Project Management

Northwestern University School of Professional Studies offers a variety of project management courses that meet the professional development needs of today’s project managers, including those seeking professional development units or PMP® certification. Students will learn from industry expert practicing project managers the best practices to manage predictive (waterfall), hybrid (Disciplined Agile), or agile projects.

The goal of our program is to make our students best-in-class project managers, equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and tools to meet the challenges of the role. We have designed our three certificate tracks to align with different career goals and project types so that you will find a project management certification program that is a match. We offer weekday, weeknight, weekend and online project management training to fit your needs so you can improve your project management skill set.

Project Management Tracks

Choose from Three Tracks
   Essentials of Project Management Applied Project Management Certificate in Agile Practices
Course Length 24 hours 35 hours 21 hours

On Campus/
Online

Online (self-paced) and remotely via Zoom (virtual classroom) over 7 weeks Online (self-paced) and remotely via Zoom (virtual classroom) over 10 weeks Remotely via Zoom (virtual classroom) over 6 weeks
Audience Choose this track if you are a new project manager, manage projects as part of your role, and/or are interested in sitting for the CAPM® certification exam. Choose this track if you have at least 3 years of experience managing projects, manage projects as your full-time role, and/or are interested in sitting for the PMP® certification exam. Choose this track if you are an experienced project manager who is interested in adopting agile principles and practices, if you manage Agile teams, and/or if you are interested in sitting for the PMI-ACP® certification exam.
Way of Working Predictive, hybrid Predictive, hybrid Agile
Core Course PROJ_PMI 401 Essentials of Project Management PROJ_PMI 402 Applied Project Management PROJ_PMI 403 Agile for Practitioners
Electives Two required*
  • PROJ_PMI 204 Developing People and Teams
  • PROJ_PMI 211 Soft Skills for Project Managers
  • PROJ_PMI 225 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers
  • PROJ_PMI 300 Managing Global Teams
  • PROJ_PMI 315 Risk Management
  • PROJ_PMI 345 Practical Project Planning
None Two required*
  • PROJ_PMI 350 Leading and Coaching Agile Teams
  • PROJ_PMI 360 Agile Estimating and Planning
  • PROJ_PMI 365 Supporting an Agile Transformation

*Students pursuing a Certificate in Essentials of Project Management are welcome to take Agile elective courses, however, this is not recommended. Core courses (PROJ_PMI 401, PROJ_PMI 402, and PROJ_PMI 403) may not be taken as elective courses.

 

Fall 2021 Register by:
PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams October 21, 2021
PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for Project Managers October 21, 2021
PROJ_PMI 315-DL Risk Management (Online) October 10, 2021
PROJ_PMI 401-0 Essentials of Project Management (Remote) September 29, 2021
PROJ_PMI 401-DL Essentials of Project Management (Online) October 24, 2021
PROJ_PMI 402-0  Applied Project Management (Remote) October 6, 2021
PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners October 4, 2021
PROJ_PMI 350-0 Leading and Coaching Agile Teams October 21, 2021

   

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About the Project Management Certificate Programs

Program Goals

Students who take our courses will increase their ability to:

  • Demonstrate the value of project management
  • Apply the right approach for a predictive, hybrid, or agile environment
  • Assemble, motivate, and lead the project team
  • Ensure the project scope delivers the expected value, desired outcome, and quality
  • Implement the proper mechanisms to prevent, minimize, and respond to risks
  • Effectively communicate with project sponsors, stakeholders, and team members
  • Assess project health and address project changes and disruptions

Courses

Explore all the Project Management Program Courses for details on course offerings.

Applied Project Management Track

Choose this track if you have at least three years of experience managing projects and/or manage projects as your full-time role.

  • Suitable for people managing predictive and/or hybrid projects
  • Course length: 35 hours
  • Offered in fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • Currently offered online (self-paced) and remotely via Zoom (virtual classroom) over 10 weeks
  • Aligned with the PMP® certification exam
You can earn a Northwestern University Applied Project Management Certificate from this single course.*

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

Essentials of Project Management Track

Choose this track if you are a new project manager, manage projects as part of your role, and/or are interested in understanding the project management profession.

