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About the Project Management Minor

The project management minor teaches leadership, communication, how to manage a project budget and how to motivate team members. At the end of this 18-credit hour course, you will understand how to manage complex projects from beginning to end.

This minor prepares you to work in a range of industries in the public, private and non-profit sector. It offers you a practical curriculum that covers setting goals, managing stakeholder relationships and integration. By following the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge), it prepares you to manage project scope, schedule, cost, risk and quality.

This minor is six courses and can be completed in one year. The courses are all available online. This minor pairs perfectly with almost any major offered at the College of Charleston. Recently, students in the following majors have decided to take project management courses as electives.

  • historic preservation
  • business administration
  • hospitality tourism and management
  • computer information systems
  • mathematics/actuarial studies
  • political science
  • biology
  • accounting
  • foreign languages
  • psychology
  • communication
  • sociology
  • arts management

Where can the Project Management minor take me?

The project management minor is a concise way to strengthen your skills in strategic planning, managerial insight and communication. The strategies you learn in the six certificate classes will give you the skills you need to enter into a new field or advance your career.

According to the 2017 Project Management Salary Survey, the median annual salary for project managers in the United States was $112,000. Those with less than three years of experience earned a median annual salary of $75,000 while those with more than 10 years of experience earned a median annual salary of $115,000.

The Bureau of Labors Statistics (BLS) considers project managers as cost estimators and predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 11 percent by 2026. In South Carolina, cost estimators are predicted to increase by 13 percent.

By staying within the budget and on schedule, businesses can maximize their costs and resources. As businesses and organizations expand into the global market and face increased competition, project managers are expected to be in high demand.

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Required Coursework

Each student is required to complete 18 credit hours (six courses). The courses in the project management certificate include

  • PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management
  • PMGT 311 Managing Project, Scope, Schedule and Cost
  • PMGT 321 Managing Risk
  • PMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in Projects
  • PMGT 341 Managing Project Quality
  • PMGT 401 Project Management Capstone Simulation

  • What you will learn

    Core CompetencyDescriptionConcentration CoursesInstructor
    Systemic and Integrated Perspective of the Project Management ProcessYou will understand the beginning-to-end process of evaluating and executing projects using scope.PMGT 301 Introduction to Project ManagementDebby Marindin and Shaniqua Green
    Establish Project Goals, Scope, Schedule and CostYou will learn:
  • to establish project goals and scope
  • map out and integrate and schedule of activities
  • assign resources and establish costs
  • allocate completion times
  • use critical pathways to determine the estimated completion time
  • shape project activities, costs and duration
  • PMGT 311 Managing Project Scope, Schedule and CostDebby Marindin
    Manage Project RiskYou will understand risk management as it applies to the project management process.PMGT 321 Managing Project RiskDebby Marindin
    Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Resource ProcurementYou will learn to identify and engage the key project stakeholders. You will learn to establish relationships and procurement processes with suppliers.PMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in ProjectsShaniqua Green
    Manage Project QualityYou will understand the total quality management practices and implement these concepts within the project.PMGT 341 Managing Project QualityDebby Marindin
    Integration and ApplicationYou will integrate the project management concepts you have learned and apply those skills to a process.PMGT 401 Project Management CapstoneDan Furlong

    Note: By completing the PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management Course, you will be prepared to take the initial project management certification offered by the Project Management Institute.

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