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In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned many of our courses to an online or live online format. Live Online classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system or Virbela virtual reality software. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. We will resume in-person classes when it is deemed safe to do so.

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.


In-Class & Online


Estimated Cost


Choice of Lean Six Sigma as elective increases tuition.

Minimum Duration

6 months

 Maximum 5 year duration.


New Project Management Package Options


You can now complete a sequence of classes in as little as six, nine, or twelve months while breaking up the tuition into affordable monthly installments. Extension offers a number of program packages for individuals looking for a more structured approach.

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:

  • Six-month Project Management Package
  • Nine-month Project Management with Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Package
  • Twelve-month Project Management with Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Package

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Self-Paced Program
As always, you may also opt to take individual courses through the traditional pay-as-go option that allows for maximum flexibility to start and stop when you want and take as many or as few courses each quarter, so you can balance life, work, and school. To start, simply scroll down to the "Courses" section at the bottom of this page and start with a foundational course.



Why Project Management?


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)


Certificate Features

  • 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
  • Earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) needed to apply for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam
  • Curriculum aligns with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI)



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

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International Students


International students who need an F-1 student visa will need to apply at Please check review the full-time Project Management Program for International Students (two quarters). International students are also welcome to participate in the program online from any location.

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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:

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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Certificate at a Glance


Number of courses: Approximately 6-7 courses
Total units: 18 units
Estimated cost: $4,500 (Choice of Lean Six Sigma electives increase tuition.) 
Minimum time to complete: 6 months* (See Package Options)
Delivery: Online delivery (In-class options will resume after COVID19 subsides).

*Students have a maximum of five years from the start of program to complete it.


There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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Get Inspired

" I enjoyed the flexibility the Project Management program allowed me. I could keep working, while expediting my progress by taking intensive courses and online classes at the same time. It was rewarding meeting other professionals and getting to work together on projects. "
-Nathaly P.
" The project management tools and techniques I learned are important, and I use them every day. More importantly, I learned about work team concepts, managing teams, and understanding cultures and personalities. These “soft skills” were used immediately on my first project. "
-Rich S.

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