  • Suitable for people managing predictive and/or hybrid projects
  • Course length: 24 hours
  • Offered in fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • Currently offered online (self-paced) and remotely via Zoom (virtual classroom) over seven weeks
  • Aligned with the CAPM® exam

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. 

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

Agile Practices Track

Choose this track if you are a project manager who is interested in adopting Agile principles and practices and/or if you manage an Agile team.

  • Suitable for people managing agile projects
  • Course length: 21 hours
  • Offered in fall, winter, spring, and summer
  • Currently offered remotely via Zoom (virtual classroom) over 6 weeks
  • Aligned with the ACP® exam

Complete an additional two electives to earn a Certificate in Agile Practices from Northwestern University. Choose from Agile-specific or general project management electives. These electives are offered on a rotating basis. Check the course schedule for current offerings. 

Project Management Certificate Attribution

Obtaining and maintaining a certification from a global organization such as the Project Management Institute (PMI) is an important aspect of demonstrating your proficiency as a project manager. Our courses are aligned with the principles and best practices defined by PMI, including those of Disciplined Agile. Our courses also satisfy the current 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 professional development units (PDUs) toward maintaining those certifications.  

Read more about PMI certification eligibility requirements here.

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

Tuition and Financial Aid for Project Management Certificate Programs

Complete details can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid for Project Management section of our website.

Project Management Faculty

Instructors for this program have a range of expertise, specializations and work experience. Read about their qualifications on our Project Management Faculty page.

Careers in Project Management

Read more on the Project Management Careers page.

Find out more about Northwestern's Certificate in Project Management

Contact an Enrollment Adviser

An Enrollment Adviser at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies can help with any inquiries regarding our certificate programs.

Project Management Course List

Core Courses:Course Detail
Essentials of Project Management (Remote) <> PROJ_PMI 401-0

Designed for project team members and newer project managers / professionals who are managing projects as one part of their job, this course provides a detailed examination of the fundamental processes of project management and meets the 23 contact hour training requirements for PMI®'s Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)® exam. Using lectures, case studies, discussions and individual and group exercises, participants will learn how to apply the standard project management process to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close a project. This will include an emphasis on determining how to meet customer/client needs, planning activities, and communication skills.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 23 (Technical: 17; Leadership: 3; Strategic: 3)

 

Course materials:

Project Management from Start to Finish, 1st Edition. Barnes, Lisa-Ann. Access Alliance for Education, 2020. eText ISBN: AA4E20208767LB

Students may purchase this digital textbook from any retailer where it is available. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 401-0 Sections
Essentials of Project Management (Online) <> PROJ_PMI 401-DL

Designed for project team members and project managers / professionals who are managing projects as one part of their job, this 7 week course provides a detailed examination of the fundamental processes of project management and meets the 23 contact hour training requirements for PMI®'s Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)® exam. Using lectures, case studies, discussions and individual and group exercises, participants will learn how to apply the standard project management process to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close a project. This will include an emphasis on determining how to meet customer/client needs, planning activities, and communication skills.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 23 (Technical: 17; Leadership: 3; Strategic: 3)

Course materials:

Students may purchase this digital textbook from any retailer where it is available. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 401-DL Sections
Applied Project Management (Remote) <> PROJ_PMI 402-0

This 10-week course is designed for project managers / professionals who have at least three years of experience managing projects or teams within larger projects. Through course readings and lecture videos, students will review fundamental concepts, learn standard processes and best practices, and explore advanced techniques. Participants will apply this knowledge to various case studies through discussions, individual activities, and group exercises.

