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FAQ - Project Management

How many courses per semester may I take? 
We do not have any limits on the number of courses that a student may take each semester.  However, we recommend students with full-time work schedules take no more than two courses per semester.   

Is there any particular course sequence I should follow?
While the courses in the Certificate in Project Management are structured primarily in a way that provides maximum flexibility to allow students to start any term, it is recommended that students begin by taking PSPM 5030 Introduction to Project Management.  It is also ideal to begin by taking the required courses before the electives.  

Are all of the courses in the graduate Certificate in Project Management offered online?

Can I enroll in just a few courses? I’m not interested in applying to and earning the certificate.

Can I take courses before applying for admission to the program?
Individuals must apply to and be offered admission to earn a certificate. A maximum of two courses that will count towards satisfying the requirements for the certificate may be taken at SCPS prior to admission.  

Can I transfer credit into this program from another institution?
Individuals can transfer one course for academic credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The transfer course will count towards one elective course in the certificate program, and must have been taken within the last three years. Transfer courses are not accepted for required courses in the certificate. Official transcripts and course syllabus are required for an analysis of the content, level, and comparability of the transfer course, as well as the quality of the student’s performance with a grade of B- or better.  Official transcripts with a request for transfer of credits can be sent to SCPSAdmissions@virginia.edu or School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 104 Midmont Lane, PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4764 Attn: Admission Services 

What grades must I earn to be awarded the certificate?
Students must earn a B- or better in all courses required for the certificate to be awarded. Should a grade fall below a B-, the student has the option of retaking the course in order to complete the requirements and be awarded the certificate.   

By completing this program, will I earn the Project Management Institute’s PMP® credential/certification?
We are a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®), however only PMI awards the PMP professional certification.  For those students interested in obtaining the Project Management Professional credential from PMIour courses provide many of the background fundamental concepts covered on the exam including risk management, cost estimation, scheduling techniques, budgeting, feasibility analysis, work breakdown structures, quality management, scope control, requirements analysis, etc.  Our courses can be used to count toward the education requirement of the PMP certification process as well as the continuing education units needed to maintain certification once achieved. 

Our noncredit course NCBM 407  Project Management Body of Knowledge Review provides an in-depth review of the Project Management Institute’s required Body of Knowledge to successfully prepare for the Project Management Professional exam (PMP).  Students interested in sitting for the PMP Exam may want to consider enrolling in NCBM 407 as they near completion of our certificate program.  

PMI has experience-related requirements in addition to education for PMP certification.

Students who successfully complete the graduate Certificate in Project Management will be awarded a certificate of completion from the University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). The credential is also recorded on a UVA transcript.  

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

Does this program lead to a degree program?
The graduate Certificate in Project Management  is designed to be a stand-alone certificate program. Students interested in pursuing a degree program are encouraged to contact their intended higher education institution for transfer credit acceptance.

Will credits from this certificate program transfer to another college or university?
Certificate programs are designed to be stand-alone programs.  Selected courses, however, may be eligible for transfer. Colleges and universities may recognize these courses for transfer, but decisions are made independently by the receiving institution.

Can I just take the noncredit prep course NCBM 407 Project Management Body of Knowledge Review without taking the credit courses that are part of the Certificate in Project Management?
Yes, but if you do not yet have extensive project management experience, many students find the credit courses provide the necessary depth and background needed to prepare them for project management positions while they are gaining experience both in the classroom and on the job.  The prep/review course is designed for people who have experience and knowledge who just need an intensive preparation for the exam.  If your ultimate goal is graduate education in addition to industry certification, that is another reason to take the credit courses prior to or in addition to the noncredit prep course.

In order to maintain certification once you are PMP certified, you must have 60 Professional Development Units every three years.  These units may include professional development courses such as those offered in the Certificate in Project Management.

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* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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I liked that the University of Virginia offered an online program that I could fit into my schedule [while at Capital One]. And I thought that a credential from UVA would be particularly meaningful. Completing the graduate Certificate in Project Management gave me the trajectory I was looking for.
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Ryan Vesey


After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and landing an entry-level position at Capital One, Ryan accelerated his career trajectory with a graduate certificate from SCPS. He now works as a project manager at Capital One, identifying and implementing improvements in the verification system and protecting customers from security risks.

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University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies
104 Midmont Lane PO Box 400764, Charlottesville, VA 22904