Project Management Certificate

Project Management Certificate

This program offers a structured sequence of courses to prepare students for careers in the planning and business fields. It's designed for managers and supervisors who are involved in engineering, research and development, data processing, construction, facilities management, manufacturing, corporate planning, finance, and marketing.

If you have questions about the program or need more information, please complete the “Additional Comments” section.

Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).

We're committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of PMI® Members, PMI-certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), and other project management stakeholders. We also offer Project Management Supplemental topics.

Course Format

The courses must be taken in sequence and cannot CANNOT be taken concurrently. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for each contact hour (2.1 CEUs per course). Professional Development Unit hours are necessary for individuals who wish to record the status of professional development requirements.

Certificate Requirement

A Penn State certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs), based on a standard of one unit per 10 hours of classroom contact, are awarded to Project Management students.

Act 48

The required courses listed below are approved for Act 48 credit.


Penn State reserves the right to cancel courses because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Fall 2016 Schedule of Courses

BUSAD 5538: Project Initiation and Planning

This course is an introduction to project management and explores the role of the project manager, project communications, project leadership, the planning process, objectives, scope, and success criteria. This is the first of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.

Mondays and Thursdays, September 19 through October 10, 2016 
6 to 9 p.m. 

Register for Project Initiation online

BUSAD 5539: Project Scheduling and Integration

Topics include the work breakdown structure, project schedule, PERT/GANTT/CPM methods, and project integration. This is the second of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management. 
Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning

Mondays and Thursdays, October 17 through November 7, 2016 
6 to 9 p.m. 

Register for Project Scheduling online

BUSAD 5540: Project Costing and Control

This course continues the project cycle and introduces selection criteria, procurement, cost estimating, and control mechanisms. This is the third of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management. 
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration

Mondays and Thursdays, November 14 through December 8, 2016 
6 to 9 p.m. 

Register for Project Control  online

BUSAD 5541: Project Risk and Change Management

This is the fourth of four required courses and introduces risk and change management, team conflicts, quality, ethics, and closeout. 
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration; Project Costing and Control

Mondays and Thursdays, January 9 through January 30, 2017 
6 to 9 p.m. 

Register for Project Risk online