By the end of the course, participants will have reviewed the entire project management process, and explored the core aspects of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, and risk. This will include an emphasis on determining how to adapt project management processes to meet the needs of the project team, stakeholders, and customers/clients. Leadership, communication, and team-building skills for projects will also be discussed.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate the value of project management
  • Adapt their approach for a predictive, agile, or hybrid environment
  • Establish the structure and plan for a successful project
  • Assemble, motive, 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 mechanisms to communicate project information
  • Ensure the project is completed per the agreed-upon quality standards, budget, and schedule

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 (Technical: 15.75; Leadership: 10.5; Strategic: 8.75) 

Required Course Materials:

Students may purchase these books from any retailer where they are available, in any format. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 402-0 Sections
Applied Project Management (Online) <> PROJ_PMI 402-DL

This 10-week course is designed for project managers / professionals who have at least three years of experience managing projects or teams within larger projects. Through course readings and lecture videos, students will review fundamental concepts, learn standard processes and best practices, and explore advanced techniques. Participants will apply this knowledge to various case studies through discussions, individual activities, and group exercises.

By the end of the course, participants will have reviewed the entire project management process, and explored the core aspects of integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, and risk. This will include an emphasis on determining how to adapt project management processes to meet the needs of the project team, stakeholders, and customers/clients. Leadership, communication, and team-building skills for projects will also be discussed.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate the value of project management
  • Adapt their approach for a predictive, agile, or hybrid environment
  • Establish the structure and plan for a successful project
  • Assemble, motive, 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 mechanisms to communicate project information
  • Ensure the project is completed per the agreed-upon quality standards, budget, and schedule

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 (Technical: 15.75; Leadership: 10.5; Strategic: 8.75)

 

Required Course Materials:

Students may purchase these books from any retailer where they are available, in any format. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 402-DL Sections
Agile for Practitioners <> PROJ_PMI 403-0

Agile skills are in high demand in all industries, and experienced project professionals need to pick up agile skills to stay relevant. This course, which meets the PMI-ACP® education requirements, is a workshop style course that will teach participants the principles and values of Agile, and help them apply Agile practices and techniques to their current projects. This is a highly interactive course that leverages real world examples from Scrum, Lean, Kanban and other Agile methods. Participants will work in teams to experience and apply Agile to the course exercises.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 26 (Technical: 20; Leadership: 6)

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 403-0 Sections
Elective Courses:Course Detail
Developing People and Teams <> PROJ_PMI 204-0

As a project manager, it is part of your job to work with a team to achieve a specified outcome. Whether it is an existing team or a cross-functional team put together for this project, working with teams has its advantages and challenges. How can you best manage the strengths of your team to reach its goals? How can you help prepare a team for the developmental stages they will encounter while working together? In Developing People and Teams, students will look at individual development including coaching, mentoring and motivation theory. Team development will be explored through the topics of facilitation and collaboration. Participants will also have the opportunity to assess their personal style of conflict resolution.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 13 (Leadership: 13)

 

Course Materials:

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0. Rath, Tom. New York: Gallup Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-595-62015-X | ISBN-13: 978-1-59562-015-6

Students may purchase this book from any retailer where it is available, in any format. PLEASE NOTE:  Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu prior to the first day of class. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 204-0 Sections
Soft Skills for Project Managers <> PROJ_PMI 211-0

The effective project manager possesses deep interpersonal skills and is able to use their skills to lead their project teams to deliver results. This workshop will help you improve the essential skills needed to be an effective project manager such as communication, relationship-management, conflict resolution, decision-making, and team motivation. Format includes lecture, case studies/group activities, discussions and Q & A.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 1; Leadership: 9; Strategic: 2)

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students must read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers by Ginger Levin prior to the first day of class.

 

Course materials:

Students may purchase these books from any retailer where they are available, in any format. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 211-0 Sections
Power Excel Skills for Project Managers <> PROJ_PMI 225-0

The Executive Team is counting on you to commit a project completion date. Mistakes will be costly due to penalties if there is any delay. Your project team is counting on you to guide their effort so the critical tasks are identified and prioritized. You are buried in a ton of project information arriving to you daily. How do you collect and organize it? How do you make sense of it? How do you use it to make the best decisions for the project?

