Project Management

Acquire comprehensive training in project planning, execution, and control, seamlessly integrating critical project components such as schedule, cost, quality, risk, and leadership in alignment with Project Management Institute (PMI)® guidelines. Formats: Online | In-Person

This program is perfect for…

  • Aspiring project managers seeking career advancement opportunities
  • Individuals aspiring to achieve PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification
  • Professionals aiming to specialize in specific project management domains
  • Current project managers seeking formal training to enhance their skills and credentials

What you can learn.

  • Master project management concepts, methodologies, tools, and techniques essential for successful project execution
  • Integrate critical project management areas such as scope, schedule, budget, quality, risk, and procurement for comprehensive project planning and execution
  • Apply practical approaches to effectively navigate all project processes throughout its life cycle
  • Develop leadership skills to efficiently manage and inspire project teams towards successful project outcomes

Master Leadership with Project Management.

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Are you aspiring to kickstart or advance your career in project management? UCLA Extension offers a comprehensive Project Management Certificate program designed to enhance your analytical and leadership skills and set you apart in today's competitive job market.

Our program caters to professionals across various industries, including entertainment, engineering, healthcare, IT, banking, and more. Continuously updated to incorporate the latest industry trends, including the impacts and tools of Artificial Intelligence, our curriculum ensures that you stay ahead of the curve.

Dive deep into essential project management principles through our curriculum, meticulously crafted to meet the rigorous standards set by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Aligned with the project management 49-processes framework and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), our courses provide thorough training to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success. Additionally, we offer guidance to prepare you for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, paving the way for you to attain the globally recognized PMP® certification by PMI®.

Format: 100% online or in person

Eligible: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and VA education benefits

This certificate is approved for international students to study full time in the U.S. on an F-1 visa.

International students must meet English language proficiency requirements for admission into the program.

While most certificate programs begin each quarter, some have limited intakes for students studying on F-1 visa. Find this program on the Browse Certificate Programs page to confirm entry quarters before applying.

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Project Management Professional (PMP)® Roadmap

The UCLA Extension certificate in Project Management, along with the PMP® Exam Preparation course, provide pathways to attain PMP® or CAPM® certification accredited by PMI®.

Discover which academic path works best for you.

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Learn from Industry Leaders

UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor award recipient with over 30 years of project management experience.

Barry Molnaa

Online Info Session

Available for the entire quarter, access our free online information session, featuring a comprehensive overview and details about the program. You'll also have the opportunity to engage in a live online session with the program director to gain firsthand information and ask questions.

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The experience I gained from the Project Management Certificate at UCLA Extension has allowed me to successfully scale our operations and methodologies to accommodate an expanding business while improving our project success rate.

Fabian Choi
Project Management Certificate Graduate
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UCLA Extension is a Premier Authorized Training Partner (ATP®) and is approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs).


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Course 1
MGMT X 444.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course 2
MGMT X 444.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course 3
MGMT X 444.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course 4
MGMT X 444.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Course 5
MGMT X 444.6
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Students must complete one elective course from the following list:
C&EE X 412.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
C&EE X 412.8
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MECH&AE X 428.69
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 443.5
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MGMT X 443.8
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 443.4
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 446.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 446.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 446.3
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer

Exam Preparation Course

Prepare for the popular PMP® examination with a concentrated and structured review of the key project domains and required knowledge to pass the exam. This course does not apply toward the certificate. 

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Preparation
MGMT 843.1A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

How to Get Started

Courses in this program are open enrollment, and each course is paid for individually. You may take courses without committing to the program; however, establishing candidacy provides many benefits exclusive to our certificate students. Please refer to the frequently asked questions below for more detail.

We recommend starting with the first course MGMT X 444.1 Fundamentals of Project Management, and taking subsequent courses in the order listed above, if possible.

Note: A grade of "C" or better must be earned to pass each course and fulfill certificate requirements.

How to Apply

  1. Click the Apply Now button below.
  2. Login or create a new student account.
  3. Once you are logged into the student portal, you can select “My Applications” from the left side menu at any time to return to your application. Click the yellow “Start” button to proceed.
  4. On the Certificate Application page, follow the instructions and click "Save". Then submit your application. 
  5. Proceed to checkout and pay the nonrefundable candidacy fee to finalize your application. 

