Project Management Degree Programs in Decatur, GA

Nov 08, 2018

The Decatur area has three schools that offer project management programs within 25 miles of downtown. Learn about the admission policies, program options and requirements at the colleges to make an informed education decision.

Decatur Project Management Schools

Individuals looking to learn about project management in the Decatur area can either earn a certificate or a bachelor's degree in the field. The three institutions profiled in this article all have campuses located within roughly half an hour of the city's center. Get information on their programs' coursework requirements and then compare the schools in the table of statistics provided below.

  • Clayton State University is a four-year public school in a large suburb that offers a project management certificate option as well as a concentration in project supervision within its technology management bachelor's degree program. The campus is about 23 miles from central Decatur.
  • A private institution, Emory University is located just three miles from Decatur's downtown area. It offers a certificate program in project management for working professionals.
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology, a public school situated about seven miles from downtown Decatur, prepares individuals to take the Project Management Professional certification exam through its certificate program in the field.

Comparison of Schools

Get a side-by-side comparison of the featured schools in the following table. It offers a quick way of exploring the costs, acceptance rates, graduation figures and more for the institutions.

Clayton State University Emory University Georgia Institute of Technology
School Type Four-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit Four-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 7,003* 14,263* 29,376*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $5,419 in-state; $15,880 out-of-state* $49,392* $12,418 in-state; $33,014 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 94%* 58%* 76%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 42%* 22%* 23%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 68% for full-time students* 93% for full-time students* 97% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2011) 30%* 91%* 85%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Clayton State University

Clayton State University offers a number of concentrations in its administrative and technology management program. Currently, the Bachelor of Applied Science degree is intended for students who have an associate's degree. The university's project management certificate program is for students with work experience.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management - Project Supervision

Courses in the bachelor's degree program include quality issues in technology, legal issues for administrative and technology managers, applied economics and computer science. Students are prepared for employment in retail environments, small enterprises and corporate settings. There is also an internship on the program's list of electives.

Project Management Certificate

In order to qualify for the project management certificate program, applicants are required to have at least three years of work experience as well as a bachelor's degree. Program topics include project integration management, project risk management, professional responsibility and human resource management. Students can expect to spend anywhere from three to six hours outside of the classroom on assignments and studying.

Emory University

Students are taught by project management professionals at Emory University. The program also allows students to personalize their portfolio.

Project Management Certificate

Students may find that experience managing projects, being on a project team or experience as a general manager helps while earning their certificate. The program teaches students through role play, lectures, assessments and demonstrations. Core courses include communication techniques and tools, cost/risk/scope management and scheduling tools.

Georgia Institute of Technology

The certificate program at Georgia Tech is intended for project managers and students interested in becoming project managers. The program also covers all nine areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Project Management Certificate

Courses in the program include fundamentals to success, team communication, a case study workshop and risk management. Students will learn how to complete projects on time and on a budget while maintaining project quality on the job. While earning their certificate, students will have more than 90 hours of educational training specifically related to the PMBOK.

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