From committing to a project completion date based on the organization's risk tolerance to creating compelling reports and charts that can drive actions from your organization to address critical issues to keep your project on track, Excel is one of the best and more flexible tools available for Project Managers to simplify tasks related to managing information and also to help on daily decision making on many levels.

Students will learn advanced excel skills through this hands-on workshop that will help them to create analytical tools, formulas, charts, graphs and macros that will support them on making critical project management decisions. Real-world experiences from project initiation to project completion will be used so students will leave each day of the training with the ability to apply what they have learned in their workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 10 (Technical: 7; Leadership: 3)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 225-0 Sections
Risk Management (On Campus) <> PROJ_PMI 315-0

You are the project manager for a multi-million dollar project, and there can be no mistakes. Your Executive Team is depending on you to manage successfully! What do you need to do know to assess risk so you can deliver against stakeholder expectations?

Through this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of types of risks that threaten projects and the use of various techniques for assessing and managing risk and approaches to reduce project risk. Particular emphasis is placed on areas of risk identification, analysis, response planning and monitoring and control. Use of case studies will help illustrate how risk management is used successfully and will allow the students to develop practical skills for use in the workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 15 (Technical: 11; Leadership: 4)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 315-0 Sections
Risk Management (Online) <> PROJ_PMI 315-DL

You are the project manager for a multi-million dollar project, and there can be no mistakes. Your Executive Team is depending on you to manage successfully! What do you need to do know to assess risk so you can deliver against stakeholder expectations?

Through this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of types of risks that threaten projects and the use of various techniques for assessing and managing risk and approaches to reduce project risk. Particular emphasis is placed on areas of risk identification, analysis, response planning and monitoring and control. Use of case studies will help illustrate how risk management is used successfully and will allow the students to develop practical skills for use in the workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 15 (Technical: 11; Leadership: 4)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 315-DL Sections
Practical Project Planning (On Campus) <> PROJ_PMI 345-0

The effective project manager is able to create an effective set of project plans that communicate the work, assignments, decision-making flows, and risks to the project sponsor, stakeholders, and team members. These plans must be at the level appropriate to manage the risk of the project, and at the same time be understandable by the project team, and easy-to-maintain as the project progresses. During this three-day workshop, designed for project managers, you will complete a comprehensive set of project plans, learning and applying practical techniques. Using hands-on activities, case studies, and your own projects, you will improve your capabilities completing the project charter, the project participation matrix, communication plan, and risk management plan. You will also learn practical techniques for establishing project ground rules, meeting cadences, and collaboration tools.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 16 (Technical: 12; Leadership: 2; Strategic: 2)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 345-0 Sections
Practical Project Planning (Online) <> PROJ_PMI 345-DL

The effective project manager is able to create an effective set of project plans that communicate the work, assignments, decision-making flows, and risks to the project sponsor, stakeholders, and team members. These plans must be at the level appropriate to manage the risk of the project, and at the same time be understandable by the project team, and easy-to-maintain as the project progresses.

During this 6-week workshop, designed for project managers, you will complete a comprehensive set of project plans, learning and applying practical techniques. Using hands-on activities, case studies, and your own projects, you will improve your planning capabilities and:

  • Document the project charter, scope definition, deliverables, and milestones
  • Define resource requirements and build the project participation matrix
  • Build a schedule based on accurate resource availability
  • Create a communication plan that utilizes effective meeting cadences
  • Conduct a risk assessment and complete risk response plans
  • Establish project standards and transition to project execution

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 16 (Technical: 12; Leadership: 2; Strategic: 2)

Course materials:

Students may purchase these books from any retailer where they are available, in any format. Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.


Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 345-DL Sections
Leading and Coaching Agile Teams <> PROJ_PMI 350-0

Agile frameworks empower teams with flexible tools to manage timelines, deliverables and budgets, and still meet stakeholder needs. This overview course will provide leaders and coaches insights into how to support Agile teams. Participants will learn the mindset, culture, values, and principles that make Agile techniques work. They will also learn some of the key differences between traditional and Agile approaches. Finally, participants will learn and practice the key leadership and coaching skills needed to provide an environment for Agile teams to thrive.

