Online Project Management Certificates and Diploma Programs

A certificate in project management can give you the skills you need to advance into a position as a project manager. Learn about online education options and careers in the field. Schools offering Business Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Why Should I Earn a Project Management Certificate?

Project managers may progress into their positions through time and as a natural course of progression in their career. However, if you thoroughly enjoy developing a plan from an idea, organizing necessary resources and implementing a business solution, earning a certificate could put you on the fast track to project management. These short programs give you the flexibility of online learning while applying your lessons to your current job.

Common Courses Finances, information technology, project management, time management, quality control, change implementation and monitoring
Possible Careers Project manager in a variety of fields
Online Availability Fully online programs are available
Other Requirements Internships and practicum may be required

What Courses Will I Take?

Courses generally introduce you to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, industry standards that prepare you to design and manage all facets of a complex project. Topics address the role of a project manager, finances, project life cycles and the impact of organizational structure on projects. You may also be able to choose electives in different areas, such as information technology (IT) or construction project management. Typical courses in a certificate program include:

  • Time management
  • Budgetary planning and risk management
  • Quality control procedures
  • Resource assignments and communications
  • Implementing and monitoring change

What Jobs Will I Be Prepared For?

With a certificate in project management, you will be ready to apply the knowledge you've gained to project management positions in a number of industries from business to construction, marketing to information technology. Some programs also prepare you for professional certification through organizations such as the Project Management Institute, which offers credentials in several areas of project management.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected a 15% and 5% increase in IT and construction manager jobs between 2014-2024, respectively including project manager positions. Salaries for a project manager in either of these industries don't vary much, with those in the IT field reporting a range of $46,403-$130,051 in 2016 and construction project managers claiming salaries between $45,572-$124,982 during the same period, according to PayScale.com.

How Do Online Programs Work?

Online programs are typically structured in the same manner as campus-based programs, though internship or on-site practicums may not be required. You will need reliable access to a computer with an Internet connection. Software requirements vary, typically requiring updated operating systems and browsers, though you may also be required to download plug-ins, such as Acrobat Reader or Macromedia Flash, in order to view coursework. Communication with instructors and other students may include email, message boards, chat or through an online course-management system, such as Blackboard.

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