Project Management Certificate

The Katz Project Management Certificate builds on the foundation of the MBA core classes by developing fundamental knowledge and advanced skills in project management. The course work for the certificate covers all components of project management as given in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and goes beyond the basics by exploring the use of decision technologies together with relevant software to more effectively manage resources and risk. Further, students can explore other advanced topics by choosing courses from selected electives. 

The certificate enables students to sit for the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam. It also prepares students — both in contact hours and subject knowledge — for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, which a student may take if he or she has obtained the extensive professional experience required by PMI for this certification.

The certificate includes an Experience-Based Learning component, which is satisfied by submitting an experiential report approved by the faculty advisor. A requirement for submitting this report is that a student must have successfully taken a project-based course (1.5 - 3 credits) from the list below and at least one of the two required project management courses.  Reports should include the following: documentation of having had a significant project management role in the project-based course; an analysis of the relationship of project management in the project-based course to the success of the respective project; and lessons learned in project management from the project-based course. It is strongly recommended (but not required) that a student take at least one of the two required project management courses before taking the project-based course. Please submit your report to the faculty advisor, Professor Richard E. Wendell. In cases where graduation (or other) deadlines are relevant, it is important to confirm submission deadlines of the report with the faculty advisor. Please note that without approval from the faculty advisor, the MBA Office will not be able to verify the completion of the certificate requirements.

Credit Requirements

10.5 credits

Required Sequence

Students are required to take two courses in project management (totaling 4.5 credits) that cover all components of the Project Management Institute's A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, commonly referred to as PMBOK. The courses make up the core areas of project management: project integration, scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, communication, procurement, and quality management.

  • BMIS 2551: Project Management Concepts and Processes (3 credits)
  • BQOM 2546: Project Management Fundamentals and Analytics (1.5 credits)

Students must also complete a project-based course (1.5-3 credits) that provides an experience-based learning opportunity in project management; approved course options are listed below.  In order to be applicable toward the Project Management certificate, each of the cited project-based courses require prior approval from the certificate faculty advisor with documentation of a significant project management role.  Additional coursework surpassing 3 credits within this set of project-based courses is not applicable without the written consent of the certificate faculty advisor.

  • BIND 2024 - Consulting Field Project (3 credits)
  • BOAH 2551 - Organizational Leadership Project Course (1.5 credits)
  • BMIS 2056 - Management Information Systems Practicum (3 credits)
  • BQOM 2139 - Six Sigma: Theory & Practice (3 credits)

Electives

Students customize elective credits of their certificate by selecting from a range of technical and managerial courses on project management. It is strongly recommended (but not required) that students choose BACC 2528 Managerial Accounting and BOAH 2537 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace as two of the electives. Successful project managers have a variety of tools to draw on for planning, analysis and decision making, as well as for managing people. These two electives represent both types of tools, and together will enhance student learning of key project management skills. For a well-rounded and balanced skill set in Project Management, students are advised to take a mix of quantitative and people-oriented courses. A student can select an elective not listed below by advanced, formal permission from the faculty advisor.

  • BACC 2528 Managerial Accounting (1.5 credits)  recommended
  • BACC/BQOM 2549 Strategic Cost Analysis (1.5 credits)
  • BOAH 2532 Negotiations, Teamwork, and Change (1.5 credits)
  • BOAH 2537 Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (1.5 credits) recommended
  • BQOM 2521 Decision Making in a Complex Environment (1.5 credits)
  • BQOM 2534 Strategic Procurement and Sourcing Management (1.5 credits)
  • BQOM 2537 Forecasting (1.5 credits)

Full-time and part-time students are eligible to receive an Project Management Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

  1. Completion of a combination of required credits and elective credits from the approved course list, total 10.5 certificate credits
  2. Grades of B or better for each course, required and elective
  3. A minimum B+ average (3.25 QPA) across all certificate-related courses and credits

Examples of average salaries yielded in 2011 are outlined in the Table below.

Sample Job Titles and Average Salaries in USD as of 11/19/11 according to INDEED.COM
Customer Project Program Manager $151,000
SAP Project Manager $122,000
Senior Program Manager $117,000
IT Program Manager $110,000
Senior Project Manager $107,000
Software Product Manager $105,000
Infrastructure Project Manager $104,000
Technical Project Manager $94,000
IT Project Manager $98,000
Project Manager Senior Consultant $98,000
Project Manager $90,000
Construction Project Manager $79,000
Junior Project Manager IT $78,000
Junior Project Manager $71,000
Interactive Project Manager $70,000

Faculty Contact

Richard Wendell
Professor of Business Administration
Business Analytics and Operations
Office: 262 Mervis Hall
Phone: 412-648-1630
E-mail: wendell@katz.pitt.edu