Project Management Certificate

This certificate program provides specific professional learning taught at the graduate level in a concentrated format.  It is designed to introduce individuals to a new field of study, update existing knowledge, and/or expand career opportunities.  The certificate program will address critical knowledge and skills related to project management and will include topics on program planning and execution; leadership and organizational behavior; business modeling; risk management; and contract management. All coursework required for this certificate must be taken as graded credit.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant must submit these materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Application for Admission;
  2. Nonrefundable application fee
  3. Application for Virginia In-State tuition rates, if applicable; and
  4. Official transcript(s) showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with an earned GPA of at least 3.0.

Students who intend to complete this certificate as part of their MBA program would follow the admissions requirements for the MBA degree program.

Continuation Requirements

Students in this post-baccalaureate certificate program are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress in their courses toward completion of the certificate.  A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for completion and awarding of the certificate.

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 each session to remain in good standing.  Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of any session will have the following session to correct the deficiency.

A student who earns grades of C+ or below (C+, C, or F) in three classes will automatically be suspended from the program.

Students who voluntarily interrupt their enrollment for one to three semesters should refer to the Leave of Absence policy in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalog.

Requirements for the Project Management Certificate

Fifteen (15) credit hours, including GBUS 521, 526, 551, 553, and 555.

These certificate courses will be found under the 4 letter code of GBUS in the course listings.  

521 – Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 502.This course examines the theory, implications, and practical applications of contemporary leadership. Students are introduced to historical and contemporary leadership issues and theories, and the vital central role of leadership in managing and transforming organizations to meet the needs of the 21st century. Topics include leadership principles and their impact on organizational behavior, culture, motivation, group dynamics and team building, organizational structure, design, change, and development.

526 – Quantitative Business Modeling (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 501. Spreadsheet modeling of business activities, processes, and decisions. Topics include optimization and linear programming, network models, sensitivity analysis, regression analysis, time series models and forecasting, simulation models, queuing theory, and decision analysis.  Extensive use of Microsoft Excel.

551 – Project Management (3)

This course provides a comprehensive and detailed review of project management. The course will review the framework, culture, principles, and techniques of project management and explore their importance through real-world program management applications. The course will examine each stage of the project management lifecycle and their contribution to successful project management execution. Traditional concepts and tools of project management will be discussed and evaluated to identify potential shortfalls and forecast future project management needs and technologies in an ever changing 21st century global business environment.

553 – Risk Management for Project Managers (3)

Prerequisite: GBUS 551. This course builds upon topics covered in GBUS 551 and studies issues of risk for every stage of project management. Issues of impact, risk assessment, and quantitative and qualitative techniques to evaluate risk are discussed. This course also investigates the importance of contingency plans and proper filing systems.

555 – Contracting for Managers (3)

This course provides a general management overview of the contracting and procurement process. It emphasizes contracting and procurement’s strategic role, its effect on organizational operations, the importance of the organization’s internal and external linkages (e.g., supply chain), and performance risk sharing through type of contract selection. Ethical and legal aspects of contracting are presented.