The Project Management Executive Certificate covers A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), which serves as the fundamental knowledge base for project management. Upon completion, you will satisfy the education requirements to sit for the Project Management Professional® Exam. Recognized domestically and internationally, the PMP® certification sets the standard for excellence in project management.
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Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027

Executive Certificate
3 months

Who Should Apply

Individuals in any discipline who work on projects in either the public or private sector will benefit from this coursework, as well as those with 3-5 years work experience who are preparing to pursue career opportunities in the area of project management.

Career Insight

Occupational summary for managers.
Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Intl.

  • 479,965

    Annual Job Openings

  • 9.8%

    Projected Growth

  • $107k

    Median Salary
    (Highly experienced workers can earn up to $183k)

Program Benefits

  • Apply fundamental project management principles, theories, and practices, including the basic concepts described in the Project Management Institute’s newest release of the PMBOK® Guide.
  • Practice using the most effective project management tools and techniques to launch, plan, and execute a project.
  • Identify characteristics of high performance teams and ways to manage stakeholder expectations.
  • Develop documentation on simulated projects to gain a deeper understanding of Project Management principles and practices.
  • Satisfy the education requirements to sit for the PMP® exam.


The Executive Certificates are totally online and flexible. You can distribute your workload according to your personal study rhythm, schedule, and career. This enables you to strike the optimal balance between your learning and professional objectives.

The online format of Executive Certificates combines different asynchronous educational methodologies such as discussion forums, assignments, and practical activities or projects, integrating technology into the educational model.

Course Schedule

Project Launch
Learn how to justify and select projects and how stakeholders influence projects. Develop requirements necessary to define project scope and create a list of tasks necessary to accomplish the scope. Create effective communication plans and assign responsibilities. Today’s fast track business and global environment places emphasis on how to increase project production efficiency with limited available resources. Gain an understanding of fundamentals of project planning with the use of scheduling software. Establish project requirements, objectives, and goals before defining the total project scope with the use of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). A project plan then can formally be created with the use of project software. This course uses a simulation project: students will develop a Project Plan, together with the class lecturer, as the basis in part for determining both final grade and mastery of key project management practices.
Project Planning
*This course follows the previous course, Project Launch.*
Successful projects do not just happen, they are planned. Understanding what success for a specific project means is part of the plan. Take the opportunity to understand how you will measure success. Does your project require assistance or materials from the outside? If so, will you know what type of contract will support your success? When you understand these basics, you know how to identify the risks you face, and how all of this information shapes your estimates, then you are ready to consider committing to a schedule and a budget. This course will take you through critical project planning basics so that when it is time for your schedule and budget, you are well informed. Once you have some planning basics under your belt, we will draw upon your knowledge to logically map out what will happen and when it will happen. You will begin thinking about your project schedule, estimate how long the work will take, arrange the project work in the required sequence, and develop an understanding of what is meant when someone refers to the “critical path”. This course will cover the project schedule, and consider who will perform the work and what they need to do so. This course will also discuss how to approach planning your project using Agile. This course will utilize the project artifacts previously accomplished in the Project Launch course.
Project Execution
Learn how to execute projects and adjust to changes that may derail your project plans in the traditional and agile project management environments. Develop a fundamental project management discipline for continuously identifying risks and resulting changes to keep your projects on course. Leverage project plans to develop effective project reporting and manage the projects using Earned Value Management and Trend analysis. As part of Integration Management, learn how to manage resources effectively and close out projects. This course will utilize the project artifacts previously accomplished in the Project Launch and Project Planning courses.
Project Practicum with Multiple Projects
Managing multiple projects presents different and additional challenges when compared with the management of a single project. This advanced, hands-on course builds on the project managers’ previously acquired knowledge and skills in the areas of scope, time, cost, risk, human resources, leadership, and teambuilding through a combination of videos, discussions, and team-based learning exercises. This capstone course lets you put into practice the project process groups and knowledge areas that are outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK® Guide) and expands it to those required to manage multiple projects. These skills include delivering appropriate and timely communications and advanced effective management skills to oversee: multiple stakeholders, task prioritization, and efficient resource allocation. We explore scheduling techniques to balance resource utilization with project risks and desired responsiveness that lead to a schedule that ensures optimal stakeholder satisfaction. The basics of Portfolio Management, Program Management, and Scrum of Agile project management techniques are also covered.


The Project Management Executive Certificate is expedited together by MIU Division of Continuing Education and UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education.