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Warning: The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal. Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs of 2016Project Management is one of the fastest-growing career tracks in the world today, with growth over the next 4 years expected to top 19% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for IT Project Management).
Colleges and universities offer certificates through a variety of departments: Business Schools, Extended Study, Continuing Education, School of Professional Studies, or others. Most often, a Project Management Certificate is a post-graduate specialization (either post-bachelors or post-masters). Some are Registered Education Providers (REPS), PMI-approved programs that guarantee students the opportunity to sit for the Project Management Professional PMP certification exam. Others merely base their course of study on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), the PMI’s bible.
PMI certification and membership is a must in many fields.Project Management Certificate programs come in all shapes and sizes, from single bootcamp courses to week-long intensives, 5-week, 8-week, 10-week, or even year-long self-paced online programs.
There is no right or wrong way to do it – just what works best for your professional and personal life situation. Bryant University is primarily a business, economics, finance, and accounting school, and though there are other majors, nearly every student majors in a business field. That singular focus means that business students at Bryant get an education that is a cut above most any competitor, and that Bryant’s reputation is airtight on the job market, whether in New England or anywhere else. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and others for their top-tier quality, high-level business connections, and overall great value. For working professionals who want further credentialing to move into project management positions without another degree, Bryant offers a top-notch Project Management Certificate program that can prepare students for a PMP certification. CalTech’s engineering, applied science, and technology focus makes it a leader in scientific research world-wide, and its small size and selectivity make CalTech one of the most elite institutions anywhere.
The Center for Technology and Management Education, a research center at CalTech, offers an intensive 10-day Project Management Certificate based on PMI requirements for aspiring project managers to prepare for the PMP certification. Professionals who are already PMP certified can also use the program for credits toward continuing certification.
Of course, as with CalTech, strong project management is a significant skill for keeping large engineering projects cohesive and moving forward. That’s why NCSU offers five project management-related certificates, taught by experienced engineering managers for more than 12 years. Students can choose a Project Management Certificate or a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. Both are 5-course, intensive programs of study, both can be earned online or in-class, and both¬†are affordable enough to send NCSU to the top of the Best Value ranking.4Rutgers University image sourceOne of the most respected universities in the nation, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is a public, land-grant institution in New Brunswick, NJ. Rutgers is the leading public research university in New Jersey, known for applied sciences, agriculture, and business, with the Rutgers School of Business located in Camden, NJ.
It’s the School of Business, and the Department of Executive Education, that offers the online Project Management Professional certificate.
This convenient, self-paced program prepares students for the official PMI-PMP certification, as well as other PMI certifications, with the guidance of a designated mentor.
The University of Chicago has been a dominant force in fields as varied as medicine, economics, and literature, with some of the most decorated faculty in the world and a high proportion of billionaires among its alumni. Aspiring project managers with the right stuff can add the University of Chicago name to their resume with a Project Management Certificate program from the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. The flagship of the University of California system, UC Berkeley sets the pace for what may be the most respected public university system in the US, and U.S. As the oldest private Catholic university in Pennsylvania, Villanova has a long history of excellence, and U.S. The Villanova School of Business is especially respected, highly ranked by USN&WR, Businessweek, and the Financial Times, and the Villanova name is a strong contender on the job market for graduates. Baruch College is known for bringing its students success – Baruch is one of the most diverse, and one of the most socially-mobile, of top-tier business schools, combining excellent connections and educational quality with surprisingly affordable tuition rates and a commitment to making sure the best and brightest find their path in New York and the rest of the world. UCLA is known not only for domination in sports, but for top-tier business, economics, and finance programs.
The Project Management certificate is surprisingly affordable, too, one of the reasons UCLA has long been recognized as a best value.10Southern Methodist University image sourceSouthern Methodist University knows business.
This mid-sized private university is located in Dallas, TX, one of the strongest business centers in the world, and Southern Methodist has made the most out of that location, with all the corporate connections and talent that Dallas can provide.
The Cox Business School has long been considered one of the best in the US by the Economist, the Financial Times, Businessweek, and more.


News & World Report top 25 national university, the University of Washington is a major public research institution (with a research budget of over $1 billion) and a reputation for greatness in technology and business.
