Certificate in Project Management

Certificate in Project Management

Develop the communication skills and real-world practices required to successfully lead teams that deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope.

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Organizations are relying more on projects—and their successful management and delivery—to meet their strategic goals. Once considered an “accidental profession,” project management is applicable to a wide range of industries including government contracting, information technology, healthcare, law, nonprofit development, and public relations. Both private and public-sector firms are requiring certified project managers to tackle increasingly complex projects and support more demanding customers while striving for greater efficiency and transparency.

The Certificate in Project Management is designed for professionals that are looking to enter a new career field or acquire new skills. Students gain a deep understanding of the core concepts, practices, and know-how required to become a more effective and valued project manager.

The program is based on a curriculum grounded in theory and real-world applications—and with the understanding that it takes knowledge of processes and people to deliver project objectives and requirements. Our program is built on the core processes defined in the Project Management Institute’s “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK).” There is also a strong emphasis on helping students develop the skills and practices necessary to manage real-world challenges and deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope while meeting stakeholder expectations and customer needs.

Georgetown provides participants with a learning environment based on diversity and sharing of experiences, three convenient learning modalities, and a schedule of classes that can be balanced with daily demands. Devoted to teaching excellence, our faculty bring their extensive working knowledge to the classroom. Our student population, with their diverse educations, backgrounds, and experiences, contribute meaningfully to classroom discussions. The commitment to Georgetown University excellence means continuous improvement is built into the program and provides our students with a high-quality experience.

Importantly, our program has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

  • Ideal for
    Mid- and senior-level professionals

  • Duration
    As little as 2 weeks, up to 2 years

  • Tuition

  • Format
    Online & On-Campus

  • Schedule
    Varies by format

  • Semester of Entry
    Fall, spring, summer

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of effective project management
  • Demonstrate the use of standard project management tools and techniques
  • Explain the role of the project manager in meeting organizational strategic goals
  • Apply iterative, incremental agile practices throughout the project life cycle
  • Determine the best way to execute projects to deliver business value
  • Plan and manage budget and resources
  • Plan and manage project schedules, scope, and changes
  • Identify and manage the risks and challenges in delivering successful projects
  • Identify the role of the project manager and the skills required to lead teams successfully
  • Support team performance and empower team members through the development of leadership skills
  • Manage communications, engage and build shared understanding with stakeholders

Students who complete the certificate program will satisfy the education requirements needed to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam.

Georgetown University has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), Georgetown University has agreed to abide by PMI established quality assurance criteria. PMBoK and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Curriculum & Schedule

Project Management courses are offered in three formats: in the classroom, live online, and self-directed online. Live online classes are taught by Georgetown instructors using Zoom video conferencing. Self-directed online classes are taught using Canvas, our learning management system, and can be completed at your own pace. Both formats are designed to provide our professional learners with a high-quality, engaging educational experience.

Not all formats are available in every semester. For more information on which format is best for you, please contact Program Support at pdcprograms@georgetown.edu.

For the best learning outcomes, we strongly encourage you to take Predictive Project Management Fundamentals as your first course and Applications of Project Management as your last course. You must successfully complete the seven required courses for a total of 8.00 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 80.0 contact hours. All seven courses must be completed within a two-year period.

Number Title CEUs
XPRM-700 Predictive Project Management Fundamentals 1.4
XPRM-701 Agile Project Management Fundamentals 1.4
XPRM-702 Strategy and Project Execution 1.4
XPRM-703 Leading Project Teams 0.8
XPRM-704 Team Communications & Negotiations 0.8
XPRM-705 Project Risk Management 0.8
XPRM-706 Applications of Project Management 1.4

PMI Authorized Training Partner sealThe Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The Certificate in Project Management has been approved by PMI to issue contact hours and PDUs for our courses.

