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Project Management Certificate Online Graduate PMP Training Courses

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Register By: November 05 Classes Start: November 07

Prepare for PMP Certification

  • $627 per credit for 15 credits
  • Complete in as few as 6 months
  • Meets educational requirement to sit for PMP® exam
  • $77,420 median annual wage in 2020 for project managers1
  • Earn credit toward a master's in project management

Graduate Project Management Certificate Online Program Overview

Learn to deliver projects on time, on budget and on spec when you earn your Project Management Graduate Certificate online at Southern New Hampshire University. Finish your program prepared to lead a project through its entire life cycle – from initiation to planning, execution to monitoring and completion.

What you learn in this program can help you make an impact that is recognized across all departments of a company or organization.

You'll come away from this graduate learning experience not just with the requisite training for certification in project management. You'll have a greater understanding of scheduling, planning, cost and risk assessment, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, communications, securing resources, presentation and evaluation.

Learn how to:

  • Manage projects from start to finish
  • Prepare for project management certification exams

Becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)®

Through SNHU’s relationship with the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, this program is designed to give students the education, experience and guidance needed to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

An optional course in this program satisfies the 35 hours of project management education required to apply for the PMP® exam. In addition, we require all PMP course instructors to complete the PMI® Authorized Training Partner Train the Trainer – PMP Exam Prep Program, which equips our faculty with the authority to deliver PMP® exam prep and training content to PMI’s quality standards for the revised exam, which went into effect in January 2021.

Students who choose to pursue their PMP certification will find that this in-demand, industry-recognized credential can add significant value to their skillset, open up new opportunities and help boost their career growth and earning potential.

Career Outlook

As long as there are projects to be done, there will be a need for people to manage them.

In the United States, roles in project management are expected to grow fastest in software development – 14% through 2030.2

Globally, industries that should see the most growth through 20302 include:

  • Manufacturing and construction
  • Information and publishing
  • Finance and insurance
  • Management and professional services
  • Utilities
  • Oil and gas

"You see credentialed project managers working in a range of fields, from aerospace to construction, healthcare to information technology, finance to communications," said Anthony Allen, an adjunct instructor at SNHU.

With such a need for project managers, the PMI analysis reported that the GDP could be at risk because of a talent shortage – which could result in a loss of over $53 billion in North America through 2030.2

Dianne Swanciger with the text Dianne Swanciger“There is a lot of opportunity out there for people with the right credentials,” said Dianne Swanciger, an adjunct instructor at SNHU.

Proven analytical and problem-solving skills are in particular demand in this field.

"Learning and mastering project management in that way takes a lot of trial and error, which is expensive," Allen said. "A company or organization's stakeholders and shareholders don't want to hear that you're experimenting; they want results. A project management certification or concentration on your resume signals that you have the training and education to get results, and that puts you a notch above the competition."

Monica Denofa with the text Monica DenofaThe project management certificate program helped Monica DeNofa '21 stand out at work.

"At my current company, (the certificate) helped with my yearly review, and I’ve been a bigger asset to the project management team by having the foundational knowledge," she said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the pay for project management and business operations specialists is higher than the average for all occupations: In May 2020, the median annual wage was $77,420.1

Note: Students who successfully complete QSO 645: Project Management for PMP Certification as part of their Graduate Certificate in Project Management will meet the 35 hours of project management education required in order to take the PMP exam.

Start Your Journey Toward a Project Management Graduate Certificate

Courses & Curriculum

The project management graduate certificate teaches you the concepts, strategies and tools that today's project managers need to be successful.

"I chose the Project Management Graduate Certificate to give me the foundational knowledge needed to be an effective PM in the corporate world," said Monica DeNofa '21.

The program is taught by practicing business professionals immersed in the field each day. They understand what's working, what's not, and what trends and technology on the horizon are likely to affect project managers.

But there will always be two factors important to getting work done.

Anthony Allen with the text Anthony Allen"Cost and time are the two most valuable resources with any project," said Anthony Allen, an adjunct instructor at SNHU. "Applying the right project management methodology can help you manage those resources effectively."

In your studies at SNHU, you'll take 3 required courses that can help you develop the skills necessary to manage cost and time:

  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • Seminar in Project Management

For your last 2 courses, you'll have the option to choose from a variety of topics.

One of them – Project Management for PMP Certification – is what you'll want to take if your end goal is meeting the 35-hour educational requirement for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

If you're seeking a hands-on experience, another option you may want to seek out is an internship in operations or project management. Not only could you have a project management certificate on your resume by the end of the program, but you also could have the experience to add to it as well – giving you an edge in the field.

While you'll learn plenty of hard skills in your coursework, you'll also find yourself developing your soft skills. Dianne Swanciger, an adjunct instructor at SNHU, listed crucial traits like:

  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Organization
  • Self-motivation

The program was "well worth the year of studying, exams, papers and overall hard work to earn this certificate," DeNofa said. "I had been wanting to further my education not only for the knowledge, but to allow me to be more marketable in this ever-changing career environment."

Should you choose to continue your education, you can apply credits from this certificate program toward an online master's in project management or an MBA in Project Management.

Didn't take business undergraduate courses? You may need to take a foundation class – Mathematics and Statistics for Business – before beginning your project management certificate. The content in the course pertains to many business classes, and your admission counselor or academic advisor may request that you take this class. Find out if this class applies to you by contacting our team at SNHU.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation.

Note: This certificate program is not eligible for federal financial aid. 

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
 *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

This certificate is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI Authorized Training Partner seal is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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