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Project Management Certificate Program

This program offers a structured sequence of courses to prepare students for careers in the planning and business fields. It's designed for managers and supervisors who are involved in engineering, research and development, data processing, construction, facilities management, manufacturing, corporate planning, finance, and marketing.

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Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).

We're committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of PMI® Members, PMI-certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), and other project management stakeholders. We also offer Project Management Supplemental topics.

Course Format

The courses MUST be taken in sequence and CANNOT be taken concurrently. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for each contact hour (2.1 CEUs per course). Professional Development Unit hours are necessary for individuals who wish to record the status of professional development requirements.

Certificate Requirement

A Penn State certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs), based on a standard of one unit per 10 hours of classroom contact, are awarded to Project Management students.

Act 48

The required courses listed below are approved for Act 48 credit.


Penn State reserves the right to cancel courses because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 Schedule of Courses

BUSAD 5538: Project Initiation and Planning

This course is an introduction to project management and explores the role of the project manager, project communications, project leadership, the planning process, objectives, scope, and success criteria. This is the first of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.

Tuesdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

BUSAD 5539: Project Scheduling and Integration

Topics include the work breakdown structure, project schedule, PERT/GANTT/CPM methods, and project integration. This is the second of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.
Prerequisite: Project Initiation and Planning

Tuesdays, Nov. 3 through Dec. 15, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

BUSAD 5540: Project Costing and Control

This course continues the project cycle and introduces selection criteria, procurement, cost estimating, and control mechanisms. This is the third of four courses required for the Certificate in Project Management.
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration

Tuesdays, Jan. 5 through Feb. 16, 2016
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

BUSAD 5541: Project Risk and Change Management

This is the fourth of four required courses and introduces risk and change management, team conflicts, quality, ethics, and closeout.
Prerequisites: Project Initiation and Planning; Project Scheduling and Integration; Project Costing and Control

Tuesdays, March 2 through April 12, 2016
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Students with Disabilities

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation and/or have questions about physical access available at Penn State Beaver, please contact Ms. Jill Tress, coordinator of disabilities services and the Center for Academic Achievement, 724-773-3867. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education, 724-773-3700. 

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Office of Continuing Education
102 Ross Administration Building
Penn State Beaver
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061

Phone: 724-773-3700
Fax: 724-773-3769 

Monday through Friday,
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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