Certificate in

Project Management

Gain real-world experience, increase your marketability, and advance into a leadership role with a flexible program designed to make you stand out in project management.


Excel as a Project Leader

Cal State East Bay’s Certificate in Project Management provides the foundation you need to drive projects effectively and efficiently. During the 10-week program, you’ll gain formal training to support your expertise and experience. 

Globally recognized and highly regarded, PMI®’s PMP® credential demonstrates that you have the education and experience to lead and direct projects.

For your convenience, classes are held in the evenings and alternate between CSUEB’s Hayward and downtown Oakland campuses. These location choices provide you with the flexibility to expand your education in a way that makes sense for you and your schedule. 

Babak Nahid

Through my CSUEB course, I learned to master some of the more challenging aspects of project management. It helped me understand PM principles in terms of theory and practice so that I could better measure and clearly communicate the scope, cost, and time of a project to my clients during consultations.

Babak NahidProject Management Graduate

As a student in the CSUEB Project Management Certificate program, you will gain:

Formal project management education that will increase your expertise and help advance your career.

The foundation for practical application of project management fundamentals, tools and concepts.

A certification that recognizes your competency in the project management field.

Learn about the exciting opportunities available to you with a certificate in project management. »

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

Lead with Skill and Confidence

Watching a project take shape from start to finish is an exciting experience. Leading a project from start to finish is an even greater one. Whether you’re launching a new product or building a new facility, you are the key to ensuring the project concludes successfully. You can expect to lead teams as well as oversee planning, implementation, quality control, and status reporting on assigned projects.

With a Certificate in Project Management under your belt, you can lead with skill and confidence and feel prepared to tackle the most complex and challenging projects.

Occupational Trends

15.7 Million

15.7 million new project management roles will be added globally across seven project-intensive industries by 2020.
-Project Management Institute’s 2015 Global Job Report

11% Growth

Between 2012 and 2022, U.S. employment should increase by almost 11 percent, with healthcare accounting for almost one-third of new jobs—more than any other sector.
-Project Management Institute’s 2015 Global Job Report

$108K Salary

Project managers earned a median annualized salary of $108,200 in 2014.
-PMI® Project Management Salary Survey, Ninth Edition, 2015

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

Enter a World of Opportunities

Leading projects and teams with skill and confidence will come naturally to you after earning your project management certificate. This designation from Cal State East Bay informs your clients and employers that you have the know-how to be an effective project manager. From analysis and decision-making skills to leadership, communication, and time management capabilities, you will be equipped to excel in even the most difficult scenarios. 

Successful graduates have earned positions in industries as diverse as manufacturing, business services, finance and insurance, oil and gas, information services, construction, and utilities. They serve in various capacities including as architects, engineering managers, cost estimators, and IT managers.

Research indicates that professionals with project management credentials are – and will continue to be – in high-demand. That means your job possibilities are endless. Here’s what students have to say about the program.

Aquilla Scott

CSUEB's project management course showed me how to better plan for my projects as well as how to meet deadlines. I‘ve gained the knowledge and practical skills needed to take on any project and complete it successfully.

Aquilla E. ScottProject Management Graduate

Nicholson Valderrama

The course provided the foundation – and confidence – I needed to earn my PMI® certification.

Nicholson ValderramaProject Management Graduate

Program Objectives

Completing CSUEB’s Project Management Certificate Program ensures you’ll have in-depth knowledge of project management fundamentals, tools, and concepts. All of these are essential to understanding/interpreting the text, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) and preparing for the PMP® exam.

You’ll also gain thorough knowledge of:

Technical concepts of project management systems that you can immediately apply in your current position, such as work breakdown structure (WBS) and networks models.

Effective management of all project areas including costs, quality control, risk, and human resources.

Advanced topics, such as resource scheduling and project expediting.

Discover what you’ll learn in the program. »

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

Program Format

The Project Management Certificate Program is offered in a classroom setting. It is approved for 40 PDUs by the Project Management Institute and fulfills the education requirements to take the PMP® Test.

Certificate Requirements

To earn your Certificate in Project Management, you must satisfactorily complete the 10-week program. If you choose to take the program for academic credit (ENGR 7820), you will be required to do an extra assignment in order to receive a grade.

Courses Overview

Required CoursesUnits
EXSP 8416: Project Management Certificate Program 4 CEUs
ENGR 7820: Project Management Certificate Program 4 units (academic credit)

Course Schedule

EXSP 8416: Project Management Certificate Program
4 CEUs
ENGR 7820: Project Management Certificate Program
4 units (academic credit)

In this course, you will gain an understanding of project management fundamentals, tools and concepts. All of these are essential to understanding/interpreting the text, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide). You will also gain working knowledge of the technical concepts of project management systems such as WBS and Networks models. By enrolling in this course, you have the opportunity to acquire skills that typically take a long time to master. You can also satisfy the 35 hours of educational requirements of PMI-administered PMP® and CAPM tests.

Course Materials

A textbook and PMBOK® Guide are required for the course. You can find title and edition details below.

