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Project Management Program Contents

Certificates and degrees in project management are offered at a diploma, associate's, bachelor's, or master's level depending on the student's desired choice and academic career path. Schools and institutions offering a degree in project management require similar foundational studies and core requirements.

Students not only graduate with a degree in the recognized project management field, but can make themselves more appealing to employers with the added credential of an academic certificate

Core requirements for the project management program consist of five courses or training modules. Classes include project cost studies, information systems for project management, basics of quality management, introduction to project management, and introduction to conflict management. The foundational introductory project management course is broken into sections or modules and covers such topics as how to plan a project, determining a project budget, managing project issues and risks, managing expectations, and keys to better team performance. Students are then offered flexible elective courses that provide a more in-depth look at specific project management studies.

In combination with a bachelor's degree, students have the option of pursuing an additional academic certificate. Students not only graduate with a degree in the recognized project management field, but can make themselves more appealing to employers with the added credential of an academic certificate. Available certificates are offered in the accounting and finance program, business fundamentals, customer service, web page development, small business management, and management essentials. Employers view an added certificate as an asset to their project management team. Students can enhance their marketability by taking advantage of other certificates offered in professional communication, conflict resolution, and leadership development.

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Project Management have even more flexibility when selecting areas of emphasis and academic certificates. Some of the topics covered under a master's program include conflict management, risk analysis, human resources management, time management, and scheduling techniques. Academic certificates are available in areas such as business management and change management as well as the more practical and marketable project management.