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Tom Nesterak completed the Project Management Certificate program in 2018.

Learn project management best practices and theories

  • Learn More about UD PCS Virtual Info SessionsUnderstand the roles and functions of the project manager
  • Take the first step to attaining the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation
  • 10-week live-online course — September 13-November 15 or October 5-December 14 — REGISTER NOW!
  • Discounts, payment plan, scholarships available
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Learn more: UD PCS enhances project management portfolio

Successful companies and organizations in all fields use project management to achieve breakthrough results. The powerful and versatile tools of project management are transferable to any work environment and can be used to manage any project. Participants in this course learn by applying these tools and experiencing both the art and science of managing a successful project through the project life cycle.

Whether you are new to the project management discipline or looking to formalize your project management experience, this course provides current foundational knowledge to boost your project management skills. Participants will define a project and explore best practices in predictive (Waterfall), Agile and Hybrid project methods, applying the tools required for successful project delivery. Students acquire a set of functional tools and techniques that can immediately be applied in the workplace.

This course provides current foundational knowledge and offers an opportunity to earn the professional development units (PDUs) required by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) to maintain certifications or earn the contact hours needed to apply for a certification exam. While delivering best practices, this course is not specifically designed for exam preparation. The curriculum is aligned with the current PMP® exam content outline and applies principles from the PMBOK® (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge®) and the PMI® Agile Practice Guide, as well as references from other leading publications.

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We also have an IT Project Management Certificate program that is geared toward professionals from a variety of project management and IT backgrounds and focuses on Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid methodologies.LEARN MORE

Program details

button: register nowProject Management Certificate – Noncredit Certificate
LOCATION: Live-online
SCHEDULE: September 13-November 15, 2021 — Mondays, 6-9:30 p.m.
October 5-December 14, 2021 — Tuesdays, 6-9:30 p.m. – NO CLASS November 24
PRICE: $2,595. Payment plan, scholarships and potential discounts available, including: Early registration, Military, UD student or alum, 2 or more (group).

Who should participate in this program?

  • Newly appointed or aspiring project managers
  • Experienced project leaders who want to take their management skills to the next level
  • Managers who want to apply the discipline of project management to make their organizations more effective and more competitive
  • Business and management professionals who want to enhance their planning and resource management knowledge
  • Project managers seeking an entry into the Project Management Institute’s PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification process

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Barbara Cullis is a faculty program director of technology projects and an instructor of management information systems (MIS) for the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics. Along with leading the MIS senior capstone program and the Global Enterprise Technology (GET) Immersion Internship experience, Cullis teaches undergraduate, graduate and professional development courses and workshops in IT project management and enterprise architecture. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in 2016, she was the director of information technology for Lerner.

A reviewer of two IT project management textbooks, her IT career has spanned 25 years in both the public and private sectors. In industry, she served as vice president of central engineering within the IT Managed Services Division of SunGard Availability and IT director of CCOR, a global telecommunications manufacturer in the cable network space. Providing strategic leadership on global enterprise resource planning, supply chain, data center builds and recovery projects, Cullis demonstrated a track record of successful implementations. In addition to having presented project successes at major conferences, such as Oracle Apps World and EDUCAUSE, she has led university-wide projects at Penn State University and successfully implemented new cutting-edge technology projects for Lerner.

In partnership with JPMorgan Chase, Cullis brought IBM’s Master the Mainframe (MtM) contest to UD in 2019. The global competition is designed to teach students mainframe skills. At the conclusion of UD’s first semester of participating in MtM, three of its students finished in the top tier and earned mainframe internships at JPMorgan Chase.

Cullis received her B.S. in business administration from Marymount Manhattan College and graduated from the inaugural class of the executive MBA program at Penn State. A self-proclaimed IT project management geek, Cullis became a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in 1996 and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) in 2000.


Richard McGuigan is retired from a career as a business analyst and principle leader for a large, global provider of technology-enabled solutions and information technology services. With over 35 years of technical and project management experience and credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), McGuigan has managed large, multi-year, systems integration projects for U.S. government clients, including the Navy and Air Force. He has been the quality lead and program manager for continuous service improvement of a large, global, commercial outsourcing account, conducting the Six Sigma Quality Council and overseeing all active Lean Six Sigma projects. McGuigan is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (2004) and was a member of his employer’s Global Lean Six Sigma Governance Board.

