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Project Management Degree and Certificate Programs in Cincinnati

There are two schools within roughly five miles of central Cincinnati, OH, that have project management-related certificate or degree programs. Read an overview of the program options and requirements at the institutions to decide which one is right for you.

Cincinnati Project Management Schools

Students in the Cincinnati area can find both undergraduate and graduate education options in the field of project management. This article focuses on the required coursework and learning opportunities available at two colleges - both of which happen to be less than 15 minutes from downtown. After looking over the programs, compare the schools using the table of facts and figures included below.

  • Located about three miles from the center of the city, the University of Cincinnati offers a bachelor's degree program in operations management. Although this program doesn't specifically focus on project management, it includes courses related to the field and prepares graduates to work as a project manager. The university also offers a Master of Science in Information Systems program that includes instruction in managing information systems projects.
  • Xavier University offers a project management certificate program that prepares graduates to sit for the Project Management Institute's Project Management Professional Exam. The campus is about six miles from central Cincinnati.

Comparison of Schools

Learn more about the featured schools in the table below. The details on costs, graduation rates, acceptance rates and enrollment, among others, could impact your education decision.

University of Cincinnati Xavier University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)* 37,155 6,786
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $11,000 in-state; $27,334 out-of-state $37,230
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 82% 99%
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)* 76% 74%
Retention Rate (2017)* 86% for full-time students 84% for full-time students
Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2011)* 69% 69%*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Xavier University

University of Cincinnati

This school's bachelor's degree program with a major in project management and its master's degree program in information systems are offered through the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations Management

This 4-year program focuses on operations planning, strategy and scheduling, project management, quality management and supply chain management. Elective classes include forecasting and risk analysis, data mining and analysis, service sector management, and procurement and logistics. Students can choose to study abroad or conduct independent studies while completing degree requirements.

Master of Science in Information Systems

This program requires 36 credit hours of core and elective courses in addition to up to eight credit hours of business classes. Classes in the program cover topics like information systems (IS) project management, information and technology management, marketing, accounting and network design. A practicum is included in the program's curriculum.

Xavier University

This university's certificate program is offered through its Leadership Center, which is a Project Management Institute (PMI) Registered Education Provider.

Project Management Certificate

This 6-day course provides hands-on training to team members, managers and supervisors and prepares graduates to take the Project Management Professional exam offered by PMI. Its curriculum focuses on project execution and control, project scheduling and planning and the project process. Topics covered include basic principles of project management, planning skills, communication strategies and budgeting.


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