PMI Authorized Training PartnerThe PMI Authorized Training Partner seal is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Program Formats

What Is Live Online Learning?
Live online instruction is enhanced by incorporating various instructional practices and technology tools. Features such as Zoom video conferencing, breakout rooms, and chat allow for real-time interaction and collaboration among learners. Tools like Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Canvas Groups facilitate teamwork and information sharing within the learning community. Polling, surveys, and threaded discussion boards promote active engagement and the expression of opinions. It is important to foster social respect, privacy, and incorporate Jesuit values to create a supportive and inclusive online environment. By utilizing these practices and tools effectively, live online instruction can be engaging, interactive, and conducive to meaningful learning experiences.

What Is Asynchronous Online Learning?
Course materials for this self-guided course can be accessed at your convenience within the specified time frame. These materials are uploaded to Canvas, an online learning management platform, and include a variety of resources such as text-based lecture notes, interactive learning modules, and pre-recorded lectures and podcasts. You are responsible for completing assignments based on your understanding of the course material while meeting specified deadlines for each assignment. The self-paced nature of the course allows you to review information, take notes, and practice retention without worrying about the speed of a lecture or the pace of your classmates. This flexibility enables you to shape your learning experience according to your individual needs and preferences, ensuring a personalized and effective educational journey.

Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required Courses  Fall 2024 Fall 2024
Predictive Project Management Fundamentals
XPRM-700-101 | Status: Open

Sep 16 to Sep 29, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-700-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Mon/Tue 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2024
Fall 2024
Agile Project Management Fundamentals
XPRM-701-101 | Status: Open

Sep 30 to Oct 13, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-701-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Wed/Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2024
Fall 2024
Strategy & Project Execution
XPRM-702-101 | Status: Open

Oct 14 to Oct 27, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-702-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Mon/Fri 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2024
Fall 2024
Leading Project Teams
XPRM-703-101 | Status: Open

Oct 28 to Nov 3, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-703-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Tue 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Oct 22, 2024
Fall 2024
Team Communications & Negotiations
XPRM-704-101 | Status: Open

Nov 4 to Nov 10, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-704-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Wed 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Oct 23, 2024
Fall 2024
Project Risk Management
XPRM-705-101 | Status: Open

Nov 18 to Nov 24, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-705-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Thu 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Oct 24, 2024
Fall 2024
Applications of Project Management
XPRM-706-101 | Status: Open

Dec 2 to Dec 15, 2024
Fall 2024
XPRM-706-201 | Status: Open
Live Online
Fri/Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Oct 25 to Oct 26, 2024
Fall 2024
Professional Internship Courses  Fall 2024
Professional Internships
XBUS-995-201 | Status: Open

Sep 16 to Oct 28, 2024
Fall 2024


Susan Finn

Susan has taught a diverse portfolio of project management courses to over 2,000 students in Fortune 500 companies and 16 government agencies. Her clients have included financial stationers, food companies, ...
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Winston Gonzalez

Dr. Winston Gonzalez is a small business owner currently directing the management and administrative support services for Zeenie Enterprises LLC (ZeLLCo) in Annapolis, Maryland. As a certified Program Consultant in ...
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Dominic Lepore

Founder, Terrapin Consulting. Dominic Lepore, PMP, has over 20 years’ experience implementing new processes and systems to improve business operations. He is an expert in all aspects of project management, ...
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Scott Patton

Scott Patton is a subject matter expert (SME) in organizational project management (OPM) and has over 25 years extensive experience in helping organizations develop and improve portfolio, program and project ...
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Michael Spead

Michael has over 20 years transforming organizational strategies and objectives into actionable projects / programs / portfolios that achieve sustainable and measurable results for commercial, non-profit, and government entities. He ...
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Amy Warner

Amy Warner joined The Hershey Company in 2019 and currently serves as a Project Portfolio Manager for large-scale transformation initiatives. Prior to joining Hershey, she provided strategic and operational oversight ...
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How to Register

Students are strongly encouraged to take Project Management Fundamentals as their first course.

Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.

Degree Requirement

You must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in order to enroll in our certificate programs.


This certificate is an open-enrollment program. No application is required. Click the "Register Now" button, select your courses, and then click "Add to Cart". Course registration is complete when your payment is processed. You will receive a confirmation email when your payment is received. Please retain the payment confirmation message for your records.

You can combine on-campus and online courses (if available) to complete your certificate. Depending on the certificate program, we may suggest taking courses in a specific order, but this is not a requirement.

Most students register for all courses at the same time and complete their certificate within a few months. However, you may choose to register for courses one by one over time. Once you begin a certificate, you have up to two years from the time you start your first course to complete all required courses.

International Students

International students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in certificate courses. However, Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for noncredit professional certificate programs.

A TOEFL examination is not required for non-native English speakers but students are expected to read, write, and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

Students from most countries may register for our online certificate programs; however, due to international laws, residents of certain countries are prohibited from registering.

For more information on our online policies, please visit the Online Students page.

Tuition & Funding

Tuition varies by course. Total program tuition for all seven courses is $6,965. Most course materials are included.


Noncredit professional certificates do not qualify for federal financial aid, scholarships, grants, or needs-based aid. However, several finance and funding options do exist, as listed below.

Employer Education and Training Budgets

Some employers offer funding for employee education or professional development. If an employer guarantees payment for employee education and training, Georgetown will accept an Intent to Pay form. If you are using employer sponsorship or training authorizations, you must submit an Intent to Pay form with your registration.

If your employer will pay for your tuition, select “Third-Party Billing” as your method of payment when you register for courses online. Please submit an Intent to Pay form indicating that your employer or another third party should be billed for tuition. Invoices will not be generated without this form on file.

Federal Agency Training Funds*
  • According to the Federal Employees Almanac 2014, federal agencies may:
    • Pay training and education expenses from appropriated funds or other available funds for training needed to support program functions
    • Reimburse employees for all or part of the costs of training or education
    • Share training and education costs with employees
    • Pay travel expenses for employees assigned to training
    • Adjust an employee's normal work schedule for educational purposes not related to official duties

Georgetown accepts Standard Form-182 (SF-182) for training authorizations from the federal government.

*Federal employees should ask the appropriate budget officer about training budgets available.

Georgetown Employee TAP Benefits

Eligible Georgetown employees may use their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits to fund 90% of the certificate program tuition—employees will be invoiced for the remaining 10% of tuition and must pay any other charges associated with their certificate program. Employees using TAP benefits may work directly with the HR Benefits Office to ensure payment prior to the start of any course. This payment option is only valid if registration occurs at least 10–14 business days prior to the start date of the first course. Any fees incurred due to course withdrawal are the student’s responsibility and are not funded by Georgetown University TAP. For questions regarding TAP benefits, please contact the HR/Benefits Office at tapbenefits@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-2500.

GoArmyEd.com for Active Duty, National Guard,
Army Reserve Soldiers, and Army Civilians

SCS is registered with GoArmyEd.com to accept SF-182 training authorization forms. GoArmyEd.com is the virtual gateway for all eligible active duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online. GoArmyEd.com is also the virtual gateway for Army Civilians to apply for their Civilian education, training, and leadership development events.

Interest-Free Payment Plan

The professional certificate programs offer an interest-free payment plan for certificate programs that are more than one month in duration and for which the total tuition is greater than or equal to $4,000. The payment plan is structured in the following manner:

  • Payment #1: A down payment of 25% of the total tuition balance must be paid online (within 72 hours after you register and select Payment Plan) via the Noncredit Student Portal. Please submit your down payment as soon as possible.
  • Payments #2, #3, and #4: Your remaining balance will be due in three (3) equal monthly installments beginning 30 calendar days after your down payment is processed. Your monthly payments must be paid via credit card in the Noncredit Student Portal. You will be able to access each invoice and payment due date in your student account.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Automatic Payment Service is not available. You must make each subsequent payment via the Noncredit Student Portal.

