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The Project Management graduate certificate through the Information and Communications Technology program is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Combine information and communication technology skills with a project management and business background and become a proficient leader within the IT field. Receive hands−on, practical instruction from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach on the tools and techniques of effective IT project management. Learn how to develop a clear plan that places a project in the context of an organization’s strategic plan, while considering the implications information and communication technologies present in any given project.

Earned online or on campus in the evenings, or in a combination of both, the IT project management graduate certificate allows students to become adept in project management software, develop comprehensive risk management plans, and manage complex, large−scale projects. By receiving an in−depth background on ICT industry structures and concepts, along with applied lessons on project management techniques, graduate certificate students earn an unparalleled education that prepares them to be leaders in business, non−profit, or government. With technical skills and a strategic business background, you’ll meet current industry demands, plus the demands of tomorrow.

The IT project management program students will gain a firm grasp on converging information and communication technologies and learn to understand the fundamentals of each sector. Recognizing how each IT subject connects to one another, from information security systems to geographic information systems, will give students the competitive edge needed in this dynamic industry. The content for this graduate certificate has been developed to parallel the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) “Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK® Guide) and the unique curriculum prepares students to succeed on the PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam. Credits earned through this graduate certificate may apply toward a master’s degree in the Information and Communications Technology program.

This certificate prepares students to:


  • Understand the basic principles of IT project management and become proficient in the use of project management software

  • Be prepared to deal with the legal ramifications of running a complex project

  • Develop a comprehensive risk management plan for a project

  • Manage the complexity inherent in IT large-scale projects

  • Develop an IT project management plan that clearly places a project in the context of an organization’s strategic plan

  • Prepare to pass the PMI#0174; Project Management Professional (PMP#0174;) Certification Exam

Information and Communications Technology Outcomes

This program prepares students to:

  • Assess current and emerging technologies in such areas as mobile applications, wireless networks, and cloud computing
  • Define an enterprise architecture including hardware, software, databases, and communications networks and protocols
  • Evaluate, select, and apply software design and development methodologies that incorporate software development, acquisition, and/or re-use
  • Identify the operational and economic impact of system architecture and software applications in areas such as computer processing, data communications, network design, and software maintenance and support
  • Apply best project management practices
  • Apply good design processes and methods to develop production-quality systems
  • Plan and evaluate, select, and apply appropriate systems and software quality assurance methods and tools
  • Lead and coach others in the development of systems and software components
  • Communicate effectively with technical peers, management, customers, and end-users
  • Identify best practices in information assurance

Students in certificate programs may select from multiple specialized concentrations. Students' selection of concentration will determine required courses and could alter the job placement rate for the program. Read more information on jobs related to this program.


Required Courses

The Graduate Certificate in Certificate of Advanced Study in Project Management requires completion of 24 credit hours (6 courses).

Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)

Professional Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.


Further Study - 8 qtr. hrs (Choose 2)

Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.



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Careers in Project Management Certificate

Titles
Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Program Lead, Business Manager, IT Specialist, IT Business Analyst, Senior Consultant, Program Manager, Director, Project Scheduler.

Duties
Communication, management, planning, strategy, development, collaboration, analysis, monitoring, marketing, review and evaluation, troubleshooting, presenting.

Outlook
There is a growing shortage of project management talent, according to the Project Management Institute, and 1.2 million project management jobs will need to be filled each year through 2016, particularly in healthcare, infrastructure, and emerging technologies. The project management field is growing, especially for high-tech sectors. The outlook for computer and information systems managers is excellent, with an 18% job growth rate through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Careers In Information and Communications Technology

YOU are in high demand!
One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the US, computer scientist and database administrator job openings are expected to grow 53% in the next ten years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the ICT career outlook is incredibly positive, with a 28% employment increase expected within the field. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand—particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.

ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.

Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.

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