Best Project Management Schools: List of Top U.S. Programs

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Completing a program in project management can give professionals the edge they need to be successful in a variety of careers. Check out the top schools offering project management programs, often resulting in certificates.

Three top schools that provide project management coursework all offer certificate programs in project management aimed at mid-career professionals and current managers who want to advance their knowledge base. These programs provide in-depth coursework covering topics such as leadership, financial management, project scheduling, and purchasing. Many programs offer an online option, giving students and working professionals greater flexibility in completing their studies.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

Stanford University in Stanford, CA offers an Advanced Project Management Certificate in an on-campus or online format. Stanford University is a private residential college that ranked 5th by U.S. News & World Report's 2017 rankings of the nation's top schools.

The Stanford Center for Professional Development offers an Advanced Project Management Certificate program; students must have three years of project management experience and a bachelor's degree to enroll. Those who have completed the six-course program are referred to as Stanford Certified Project Managers. Three elective courses are chosen from a variety of advanced topics, such as organization design, effective team leadership, financial project management, or managing without authority. The program is designed for many types of managers, including senior-level executives, engineering PMs, and human resource directors.

University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA was named the 2nd-best public school in the U.S. in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.

The School of Continuing & Professional Studies certificate program in project management is designed for professionals of both public and private industries in any field of work. The program's eight courses, of which five are required, provide a framework of tools for PMs to use in real-world applications. Required courses include project scheduling and budgeting, team relationships, and project risk management. Electives cover topics such as procurement and contract administration, information technology systems management, and purchasing for PMs. All of the courses are offered online and are also available as stand-along courses without enrollment in the program.

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DePaul University in Chicago, IL

Options for project management studies at DePaul University in Chicago, IL include a certificate program and a Master of Science (M.S.) in IT project management. Through its Continuing and Professional Education division, DePaul University offers a Project Management Certification Program, which can be completed in only 16 weeks. The program is offered both online and on-campus. The program combines lectures, team interaction activities, and classroom discussions. It is designed for professionals in administration, banking, customer service, engineering, health care, or any other industry in which professionals manage, lead, or participate in project development. Over the course of the program, students learn the best practices in project management from initial planning through execution, monitoring, and project closure. The program can be customized and conducted on-site for those organizations who wish to offer it to their employees as part of their training programs.

Top Schools for Project Management

The following schools also offer programs in project management:

School Name Location Distinction
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC Has three foundational courses plus two elective seminars, which can result in a project management certificate
Portland State University Portland, OR In addition to a certificate in project management, this school's Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) offers a 4-day boot camp to prepare for the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification exam
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ Has a Graduate Certificate in Project Management which is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC)
University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA A 24-unit Project Management Certificate is offered by UCLA Extension
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Roughly 50 students are admitted to the Construction Engineering and Project Management (CEPM) graduate program each year, and UT-Austin is the home of the National Academy of Construction headquarters
Xavier University Cincinnati, OH Offers a Project Management Certificate through Xavier's Leadership Center which is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)

Professionals wishing to obtain a certificate in project management can find programs at top colleges and universities throughout the United States. Among the best are Stanford, University of Virginia, and DePaul, as well as other schools around the country.

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