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. The Project Management program incorporates key leadership and team work skills that project managers need to be effective.
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For international students interested in joining our full-time program, which gives students the opportunity to study in the United States on a student visa, please check out the full-time Project Management Program for International Students (two quarters). International students who need an F-1 student visa will need to apply at ip.extension.ucsd.edu. International students are also welcome to participate in the program online from any location.
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.
Number of courses: Approximately 7 courses
Total units: 21 units
Estimated cost: $4,260 - $6,440 *Dependent on which elective courses are selected. (tuition only; textbooks not included)
Time to complete: Six months (full-time); one year (part-time)*
Delivery: In-class and online delivery. Intensive boot camp and weekend classes also available for some courses.
*Students have up to five years from the start of program to complete it although it can be completed in as little as six months.
There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program
The Project Management Program consists of five required courses (15 units) and at least six 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 ProjectManagement@ucsd.edu.
Any student working toward the Project Management Professional Certificate must elect to take every course for a letter grade. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable.
It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.
Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits.
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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.
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.
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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 and submitted through Blackboard, our online learning platform.
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.
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.
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. Our new virtual reality courses allow you to interact with instructors and peers in real-time from your home or office. These courses have specific meeting dates and times.
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.
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 ten business days.
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.
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.
Yes. Our programs are designed for the working professional. All classes are offered in either a fully online format or meet one evening a week from 6-9pm. Multiple classes are also offered on Saturdays.
If you are taking a course towards the Project Management certificate we recommend completing your courses for Letter Grade and receive a C- or higher grade. 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”.
Instructors will post the current text 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.
Classes post 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.
The refund deadline for courses in this program is typically one week after the start date. For intensive format courses, the refund deadline is usually sooner. 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. 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.
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.
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