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Learning FormatOnline Self-Paced with a Personal Learning Coach
Start DateWithin 1 week of registration
Average DurationApprox. 3 months
Average Hours in the Program80 hours
Average Hours per Week5-7 hours
Credit or Non-Creditnon-credit

This program is designed for individual learners but may be customized to be delivered onsite at your organization. Contact a learning consultant for more information.

According to Project Management Institute (PMI): “Demand over the next 10 years for project managers is growing faster than demand for workers in other occupations. Organizations…face risks from this talent gap.”

Whether you’re studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, learning the basics of project management, or preparing to transition into a different career, Rutgers Professional and Executive Education delivers the training and guidance you need to help you meet and exceed your goals. The Certificate in Project Management program serves as a great way to build the skills to keep your projects on task, on time and on budget. This program also fulfills the required project management education hours for PMP® certification.

  • Project Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Program Manager

The Opportunity

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2020, the median base salary for a Project Manager was $77k. This project-based certificate is designed to equip you with the best practices in project management as defined by Project Management Institute (PMI). People equipped with this set of knowledge and skills are in demand across industries and in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

Program Benefits

This certificate will position you to begin or continue your journey as a Project Management professional. Building upon the hands-on experience you will gain with practical assignments and a real-world project, with the guidance of your Rutgers Personal Learning Coach, you will have the confidence and knowledge to make significant contributions to this critical, strategic function at your current employer or prospective employers.

The Rutgers Project Management curriculum is tied to The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth/Seventh Edition, as well as other valuable learning about best practices in project management. Your professional certificate adequately prepares you to apply for PMI’s® PMP® or CAPM® certification. You will satisfy the 35-hour education requirement necessary to apply for these highly sought-after certifications and benefit from extended access to the eLearning library so you can continue to refresh your knowledge before you sit for the exam. This program also qualifies for PDU®‘s up to 55 hours.

With the guidance of your Rutgers Personal Learning Coach, you will have the confidence and knowledge to make significant contributions to this critical, strategic function at your current employer or prospective employer.

PMI, PMBOK, PMP, and CAPM  logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. It is always advisable to confirm the latest details about PMI’s® certification and exam requirements at


What You Will Learn

The main goal of this certificate is to enable you to develop skills and competencies that employers are looking for in the following areas:

  • Project Integration
  • Project Initiation and Planning
  • Project Scope and Project Time
  • Project Cost
  • Project Quality
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Risk Management
  • Procurement
  • Stakeholders
  • Agile Project Management

Optional and included in your investment: If you are planning to apply to PMI for the PMP© or CAPM© certification, our e-learning environment contains exam prep “boot camp” and other test preparation resources to support your success earning those credentials.

Given the busy schedules of professionals and rising executives, Rutgers has developed a powerful hybrid learning model that combines the flexible delivery of self-paced, online learning with that of a seasoned professional – a Personal Learning Coach – who serves as a learning and career guidant to mentor you through successful completion of your program and set you up for success to achieve your career aspirations.

Individualized support by industry experts: To assure your learning supports where you are and where you want to go in your career, our personalized delivery model teams you up with a learning coach who will meet with you virtually during the course of your study.  In your initial meeting, you will discuss your career objectives with your personal learning coach.  Over additional scheduled one-on-one virtual meetings they will discuss your questions, homework assignments, and connect your learning to your job and career to make sure you get the most from the material presented and maintain your focus on the learning goals you have set for yourself.   

Project Based: You will apply the concepts you learn in a project that you can draw upon as you interview for your new role.  Because the project simulates actual work duties of professionals in this field, the project offers you an opportunity to showcase the skills and competencies that employers are looking for in hiring and promoting professionals in their organizations.  

Flexibility: Learn on the days of the week and times of day that fit your schedule: E-Learning is available virtually 24/7/365. 

Who Should Attend

Our certificate program is intended for both new and experienced project managers who have little formal education in project management. Our program will give you the tools, skills, theories, and techniques necessary to be successful.

This program has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor for workforce training grants. Funding may be available for those receiving unemployment benefits. Contact us for more information at or by completing the Request for Information.

Why Rutgers

Earn a credential to put on your resume that showcases your skills to support career success from a trusted public institution serving the people, businesses, and government agencies in the state of New Jersey for over 250 years.

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