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

Program Structure: Online or In-Person (Two Options)

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

  • Courses 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
  • Courses are not offered for university credit
  • Classes are offered online or in-person
  • Class sizes of 10-20 students per course

View Option A: One Online Course

View Option B: Two Two-Day In-Person Courses

Online and In-person Class Formats


  • 8 week course length
  • Courses are hosted in Canvas, our learning management system.
  • Courses start on a Wednesday
  • Weekly self-paced learning and materials are time-sensitive and must be completed within required timeframes
  • Synchronous sessions: 2 of them are required, 3 are optional.
  • Synchronous sessions are conducted through Zoom
  • Students will 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
  • Breakfasts and 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 be expected to complete an individual or team take-home assignment after the conclusion of the last day of class (an individual assignment could be a quick quiz or a take-home paper)
  • Students will be assessed towards demonstrating their mastery of the learning outcomes of each course
  • The Project Management program model depends on highly interactive learning, so each course will have both a participation and assignment grade

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