Professional Development Programs

Certificate Program in Project Management



Project management is the methodology employed to maintain control over schedule and resources and assure quality results in the midst of risk and uncertainty.  The process starts with examining the situation and organizing the team; moves through identifying tasks and estimating resources; and concludes with setting schedules, managing risk, and completing a plan.


Program Requirements:

The USM Project Management Certificate Program consists of a three-course core curriculum and electives. The core builds individual and organizational skills through a series of progressive courses based on proven practices. The electives allow participants to customize the program to match their individual career or organizational needs.

Required Courses: (56 total hours)

Required courses must be taken in the following sequence:

  • Effective Project Management (21 hours)
  • Implementing Project Management (14 hours)
  • Advanced Project Management (21 hours) 

Elective courses (minimum of 12 total hours): choose any combination of Professional Development Courses. Browse our Courses.



This certificate program is offered during both the fall and spring semesters.  

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Contact Hours / CEUs:

68 total contact hours / 6.8 CEUs



Total cost of required courses is $1,415 – includes all course materials. Elective course fees vary. Participants register and pay per course.

  • Refund policy:
    • 100% refund if you withdraw from a class five or more business days before the class starts.
    • A course voucher for 50% of the course fee if you withdraw four or fewer business days from the start date.
    • There are no refunds once a class begins.
  • Gi BillGI Bill Benefits: This program is currently approved for use of GI Bill Benefits. To use your U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits, please contact USM Veterans Services at / 207-780-4826 after you have registered for the certificate program. You can register online, over the phone, or in person.

    Learn more about our other approved veteran certificate programs.


Certificate Progress Tracking:

Track the progress of your certificate program with this form.


Receive Your Certificate:

After you have met all certificate program requirements, complete the certificate completion form, and we will award your certificate.



Jim MillikenJim Milliken has provided management and communication consultation to business, industry, and nonprofits throughout the United States since 1986. His specialties include project management, in which he holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, problem solving and delegation, business writing and advertising, and negotiation and presentation skills. His work combines organizational skills with nearly 30 years' experience as a newspaper editor.

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Student Profiles:

Chris Glancy - Project Manager, IBM
“With project management, you’re only as good as your last project. You have to be creative – find and use things that have never been tried before”  It is completely in character for him to be on a constant search for new ideas and broader fields of knowledge. He likes to take some kind of course (project management, philosophy, psychology, etc.) every year or two, then dive deep into the literature of the field. Read More.

Jeff Bruni - Specialist of Complex Services/Project Manager, Fairpoint Communications
Jeff Bruni says that once you learn the 5 stages of Project Management (PM), you can use them in every area of your life. Jeff and his wife, Diane, enjoy living on Sebago Lake year round. “We even use PM at home,” he says. He gives the annual ritual of “Getting Ready for Summer on Sebago Lake” as an example of how the principles can be easily applied to everyday life. Jeff says PM is a handy tool to break down “what to do, how to do it, and how to know when you’re done.” Read More.



Professional Resources:

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
    Serving practitioners and organizations with standards that describe good practices, globally recognized credentials that certify project management expertise, and resources for professional development, networking and community. An international association with over 240,000 members in 160 countries.
  • Maine Project Management Institute (Maine PMI)
    The Maine Chapter was established in 1986 and is recognized, per capita, as one of the most active chapters in the United States. The Chapter holds monthly meetings, publishes a newsletter, provides free technical and educational advisory services to members and interested corporations, and operates a project management training program. Non-members are always welcome to attend chapter meetings.


Customized Training:

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