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Course outline

UD’s Project Management Certificate program has been updated to align with the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition. This program is not an official PMP® exam prep course offered by PMI®, but it is a class that teaches how to practice successful project management.

Module 1: Project Management Framework, Initiating and Planning
This module provides an introduction to project management concepts and the terminology commonly encountered in the world of project management. Further, it describes the constraints and benefits of project management and then presents an overview of project management standards and related disciplines. After forming project teams, students begin to identify a problem or opportunity that needs to be solved. This leads to the process of selecting and prioritizing projects. Topics include:

  • Project Management Foundational Concepts
  • Standards for Project Management
  • Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Project Management Processes
  • Defining Organizations and Matrixes
  • Determining Project Life Cycles
  • Selecting and Prioritizing Projects

Project teams initiate a project by completing a project charter. After completing the project charter, the project teams identify project stakeholders and develop a stakeholder register. The project teams begin the process of planning a project in earnest by conducting a risk analysis, creating a communication plan, developing a work breakdown structure and defining the required tasks. Students then estimate the duration and work for all tasks in the project. Topics include:

  • Summarizing Project Objectives
  • Project Strategy and Business Case
  • Developing a Project Charter
  • Identifying Project Stakeholders
  • Developing a Project Management Plan
  • Defining the Project Scope
  • Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
  • Identifying and Managing Project Resources
  • Estimating Activity Resources and Durations
  • Developing a Project Schedule
  • Cost Analysis and Budgeting
  • Developing a Communication Management Plan
  • Identifying and Assessing Project Risk

Module 2: Scheduling, Execution, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing
This module includes planning the work involved in the project and determining the project schedule. After finalizing the project plan, the project baseline is set against which progress is tracked and performance is measured so that corrective action can be taken when necessary to meet project objectives. Topics include:

  • Procuring Project Resources
  • Refining Your Project Schedule
  • Tracking Progress against the Project Management Plan
  • Viewing Variances with Graphical Indicators
  • Controlling Variances
  • Measuring Performance and Projecting Forecast with Earned Value Analysis
  • Team Development and Leadership
  • Quality Management
  • Status Reporting

Closing a project formalizes acceptance of the product, service or result and brings the project or a project phase to an orderly end. As the final requirement for completion of the certificate, students present their capstone project and share lessons learned. Topics include:

  • Lessons Learned
  • Closing a Project or Phase
  • Archiving Historical Information
  • Capstone Project Presentations

Grading policy — To earn the Project Management Certificate, students must complete each module with a passing grade and earn a “C” or above as the course grade.

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Learner outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role and functions of the project manager.
  • Plan and manage projects using tools such as Work Breakdown Structures, Gantt charts, and PERT charts.
  • Manage your time, budget and project team more effectively.
  • Apply these tools immediately by completing a project plan and budget as part of the course of study.
  • Meet the education requirements for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) credential.
  • Acquire practical, use-it-next-day skills to manage any project, large or small.
  • Gain hands-on experience using powerful, versatile tools to keep projects on track, on time and on budget.
  • Earn the required project management education hours toward a Project Management Institute (PMI®) certification.
  • Earn PDUs (Professional Development Units) for recertification purpose through the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

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About PMP® and PMI®

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates one has the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. The PMP® credential is offered through the Project Management Institute (PMI®). This program is an excellent starting place to attain the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation, which remains the global standard for professional project managers.

The Project Management Institute was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for project managers, and continues to be one of the world’s largest professional membership associations. With half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries, it seeks to advance the project management profession through globally recognized standards and certifications, collaborative communities, an extensive research program, and professional development opportunities.

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Technology requirements

  • A laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac) is required to participate in this class.

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  • There are no academic prerequisites for this program. Project managers can come from virtually any educational or experience background.
  • Project managers have to be able to understand and communicate both the technical and business cases for a project.
  • Access to a computer (PC or MAC) with internet access is required for this course. A laptop is preferred.

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What our students say

  • “It was the most eclectic collection of students I’ve ever seen, which was great because we had a lot of diversity in terms of goals, work experience and professional backgrounds.” – Tom Nesterak
  • “Since completing the program, I have moved into a new role managing large scale global projects.” – Shams Naim
  • “This course introduced me to Microsoft Project, which I find to be a very useful tool.”
    – Ginny Kucharski
  • “I pursued the Project Management Certificate in order to increase my value as an employee with my company.” – Randy Huber

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