Project Management Certificate

Certificate in Project Management (Purdue Certificate)

This program is no longer admitting students at IUPUI. For more information, please visit the Purdue in Indianapolis website.

Earning the Project Management (PM) Certificate at IUPUI will provide you with strong preparation in the foundations of project management knowledge and skills.  This certificate will supplement an already-earned bachelor’s degree from a variety of disciplines.

By 2027, employers are projected to need 87.7 million people in project management roles in project-intensive industries globally, according to the Project Management Institute. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest and fastest Project Management growth will be in software development—a projected increase of 14% between 2019 and 2030, especially in the creation of mobile applications, IT security, and healthcare technology.

Occupations in project management and business operations will also see a steady increase over the next ten years.

                                         Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Eleventh Edition (2020).

Employment Opportunities

The PM certificate will enhance your existing professional work as well as prepare you for specialized positions such as

  • Project Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Consulting firm employee
  • Software Developer
  • Software QA Analyst
  • Tester
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Construction Manager
  • Marketing Specialist
Talent Gap: Ten-Year Employment Trends, Costs, and Global Implications. PMI (2021).

Highlights of the PM Certificate

  • Faculty blend up-to-date theory with realistic, applied practice in leadership and human resource development for today's workplace.
  • You can complete the PM Certificate either as a full-time student or as a part-time student.
  • All courses taken for the PM Certificate can apply towards the MS in Technology.
  • To suit your learning style and schedule, you can take courses online, in hybrid format, or face-to-face.
  • Courses provide relevant skills and knowledge as well as preparing you for the Project Management Institute’s professional examination.


The PM Certificate curriculum has four required graduate courses for this post-baccalaureate credential.

This course enables the student to learn project management in technology through the application of project approaches in a team based setting. Through the application of project tools and templates, the student learns the project life-cycle approach as demonstrated through actual and simulated project situations. The course presents the terms and approaches used in industry today and allows the student to apply these methods through both individual and team based settings.

This course introduces standard project management concepts and capabilities, in the context of innovative and creative knowledge-work projects involving computers. These are targeted as a common ground for all members of a successful team, not only for the Project Manager. Through lecture, reading, discussion, computer lab exercises, and projects, students will become more proficient with basic project management terminology, techniques and technologies. Students will apply industry-standard project management in a framework of productive team dynamics, consumer frame of reference, and organizational change–optionally continuing to professional certification.

Model Syllabus

This course emphasizes critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of theories andapplications of project management knowledge and skills, leadership, communication, andstakeholder engagement. Students integrate theoretical and applied skills in planning,distributing, and managing communication; analyzing and interpreting project organization incontext; and applying best practices in team management.

This course explores issues in leadership and organizational change. Included are change theories, utilizing resistance to change, contemporary approaches to change, the future workplace, and researching best practices in organizational change.

This course provides an overview of theory and practice of organizational change. A particular focus hereby lies on organizational responses to the external environment as well as individual responses to organizational change.

This course explores and applies principles of professional technical communication in industrial, technological, and business settings, with emphasis on adapting to organizational audiences, selective and organizing ideas, managing communication projects, and communicating clearly and effectively.

Students examine and apply principles of creating a technical or professional publication from start to finish.  Students also explore and practice publication quality management issues such as planning, researching audience and content, designing the publication, drafting, obtaining reviews, conducting usability testing, and negotiating within organizational cultures.

Requirements for Admission

  • An earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • A statement of purpose
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Tuition for TLC Graduate Programs 2023-2024

  • Indiana residents: $485.50/credit hour          
  • Non-residents: $655.00/credit hour

Additional fees may apply.  For more information about tuition and fees, see Graduate Engineering and Technology (Domestic Students)