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About the Project Management Program

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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:

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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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
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  • Hybrid
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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.

Foundational Course - Select One

Project Management Boot CampBUSA-40950

Units: 3.50


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...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Project Management EssentialsBUSA-40064

Units: 3.00


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

Required Courses

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

Work Team Concepts and SkillsBUSA-40109

Units: 3.00


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


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


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


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

Elective Options - 4 UNITS Required

Choose Any Elective Courses Below to Reach a Minimum of 4 Units

Project Risk ManagementBUSA-40971

Units: 2.00


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

Transformational LeadershipBUSA-40803

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Agile Power PracticesBUSA-40860

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Microsoft ProjectBUSA-40927

Units: 2.00


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

Interest-Based NegotiationBUSA-40128

Units: 3.00


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...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Purchasing and the Procurement ProcessBUSA-40392

Units: 3.00


The journey of a single item from manufacturing, shipping, distribution and sales to payment is fraught with potential legal and operational pitfalls. Yet the world of commerce continues to spin non-s...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Spring

Earned Value Project ManagementBUSA-40494

Units: 3.00


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

Process Improvement Elective Options

Earn an additional credential in Lean Six Sigma and satisfy the elective requirement for the PM program.

Lean Six Sigma Black BeltBUSA-40995

Units: 6.00


Go Beyond Your Green Belt.Blaze a path towards $100k in savings with the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt program. For individuals who have successfully completed a Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Green Belt training, ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Lean Six Sigma Green and Black BeltBUSA-40996

Units: 9.00


Get Ready - Fall Program Begins September 10! Click HERE to watch a recording of the recent Lean Six Sigma Information Session. Join our next LIVE Information webinar on Friday, December 3, ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring

Lean Six Sigma Green BeltMAE-40013

Units: 4.00


FREE INFORMATION SESSION:Click HERE to watch a recording of the recent Lean Six Sigma Information Session. Meet the Instructors and learn about the Fall 2021 programs. Join our next LIVE Information...

Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Free Workshops and Sessions

Careers in Project ManagementINFO-70061

Units: 0.00


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


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

EDC Preferred Provider

Students who complete our program are eligible for fully-funded internships at local small companies. The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in Business positions. Learn more by visiting

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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.

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 is designed with working professionals in mind. Perspective students who are currently looking to enter the field or advance their careers prospects are ideal candidates. While a bachelor's degree or similar higher education experience is preferred, all who are looking to gain valuable business skills are encouraged to complete the short program application by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. Course training hours may be used to earn PDUs to sit for or maintain a PMP credential.


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: For additional information please contact the PMI-SD's Vice President of Outreach at


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:

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.

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 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. Weekend and 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. Most students who work full-time take one or two courses per quarter. For those who are not employed or work part-time a typical schedule includes three or four courses per quarter.

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

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 180 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 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:

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Every class was timely and relevant to my business unit needs.

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I enjoyed the flexibility the Project Management program allowed me.

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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


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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