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New Project Management Certificate Program at UNH

Release Date:
2/10/2012 8:27 PM

University of New Haven: project management, features

Feb. 10, 2012

NEW LONDON, Conn. — The University of New Haven will offer a certificate program in project management in two locations in Connecticut: West Haven beginning in April and New London beginning in October.

The 30-week, non-credit program has been designed for local professionals looking to gain comprehensive training in project management, one of the fastest growing business disciplines.

“Projections are that openings for project managers will continue to grow in the next five years,” said Michelle Mason, executive director of corporate enrollment at UNH. “Jobs are typically highly competitive and well-paying.”

In fact, U.S. News & World Report has ranked project management among the top three skills most wanted by employers (along with leadership and business analysis).

The UNH program is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) by the Project Management Institute, the world’s leading professional organization for project management.

“This education allows our students to learn concepts and skills needed to be an effective project manager.  Our program will now be instantly recognized throughout the country because it meets the gold standard for project management training,” Mason said.

The program will cover management of projects within various industries and varying degrees of complexity. Project managers must deliver projects on time, within budget and to specification for their clients. Topics include project framework, scope and lifecycle, project initiation, team effectiveness, leadership, activity sequencing, risk management, quality management, project monitoring control, negotiation, and managing conflict.

The program’s instructors are certified Project Management Professionals who are also project management consultants.

"This course brought together a great mix of students from all walks of life and a variety of instructors with a range of experiences in the field of project management,” says Francine Gumkowski, a graduate of the program.  “The interactions enabled us to learn a great deal about project management principles and how project management fits into the 'real world'.”

Candidates for admission to the program are required to have a minimum of two years of professional experience. No undergraduate degree is required, so applicants of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

There are a total of five modules within the program, and classes are held once a week for six weeks per session.

For additional information, call 203-932-7387, e-mail or visit

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 17 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Athletic Conference.