Managing projects successfully in the faced-paced environment of 21st-century business requires a combination of sound project management methodology with strong communication, team building and analytical skills. The School of Continuing Studies offers two tracks of project management certification to meet the varying needs of project managers based on their skill level, industry and desire for Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification.
In both Project Management for Practitioners and Professionals, Students will learn how to:
- Communicate the value of project management
- Establish the structure for a successful project
- Assemble, motivate and lead the project team
- Ensure the project scope delivers the expected business value and desired outcome
- Implement the proper mechanisms to prevent, minimize and respond to risks
- Develop and use various mechanism to communicate project information
- Ensure the project is completed per the agreed-upon project standards, budget and schedule
In Project Management for Professionals students will also learn how to explain concepts expected by the PMP® exam
SCS is a Global Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's foremost advocate for the project management profession. All of the introductory courses as well as all advanced modules are eligible for professional development units (PDUs) from PMI.
Project Management Certificate Requirements
To earn a certificate of completion from Northwestern University, students must complete one required course and two electives.
To earn a certificate from Project Management Institute, such as PMP®, you must sit for their exam and meet their eligibility criteria.
Required Courses: Choose One
Project Management for Professionals
- Choose this course if you have experience in project management and you want to take the PMP ® exam.
- Course length: 35 hours (11 weeks, once a week at night)
Project Management for Practitioners
- Choose this course if you are a career changer or want hands-on training that you can use in your office the very next day.
- Course length: 24 hours (5 weeks, once a week at night, or 3 full days)
Note: Both courses offered 4 or more times per year in varying formats, day, evening and weekend.
Electives: Choose Two
These electives are offered on a rotating basis. Check the course schedule for currently scheduled offerings. Courses may meet for 2 to 3 full days, or once a week at night for several weeks.