What You Will Learn
- The tools and techniques to manage the comprehensive project management life cycle for a project - from initiation through closing.
- To balance the critical tradeoffs of time, cost and scope to meet customer expectations.
- The ability to apply best practices across a variety of industries and businesses.
- Lead a project to success, and how to capitalize on the leadership and behavioral facets to do so.
- To navigate the social and cultural aspects, legal and regulatory practices, technology and infrastructure that influence projects’ success in the global market.
Courses in this Program
The Project Management MicroMasters program from RIT is a graduate level series of courses designed to provide you with the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to be a successful project manager in any industry. This online sequence is a semester’s worth of work from RIT's Master's degree and consists of three courses and a final capstone exam.
By earning the MicroMasters program certificate you will develop the leadership skills needed to effectively manage a team that will meet the expectations of your customers and business goals. Build on your MicroMasters program certificate by applying to RIT’s School of Individualized Study for a customized master’s degree.
- Project management positions are growing at 1.5 million opportunities per year. (source: Project Management Institute)
- Median salary for an entry level project manager is $84,000. (source: Project Management Institute)
- Exciting career opportunities across industry domains as project manager, project consultant, project analyst, program manager
"In an ever-changing business and economic environment, the skills of a project manager are essential to companies like ours – and any organization, for that matter. Employees with these skills will be prepared to successfully navigate complex workplace challenges."
How To Earn The MicroMasters Program Certificate
Successfully earn a verified certificate in all three project management courses, and pass the final comprehensive capstone exam ($450).
Take Your Credential To The Next Level
Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate are eligible to apply to RIT’s School of Individualized Study for graduate level credential options. The MicroMasters program certificate will count for 9 credits toward a Professional Studies Degree (which is a total of 33 credits). In addition, if accepted to RIT, you will get free access to an online preparation course for the Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam.
Where and when will the final capstone exams take place?
The final capstone exam will be offered on a set schedule (most likely two to three times per year) and will be administered via a virtual proctor. The details are being worked out, but the first exam will not be offered until late 2017 at the earliest.
Which institution issues the verified certificate?
Certificates are issued by edX under the name of RITx and are delivered online through edx.org.
Will I earn a separate certificate for each course or just one for the entire MicroMasters program?
You will receive an individual verified certificate for each Project Management MicroMasters program course that you pass as a verified student. Students passing the final capstone exam and all three Project Management MicroMasters program courses on a verified track will receive a MicroMasters program certificate.
Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass the three online courses?
No. To earn the MicroMasters program certificate you need to successfully earn a verified certificate in all three Project Management MicroMasters program courses when they are scheduled and then, pass the comprehensive final capstone exam. The courses are on an instructor-paced schedule rather than self-paced, so there is no way to reduce the time to complete them.
Do I need to be a verified student to earn the Project Management MicroMasters program certificate?
Yes. If you are interested in the Project Management MicroMasters program certificate, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in each of the three Project Management MicroMasters program courses (PM9001x, PM9002x and PM9003x) as well as successfully pass the final capstone exam.
May I take one of the courses even though I have not taken its prerequisite?
Completing the listed prerequisites or ensuring equivalent understanding of the knowledge of the prerequisites is strongly recommended in order to be successful in the course work.
How will having the Project Management MicroMasters program certificate change the admissions process for the Master’s degree program at RIT?
Having the MicroMasters program certificate provides the admissions committee with significant insight into a student’s capabilities through the completion of three online courses and the capstone exam. Also, if admitted, students with the MicroMasters program certificate may opt to complete the masters online or on campus at a pace that best suits his/her learning needs.
Along with the three Project Management MicroMasters program courses and the capstone exam, are there any other requirements in order to be eligible for the RIT Master’s degree?
Yes. You need to be admitted to the Master’s program. The MicroMasters program certificate does not guarantee admission. It does allow us to look at a more expanded track record for each applicant. The Learner will need to complete the application process to RIT and the School of Individualized Study in order to be considered for either program. For more information visit: http://www.rit.edu/ritonline/ritx/micromasters/project-management-pathways
What is considered a passing grade in the MicroMasters program courses?
Students must achieve a grade of 73% or higher for a passing grade in each of the three project management courses and the capstone exam in the MicroMasters program.
What is the difference between the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) and the MicroMasters program certificate?
The PMI PMP certification is an industry recognized certification that is managed and awarded by the Project Management Institute. The PMP has more stringent pre-requisite requirements than the Project Management MicroMasters program and is therefore not an available option to many learners that are new to the project management field but are seeking a credential in the project management field that will be recognized globally. The Project Management MicroMasters program certificate will enable students toward their PMP, if desired, by providing project management education to be used to gain the multi-year experience requirement required by PMI.
Does completion of this MicroMasters program guarantee admission to the RIT Master’s degree program?
No. The Learner will need to complete the application process to RIT and the School of Individualized Study in order to be considered for either program. For more information visit: rit.edu/ritonline/ritx/micromasters/project-management-pathways
What will the final capstone exam be like?
The final will test knowledge across all three project management courses. It will be a virtually proctored timed exam and will feature problems similar to the graded assignments and course quizzes in the three project management courses as well as some writing.
Who is the MicroMasters program intended for?
The Project Management MicroMasters program is intended for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have a minimum of 5 years of work experience in a project-related business environment. Recommended education or work experience in organizational behavior, mathematics and basic accounting or equivalent.
Who can take this program?
Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.