Project managers are responsible for defining the scope, implementing and overseeing large-scale business projects, such as construction of a new commercial building. Programs in this field are available at several levels ranging, from undergraduate certificates to master's degree programs.
Schools with Project Management Programs
Business schools that offer programs in project management are typically 4-year schools, though certificate programs at these schools may last less than one year. The following schools offer project management programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, Massachusetts||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's degree||$46,704 (undergrad)*|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, California||4-year, Public||Certificate||$5,950 (total program cost)**|
|University of Michigan - Dearborn||Dearborn, Michigan||4-year, Public||Graduate certificate, Master's degree|| $10,854, in-state
$19,600, out-of-state (graduate)*
|New York University||New York, New York||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's degree||$38,592 (graduate)*|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, Virginia||4-year, Public||Graduate certificate|| $8,244 in-state;
$15,660 out-of-state (total program cost)**
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, Texas||4-year, Public||Certificate||$4,195 (total program cost)**|
|Cornell University||Ithaca, New York||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Graduate certificate||$3,600 (total program cost)**|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics; **School website
College Selection Criteria
Students interested in project management programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:
- When selecting a project management school, students should check whether the Project Management Institute (PMI), which is responsible for establishing educational guidelines and certifying project managers, has accredited the curriculum.
- While project manager certification is not required for employment, most managers possess this certification, so looking for a program that meets certification criteria is advised.
- Prospective project management students should look at the program's capstone or internship requirements to ensure that their schedules permit them to complete these requirements.
- Because these programs are available at several levels, it's important for students to do research into which certificate, certification, or degree best suits their level of education and professional experience.
Project Management Certificate
These programs are not the same as project management certification. They are designed to provide working project managers or other business employees with an understanding of project management duties, and may be completed in less than one year.
Associate Degree in Project Management
These degrees are usually offered as an Associate of Science or an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. They provide students with an introduction to business with an emphasis on team management.
Bachelor of Science in Project Management
Bachelor's degree programs in project management typically require 120 course credit hours of study. Some programs award a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major or minor in project management.
Master of Science in Project Management
Master's degree programs in project management are almost always offered solely online and typically include 30-36 credit hours of study. They may also be required to complete a capstone research project.
Degree and certificate programs in project management are available at several levels, providing new students and working professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge and leadership skills. Students should consider program accreditation, internship opportunities and whether the program prepares them for PMI certification when selecting a school.