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 eight 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.


Thriving in Teams & Organizations 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.


Personal Leadership Development is a sequence of three courses that explore ideas and approaches for the development of personal leadership—from personal mastery to the leadership of teams and larger organizations. This first course in the sequence focuses on self-assessment and self-awareness in the personal leadership domain, personal ecology and sustainability, and the emotional intelligence leadership competencies. The prerequisite for this course is Thriving in Teams & Organizations, taught in Winter.


Students will explore the concepts and principles associated with lean management approaches. We will analyze several models of lean management, including the Toyota approach, Goldratts Theory of Constraints and Critical Chain, as well as the Agile Manifesto. Through the studying of several leam implementations, students will develop an understanding of the relationship between lean management and agile management.

Project Cost/Schedule Management * (2 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.


Working in a team setting with a specific organization, students will experience the power of the project portfolio process by actually analyzing the strategic plan and developing a balanced project portfolio.

* 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:

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
Office of Admissions
PO Box A
Marlboro, VT 05344

  • One Letter of Recommendation: Letters may be emailed to
  • 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

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

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