CSU’s Online Project Management Certificate ranks in Top 10 Best Programs of 2021

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Students who have completed CSU's Project Management Certificate have a near 100% pass rate on the PMP exam.

CSU’s online Project Management Certificate program has been awarded Most Interdisciplinary by Intelligent.com. The course, historically offered in person, was moved virtually in 2020 and prepares students to pass Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

Intelligent.com said, “While most of the courses on our list are aimed at digital project management, (CSU’s) is designed to prepare project managers for any career path, including jobs in finance, government, architecture, manufacturing, real estate, and more.”

Employers worldwide who are looking for project managers greatly value professionals who hold a PMP credential. Students who have completed the program have a near 100% pass rate on the PMP exam.

Intelligent’s ranking criteria

To determine ranking, Project Management courses were compared against four primary categories. This included: the amount of time needed to complete the program, if any prerequisites were required, course schedule flexibility, and if a certificate of completion is awarded.

Programs were also judged on the following advanced areas:

  • Was created or updated within the past five years
  • Focuses on a specific area of project management, or offers a broad view into the field
  • Received positive rankings from students
  • Helps students prepare for an exam or job interview
  • Course content is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge
  • Follows a university-level syllabus or is taught by industry experts
  • Provides contact hours that count towards the PMI certification
  • Includes transcripts and/or subtitles
  • Includes hands-on exercise or a capstone project
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About CSU’s Online Project Management Certificate

Students learn critical tools necessary to work in a dynamic project management environment. They will be able to execute projects using standard, globally recognized processes upon completing the program. Instructors with extensive industry experience bring valuable, real-world knowledge to the online classroom through a comprehensive, integrated five-module curriculum based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® Guide.

This certificate is ideal for those with various experience levels as project managers, project coordinators, and business analysts. More experienced project managers are still invited to enroll as it will teach them to effectively initiate, plan, manage, control, and close a project with greater success, no matter the size, type, or complexity of the project.

The online program is taught by the same faculty and uses the same syllabus as the in-person version and can be completed in as few as 16 weeks. A certificate of completion reflecting 48 contact hours in a PMI-approved course is awarded. For more registration information, visit online.colostate.edu/certificates/project-management-online.


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