It doesn’t hurt to be located in Seattle, where U-Dub (as locals call it) and the area technology scene have spent years mutually bringing each other to ever-growing heights. UW offers a Certificate in Project Management program that can be obtained on-campus or online, for a reasonable price of less than $4500. What you may not know is that experienced tech and business professionals can get a Stanford education in a concentrated form, with the Advanced Project Management certificate, a 6-course program that is offered on Stanford’s campus and online. Dating back to before the American Revolution, UD has been earning distinctions in four different centuries now, from educating Founding Fathers to driving solar energy and bioengineering research. With all that reputation behind it, the University of Delaware, as a public university, remains a top value for its low costs, such as the Project Management Certificate, a four-course curriculum that prepares students for PMP certification at less than $2500. Originally founded as one of the first co-ed accounting schools in the nation, Pace maintains a focus on educating the best young people, as well as offering opportunities for working professionals to go above and beyond with programs such as the Project Management Professional Certification Prep course. This program is specifically designed to help students pass the PMI PMP certification exam, and it is offered both online and in a hybrid form at Pace’s midtown Manhattan campus. Georgetown’s managerial and business expertise can be accessed without a formal degree, as well, through the School of Continuing Studies, which offers the Project Management Certificate program.
UM’s reputation is solid, with top-ranked programs in engineering and business, as well as oceanic research, sustainable energy, and other fields appropriate to sunny Miami.
If you’re a working professional looking for PMP certification, UM offers a 12-week Project Management Professional certificate program designed specifically to set students up for a home run on the PMP exam. Wake Forest’s influence has been a major contributor to growth in the Triad region, a growing business center in western North Carolina that encompasses Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte, NC. UVA’s reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship has attracted and inspired so many start-ups and corporate offices that Charlottesville has been named the fastest-growing new tech center, with venture capital pouring in.
It’s no wonder that the UVA name has amazing clout on the job market, and some of that reputation can be earned online with the UVA Certificate in Project Management. RIT combines excellence in engineering, computer science, and business, with programs reliably ranked at the very top of their fields and strong job market performance to match. RIT combines their strengths in a small package with the online Project Management Advanced Certificate, a 15-credit program that offers professionals an ideal way to build management skills and ensure career potential with the Rochester reputation.20Auburn University image sourceOne of the most admired research institutions in the Deep South, Auburn University combines the scientific and engineering expertise of a polytechnic institute with the public engagement and accessibility of a public land, sea, and space-grant research university.
At $4000, this mentor-supported course of study puts future project managers in control of their career destiny.21Oklahoma City University image sourceWhile it may not be a household name, Oklahoma City University has a lot to be proud of.
News & World Report top-25 regional university for the West, OCU, a historic, private Methodist institution, is the only Oklahoma institution to make that regional top tier. OCU offers a 40 hour-long Project Management Professional prep course designed to prepare working adults for the PMP exam. This course of study covers all that students need to know to pass their PMP certification, all at an incredibly low cost of less than $1500, making OCU a solid investment worth the cost.22University of Minnesota - Minneapolis-St. Paul image sourceOne of the leading public research universities in the Midwest, the University of Minnesota is designated a Public Ivy and has long been the destination of choice for college students throughout Minnesota and the Midwest in general. UM is recognized for business as well, with the Carlson School of Management ranked for quality by Forbes, Businessweek, the Financial Times, and more. The College of Continuing Education offers a top-notch, 9-course Project Management Certificate with day and evening programs in the Twin Cities, as well as an intensive PMP exam boot camp to prepare students for PMP certification. Today, Atlanta is recognized for business, banking, technology, and engineering, and Georgia Tech is one of the main reasons why.
Founded after the Civil War to bring engineering and applied technology education to the South, Georgia Tech has done its job and then some, becoming one of the most respected technology institutes in the world. The Atlanta economy has created a big demand for effective project managers, and Georgia Tech is helping close the gap with their Project Management certificate, an intensive program that rivals some graduate degrees for quality.24University of Houston image sourceThe University of Houston is a public research university in Houston, TX, well known in Texas and throughout the southwest for business and law. The Bauer College of Business has been frequently cited as one of the best in Texas, as well as a national best value and a top school for social mobility, allowing many of its graduates to move up in social status from humble roots.
The UH Continuing and Professional Studies offers a Certificate in Project Management that draws on the University of Houston’s strong business education and connections to the Houston business community to prepare project management professionals for PMP certification.
UH also offers a specialized Advanced Energy Project Management for professionals in the energy industry, a major employer in Houston and Texas in general.25University of California - Davis image sourceAlong with UC Berkeley (#6) and UCLA Extension (#9), UC Davis is part of the excellent University of California system and a highly regarded institution in its own right. UC Davis offers an online Project Management Certificate program, a 9-course preparatory study that prepares students for the PMP exam, or for continued certification. UC Davis also coordinates with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to transfer credits to the UWP master’s degree in Project Management. UCSC is also deeply connected to Silicon Valley, and its Silicon Valley extension offers the only Project Management certificate program in the valley. News & World Report up-and-coming university, the University of South Carolina has been raising its profile and reputation in recent years, investing heavily in research and development until it has become one of the most respected public research universities in the south.


