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Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Master of Business Administratione The VIU Certificate in Project Management is uniquely different from the Master's Degree in Project Management or the MBA with a concentration in Project Management in two areas: The focus of a Graduate Certificate in Project Management is on strategic outcomes rather than organizational strategic outcomes, and certificate courses are aligned principally to the core processes and knowledge areas found in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Students in the certificate program gain in-depth analytical skills, stakeholder communication techniques, strategic planning and implementation skills, as well as managerial and leadership insight.

Degree Requirements


Students must complete the six courses (18 credit hours) listed below.

Code Course Title Credits
PMP 605

Prerequisite: None
Internship/CPT Qualified

This course is emphasizing planning and introduces project management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement, and control non-routine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Topics include project life cycles, project organization, project charters, work breakdown structures, responsibility matrixes, as well as basic planning, budgeting and scheduling systems. Planning and control methods such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software applications, and project audits are introduced.

3
PMP 610

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on the quality function, its implementation, and cost as well as management in both the manufacturing and service industries. The course provides students with a set of quality concepts and tools and the knowledge required for their application in quality planning, quality improvement, and quality control.

3
PMP 615

Prerequisite: None

This course exposes students to a variety of ways to identify, analyze, and mitigate the full range of project risks. The
course also explores the six risk-management processes as outlined in the PMBOK® Guide: risk management planning,
risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk-response planning, and risk monitoring and
control. Using a practitioner approach, students learn risk-management techniques by applying them to problems raised
in case studies.

3
PMP 620

Prerequisite: None
Internship/CPT Qualified

This course examines processes through which goods and services are acquired in the project management environment.
Topics include contract and procurement strategies; legal issues; contract pricing alternatives; technical, management and
commercial requirements; RFP development; source selection; invitations to bid; bid evaluation; risk assessment; and
contract negotiation and administration. By the end of the course, students will have a broad overview and understanding of the procurement cycle and how it relates to contracts, projects and management.

3
PMP 625

Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems
Internship/CPT Qualified

This course examines current topics in the project management field and provides a comprehensive review of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Topics may include global project management, leadership, virtual teams, and project information systems. In addition, the general overview of principles and practices of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be introduced.

3
PMP 650

Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems, PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices, and PMP 615 Risk Project Management

The focus of this course is to familiarize students with both the CAMP (Certified Associate in Project Management) and PMP (Project Management Professional) exams, as administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The overall exam administration processes will be reviewed and each of the knowledge areas (integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, risk management, human resource management, communication management and procurement & contract management) as they align with the process groups (initiating, planning, executing, controlling & monitoring and closing phases) will be reviewed to help students understand both the application and implication concepts tested in the exams. Additionally, students will participate in practice exam sessions for CAMP & PMP aimed at providing for self-assessment of exam readiness.

3

Degree at Glance

Degree at a Glance
Number of Credit Hours 18
Cost per Credit Hour $726.00
Total Tuition $13,068.00
*Estimated tuition does not include housing, additional fees or supplies, scholarships or transfer credit.

Sample Schedule

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the MS in Project Management program.

Course Code Course Name Credits
                 First Semester
PMP 605 Project Management Systems 3
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices 3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management 3
                 Second Semester
PMP 620 Contract and Procurement 3
PMP 625 Advanced Project Management Practices 3
PMP 650 PMP Exam Preparation 3

PMP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

* The School of Business at Virginia International University is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education.