, and business management topics provide a balanced learning approach for project professionals
  • Curriculum aligns with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
Format: Online, Hybrid, Live Online

Asynchronous Online and Live Online formats. Some Hybrid in-class returning Fall 2021.

Estimated Cost: $4,500

Choice of Lean Six Sigma electives increase tuition.

Duration: 6 months

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Courses

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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid

Number of courses: Approximately 6-7 courses
Total units: 18 units
*Students have a maximum of five years from the start of program to complete it.

Project Management Boot CampBUSA-40950

Units: 3.50

$795

Get the Project Management Skills You Need in Four Days This intensive course will examine the basics of putting together a well-defined, planned, and executed project. Students will learn how to defi...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Management EssentialsBUSA-40064

Units: 3.00

$625-$639

Grow Your Project Management Knowledge and Skills Effective project management skills are important to professionals in any industry. Learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether your goal ...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Management Essentials in Science and TechnologyBUSA-40862

Units: 3.00

TBD

Key Knowledge for Project Managers Focusing in STEM Effective project management skills are important to professionals in any industry. This particular course is geared to those students interested or...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Completion of foundational course prior to participation in BUSA-40715 and BUSA-40970 is required.

Work Team Concepts and SkillsBUSA-40109

Units: 3.00

$625-$639

Do you work in groups or teams in your workplace? Learn how to develop effective teams in the context of project management and how to implement communication and conversation strategies that help you...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Planning and SchedulingBUSA-40715

Units: 3.00

$625-$639

Take a deep dive into planning and scheduling principles. Acquire knowledge and techniques necessary to initiate, plan, estimate, and schedule your next project successfully. Work within project teams...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Leading and Managing ChangeBUSA-40978

Units: 3.00

$625-$639

Today s working professionals are frequently leading others through dynamic and changing landscapes. They are tasked with leading their teams to do more with less, championing new changes amid uncerta...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Cost ManagementBUSA-40970

Units: 2.00

$625-$639

Project Cost Management covers the financial strategies and cost management best practices for successful projects with an emphasis on estimating, budgeting, and cost control. Concepts and tools are s...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Risk ManagementBUSA-40971

Units: 2.00

$615

All projects start with uncertainty, creating wide-ranging consequences from unmet plans to total organizational failure. Nearly all projects are conducted in some form of a regulatory environment. Bu...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Agile Power PracticesBUSA-40860

Units: 3.00

$595-$615

Make Agile s Most Powerful Tools Work for You This course provides an overview of the tools used in Agile methods of project management. Program and project managers who need to understand the balance...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Microsoft ProjectBUSA-40927

Units: 2.00

$595-$615

This seminar course introduces you to the Microsoft Project scheduling tool. There will be discussion on project management best practices; however, the emphasis of this course is how to best utilize ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Earned Value Project ManagementBUSA-40494

Units: 3.00

$595

Explore how to successfully monitor project and program performance through Earned Value Project Management (EVPM). EVPM gives customers and suppliers the ability to track technical aspects, cost, and...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Supply Management I: Purchasing & Creating RequirementsBUSA-40392

Units: 3.00

$595

Purchasing and supply management professionals must be equipped to face contemporary operational challenges. This class will expose students to industry best practices and provide an understanding of ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Procurement and LogisticsBUSA-40976

Units: 3.00

TBD

Learn how modern Procurement and Logistics organizations take advantage of digital tools to streamline the supply chain, mitigate risk and deliver more value to end users. Understand the fundamentals ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Business Communication: OnlineBUSA-40945

Units: 3.00

TBD

Learn Business Communication Online Success in today s business world relies heavily on your ability to effectively present yourself and your ideas. In meetings, presentations, and conversations, prof...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Transformational LeadershipBUSA-40803

Units: 3.00

$595-$615

The ability to transform and adapt as leaders to meet the demand of an ever changing business environment is crucial in our current economy. Continual growth and personal development are imperative f...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Interest-Based NegotiationBUSA-40128

Units: 3.00

$615

Becoming a skillful negotiator is essential for all professionals. Learning to produce superior outcomes through negotiations is a learnable skill that can benefit individuals in any field. Negotiatio...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00

$1,995-$2,495

During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educatioanl goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Spring courses will be offere...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Black BeltMAE-40004

