Project Management Accelerated Program

This certificate program is only offered in a full-time day format. Classes for this four-week program are held Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This program is approved through PA CareerLink.

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Who should attend
This program is designed to prepare students for the role as a project manager in a variety of industries, including information technology, manufacturing, business and finance, corporate planning, and marketing, in addition to other related fields.

Course description
Agile methodology has become an important part of Project Management in many of today’s corporate environments.  As a part of this program, students will explore the concepts and techniques of an Agile environment, in addition to having hands-on training in MS Project. The program is comprised of 5-modules, where students will explore the concepts and techniques of an Agile environment, in addition to having be exposed to the tools and methodologies of Project Management as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). During the last module, students in a team environment will apply these tools to create a Final (Capstone) Project. This team project will have a specific deliverable that incorporates all of the tools students have been exposed to. Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). We are committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of PMI® Members, PMI-certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), and other project management stakeholders. 

Course Title



Summer 2014

Project Management Accelerated Program


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 Aug. 11 - Sept. 16

Module 1: Building the Project and MS Project (6-days)

Module 2: Planning and Scheduling (4-days)

Module 3: Resources Costing and Control (4-days)

Module 4: Implementing and Tracking Risk (4-days)

Module 5: Master Lab (1-day)

Students should have a basic understanding of the principals of project management. Prior experience as a project manager is not required. Experience in an Agile environment is not required. Experience in MS Project is helpful but not required.

Required Textbook

PMBOK Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th edition

Class format
This course is held on the Penn State Great Valley campus in a computer classroom. Throughout this program, students complete a series of hands-on exercises to create documents and diagrams to reinforce course lectures.

Grades are based on class participation, individual exercises, and the completion of a predefined Master Lab (final project). The Master Lab is the trademark of all Penn State Great Valley Accelerated Full-time Day Programs. Students, in a team environment, apply all of the concepts they have been exposed to throughout this program to create Master Lab. Each team will make a presentation of their Master Lab, with accompanying documentation, on the last day of class.

To register or for more information, call program manager, Jay Polakoff, CSM, at 610-648-3346.

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Students with disabilities
Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Student Services at 610-648-3200 in advance of your participation or click here.