Post Grad Certificates in Project Management

Overview of the field
Project management is the understanding, developing and managing of projects with teams working with both big and small organizations.

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Structure and duration of the program
Post-Grad Certificates of Project Management may take around one year to complete, though if pursued online may take longer or shorter. Students may choose to take one course at a time which prolongs the program. This flexibility in taking courses is offered by most of the universities.

Highlights of the coursework
The courses in a Post-Grad Certificate program include:

  • Basics of project management
  • Project evaluation
  • Strategy development
  • Leadership management

The focus of the coursework is mainly on theory with an emphasis on working with large and small teams. The coursework is designed to facilitate those who are already working or aspire to work as team leaders without or before a Master’s degree.

Admission criteria and graduation requirements
A Bachelor’s degree in business or a related field is usually required for applying to a post-grad certificate program. Universities usually don’t have strict criteria with regards to admission in the certificate program but a previous knowledge and general interest in the field is preferred.

Career prospects and average salary
Project management, being a relatively new field, it is making room for itself since companies are always looking for people trained to handle, design and manage projects as a part of the teams even if they are not heading them. O*NET reports that the median salary of a related profession such as that of a construction manager is $82,790 as of 2012.

Frequently Asked Question(s)

Q:I am considering my options regarding post-grad certificates in entrepreneurship? Will these courses teach me all that I need to know regarding entrepreneurship?

A:Certification programs offer students an opportunity to study a very narrow, and select, topic; often to either brush up their knowledge, or to train in a new area of study. If you have no background in the field, it may be more prudent for you to undertake a foundation course in business and then to attempt this certification program.

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