Units: 9.00

$5,495

Fall Session Begins September 10! NOTE: Program includes Green Black Belt. There are no pre-requisites to begin. Want to know more about Lean Six Sigma? Join a free Information Session Thurs...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Careers in Project ManagementINFO-70061

Units: 0.00

TBD

Join Us Friday, April 9th For a Free Information Session During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about updates to the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam and news rega...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer

Lean Six Sigma Information Session (Black/Green Belt)INFO-70032

Units: 0.00

TBD

Join us to learn about Process Improvement Attend our free information session to learn how Lean Six Sigma can help you to improve all business processes in any industry. Explore the various training ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Summer

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EDC Preferred Provider

The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in Business positions. Students of our program will be eligible for fully-funded internships at San Diego small companies. Learn more about the program by visiting AdvancingSD.com.

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Project Management Institute

UC San Diego Extension's Project Management program curriculum is bPMI-SD-Main Page.jpgased on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Courses fulfill the necessary education hours required to apply for
PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam or PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam. Courses can also be used to maintain the PMP credential.

UC San Diego Extension is a proud sponsor of the San Diego Chapter of PMI, which provides resources for employment, volunteer opportunities, networking, and test prep. To learn more, visit:
pmi-sd.org.

Transfer to Online Master’s Degree

Upon completion of UC San Diego Extension Project Management coursework, as outlined in the Transfer Course Requirements, 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.

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Conditions for Admission

The Project Management Program consists of five required courses (14 units) and at least four 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 six months or longer, depending on whether one or multiple classes are taken each quarter.

Project Management Essentials or Project Management Boot Camp is required to advance to some required project management courses. Please review course requirements before enrolling. 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 ProjectManagement@ucsd.edu.

Any student working toward the Project Management Professional Certificate should elect to take every course for a letter grade. This is necessary if you intend to transfer credit to the online M.S. in Project Management program at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. If you have registered for a course and selected a Pass/No Pass grade option, you can submit a grade change request in writing to the Student Services office by sending an email message to unex-reg@ucsd.edu. Students can to change their credit status for a particular course at any time, up to and including the final course meeting.

Next Steps Experience

Pair your newly acquired Project Management knowledge with a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt credential as an elective in the program and take your career to the next level. Project managers with a Lean Six Sigma credential know how to improve quality, streamline process activities, increase the value, and reduce waste in order to support strategic objectives.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt* are electives in the Project Management Program:

  • Collaborate with Master Black Belt instructors and peers on real-life and simulated projects
  • In-class program provides hands-on mentorship on a project from your organization with a minimum annual savings goal of $40k for Green Belt and $100k for Black Belt.
*Students who complete the more advanced Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program can apply earned units to the Project Management program, which will satisfy all of the elective units required for the Project Management certificate. Black Belt graduates will only need to complete the foundational and required courses to earn the certificate.

For more information about how to join one of our Lean Six Sigma courses, please contact ProcessPrograms@ucsd.edu.
 

After completing of UC San Diego Extension’s Certificate in Project Management, twelve units can be transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Platteville’s online M.S. in Project Management degree proUniversity of Wisconsingram.

Industry Requirements

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.

After completing coursework at UCSD Extension, you can print the grade sheet you need to submit to PMI to receive PDUs for free from https://myextension.ucsd.edu. After logging in, click on “My Documents” and then “Grade” next to the course you want.  

UC San Diego Extension's Project Management certification program is based upon the textbook: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which the CAPM and PMP exams are based upon. Although our courses can certainly help students to prepare for PMI’s certification exams, the classes are not meant to be a test prep. Instead, our classes are application oriented and teach best practices to utilize the tools. An exam prep is solely focused on passing the CAPM or PMP exam. Our program provides students with an overview of the body of knowledge and teaches students how to apply the various project management tools and techniques.
 

Scholarships


San Diego Chapter of the Project Management Institute Scholarship

PMI San Diego Chapter sponsors an annual professional development scholarship to assist project managers who wish to attend continuing education courses. Up to US$1,000 will be awarded in whole or in part to one or more individuals per year. For further instructions on how to apply, go to: https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/pmi-san-diego-chapter-professional-development-scholarship. For additional information please contact the PMI-SD's Vice President of Outreach at outreach@pmi-sd.org.

 

ARES PRISM Project Management Scholarship

The ARES PRISM annual scholarship award is $1,000 and will be for partial support of the student for one full academic semester. Each student applicant should submit a completed application form, their essay prompt, and current unofficial or official transcripts before July 1st to the award committee here: https://www.aresprism.com/uncategorized/ares-prism-project-management-scholarship/
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this program be completed entirely online?

