Certificates Business and Leadership

Project Management Strategy


Students earn the Project Management Strategy certificate by completing the Essentials of Project Management certificate and three courses (two core courses and one elective). Students interested in Agile may focus in the specialization track by completing four courses (two core courses and two Agile courses). PM Strategy courses are offered in-person at the Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago.

Requisite Qualifications

  • Option A: have completed Essentials of Project Management or equivalent coursework
  • Option B: have at least one to three years of experience leading project teams
  • Option C: be a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with at least two years of project management experience

*PMP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Strategies for Completion

Choose to complete the certificate with two core courses and one elective, or choose the Agile track and take two core courses and two Agile courses. Students interested in the Agile track will need to complete four courses instead of the three required to earn the Project Management Strategy certificate.

Learning Formats and Assessment

  • Courses are offered in-person in a convenient two-day seminar format on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in downtown Chicago and/or online
  • All materials and networking lunches are included in the tuition
  • Participants will be assigned pre-readings, expected to participate in highly interactive discussions and group work, and complete a take-home assignment
  • Convenient, two-day seminar format on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago
  • Breakfasts and lunches are included in tuition
  • Participants will be assigned pre-readings and expected to participate in highly interactive discussions and group work
  • Students will be expected to complete an individual or team take-home assignment after the conclusion of the last day of class (an individual assignment could be a quick quiz or a take-home paper)
  • Students will be assessed towards demonstrating their mastery of the learning outcomes of each course
  • The Project Management program model depends on highly interactive learning, so each course will have both a participation and assignment grade
  • Five-week course length
  • Courses are hosted in Canvas, our learning management system
  • Courses start on a Monday
  • Weekly, self-paced learning and materials are time-sensitive and must be completed within required timeframes
  • Synchronous sessions are conducted through Zoom
  • Students will participate in group projects and online discussions as well as individual assignments and quizzes in response to recorded lectures
  • Expect to spend six hours per week to meet the requirements for successful completion of the course

The Agile-Only Option

Professionals only interested in the Agile Specialization Track may take the classes without completing the certificate.

Learn more about the stand-alone Agile Specialization Track

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Agile Specialization Track

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Alumni Scholarship Program

Allows graduates of professional development certificate programs to receive a 20% scholarship on:

  • Any additional elective from the same certificate
  • Any single new certificate course that does not require a prerequisite
  • Any additional full certificate program: every course of the program (application is required; fee will be waived)
Contact Karine Bravais for more information