Benefits exclusive to UCLA Extension certificate students:

  • Receive a gold-seal certificate upon completion of the program. 
  • Access to Handshake, UCLA Career Center’s online job board, with access to thousands of job and internship postings.
  • Become a member of the UCLA Alumni Association (upon completing your certificate) and a nationwide network of Bruin family.
  • Join us for the annual UCLA Extension Graduation Ceremony on campus to celebrate all your hard work.
  • Get access to UCLA Recreation facilities as a student affiliate.*
  • Open an affiliate/Guest UCLA Bruin ID Card* for a number of student-related benefits.
  • Access to UCLA Extension’s Career Resources including online career coaching, workshops and networking events.
*Nominal Fee Required

Certificate FAQs

What are the application requirements?

This certificate is open enrollment; no formal application is necessary, and anyone can take individual classes. You do not need to provide transcripts or test scores.

Do I have to pay the $200 Application and Candidacy Fee?

You do not have to pay the fee to enroll in single courses. However, fee payment is required if you are planning to complete the certificate program and receive the gold-seal certificate. By paying the one-time $150 Application and Candidacy Fee, you will also be eligible for the Exclusive Benefits for Certificate Students.

Will I have to pay the entire $6300 estimated program tuition at once?

No. You pay for each course as you go; you are responsible for purchasing the required books as needed per course.   

Can I pay the full $6300 estimated program tuition if my company is paying for it?

No. We are unable to accept lump sum payments or installments. The only option is paying for individual courses as you enroll.

How can I join this program?

Once you pay the Application and Candidacy Fee, you can start the program by enrolling in individual courses. Scroll up to find the course of your choosing, and click on it. From the course page, scroll down to view the available sections and select your preference by pressing on the yellow "Enroll" button to proceed.

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for any of the Project Management Certificate courses, except for the Project Management Capstone course. Before enrolling in the Capstone course, you should already be familiar with the tools and techniques taught in the previous courses.

How many courses should I take in a quarter, and how long does it take to complete the program? 

This is up to you, and depends on your personal schedule. Full-time students take at least three courses per quarter to complete the program in six months. Part-time students take one or two courses per quarter to complete the program in nine to 12 months. Working professionals usually take one or two courses per quarter.

How much time will I need to dedicate to each course per week?

A course unit represents approximately two hours of studying per week. Therefore, a four-unit course will require approximately eight hours of preparation and studying per week. Of course, the actual hours may vary, depending on the course and student.

Is financial aid available? 

This program is eligible for WIOA benefits through unemployment assistance, but it does not qualify for FAFSA. You can visit the UCLA Extension Financial Aid website for information and related questions. 

When does each quarter begin and end?

You can find this information in our Academic Calendar.

Can I complete this program online, remotely, or in the classroom?

Yes, to all. These are called instructional delivery modes and can be intermingled. For example, you can take one course online, and another remotely, or in person. But, once the enrollment deadline passes, you will not be able to change delivery modes within the same quarter. All our courses are the same in Canvas, offering you the same lecture material, assignments, and grading criteria, regardless of mode. Refer to Instruction Methods for further information. Please note that none of our courses are delivered in the hybrid mode.

What is the difference between the certificate in Project Management and the certificate in Project Management with a Concentration in Agile or Lean Six Sigma?

The certificate in Project Management without any Concentrations appeals to those planning to complete the training with a 6-course program. The Concentrations appeal to those planning to enhance their training with a combined 9-course track with either Agile or Lean Six Sigma. 


Project Management Industry FAQs

In what field or industry can I use my project management knowledge? 

Project management knowledge is universal, transferable, and applicable to all industries. We train you to carry out projects efficiently and effectively, regardless of industry. Our students have backgrounds in construction, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, energy, entertainment, manufacturing, and a variety of specialties. What you learn will apply to all fields, as every industry needs skilled project managers. You can find career paths in myriad industries to fit your interests. 

What career or job search assistance is available?

Career and job search assistance is available via the Career Center and the Handshake online job board. However, we do not have a formal internship or job placement program.

What other avenues can I pursue with my Project Management knowledge?

Once you have completed your Project Management program, you have the following options to enhance your knowledge with complimentary skills in the field:


Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

Turn your elective into a Specialization.

For students interested in further up-skilling to enhance their PM toolkit, choosing the right elective can set you on the right path. There are two Specializations we recommend considering.

Agile Methodologies

If you choose to take one of the Agile courses as your elective for the Project Management Certificate, you will only need to complete two additional Agile courses to earn a Specialization in Agile Methodologies in Management.

Lean Six Sigma

If you choose to take the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt course as your elective for the Project Management Certificate, you will only need to complete two additional Six Sigma courses to earn a Specialization in Lean Six Sigma.

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Transfer Credits to an Advanced Degree

Completion of the UCLA Extension Project Management Certificate equates to 12 graduate credits that can be applied toward a Master of Science in Project Management Online at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

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