  • Textbook
    Title: Project Management: The Managerial Process with MS Project, 6th Edition
    Authors: Clifford F. Gray and Erik W. Larson
    Edition: 6th Edition, 2013
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    ISBN: 1259186407
    NOTE: 5th or 4th editions of this book are also acceptable. You can buy used books at lower costs, but you will not have the trial version of MS Project Software. Having the trial version is not a requirement, but an option.
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK® Guide 5th edition
    A hard copy of the PMBOK® Guide (ISBN 1935589679) can be purchased from or from

Additional Materials

You have the option of purchasing Microsoft Project software for the course. However, that is not a requirement. Demonstrations of important technical concepts using MS Project will be learned in class. The demonstration enables you to get started with basic features of MS Project if you choose to obtain the software. MS Project software can be obtained through the following sources:

  • A 120-day trial version of MS Project is included with the textbook if you buy a new textbook with ISBN 0077426924.
    A 60-day free trial of Microsoft Project is available on the internet, or you may purchase a regular version of the software. Older versions of MS Project software such as MS Project 2007 are acceptable.

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

As a participant in Cal State East Bay’s Project Management Certification Program, you will learn from seasoned professionals and benefit from the knowledge and personal insights they’ve gained in the field. CSUEB’s faculty has one primary goal – to give you a solid foundation in project management and the confidence to apply what you’ve learned in the most challenging environments.

Vish Hegde

Effective teaching is not just content collection and distribution but also creating an experience in the classroom. Enliven lectures and interactive discussions not only teach content but also help students realize their practical relevance and apply them in real world situation

Dr. Vish Hegde is a Professor of Management at the California State University, East Bay. He has over 25 years of experience that spans both academic and industrial organizations. He started his career as mechanical engineer and has worked for three years in aeronautical design and renewable energy systems areas. He obtained Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He then worked for five years in IT companies of which four years was at PeopleSoft as a senior consultant and product manager. He was involved in the implementation of PeopleSoft ERP software at several companies and in IT infrastructure planning for application hosting services business.

He joined California State University East Bay in 2002 and pursuing an academic career, where he wants to bring a blend of academic expertise and industry experience into teaching, research, and consulting. He has published a number of refereed research articles on topics including e-commerce, supply chain management and project management. He has taught for the executive MBA, graduate, and undergraduate programs of CSUEB. He has taught eleven subjects that includes project management, operations and supply chain management, e-commerce, business analytics, new product introduction, and management information systems. He has been teaching project management certification programs to professionals, and giving project management seminars and lectures to industries such as BART and CISCO.

Cheryl Allen

You don’t have to be the project manager for a super skyscraper to benefit from structured project management – everyone can use practical project management tools to succeed.

CHERYL ALLEN, MS, PMP offers over 30 years’ experience as a project management consultant and trainer. She has developed and delivered project management training for organizations including educational institutions, government, and private companies. Ms. Allen assisted several organizations to implement a Project Management Office (PMO) and a framework for program managers to prioritize and track multiple projects resulting in more effective use of resources. Ms. Allen’s project management training topics include “Practical Project Management Essentials” and “PMP® Exam Preparation”. Ms. Allen is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI). She holds an MS in Computer and Information Science from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Mathematics from Montana State University.

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Common Questions

Who should take project management courses?

  • Current project managers who have not had the benefit of formal training/distinction that recognizes their expertise and experience.
  • Professionals who seek to complete the educational hours necessary to qualify for the PMP® exam and want to gain end-to-end understanding of the PMBOK® standards book which is the basis for the PMP® test.
  • Professionals who want to make a career change into project management or advance into general management positions.
  • Professionals who want to supplement their skill set by learning practical project management tools and concepts that are highly valued in the industry.

Are there requirements to take a project management course?
No, there are no requirements. As long as you can successfully complete the program coursework, you are invited to enroll. 

How many hours will I earn for completing a Project Management course?
You will earn 40 hours of project management education requirements in PMP® application. The course is also approved for 40 PDUs by the Project Management Institute.

Will I have to pass an exam to finish the course?
If you enroll in the course for CEUs only (EXSP 8416), there is no exam. If you opt to enroll to earn 4 units of academic credit (ENGR 7820), you will be required to take quizzes, a midterm and a final.

Will I be PMP® certified after taking CSUEB’s project management courses?
No, Cal State East Bay does not award you with your PMP® credential. The Project Management Institute awards this credential. 


How much does tuition cost?
The total estimated cost of the Project Management Certificate Program is $2,295 for CEU credit or $2,595 for academic credit. Please note that program tuition fees are subject to change at any time.

PMI® members receive a 10% discount. Cal State East Bay alumni are eligible to receive a 15% discount.


What financing options are available to me?
Traditional financial aid (such as completing the FAFSA, Pell Grants, etc.) is not applicable for Continuing Education certificate programs. Learn more about other financial aid options.

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At a Glance

Area of study: Certificate in Project Management

Ideal for: Professionals who want to complete the educational hours necessary to qualify for the PMP® Exam

Current project managers who have not had the benefit of formal training or a distinction recognizing their expertise and experience

Professionals seeking to make a career change into project management or advance into general management positions

Number of courses: 1 course

Program format: In-class

Program length: 10 weeks

Tuition cost: $2,595 for academic credit or $2,295 for CEU credit (10% discount for PMI® members, 15% discount for Cal State Hayward and CSUEB alumni.) (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)


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