Yes! Students can take this program fully online in the convenience of your home or office or in a traditional in-class format. You can choose which format works best for your learning. All of the required courses and most of the electives can be completed in a fully online environment. For online courses, all assignments, tests and quizzes can be completed online.

Do the classes provide Professional Development Units (PDU’s)?

Yes, our Project Management courses may be used to earn the Project Management Institute’s Professional Development Units (PDUs). A course would be entered as Category 1 PDU. One hour of classroom instruction equals one contact hour. Most of the three unit courses provide 27 instructional hours and therefore equate to 27 PDU’s. To claim PDU’s, simply print out your UC San Diego Extension transcript or course history document, accessible through My Extension, and provide to PMI.

Do you provide job or internship placement?

No, we do not currently offer job placement assistance, internships, or career services assistance. However, the classes are excellent for networking purposes. To new students or those interested to join the field, we recommend getting involved with your local PMI chapter. The PMI association offers volunteer and networking opportunities. Volunteering with PMI provides you with the experience hours that are applicable towards the certification exams. Starting out in the field you will want to pursue entry level positions, such as a ‘project coordinator’. Here is a link to San Diego’s local PMI chapter: www.pmi-sd.org. Click here to view a list of PMI-SD’s upcoming events.

Participation in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course does involve a real-world project with a local company or organization. Students who are not employed can team up with other classmembers to work on a company project, which can help build your resume experience.

How are online classes formatted?

Most, but not all, of our online courses are asynchronous, which means that you can login and complete your work anytime 24/7. The lessons for each week are accessible via Blackboard, our online learning management system. While you can view the lectures and participate at your preferred time, you may have weekly assignments, quizzes and/or tests that are due on specific dates.

Recently, we have begun to offer new virtual reality courses that allow you to interact with instructors and peers in real-time from your home or office. These courses have specific meeting dates and times and are listed as hybrid courses on our website. It is important to be present for scheduled class meetings.

How do I apply to the certificate program?

Click on the “Apply Now” button on the certificate page. Complete the required fields on the application. Then click the “Save” button. Once you have saved the application, be sure to click the “Submit” button. You can track the progress of your application at My Extension. After acceptance, there is a one-time certificate fee due that secures your place as a certificate student.

How do I get my certificate once I have completed the requirements?

When you have paid your certificate fee and successfully completed all program requirements, you will need to request an audit by Student Services. To request an audit:

  • In your My Extension account, click on “My Courses.”
  • On the right side of the page under “My Certificates,” click on the name of the certificate.
  • On the right side of the page under “Tools,” click on “Request Certificate Audit.”
  • Complete and submit the form that appears.
Once you have formally submitted your audit request, your certificate will be mailed to the address we have on file for you within three weeks provided you have successfully completed all program requirements.

How long is each course?

Two-unit courses run for approximately 6-7 weeks; three-unit courses run for approximately 9-10 weeks. New weekend intensive courses such as the Project Management Boot Camp allow you to complete 3-unit courses in just 4-5 weeks. For exact course dates of upcoming sections, visit the webpage of the course you are interested in taking on our website. 

How will I receive my final course grade?

Once the course is complete, the instructor has 10 business days to submit grades. Once grades have been posted, you can view and print your grade sheet from your My Extension account.

If I work full-time, will I still be able to complete this program?

Yes. Our programs are designed for the working professional. Classes are offered in evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm, online, or on Saturdays to help you find a class format that meet your schedule.

Is there any financial aid associated with this program?

UC San Diego Extension has a number of financial resources to assist students. Please visit our Financial Resources page for information about staff and faculty discounts, programs for the unemployed or underemployed, private student loans and more.

If you are a veteran who served in our armed forces, you may be eligible to use your veteran education benefits to cover some or all of your program tuition. Please review our Veterans Education Benefits page for details.

Are you a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Project Management Institute? If so, you are eligible for a 20% tuition discount on select Project Management courses. To request your discount, please complete this required request form at https://forms.gle/CEAjJFENq6NNZja37
 

What are the grading options for courses?

If you are taking a course towards the Project Management certificate we recommend completing your courses for a Letter Grade. You will need to receive a C- or higher grade to apply coursework toward the certificate. Grades below a C- and Not for Credit will not count towards certificate requirements. If you are not working towards the Certificate you may take a course for one of three options: Letter Grade, Pass/No Pass, or Not for Credit.