Military Benefits/GI Bill®

A number of tuition benefits are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs and under various parts of the GI Bill®. Please visit the Resources for Military Students page for additional information and instructions.

Private Education Loans

Some students choose to finance certificate programs with private education loans. Students are responsible for contacting lenders directly to find out if a noncredit professional certificate program is eligible for a loan. While Georgetown University will not recommend specific lenders, it will certify loans for eligible programs from approved lenders.

For eligible noncredit professional certificate programs, Georgetown University will certify loan amounts up to the full cost of tuition for the program. Tuition does not cover books, travel, or living expenses. Please see individual program pages for tuition rates.

Georgetown University has a unique campus code for Sallie Mae. Our Sallie Mae branch code is 001445-99.

You must be approved for a loan before registering for courses. Follow these steps to pursue a loan option:

  1. Check the list of lenders that have offered private education loans in the past to Georgetown University students.
  2. Contact the lender and confirm your program is eligible for a private education loan.
  3. Obtain the necessary paperwork and apply for the loan.
  4. Georgetown will certify loan amounts based on the information below. Please note that our branch code is 001445-99.
  5. If approved, register for courses:
    • Payment sent to Georgetown: Select “Third-Party Payment” at the time of registration if the lender is sending funds directly to Georgetown.
    • Enter the information about the lender and then contact Noncredit Student Accounts at noncreditaccounts@georgetown.edu.

Note: It is your responsibility to contact Georgetown University Noncredit Student Accounts at noncreditaccounts@georgetown.edu to ensure that your loan is processed.

Registering for Courses Over Time

While you may choose to complete your certificate program in one semester, many programs (but not all) allow up to two years to complete all requirements. As a result, you may choose to register for required and elective courses over several semesters to spread out the cost of tuition over time. We generally offer every course in a program each semester, so you'll have many opportunities to enroll in required and elective courses within the two-year time frame.

Tuition Discounts

Only one tuition discount may be applied at the time of registration. Tuition discounts cannot be combined. Tuition discounts are not applied retroactively. Please contact pdcprograms@georgetown.edu with any questions.

GU Alumni 30% Discount

Georgetown University alumni and SCS certificate completers are eligible to receive a 30% tuition discount for many certificates offered within SCS’s Professional Development & Certificates (PDC) portfolio. When registering for an eligible certificate through the SCS website, you will see the "30% Georgetown Alumni Discount" as an option. The Enrollment Team will then verify your eligibility status as a Georgetown University alumnus or certificate completer.

Organization (5+ Employees) 20% Discount

Georgetown SCS offers a 20% discount for eligible certificates to organizations that register 5 or more employees for the same certificate cohort at the same time. Eligible organizations include government agencies, nonprofit agencies, and for-profit businesses. Please contact pdcprograms@georgetown.edu for steps and procedures to ensure your group has access to the discount.

Boeing 10% Discount

Employees of Boeing receive a 10% tuition discount on select programs and courses

EdAssist 10% Discount

Employees of companies that belong to the EdAssist education network may receive a 10% tuition discount on select programs and courses. Contact EdAssist directly to find out if you qualify.

OPM Federal Scholarship Alliance 10% Discount

Eligible federal employees across the country receive a 10% scholarship applied to the current tuition rate for all SCS degree programs and professional certificate programs each academic semester. Please contact pdcprograms@georgetown.edu for steps to be added to this discount group.

Contact Us

Still Have Questions?

Certificate Admissions and Enrollment
Email: pdcprograms@georgetown.edu
Phone: (202) 687-7000

Student Accounts
Email: noncreditaccounts@georgetown.edu
Phone: (202) 687-7696

Certifying Military Benefits
Email: pdcvabenefits@georgetown.edu
Phone: (202) 784-7321

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