At UC San Diego Extension, our students enjoy stimulating classes taught by practicing professionals and subject matter experts. 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.
Selection of Lean Six Sigma as elective incurs additional fee.
Must be completed within 5 years.
Project managers are becoming increasingly essential to management team functions in every industry. The Project Management Institute (PMI) notes in their Job Growth and Talent Gap (2017) report that employers will need to add 87.7 million project management jobs by 2027 across 11 countries on five continents. In the U.S., project managers earned an average wage of $105k in 2017 and over the next several years 213,974 new project management related positions are slated to be added; making the field an attractive option for those looking to advance their careers or retool into a growing field.
Instructor Mark Rushton brings together over 20 years of experience in a number of industries with a keen sense of the role of a project manager. Mark shares his story in this instructor spotlight: Mark Rushton on Becoming Agile
UC San Diego Extension's Project Management program curriculum is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and fulfills 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. For more on the requirements to sit for the PMP/CAPM exam, review the Project Management Institute's PMP Handbook.
UC San Diego Extension is a proud community partner of the San Diego Chapter of the Project Management Institute, which provides valuable resources, volunteer, networking, and test prep opportunities. To learn more, please visit: pmi-sd.org.
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 UC San Diego Extension Project Management coursework, as outlined in the Transfer Course Requirements below, 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: $4,500 (Students that elect to take Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt will incur additional fees; please see course page for exact tuition fee.)
Minimum time to complete: 6 months*
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
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 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 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can to change their credit status for a particular course at any time, up to and including the final course meeting.
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.
See Certificate FAQs for more information.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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" There are many classes available for people with varied of professional backgrounds to learn foundational knowledge and grow a strong understanding of project management. Aside from the array of courses available, this program allows you to grow your network with your professors and classmates. "
" 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. "