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Foundations of Project Management

The Opportunity
Engage with industry experts to gain the knowledge and skills of Project Management. Through exploration of this certificate, the student will develop managerial skills in relation to the project-oriented business environment, including planning concepts, project scope, time, cost, and risk, and management of communications and human resource aspects of team formation and development. 

The Certificate
Offered through the school of engineering, and led by professors with key industry experience, this applied program will prepare the student for a role as a project manager in various fields (including) IT, telecom, software development, construction, and healthcare. 
This 4 course certificate is a prime option for the student seeking core project management knowledge and skills without having to complete a full degree program. All coursework can be completed at the Edwards Campus in the evenings, and some remotely, providing flexibility for working professionals. Learn more about admission requirements and other common questions on our FAQ page. 

You will earn a graduate certificate by successfully completing 12 credit hours of the following courses. Courses taken in a graduate certificate program and recognition of the earned certificate will be posted on your transcript.
Three required courses and one elective selection encompass this certificate. Each course is 3 credit hours.

Required courses include:

  • PMGT 816: Fundamentals of Project Management I
  • PMGT 817: Fundamentals of Project Management II 
  • PMGT 818: Fundamentals of Project Management III

Students will then choose ONE elective from the available PMGT elective courses or other PMGT department approved courses. Options can include, but are not limited to:

  • PMGT 820: Management of Intra-Organizational Projects
  • PMGT 821: Management of Consulting Projects
  • PMGT 822: Management of Governmental Projects
  • PMGT 823: Risk Management for Project Managers
  • PMGT 824: Project Cost Estimation, Analysis, and Control
  • PMGT 825: Portfolio Analysis for Project Managers
  • PMGT 826: Program Management
  • PMGT 827: Project Team Management and Development
  • PMGT 828: Management of Global Projects
  • PMGT 829: Management of Distributed Project Teams

FAQ for Foundations of Project Management Certificate
What are the admission requirements? The entrance requirements for students entering the graduate certificate program include:

(a) Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science with a GPA of 3.0 or better
(b) Two or more years of professional project management experience
(c) three letters of reference *International students must also meet established guidelines currently in use by the University of Kansas.

Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Project Management

Individuals who are not already enrolled as KU graduate students must complete an application to the Graduate School for admission into the certificate program and submit an application fee along with the following materials:

  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation 

Current KU graduate students wishing to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Project Management program will apply through the Graduate School.  A student must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for admission.  Awarding of certificates will be handled consistent with guidelines and timing of degree awards of the Graduate School.  Completion of the certificate will appear on the graduate transcript.

KU graduate students should submit the following materials:

  • An unofficial copy of your KU transcript
  • Resume
  • letters of recommendation  


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Cost per credit hour
Resident or MetroKC Nonresident
$637.40 $1,179.65

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Jennifer Keleher-Price