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Online Project Management Certificate

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Program Benefits

  • PMI-GAC Accredited
  • Apply Credits to Select Graduate Programs
  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses
  • No Letters of Recommendation Required

Become a Project Management Expert

Project management plays a critical role in every organization. Employers need trained leaders who can set clear goals, define the scope, align team members, and manage risk while delivering high-quality outcomes on time and on budget. Take your career to the next level with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's 100% online, PMI-GAC accredited, Project Management graduate certificate. This certificate is a part of Saint Mary’s Accelerators carefully crafted series of master's-level graduate certificates. Designed to advance your career to help you meet personal and professional goals, this program can be taken alone or you can apply your credits as a pathway toward a master's degree.

Meet Your Goals in Just One Year

The affordable online Project Management Graduate Certificate provides the foundational skills needed to excel in project management roles. Learn in a flexible format and maintain your current work commitments while completing your program in two semesters or less.

You can also apply your credits toward a master's degree like our PMI-accredited M.S. in Project Management, or one of the following:

Through a curriculum grounded in key project management principles and approaches, you will develop a deep understanding of how to oversee teams and complex processes to meet stakeholder goals. Enhance your knowledge and prepare for in-demand careers with our online project management certification.

Saint Mary's Accelerators

Saint Mary's offers a selection of graduate certificate programs designed to accelerate your degree and help you achieve your goals faster. Customize your education and get a glimpse of graduate coursework by stacking Saint Mary's Accelerators, each of which requires the completion of 12–15 credits and adds only six additional credits to your degree program. Complete extra credentials and gain a competitive edge for your field while saving time and money.

Additionally, several certificate programs also offer Credly badging for each course. These badges serve as a graphic representation of the skills you gained by completing a specific course or graduate certificate program. They can be displayed on social media platforms like LinkedIn and your CV and resume to visually showcase your specific leadership knowledge and skills to current and potential employers, credentialing programs, and admissions offices.

One of the hallmarks of our “accelerators” is that they are stackable into or onto full degree programs. Students can pursue a graduate certificate and then decide to continue into a full degree program in the same or a different discipline.

-Michelle Wieser, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and Technology

To learn more about Saint Mary's graduate certificates check out this interview with Michelle Wieser.


The project management certification program from Saint Mary's delivers a well-rounded study of project management, including topics like project planning, quality control, risk management, and more. You will learn from expert faculty who bring years of industry experience to the online classroom.

Our career-focused coursework includes 12 credits in intensive project management training, preparing you to design and execute projects effectively and lead teams to success.

Students who hold PMP certification when they are admitted to the program may waive PRM 600 Foundations of Project Management with program director permission and substitute another three-credit course. Please contact an enrollment counselor to learn about available courses.

Courses to Accelerate Your Education

With Saint Mary's Accelerators, you'll be awarded a course-level badge upon the successful completion of each of the graduate course offerings listed below. Additionally, you'll also be awarded the graduate certificate badge upon the successful completion of all coursework required for the Accelerator Graduate Certificate you choose. You may also stack Accelerators to customize your education and prepare for diverse professional opportunities while saving time and money.

Digital Badging

Now you can share your accomplishments with your professional network using our digital badging for each course completed throughout your course of study in the Project Management graduate certificate program. Learn More

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Current Certificate Requirements

For current certificate requirements, visit the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota course catalog.

Program Outcomes

When you complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Analyze stakeholders needs, determine project requirements, and create a project charter.
  • Plan and estimate the scope, resources, schedule, and cost of a project.
  • Evaluate and apply various methods of quality control to a project.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of risk management principles and practices.

Begin or Advance Your Project Management Career

The essential skills you earn with the online Project Management graduate certificate will prepare you to expand your career opportunities as a project management expert. When you complete the program, you will be qualified for a variety of project management-related roles including operations manager, information systems manager, and supply chain manager.

The average salary for project managers is $74,1001 and job outlook for management occupations is expected to increase 7% through 2028.2 This faster-than-average growth means you're earning a valuable credential for continued professional success. Earning your Project Management certificate from Saint Mary's gives you the relevant knowledge and hands-on training you need to accelerate your career.

Certificate Completion

The online Project Management certificate is designed to be completed in just one year and is financial aid eligible. No prerequisite coursework is required, and you don't need GRE/GMAT scores to apply.

For admission to the program, you'll need:

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • A written statement: Your personal background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary's and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your personal strengths and interests. Share your motivations for entering the online project management certificate program and how it will contribute to your career.
  • The names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you in a professional capacity, such as current or former supervisors.
  • An up-to-date resume: Include both your educational and professional experience.

If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director.

For more information about the online Project Management certificate, please contact an enrollment counselor at 877-308-9954 or email us at


1Payscale, Average Project Manager Salary. Retrieved from

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Management Occupations. Retrieved from