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Online Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Become a Project Management Expert

Today’s employers need trained leaders who can set clear goals, define the scope of projects, align team members, and manage risk while delivering high-quality outcomes on time and within budget. Take your career to the next level with the 100% online PMI-GAC accredited Project Management graduate certificate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Through a curriculum grounded in key project management principles and approaches, you will develop a deep understanding of how to oversee teams and complex processes to meet stakeholder goals. Enhance your knowledge and prepare for in-demand careers in as little as one year.

The online Project Management graduate certificate is part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators, a carefully crafted series of master’s-level graduate certificates. Designed to advance your career to help you meet personal and professional goals, you can pursue this certificate in a standalone program or apply your credits as a pathway toward a master’s degree.

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Why Earn Your Graduate Certificate in Project Management Online?

Saint Mary’s online Project Management graduate certificate delivers the flexibility you need to maintain your personal schedule while building valuable leadership expertise for your career. Experienced faculty teach each course, offering personalized instruction through an online learning platform. You’ll enhance your professional potential in a fast-growing field while accessing course materials at the times and in the locations you choose.

Program Highlights

  • PMI-GAC Accredited
  • Apply Credits to Select Graduate Programs
  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses
  • No Letters of Recommendation Required


PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management, Accredited Program

Course List & Requirements

The project management certification program from Saint Mary's includes topics like project planning, quality control, risk management, and more. You will learn from expert faculty who bring years of industry experience to the online classroom. Our career-focused coursework includes 12 credits in intensive project management training, preparing you to design and execute projects effectively and lead teams to success. Students who hold PMP certification when admitted to the program may waive PRM 600 Foundations of Project Management with the program director's permission and substitute another three-credit course. Please contact an enrollment counselor to learn about available courses.

  • This foundation course covers key terminology, project management context, and the project management framework. This framework includes the project management knowledge areas and the project process groups.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Apply key project management terms
    • Analyze the environment in which projects operate
    • Describe a generalized view of how the various project management processes commonly interact
    • Identify project integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management process inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs
    • Analyze stakeholder needs and expectations
    • Interpret the role of the project manager
    • Initiate a project by creating a project charter and analyzing stakeholder needs
    • Apply citation and documentation carefully to all assignments

  • This course examines activities related to the predictive project management approach, including initiating, planning, estimating, and managing project integration, scope, schedule, resources, and cost.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Plan and estimate project scope, resources, schedule, and cost in a predictive project
    • Evaluate the project environment and artifacts to determine which approach aligns and delivers value
    • Prepare scope baseline, including requirements traceability matrix, scope statement, and work breakdown structure
    • Prepare schedule baseline by developing a network diagram, estimating activities durations, and developing project schedule
    • Prepare an integrated project schedule incorporating resources using automated scheduling tools
    • Identify indicators and implement methods to tailor processes
    • Apply and document integration processes throughout a predictive project

    Prerequisite: PRM600

  • This course examines and applies methods used for planning, managing, and controlling quality. It explores statistical analysis of data for professional applications with an emphasis on quantitative methodologies.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Leverage performance domains, methods, and artifacts to plan, manage and control product and project quality
    • Apply ethical considerations to project quality decisions
    • Analyze dependencies between project requirements, specifications, and measurable quality standards on product and project performance
    • Manage project lessons learned and retrospectives to integrate project knowledge with organizational knowledge base
    • Apply identified strategies of quantitative problem solving in practical applications

    Prerequisites: PRM600, PRM601, PRM611

  • This course explores the principles and practices of risk management. Key concepts in managing uncertainty include developing a risk approach and identifying, analyzing, responding to, and monitoring risks in projects in predictive and agile management environments.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Determine the level of risk exposure that is acceptable in pursuit of project objectives and define a risk strategy for the project
    • Identify and accurately describe potential uncertainty including threats and opportunities associated with a project
    • Analyze the likelihood of individual threats or opportunities occurring and their potential impact on overall risk of meeting objectives
    • Determine appropriate responses to significant risks, and evaluate implemented responses
    • Evaluate uncertainty and risk considerations using adaptive approaches

    Prerequisites: PRM600, PRM601, PRM611

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The online Project Management certificate is designed to be completed in just one year and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply. For admission to the program, you'll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director

  • No prerequisite coursework or experience is required for this program.

  • You don’t need GMAT/GRE scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

    A written statement: Your background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary’s and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your strengths and interests. Share your motivations for earning the online Nonprofit Management Certificate and how it will contribute to your career.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Project Management Certificate:

    • Fall: August 20, 2024
    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Project Management Certificate:

    • Fall: September 3, 2024
    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Project Management certificate.

Online Graduate Certificate in Project Management Careers & Salary

Earning your Project Management certificate from Saint Mary's gives you the relevant knowledge, essential skills, and hands-on training you need to accelerate your career. When you complete the program, you will be qualified for a variety of project management-related roles, including the options listed below.

The median salary for management occupations was $102,450 per year in May 2021, the highest wage of all the major occupational groups. Projections indicate there could be 1.1 million openings for management jobs each year from 2021 to 2031.1

General and Operations Manager


Computer and Information Systems Manager


Supply Chain Manager


What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze stakeholders’ needs and determine project requirements
  • Create a project charter
  • Plan and estimate scope, resources, schedule, and cost
  • Evaluate and apply quality control methods to a project
  • Understand risk management principles and practices

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Project Management graduate certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

The Project Management Certificate program does not accept transfer credits.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

You can find all the information about eligibility and admissions requirements on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Project Management Certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process]

No. The certificate you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the certificate offered on campus.

You will complete 12 credit hours of program work to earn your online Project Management Certificate Certificate. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as eight months.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

"Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and several different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

For 2023, the number of enrollments was 16 and the number of graduates was 10.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Management Occupations.” September 8, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2023, from
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Top Executives.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Computer and Information Systems Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from
  4. O*NET OnLine. “Supply Chain Managers.” 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022, from