 

This course uses "experiential learning", meaning that students will learn new skills and practice them in the course. Students will use exercises and case studies to gain hands-on experience with various Agile techniques and leadership tools.

 

Please note: This class is best suited for individuals who have some experience working in teams.

 

Total PDUs: 14 (Technical: 7; Leadership: 7)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 350-0 Sections
Agile Estimating and Planning <> PROJ_PMI 360-0

As Agile methods and tools continue to grow in popularity, people are interested in how to leverage Agile to improve their projects. Contrary to what some people think, planning in Agile projects is more rigorous and disciplined than it is in traditional projects. The purpose of this course is to provide project managers, Scrum Masters, product owners, functional managers and Agile team members with an in-depth understanding of how to plan for Agile projects.

 

Agile estimating and planning helps to get a project off on solid footing. Working together in teams, participants will select a product to use for their case study and will apply the planning and estimation techniques for the course on that product.

 

Planning for Agile projects starts with the big picture of product roadmaps and release plans, and drills down into the work that an Agile team will do within an iteration. Participants will learn how to plan for iterative and incremental solution development, and how to address change in a plan.

 

The course also looks at the two types of estimates used on Agile projects, relative estimates in story points and absolute estimates in ideal days. Participants will learn when to use each of these, and how to include the entire team for more accurate estimates that team members will support.

 

Please note: This course will be helpful to those who are familiar with estimating and planning traditional projects or who have an agile background but want additional detail on how to effectively plan agile projects. This course is not recommended as an elective for those in the Essentials of Project Management track


This course qualifies as education contact hours for the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam. Note that in order to sit for the PMI-ACP® exam, students must meet additional requirements set forth by PMI that can be found on their website.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 14 (Technical: 14)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 360-0 Sections
Supporting an Agile Transformation <> PROJ_PMI 365-0

The use of Agile frameworks and approaches are quickly becoming the new norm. In fact, a 2015 Hewlett Packard survey showed that Agile has become the primary approach for technology projects.

 

The purpose of this course is to provide managers, project managers, agile practitioners and other leaders a broad understanding of popular agile methods, how Agile relates to culture, how organizational change succeeds, and how to support an organization undertaking a transformation from traditional development to agile development.

 

Whether you are an agile novice or experienced agile practitioner, this course will provide you with a basic understanding of what an Agile Transformation means, how to assess the cultural fit for Agile, and success patterns that other organizations have used to introduce and sustain Agile. Participants will learn the 8-stage model of leading change based on the work of John P. Kotter. Participants will use instruments to assess the culture of their own organization, to determine the receptiveness for Agile, and to assess the risk and readiness for an Agile initiative. Finally, participants will develop their own custom transformation roadmap based on patterns that others have found useful.

 

This course qualifies as education contact hours for the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) exam. Note that in order to sit for the PMI-ACP® exam, students must meet additional requirements set forth by PMI that can be found on their website.



Please note: This is an advanced class which is best suited for those who have some previous training or experience with Agile frameworks. It is not recommended as an elective for students in the Essentials of Project Management track.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 14 (Technical: 4; Leadership: 10)

 

Registered students can access their online course site here. An activated NetID and password is required for login. *Please note: It may take up to 24-hours for registered students to be added to the online course platform.


View PROJ_PMI 365-0 Sections
Elective Courses:Course Detail
Managing Global Teams PROJ_PMI 300-0

Project management during and after a pandemic creates many challenges for project managers, and project teams must develop adaptive ways of working to ensure clear communication, collaboration, governance, decision rights, with well-defined rules of engagement. This course, designed for team leaders and remote teams, will address the challenges associated with working remotely and provides innovative solutions to minimize project disruptions. Using lectures, case studies, discussions, and group exercises, you will learn how to effectively manage projects using communication protocols and collaboration tools, data management and governance, business acumen and judgment, and stakeholder engagement and decision rights.


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