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Advanced Project Management Curriculum

What You Earn

  • The Advanced Project Management program is designed to be taken either as a certificate program or as a set of stand-alone seminars. To complete the certificate, learners must take four Project Management elective courses with two being considered “advanced” by the Graham School Project Management program.
  • The purpose of the Advanced Project Management certificate program is to provide the experienced project practitioner with a forum for examining leading-edge concepts, best practices, and different approaches to issues that will directly affect job performance and organizational success.
  • The program deeply explores the concepts of the PMI-sponsored Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) as well as addressing the practical issues integral to achieving success. Participants will individualize their program by choosing courses exploring different aspects of project management. Professionals will earn sixteen PMI PDUs for the completion of each class. These classes are not offered for university credit.

Professional Impact

Designed for participants with several years of project management experience, these courses offer an opportunity for very experienced project managers to interact with their peers, learning and working with others who have similar levels of responsibility.

Each course earns sixteen PMI PDUs.

Participants in the series can acquire the skills to:

  • Understand and meet the unique challenges and complexities associated with managing geographically dispersed projects.
  • Incorporate advanced risk assessment, change management, and performance and control measures into cross-functional projects.
  • Lead multiple project teams and other project managers and stakeholders.
  • Relate to executives and customers.
  • Manage contractual requirements established with suppliers and/or corporate clients.
  • Apply traditional and agile techniques to highly complex technical projects.

Learning Timeline

Project Management Essentials Course details. One online course or two in-person courses.

Student earn this certificate by:

  • Completing four onsite courses, including at least two advanced courses.

Tuition for each course in this series is $1350.

Learning formats and assessment:

  • Class sizes are small, ranging from ten to twenty people.
  • Courses are offered in a convenient two-day seminar format at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.
  • All materials and networking lunches are included in the tuition.
  • Courses are offered on Thursdays and Fridays 9 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Participants will be assigned pre-readings and expected to participate in highly interactive discussions and group work.
  • Students working towards the Advanced Project Management certificate will be required to complete in-class exercises and complete an assignment due ten days after the completion of the course. All students will be evaluated by course instructors and given a final grade for each course.
  • Participants who attend individual seminars without pursuing the certificate will be expected to attend all class sessions and to work on team projects and presentations in class. You will not be expected to complete the final take home project. You will be assessed on your in-class work and attain a pass/fail grade. If you pass, you will be awarded sixteen Project Management Institute PDUs.

Who Should Attend?

Participants should have at least three to five years of experience leading project teams, or be a certified PMP with at least two years project management experience. Participants include:

  • Certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs).
  • Project, program, or product managers who work in a large-project environment or are responsible for implementing multiple parallel projects in geographically dispersed regions.
  • PMO managers and project officers overseeing project management quality initiatives.

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