Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The Power of Project Management

The Project Management Institute predicts there will be over 15 million new project management roles added globally across project-intensive industries by 2020. Professionals and job-seekers with project management skills are in a prime position to benefit from this growth. Meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities with a Marlboro College Certificate in Project Management.

What is Project Management?

A project is a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result. Project management helps you answer the challenge of the deadlines and budgets associated with that endeavor through the development and implementation of a proactive project plan that leads to maximum success with minimum resources. 

Certificate Content Overview

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies courses emphasize both critical thinking and the practical application of tools and techniques. In each of the project management certificate courses, participants are required to select a "live" project. Thus, students apply their coursework directly to the business challenges that they face in their work. The project management certificate is a 15-credit program comprised of seven classes.

This graduate certificate is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and meets the formal education requirements needed to apply for the Project Management Institute's PMP® exam. PMP examination preparation classes are offered through the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies. Additionally, study groups are offered by local PMI Chapters, such as PMI New Hampshire in Concord and Manchester, and PMI Champlain Valley in Burlington.

Foundations of Project Management * (3 credits)

In this introductory course, students learn the application of standard project management processes. Based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), key topics include project selection and scoping, risk analysis, schedule and budget management, development of work breakdown structures, project communication, and team building. Students are asked to plan a real-world project and to initiate project control processes as part of the class homework. 

Organizational Change Management * (1 credit)

This course prepares participants to lead change in an organizational setting. Topics of study include: analyzing conditions that foster both acceptance and resistance to change; understanding the individual roles that participate in change; using specific leadership strategies for managing and reinforcing change; and developing actionable change management plans, including development plans required to reinforce the change. Participants will develop a change management plan for use in an organizational setting of their choice.

People & Teams (3 credits)

People & Teams addresses theory and practice of how individuals and groups act and interact in an organizational context, with a focus on distributed and virtual teams. The course draws from research and theories in organizational behavior and positive psychology to shed light on such human dynamics as motivation, perception, decision-making, and conflict management. It addresses questions such as the following: What makes teams and organizations effective and sustainable? What are the challenges to effective teams and organizations? How can you understand your personal predilections as a team member and organizational player?

Advanced Project Management Concepts * (3 credits)

Advanced Project Management Concepts provides project management students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of project planning, in preparation for attaining certification from the Project Management Institute. Topics to be explored include agile project management, ethics and professionalism, and the conflicts project managers might face within organizations when needing to make decisions. 

Introduction to Project Management, or an equivalent, is recommended; a basic understanding of project management terminology is required.

Risk Management * (1 credit)

This course covers project risk management, including project risk planning, roles and responsibilities, risk definitions and categories, opportunity and risk identification, risk analysis, risk response or risk treatment, and risk monitoring and control. The module covers tools and techniques for qualitative and quantitative risk analysis.

Introduction to Project Management, or an equivalent, is recommended; a basic understanding of project management terminology is required. 

Introduction to Systems Thinking (1 credit)

This course introduces the concepts and tools of systems thinking. Creating sustainability within organizations, businesses, and the world requires paradigmatic shifts and insights into how to effectively create change. Systems thinkers have shown that the effective levers of change are often counter-intuitive, or only become obvious when the mental model that structures them is revealed. This course uses diverse readings and models to develop competence and comfort with systems thinking analysis and prepare students for applied systems thinking.

Project Cost/Schedule Management * (3 credits)

Project Cost/Schedule Management provides students an opportunity to enhance their ability to manage and control their project budgets and schedules, in preparation for attaining certification from the Project Management Institute. Topics to be explored include advanced monitoring techniques such as earned value tracking, critical path management, and baseline variance tracking.

Introduction to Project Management, or an equivalent, is recommended; a basic understanding of project management terminology is required.

* Course instructors are certified as project management professionals by the Project Management Institute

Application Materials

  • Completed Online Application Form.
  • Official College Transcript(s): All transcripts should be sent via a traditional postal system to:

Office of Admissions
Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
28 Vernon Street, Suite #120
Brattleboro, VT 05301

  • One Letter of Recommendation: Letters may be emailed to Don Parker.
  • Statement of Intent: Your statement of intent gives you the opportunity to outline the goals you hope to achieve by attending the graduate school, and it helps us determine how our programs can best fit your needs. Please email your statement of intent to Don Parker.

Talk to your HR department about tuition reimbursement for professional development.

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