Upon completion of our Project Management Certificate, you may be eligible to transfer up to 12 units towards University of Wisconsin, Plattville’s, M.S. in Project Management. In order to transfer coursework you must take courses for a letter grade and receive an A or B grade.

What are the required textbooks for a course?

Instructors will post the current textbook requirements on the course page on our website. Please note the textbook requirements are subject to change every quarter and different instructors may require different books, even if they are teaching the same course in the same quarter. Be sure to check the textbook requirements for the section in which you are enrolling.

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Lean and Six Sigma (LSS) are a blend of two of the most powerful process improvement tools. The methodologies provide a systematic way to improve performance efficiencies and to reduce variations in all business operations to achieve productivity and profitability gains. LSS courses develop practitioners who are prepared to apply the tools and deliver significant results.
 
We offer a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (in-class, hybrid and online), and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (in-class) course. There is a difference among these courses—in length, time commitment, fees, projects/course requirements; the Green and Black Belt have different learning objective and address different levels of Lean and Six Sigma. For example, the Green Belt is roughly half the time commitment of the Black Belt, but both can be completed in one quarter.

LSS participants will also receive an additional credential in addition to the Project Management certificate by completing either the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt courses. LSS coursework will help to satisfy the elective unit requirements for the Project Management certificate.
 

What will I earn at the completion of the program?

Upon successful completion of the Project Management program, you will receive a Professional Certificate in Project Management from UC San Diego Extension. A Professional Certificate is defined as:

  • Representing mastery of an established body of knowledge as is necessary to succeed in a field of professional practice
  • Material presented by multiple instructors, representing multiple viewpoints and a breadth of issues and practices
  • Curriculum reflecting timely changes in the field of study; complementing prior or simultaneous degree study in the field
  • Meeting a minimum of 120 classroom instruction hours (the Project Management certificate provides 210 classroom instruction hours)
  • An award of a gold seal “full-size” certificate document upon successful completion

UC San Diego Extension—like all other UC San Diego schools, colleges and departments—is accredited by WASC through the University. All courses and certificate programs offered by UC San Diego Extension have been developed and administered in accordance with Extension policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California.

When does course enrollment open for each quarter?

Classes posted to our website and open for registration approximately two months prior to when the new quarter begins. If you would like to receive an email reminder you can sign up for our newsletter(s) in My Extension, under the “Preferences” tab. The Fall quarter begins in late September, Winter begins in January, Spring begins in April, and Summer begins in late June.

You can also contact ProjectManagement@ucsd.edu about course dates and enrollment periods.

When is the refund deadline for courses?

The refund deadline for courses in this program is typically one week after the start date. This allows you one week to try out a class and review the courses syllabus. If you decide that the course does not meet your educational needs, be sure to drop within the refund deadline. For intensive format courses, the refund deadline is usually the day before the course start date. While you are permitted to drop a course after the refund deadline, a refund will no longer be provided. The exact refund deadline for each section is listed in the section notes on the course page in our website, and you can also find it in My Extension by clicking on “My Courses” and then the name of the course.

Will this program prepare me for a certification exam?

Curriculum is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our program provides an overview of the PMBOK and teaches students how to best apply the various tools and techniques, in an application oriented setting. Although our courses can certainly help students to prepare for PMI’s CAPM (Certified Associate Project Management) or PMP (Project Management Professional) certification exams, the classes are not meant to be a test preparation. By taking courses you will receive the educational hours needed to be eligible to sit for PMI’s certification exams.

For information about the PMP Certification, only proctored through PMI, please visit their website: http://www.pmi.org/certification/project-management-professional-pmp.aspx
 

Advisory Board

Greta Blash, PgMP, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMP-PBA

Facilitated Methods, Division of Blash Enterprises, Inc.

Sanjiv Erat, PhD

Associate Professor

UC San Diego, Rady School of Management

Ray Frohnhoefer, MBA, PMP, CC

PPC Group, LLC

Barbara Gunning, MBA, PMP

Rocking Your Team

Matt Hayden

Sharp

Enas Ibrahim

AMN Healthcare

Asitha Seneviratne, Ph.D, P.E., PMP, PSP

HNTB Corporation

Debbie Williams

BAE Systems

Samantha Yung

City of San Diego

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