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Program description

Project Management

If you would like to learn the nuances of project management and process improvement from a global perspective, Project Management may be right for you. You will acquire the skills to plan, execute, and complete complex projects within various types of organizations and industries. You will also have the opportunity to apply new tools and methodologies in both comprehensive real-world and simulated hands-on projects. With this powerful professional certificate, you will gain the skills to manage successful, efficient, and high-quality projects as well as have the option to complete the educational requirements for the Project Management Institute's PMP or CAPM Certification exams. This intensive certificate can be completed in just two quarters and is designed for working professionals.

Admission requirements

You will find the minimum acceptance requirements for the Project Management Certificate below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted will have a successful experience.

Language Proficiency Requirement:

  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEIC: 760
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Pass
  • PTE: 64
  • ELI Core Level: 109

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • University study: successful completion of a three or four-year university degree. This requirement can only be waived for students with four or more years of full-time professional work experience.
  • Work experience: A minimum of one year of full-time, post-university, professional work experience. Internships are acceptable.
  • Official final university transcripts in English indicating a strong academic history; include grading key. If you have pursued graduate-level coursework or degrees, you must include those transcripts as well.
  • Dated and signed letter of recommendation on academic or company letterhead from a professor or supervisor.
  • Résumé or CV
  • A one-page statement explaining your qualifications and motivation for taking the program
  • You should have a strong working knowledge of the following Microsoft Office products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • A spoken language phone screening may be required (this can be conducted in person if you are already in San Diego; otherwise it will be done electronically by phone, Skype, etc.).
  • For prospective students who choose to attend English language courses at the UC San Diego English Language Institute in place of obtaining an official language proficiency score, we require a recommendation letter from an ELI instructor or advisor.

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Program content

1st Quarter (15 units)

  • Project Management Essentials OR Project Management Boot Camp
  • Work Team Concepts and Skills
  • Business Communication Skills

2nd Quarter (12-15 units)

  • Project Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Cost and Risk Management
  • Leading from the Middle
  • Elective: Students will have the opportunity to choose an additional class from a list of business elective courses


Program Benefits:

  • Develop highly marketable competencies in project management
  • Build strong interpersonal skills critical to conducting work in a team environment; enhance abilities to manage conflicts and address challenging situations.
  • Complete a final capstone class, where you will have the opportunity to use the tools acquired in the program to complete a directed-studies project.
  • Study with American and international students, building your professional network.
  • Fulfills the necessary education hours required to apply for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) exam or PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam.
  • Take this alone or in sequence with another business program; apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after three consecutive quarters of study.
  • Upon completion of the Project Management Certificate, some units can be transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, M.S. in Project Management (Master’s degree offered fully online).

About this institute

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

The University of California San Diego Extension International Programs offers short-term and intensive English language programs, free mover programs, professional certificates, and summer youth programs. Study in sunny Southern California at one of the top universities in the world, and...

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