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Grow Your Project Management Knowledge and Skills


Effective project management skills are important to professionals in any industry. Learn how to define, plan and execute a project whether your goal is simple or complex. Gain the tools and knowledge for delivering projects on time and on budget, while meeting performance specifications. Explore the basic components of project management and the project life cycle: determining the correct project through strategic portfolio analysis; creating a successful charter; assembling and managing a team; analyzing and controlling risk; monitoring project milestones; and closing out the project. Get the hands-on skills you need to help you successfully complete your next project management assignment.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand project, program, and portfolio management and their importance to enterprise success
  • Describe the various approaches for selecting projects, programs, and portfolios
  • Explain the main tasks involved in and outputs of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of project management terms and techniques
  • Apply project management concepts by working on a team project as project manager or active team member
  • Understand PMBOK Process Groups, Knowledge Areas, Processes, and Outputs
  • Demonstrate good oral presentation skills
  • Appreciate the importance of good project management by sharing lessons learned and using knowledge and skills developed in this class in other settings

Learning Formats

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Traditional in-person class meetings at one of our campus locations with access to our online learning portal, "Canvas." Classes typically meet one evening a week, so working professionals can attend without having to take time off from work. Schedules can vary, so be sure to check the schedule before enrolling. Click on the “In-class” section below to view location, dates, and times.



Live Online:
Fully online instructor-led training using live virtual class meetings via Zoom or Virbela conferencing systems. Click on the “Live Online” section below to view details of the online meeting times and instructor information.


Fully online Instructor-led training with no class meeting times. Lectures are pre-recorded and your instructor will set weekly deliverables to help you stay on track and engage with the content in a meaningful way. Click on the “Online” section below to view course details.

Note: Not all formats may be available every quarter.

This course will provide 27 education hours. To receive Professional Development Units (PDU’s), submit your UCSD transcript to the Project Management Institute (PMI).  

Note: This course is the prerequisite for Project Planning and Scheduling (BUSA-40715) and Project Cost and Risk Management (BUSA-40926).

For questions about this course, please contact

Course Number: BUSA-40064
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Project ManagementSupply Management

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"For those already in the field, the Project Management Essentials class is a great refresher and a good stepping-stone for the other classes you can choose from down the road. "
-Caitlyn C.

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