Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The graduate certificate in Project Management is designed for IT professionals who want to acquire the skills and competencies for IT project management. The project management certificate provides students with the managerial and technical skills that are applicable to information systems software development lifecycle (SDLC) including requirements, analysis/design, implementation, and testing. The student applies the fundamental concepts and techniques of project management like schedule and budget estimation, resource allocation, progress monitoring, risk mitigation and contingency planning to IT projects in the software industry. The student acquires hands-on experience with traditional project management methodologies and modern project management methodologies like Agile project management. Standards for quality assurance and quality control, like ISO 9000 family of standards, will be discussed and explained to assess the maturity of the development organizations and the development processes for the IT projects. Business Communication and IT budgeting moves projects and innovation forward, focusing on application to real-world initiatives.

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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Information Systems program.


 

About the Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Graduate Certificate in Project Management Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the  certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply managerial and technical skills that are applicable to information systems software development life cycle (SDLC) including requirements, analysis/design, implementation, and testing.
  • Implement the fundamental concepts and techniques of project management like schedule and budget estimation, resource allocation, progress monitoring, risk mitigation and contingency planning to IT projects in the software industry.
  • Use hands-on experience with traditional project management methodologies and modern project management methodologies like Agile.
  • Analyze and discuss standards for quality assurance and quality control, like ISO 9000 family of standards.
  • Assess the maturity of the development organizations and the development processes for IT projects. 
  • Use business communication and IT budgeting to move projects and innovation forward, focusing on application to real-world initiatives.

Project Management Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate: 

  • CIS 495 Agile Projects and Organizations
  • CIS 496 Information Technology Writing and Communication
  • CIS 497 Information Technology Finance
  • MSDS 475 Project Management

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

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Project Management Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Project Management Tuition

Tuition for this program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Project Management Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Project Management

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Project Management Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Project Management program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on the Project Management Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Information Systems Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MS in Information Systems program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.


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