Project Management Certificate

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The Katz Project Management Certificate builds on the foundation of the MBA core classes by developing fundamental knowledge and advanced skills in project management. The course work for the certificate covers all components of project management as given in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and goes beyond the basics by exploring the use of decision technologies together with relevant software to more effectively manage resources and risk. Further, students can explore other advanced topics by choosing courses from selected electives.

Curriculum

The certificate enables students to sit for the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam. It also prepares students — both in contact hours and subject knowledge — for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, which a student may take if he or she has obtained the extensive professional experience required by PMI for this certification.

The certificate includes an Experience-Based Learning component in using the principles of project management in practice. This component is satisfied by demonstrating a significant project management experience in an approved project-based course. Currently, the approved courses include: BIND 2024 - Consulting Field Project; BOAH 2551 - Organizational Leadership Project Course; BMIS 2056 - Management Information Systems Practicum; BQOM 2139 - Six Sigma: Theory & Practice.

For such a project-based course to satisfy the experience-based learning requirement, a student must have first satisfactorily completed at least one of the above core courses in project management prior to taking the project-based course. Doing this insures that the experienced-based learning in the project-based course is based on the concepts and techniques in project management. If a student wishes to take a project-based course to satisfy the experienced-based learning requirement for the Project Management Certificate without first having had one of the two core project management courses, then the student must first demonstrate to the project management faculty advisor that he/she has the necessary knowledge in project management.

At the conclusion of the project-based course, a student must document a significant project management experience by submitting an Experiential Report on the practice of project management in the project-based course. The Report should follow the template below. Please submit your report to the faculty advisor, Professor Richard E. Wendell. In cases where graduation (or other) deadlines are relevant, it is important to confirm submission deadlines of the report with the faculty advisor. Please note that without approval from the faculty advisor, the MBA Office will not be able to verify the completion of the certificate requirements.

Required Courses and Electives

Total Credits: 10.5 credits

Required Sequence 1 (4.5 credits):

Students are required to take two courses in project management (totaling 4.5 credits) that cover all components of the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, commonly referred to as PMBOK. The courses make up the core areas of project management: project integration, scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, communication, procurement, and quality management.

Course Credits
BMIS 2551: Project Management Concepts and Processes 3
BQOM 2546: Project Management Fundamentals and Analytics 1.5

 

Required Sequence 2 (1.5 - 3 credits):

Students must also complete a project-based course (1.5-3 credits) that provides an experience-based learning opportunity in project management; approved course options are listed below.  In order to be applicable toward the Project Management certificate, each of the cited project-based courses require prior approval from the certificate faculty advisor with documentation of a significant project management role. Additional coursework surpassing 3 credits within this set of project-based courses is not applicable without the written consent of the certificate faculty advisor.

Course Credits
BIND 2024: Consulting Field Project 3
BOAH 2551: Organizational Leadership Project Course 1.5
BMIS 2056: Management Information Systems Practicum 3
BQOM 2139: Six Sigma: Theory & Practice 3

 

Electives (1.5 -3 credits):

Students customize elective credits of their certificate by selecting from a range of technical and managerial courses on project management. It is strongly recommended (but not required) that students choose BACC 2528 Managerial Accounting and BOAH 2537 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace as two of the electives.

Successful project managers have a variety of tools to draw on for planning, analysis and decision making, as well as for managing people. These two electives represent both types of tools, and together will enhance student learning of key project management skills. For a well-rounded and balanced skill set in Project Management, students are advised to take a mix of quantitative and people-oriented courses. A student can select an elective not listed below by advanced, formal permission from the faculty advisor.

Course Credits
BACC 2528: Managerial Accounting* 1.5
BACC/BQOM 2549: Strategic Cost Analysis 1.5
BOAH 2532: Negotiations, Teamwork, and Change 1.5
BOAH 2537: Conflict Resolution in the Workplace* 1.5
BQOM 252: Decision Making in a Complex Environment 1.5
BQOM 2534: Strategic Procurement and Sourcing Management 1.5
BQOM 2537: Forecasting 1.5

 

Full-time and part-time students are eligible to receive an Project Management Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

Completion of a combination of required credits and elective credits from the approved course list, total 10.5 certificate credits.
Grades of B or better for each course, required and elective.
A minimum B+ average (3.25 QPA) across all certificate-related courses and credits.

 

Template: Experiential Report for the Project Management Certificate

  • Description of the project (including the company, a statement of the project, and the specified deliverables)
  • Names, titles, emails, and addresses of the project team and the company sponsor and stake-holders
  • A copy of the Project Charter (if available)
  • The baseline plan including a list & description of project activities, duration of each activity, predecessors, responsibility assignments, critical activities, and schedule (given as a baseline Gantt chart).
  • A specification of what project management software was used (e.g., Microsoft Project, Excel, Shartsheet, etc.) and how it was used
  • The Communications Plan
  • The Plan for managing risks in the project
  • How the project was monitored
  • Changes made during the project (e.g., in activity durations, activity sequencing, scope) to the baseline project plan (including what, when and why changes were made)
  • Motivating techniques used with other team members and problems encountered in motivation
  • Description of any problems caused by cultural differences among team members and how/if they were resolved
  • Description of how the planned deliverables differed from the final deliverables and why
  • A description of the student’s project management roles in the project, a description of any difficulties in these roles, and a description how such difficulties were resolved
  • A list of lessons learned (both good and bad)
  • Sign-off on the accuracy of this Experiential Report by the faculty member(s) overseeing the project-based course

Faculty Contact

Richard Wendell
Professor of Business Administration
Business Analytics and Operations
Office: 262 Mervis Hall
wendell@pitt.edu