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Project Management Colleges and Schools: How to Choose

Dec 05, 2019

Project management is a component of business, and many schools offer it as a minor or concentration within a general business degree. Certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's programs are available in the field. Project management programs may be found at universities, colleges and technical schools.

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 (2018-2019)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's degree $51,832 (undergraduate)*
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, California 4-year, Public Certificate $14,131, in-state
$29,233, out-of-state (graduate)*
University of Michigan - Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan 4-year, Public Graduate certificate, Master's degree $12,920, in-state
$21,488, out-of-state (graduate)*
New York University New York, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's degree $45,426 (graduate)*
University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 4-year, Public Graduate certificate $18,848 in-state;
$29,660 out-of-state (graduate)*
University of Texas - Austin Austin, Texas 4-year, Public Certificate $11,742, in-state
$22,564, out-of-state (graduate)*
Cornell University Ithaca, New York 4-year, Private not-for-profit Graduate certificate $29,584 (graduate)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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.

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