Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management curriculum is built around the PMI PMBok® Guide. The Guide is internationally accepted standard of practice for project management. The curriculum is experiential, high-quality, and practitioner-oriented. It will enable new and experienced professionals from a broad range of industry sectors such as Healthcare, Information Technology, Finance and Banking, Manufacturing, insurance and Construction to implement projects, programs and portfolios effectively. The project management courses cover 100% of the topics for the two of the most awarded PMI certifications: the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) and covers a significant portion of the topics for the others: Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®; PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, PMI Organizational Project Management OPM3® Professional Certification.

Program Goals

The learning outcomes and goals of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management focus area are:

  • Learners will develop competency for professional careers implementing projects in business that drives innovation, process improvements, expansion and change. This is the application of business concepts to generate solutions to current business problems.
  • Learners will integrate the project management knowledge with leadership, team collaboration, effective oral, written and visual communication skills, negotiation and strategic thinking. All is vital to a successful project management career. It is the application of diverse ways that leaders and managers influence the work behaviors and attitudes of individuals, teams and other groups in organizations. Working with teams in traditional as well as virtual environments is the focus of the application of project management.
  • Three of the project management knowledge areas, Cost, Stakeholder Management and Integration require the learner to apply a stakeholder value based framework for financial decision related to project alternatives balancing speed, cost and quality.
  • Learners will experience first-hand the ethical integrity and professional standards for project manager to effective drive and lead change while maximizing and balancing critical resources, cost, quality and time. It provides a working framework to enable maximum social and cultural value while concurrent with good returns on investment for change. The courses will identify and enable creation of responsible courses of action using ethical decision-making models based on the communicated professional code of ethics and standards for project management.
  • Participants interested in earning a CAPM®, PMP® or PMI-ACP® designation will have a program that will insure they have the knowledge and requirements to successfully sit for the certification exam. These professional designations are recognized globally (130 countries) with over 4000 professionals worldwide earning these designations per month.
  • Learners interested in leading improvements, innovation and change in business areas such as IT, Accounting, Operations and Business processes will have the core project management skills needed to improve their successful implementation of projects. To implement change, learners will demonstrate the ability to analyze and construct arguments, deal appropriately with alternative points of view, articulate reasoning using in arguments and justify proposed actions.
  • Adult learners will be able to enhance their skills portfolio and gain career advancing knowledge in project management. These adult learners are post graduate professionals in IT, Engineering, Supply Chain, Procurement, Marketing, Accounting, Product Development or Operations.


  1. Eligibility for Admission:  Admission is based on having a bachelor's degree, two letters of recommendation, an acceptable GMAT score, two years of post-graduate work experience and an application essay discussing how the focus area fits into their career objectives.
  2. Application:  A completed application form, current resume and non-refundable application fee are required.
  3. Transcripts: One official transcript must be sent from each institution of collegiate rank attended by the applicant.  Transcripts should be sent directly from the collegiate institution to the Enrollment Services, Harper Center, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE  68178.  All such transcripts become the property of Creighton University.

Certificate Requirements

The Project Management certificate consists of  15 credit hours. These credits may also apply as a focus area in the MBA.

Project Management Focus Area
MBA/BIA 501Managing Projects: The Fundamentals1.5
MBA/BIA 502Managing Projects: The Fundamentals Lab1.5
MBA/BIA 705Mastering Project Management1.5
MBA/BIA 706Mastering Project Management Lab1.5
Select three of the following courses:9
Project Management Capstone - PMP Exam Prep
Project Management Capstone - PMI ACP Exam Prep
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Business, Ethics and Society
Database Management Systems
Business Process Management
Introduction to Executive Leadership
Advanced Executive Leadership
Business Operations-Technical Focus
Business Operations-Interpersonal, Interdisciplinary, and Transversal Skills Focus
Total Credits15