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Project Management

Professional Certificate in Project Management

Professional Certificate in Project Management

Classroom or Online Program


9-12 months


UCR Extension

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Order creates organization and leadership creates decision-making. Learn how these two skills substantiate the need for mastering a project manager role.


Use the foundation of project management skills to understand, implement, and assess projects from start to finish. Develop your analytical skills to determine and improve a project’s quality, team input and output, communication levels, and individual workloads. Learn how to decipher risks and opportunities, and then focus your lessons in an elective of your choice from five courses. Whether becoming a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) or taking your enhanced skill set back to work, project management expertise applies in every industry, every level of management, and every task and campaign.

Designed For

  • Anyone looking to focus on their project management potential
  • Anyone wanting to become a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Anyone looking to pursue a degree in project management
  • Anyone already working in their career field and wanting to grow their capability in project management

What You'll Learn

  • Foundational project management approaches from proposal to post-project analysis
  • Methods to assess various qualities of a project like scheduling, risk management, budgetary limitations, workloads, and quality assurance
  • The process of project procurement, including vendor contracting and related costs
  • Your choice of a special topic in project management to focus your area of career interest or growth

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Scheduler
  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Supervisor
  • Management Consultant

Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school education or equivalent

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI):

  • Top executives report that project management is becoming increasingly important to their companies
  • Project managers can improve business performance in any industry
  • Industries with project management demand: agriculture, healthcare, government and real estate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Project Management Essentials

MGT X470.41

3 units

Project Leadership, Communication and Team Building

MGT X470.33

3 units

Quarter 2

Project Scheduling and Risk Management

MGT X470.39

3 units

Quality and Performance Management

MGT X470.42

3 units

Quarter 3


Project Procurement Management

MGT X470.73

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“I have led some of the coolest projects in the world, and my background in entertainment, technology, and project management has provided me with a wealth of experiences which I share to help my students solve real-world problems with effective tools and techniques. Project Management is nothing more than bringing order out of chaos, and I empower my students with the knowledge they need to find success in all areas of their lives.”

Michael P. Toothman

Executive Director
Project Driven LLC

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