USC is especially renowned for its business programs, with the Moore School of Business highly ranked by USN&WR and the Wall Street Journal. USC brings this business expertise to the Project Management Certificate program, an intensive 4-day on-campus course of study designed to prepare students for PMP certification. The University of South Carolina has a bright future, and the Project Management Certification can give working professionals one too.28University of Massachusetts - Lowell image sourceThe University of Massachusetts is a large, public research university with a strong regional reputation and a fast-growing national reputation, gradually rising in national rankings to give the University of Massachusetts flagships in Amherst a run for its money.
The Manning School of Business is especially well-regarded, and the whole university has been called underrated and a top-flight value. UMass Lowell offers a 6-course Project Management Certificate for aspiring project managers, and an Advanced Certificate in Project Management for professionals already certified or working in project management. DePaul’s Vincentian commitment to education and access have given DePaul a mission to first-generation and economically-disadvantaged students, creating one of the most socially-mobile and diverse student bodies in the world. DePaul is also steeped in business, with the Driehaus College of Business known the world over for unparalleled excellence. George Mason is especially known for business, with its significant ties to the government and corporate life of Washington, DC, and Nobel Prize laureates in its ranks. GMU offers a Project Management Certificate program that takes students much farther than the basics required for PMP certification; in fact, GMU is so sure of their quality that students are guaranteed to pass the PMP exam, or they can take the course again for free. News & World Report top 50 public university for the southern region, Western Kentucky University provides a solid education at a strong value, with affordable costs and respectable returns. In recent years WKU has become better known for its online programs, which are growing in reputation and name recognition as WKU seeks ways to spread its quality education beyond the bounds of its Bowling Green campus. One such program, the Project Management Certificate, is offered fully online in evening courses, allowing working professionals to earn their certificate in only 4 weeks without ever visiting campus. Known for one of the most diverse student bodies in the US, with a high proportion of Asian and Hispanic students, Sacramento State is known for bringing a world-class education to central California students, especially in the College of Business Administration.
News & World Report top 10 public university, UC Irvine shares Public Ivy status with its University of California system partner institutions, making an excellent case for the UC system as the most important public university system in the nation. UC Irvine has long been named a best value for its combination of excellence (numerous Nobel Prize winners and nominees grace the faculty) and affordability. Hundreds of Silicon Valley workers have improved their management skills with De Anza’s Project Management Practitioner certificate program, a hands-on, experience-based vocational program that is the equal of many more expensive, higher-status programs. For less than $1400, De Anza offers professionals a quicker, less expensive way to take on managerial careers in the tech industry.36Ramapo College image sourceRamapo College is a small, public liberal arts college in Mahwah, NJ, in the beautiful Ramapo Mountains. Known for its professional studies and traditional humanities programs, Ramapo is relatively young, founded in 1968, but has been recognized by U.S.
Ramapo’s Project Management Certificate program is exceptionally well-designed and rigorous, consisting of 4 modules making up 96 hours of instruction, all of which can be completed in just 14 weeks. UNH offers a Project Management Certificate that is delivered in 5 six-week courses, all of which can typically be completed in 8 months. With eight professional schools, Pacific has an unusually high proportion of professional studies programs for a school of its size, one factor that contributes to the high average salary rate and ROI of Pacific graduates. With its emphasis on professional programs, it’s no surprise that Pacific has a strong Project Management Training and PMP Exam Preparation course.
Students can prepare for certification on campus or online, though online courses must be accessed at the same time as the on-campus class. At less than $1700, the University of the Pacific provides entry into project management for a bargain price.39Clayton State University image sourceYou may never have heard of Clayton State University, a small, public institution in suburban Atlanta, but CSU is an important regional school. Clayton State is one of the most diverse campuses in the region, and with its close proximity to Atlanta, CSU has had a major impact on the area, preparing local people for professional work in the booming Atlanta economy.
Clayton State offers a Project Management Certificate program designed for working adults who have three or more years of experience in a management position and who want to prepare for PMP certification. Tippie’s School of Management offers a Project Management Certificate designed for experienced project managers and for professionals looking for advancement into project management positions. They are a PMI Registered Education Provider, and all their courses can be used toward the formal education requirements for PMI certification as well as PDUs for continuing education requirements.
Held at locations across Iowa, students can register for 1, 2 or 3-day courses to get the needed credits for the PMP certification exam, a flexible program convenient for any professional in the Hawkeye State.41San Diego State University image sourceLike its sister institutions in the massive California State University system, Sacramento State (#32) and San Francisco State (#33), San Diego State University is a highly diverse, highly productive public research university, well-respected and ranked for social mobility and ROI.



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