Project Management Certificate

Newly added online certificate available in fall 2022

Project Managers play a key role in turning innovative ideas into strategy and strategy into goals. Research from the Project Management Institute shows that employers need to fill nearly 2.2 million new project-oriented roles each year through 2027. Employers looking for project managers highlight the importance of well-rounded professionals who exhibit both the human skills of leadership and communication as well as the technical skills to lead successful projects.

Nebraska Wesleyan University's online project management certificate will prepare you for the CAPM exam. Courses features a selection of specialized online courses taught by national experts.

Students majoring in project management are not eligible for the project management certificate.

The objective of the Project Management Certificate is to equip students with the skills necessary to start a project management role and be successful with minimal onboarding. The skills range from the hard skills that often overlap with project management requirements to more process-oriented skills such as agile methodologies and quality assurance.

Students completing this certificate will be able to:

  1. Critically assess the application of waterfall and agile methodologies for different projects within a business context, and justify their decisions and any associated financial investment.
  2. Construct detailed project plans that take into account scope, resource constraints, dependencies, and quality assurance.
  3. Ensure quality of execution for a given project and complete projects that adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Training in Microsoft Project and other tools, and
  • Skills needed for a lucrative career in project management.

Students completing this certificate should be ready to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management Exam.

Project Management Undergraduate Certificate (12 hours)
Required Courses 12 Hours
BUSAD 1650 Introduction to Project Management* 3 hours
BUSAD 2550 Project Planning* 3 hours
BUSAD 3650 Project Execution* 3 hours
BUSAD 4250 Advanced Project Management* 3 hours

*The Project Management courses are offered remotely via NWU's partnership with a Consortium. The partnership allows students to earn NWU credit for specific courses. Classes are designed by top academics and industry leaders, vetted by NWU, and taught by experts in the field.

NOTE: Students with a major or minor in Project Management are not eligible for the Project Management Certificate. Students enrolled in the certificate program who are interested in pursuing the Project Management bachelor's degree major instead must change from the certificate to the bachelor program before enrolling in the last course toward the certificate.

BUSAD 1650 Introduction to Project Management (3 hours)

This course will introduce students to the power of effective project management through two primary frameworks: waterfall and agile. Students will also learn vital project-management concepts applicable to a wider range of industries and occupations. This course is an online class offered through the Lower Cost Models Consortium. The class has optional live sessions.

BUSAD 2550 Project Planning (3 hours)

Any successful project starts with a plan. This course provides students with a deep understanding of project planning. Projects are a series of tradeoffs between scope, cost, and time, so students will need to learn how to balance them to create a realistic and achievable plan. Students will also learn to leverage resources and manage risk, quality, and stakeholder expectations to ensure project success. This course is an online class offered through the Lower Cost Models Consortium. The class has optional live sessions.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C-" or better in BUSAD 1650 Introduction to Project Management.

BUSAD 3650 Project Execution (3 hours)

In today's fast-paced work environment, no project proceeds from beginning to end without encountering unforeseen challenges, and the changing scope, priorities, or context of a project may require various adjustments. Additionally, project implementation and closure require conviction and trust in established processes and personnel. In either context, these are vital parts of a project's success and reflect how future projects will be managed. This course covers project execution, monitoring/control, implementation/handover, DevOps, and project closure. This course intends to finalize students' preparation for their Project Management Practicum and Internship. This course is an online class offered through the Lower Cost Models Consortium.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C-" or better in BUSAD 2550 Project Planning.

BUSAD 4250 Advanced Project Management (3 hours)

This course is intended to culminate a student's work in Project Management. Students will work in groups to manage a simulated project from scope to competition, encountering and overcoming challenges and complications along the way. This course will also provide students with an overview of the product life cycle, governance, and other topics to help contextualize project work. This course is an online class offered through the Lower Cost Models Consortium.

Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C-" or better in BUSAD 3650 Project Execution.