Essentials of Project Management

Curriculum and Timeline for Essentials of Project Management Online or In-person Certificate

Essentials of Project Management covers the core materials included in the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification exam which is offered by the Project Management Institute.

Essentials of Project Management curriculum map

PMP®/CAPM® Exam Prep Course

For those interested in taking the certification exam, we now offer an intensive 3-day exam prep course designed to further develop your understanding of the materials included in the Project Management Professional certification, while practicing them within the context of the PMP®/CAPM® examination. This course will allow you to apply concepts and tools more effectively in your real-world practice of project management—making this qualification a true professional asset. 


Learning Timeline Online or In-Person (Two Options)

Students earn the Essentials of Project Management certificate by completing one online course or two on-site courses.

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Program Structure and Class Formats for Project Management Essentials

Courses in this series are aligned with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. Successful participants will earn 35 PMI® PDUs. This is not a test prep course nor does it guarantee successful completion of a PMI® Certification exam. These courses are not offered for university credit. Classes are offered in two formats: online or in-person. Class sizes are small, ranging from ten to twenty people.


  • 8 week course length.
  • 2 required virtual sessions and 3 optional virtual sessions introduce you to your instructor and to your classmates.
  • Students participate in group projects and online discussions as well as individual assignments and quizzes in response to recorded lectures.
  • Expect to spend 3-4 hours per week to meet the requirements for successful completion of the course.
  • Learn more about taking online courses.


  • Convenient 2-day seminar format on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.
  • All materials and networking lunches are included in the tuition.
  • Participants will be assigned pre-readings and expected to participate in highly interactive discussions and group work. Students will also be expected to complete a take-home assignment after the conclusion of the last day of class.
  • All courses will be graded. Each course will have clear learning goals and objectives which will be shared with students. An assessment will determine how well each student demonstrated mastery of the learning goals. The Project Management program model depends on highly interactive learning, so each course will have both a participation and assignment grade. The assignment will be either an individual or team assessment. An individual assignment could be a quick quiz or a take-home paper.

*PMI, PMP, CAPM, and the PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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