Best Project Management Schools: List of Top U.S. Programs
Learn about some of the best project management programs at top U.S. schools. Get university rankings, degree options and location info, and compare similarities and differences to decide which school is right for you.
Below, you'll find info on the top two schools that provide project management programs. Both schools offer certificate programs in project management aimed at mid-career professionals, as well as current managers who want to advance their knowledge base. Various managerial topics are covered, including team leadership, financial management, project scheduling and purchasing. Read below to learn more about these programs.
The Nation's Best Project Management Programs
1. Stanford University in Stanford, CA
Stanford University is a private residential college that took 5th place in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 ranking of the nation's top schools. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report placed Stanford second in a ranking of top U.S. business schools for management.
The Stanford Center for Professional Development offers an Advanced Project Management Certificate Program in an on-campus or online basis. Students who have completed the six-course program are entitled Stanford Certified Project Managers. Three elective courses are chosen from a variety of advanced topics, such as organization design, effective team leadership, financial project management or managing without authority. The program is designed for many types of managers, including senior-level executives, engineering PMs and human resource directors.
2. University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA
In 2011, U.S. News & World Report named the University of Virginia (UVA) the second-best public school in the U.S. and the 25th-best among all national colleges. The School of Continuing & Professional Studies certificate program in project management is designed for professionals of both public and private industries in any field of work.
The program's eight courses, five of which are required, provide a framework of tools for PMs to use in their real-world applications. Required courses include project scheduling and budgeting, team relationships and project risk management. Electives cover topics such as procurement and contract administration, information technology systems management and purchasing for PMs. All of the courses are offered online and are also available alone without enrollment in the program.
List of Schools with Good Programs in Project Management
|School Name||Total Student Enrollment||Address||Phone Number|
|The University of Texas at Austin||50,995||Austin, TX 78712||(512) 471-3434|
|Pennsylvania State University||45,185||201 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802||(814) 865-4700|
|New York University||43,404||70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012||(212) 998-1212|
|University of California, Los Angeles||38,550||405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095||(310) 825-4321|
|University of Maryland - College Park||37,195||College Park, MD 20742||(301) 405-1000|
|University of California, Berkeley||35,830||Berkeley, CA 94720||(510) 642-6000|
|University of Southern California||34,824||University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089||(213) 740-2311|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||33,819||2101 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27695||(919) 515-2011|
|University of California, Davis||31,247||One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616||(530) 752-1011|
|San Francisco State University||30,469||1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132||(415) 338-1111|
|California State University - Sacramento||29,241||6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819||(916) 278-6011|
|Portland State University||27,901||724 SW Harrison St., Portland, OR 97201||(503) 725-4433|
|University of California, Irvine||27,142||Irvine, CA 92697||(949) 824-5011|
|University of Virginia||24,355||1707 University Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22904||(434) 924-0311|
|DePaul University||24,352||55 E. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60604||(312) 362-8000|
|Stanford University||18,498||Stanford, CA 94305||(650) 723-2300|
|The University of Texas at Dallas||15,783||800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080||(972) 883-2111|
|Saint Joseph's University||8,337||5600 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131||(610) 660-1000|
|Xavier University||6,966||3800 Victory Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45207||(513) 745-3000|
|Stevens Institute of Technology||5,757||Castle Point On Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030||(201) 216-5000|
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