Program Overview:

Project Management Certificate Programs

Northwestern University has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for all of our project management core courses and electives.


Northwestern SPS has three certificate tracks designed to satisfy the project management training hours required to sit for PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®, and Project Management for Professional (PMP)® certification exams. We also offer electives for PDU credit toward maintaining those certifications.  Through a variety of project management courses, students will learn from industry experts the best practices to make them best-in-class project managers.  We offer weekday, weeknight, weekend and online project management training to fit your needs so you can earn your project management certificate.

 

Registration is open for Winter 2018 courses:

  • PROJ_PMI 402-0 Applied Project Management (on Campus) — Register by Friday, December 22

  • PROJ_PMI 402-DL Applied Project Management (Online) — Register by Friday, December 22

  • PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams — Register by Friday, December 22

  • PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners — Register by Monday, January 8

  • PROJ_PMI 401-0 Essentials of Project Management — Register by Monday, January 16

  • PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers — Register by Tuesday, January 30

View full course schedule here. Save your seat today!

 

Program Goals

  • Communicate the value of project management
  • Establish the structure for a successful project
  • Assemble, motivate and lead the project team
  • Ensure the project scope delivers the expected business value and desired outcome
  • Implement the proper mechanisms to prevent, minimize and respond to risks
  • Develop and use various mechanism to communicate project information
  • Ensure the project is completed per the agreed-upon project standards, budget and schedule

 

    Northwestern University has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and has been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for all of our project management core courses and electives.


    Project Management Institute (PMI)
    The PMI Registered Education Provider logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

    Student Profile

    Todd Collins, Project Manager and U.S. Army Veteran

    Todd Collins

    After U.S. Army Medic Todd Collins suffered a neck and back injury, he used his vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits to transition to a new career in project management. He began working as a principal at BooleHopper, a change management company that “assists law firms and corporate counsel with changes in technology.”

    To learn the ins and outs of project management, Collins enrolled in the Project Management Certificate Programs at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies, first earning his certificate as an Associate in Project Management, then moving on toward a certificate in Project Management for Professionals. Next, he’s hoping to dive right into studying to become an Agile Certified Practitioner

    “It never hurts to have all the theories of project management,” said Collins. “I looked around at the other schools in the area and they didn’t seem to have as many options or the same comprehensiveness as Northwestern’s professional development programs.”

    Read more of Todd's story and learn how the Project Management Certificate Programs have helped him hit the ground running.

    Applied Project Management* Track for PMP® exam candidates

    Choose this track if you have experience in project management and plan to sit for the PMP® exam. This course will satisfy the 35-hour project management training prerequisite.

    • Course length: 37.25 hours 
    • Offered in fall, winter, spring and summer
    • Offered in-person at Northwestern's Chicago campus and online over 11 weeks
    • Don't have 11 weeks? Try our NEW 5-week accelerated course!

    You can earn a Northwestern University Applied Project Management Certificate from this single course.**

    The PMP® credential is the gold standard of project management certification. To earn the PMP® credential from PMI, you must meet additional eligibility criteria and sit for their exam.
     

    *Formerly known as Project Management for Professionals. Course and certificate name changes effective Spring 2017. All course content and certificate requirements remain the same.

    **This option is not available to students enrolled prior to fall 2014.

    Essentials of Project Management* for CAPM® exam candidates or hands-on training

    Choose this track if you are a new project manager, a career changer, or just want hands-on training. This course satisfies the 23 hours of project management education required to sit for the CAPM® exam.

    • Course length: 24 hours
    • Offered in fall, winter, spring and summer
    • Offered in-person at Northwestern's Chicago campus on weekdays and Saturdays

    Choose an additional two electives to earn a Certificate in Essentials of Project Management from Northwestern University. These electives are offered on a rotating basis. Check the course schedule for current offerings. Courses may meet for two to three full days, or once a week at night for several weeks.

    Please note: agile elective courses are not recommended for students in the Essentials of Project Management track.

    The CAPM® credential demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. To earn the CAPM® credential from PMI, you must meet certain prerequisites.

    *Formerly known as Project Management for Practitioners. Course and certificate name changes effective Spring 2017. All course content and certificate requirements remain the same.

    Agile Practices for PMI-ACP® exam candidates

    Choose this track if you need to acquire the skills needed to get projects done quickly that have constantly moving parts. This course meets the 21 contact hours required by PMI to sit for the PMI-ACP® exam.

    • Course length: four days
    • Offered in fall, winter, spring and summer
    • Offered in-person at Northwestern's Chicago campus on weekdays and Saturdays

    Choose an additional two electives to earn a Certificate in Agile Practices from Northwestern University. We have specific agile electives, or choose from the general pool. These electives are offered on a rotating basis. Check the course schedule for current offerings. Courses may meet for two to three full days, or once a week at night for several weeks.

    The PMI-ACP® credential is for those who believe in and apply agile principles and practices on projects. It requires a combination of training, experience and an exam. The certification recognizes knowledge of the agile tools and techniques across agile methodologies, not simply limiting a practitioner to one agile approach. To earn the PMI-ACP® credential from PMI, you must meet certain prerequisites.

    *Formerly known as Agile Project Management. Course and certificate name changes effective Spring 2017. All course content and certificate requirements remain the same.

    Attribution

    PMI, PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP, and the PMI Registered Education Provider logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

    Core Courses:

    • PROJ_PMI 401-0 Essentials of Project Management
    • PROJ_PMI 402-0 Applied Project Management (On Campus)
    • PROJ_PMI 402-DL Applied Project Management (Online)
    • PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners

    Elective Courses:

    • PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams
    • PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for Project Managers
    • PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers
    • PROJ_PMI 315-0 Risk Management
    • PROJ_PMI 345-0 Practical Project Planning
    • PROJ_PMI 350-0 Leading and Coaching Agile Teams
    • PROJ_PMI 360-0 Agile Estimating and Planning
    • PROJ_PMI 365-0 Supporting an Agile Transformation