Best Project Management Schools: List of Top U.S. Programs

Almost every industry benefits from project managers (PMs) who know how to lead a team of people and effectively manage information, schedules and costs. Many PMs learn the ropes under their supervisors before taking on managing duties themselves. As a supplement to work experience, a number of schools offer certificate programs in project management aimed at mid-career professionals looking to make the leap to management--as well as current managers who want to advance their knowledge base.

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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. About 6,300 undergraduates live on campus each year, and 57% of graduate students choose to live in university-owned apartments.

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. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report placed Stanford second in a ranking of top U.S. business schools for management.

Contact Information

  • Address: Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Phone Number: (650) 723-2300

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. Each year, UVA's Office of University Community Partnerships offers 480 outreach programs that affect over one million people in the community.

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.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1707 University Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22904
  • Phone Number: (434) 924-0311

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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