2007
Project management certificate program imparts skill sets needed in workplace

Project management certificate program imparts skill sets needed in workplace
April 11, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Many Christmases ago when dad opened the cardboard carton, carefully read the instructions and put together little Jimmy or Mary’s first bicycle, he was practicing project management. Most activities involving non-repetitive tasks can be characterized as a project. But there is a significant difference between completing a very simple project involving one or two people and coordinating a project involving a complex amalgamation of people, organizations and tasks. “Project management is one of the world’s most in-demand skill sets that is used by every industry and in every sector of business,” said Kevin Doyle, Ph.D., associate professor in the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program at Benedictine University. “A successful project manager must be able to envision an entire project from beginning to end and to have the ability to ensure that his vision is realized,” he said. Students who complete the Benedictine University Project Management Master’s Certificate program learn to lead organizational initiatives and understand organizational behavior as it relates to the individual, effective team building, conflict management and resolution, as well as acquiring the skills to effectively manage the financial side of projects. "Intense global competition demands that new projects and business development be completed on time and within budget restraints,” Doyle said. “This certificate program prepares professionals to become the project leaders companies are demanding.” Project managers can be found in all industries. Their numbers have grown rapidly as industry and commerce has realized that much of what it does is project work. And as project-based organizations have started to emerge, project management is becoming established as both a professional career path and a way of controlling business. Benedictine University’s certificate programs are designed for a concentrated focus for those professionals looking to expand their knowledge in a specific area or introduce professionals to core M.B.A. curriculum. Courses may be taken in any quarter of the year, and may be applied toward the M.B.A. degree for students who are accepted into the degree-seeking program. Students in the certificate programs must meet all enrollment requirements for student-at-large status. Courses must be completed at a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher to apply toward the M.B.A. degree. All students entering into a certificate program must schedule an advising appointment with the graduate program director before they initiate their first certificate course. Courses can be taken in the traditional evening/weekend, on-campus format or online, and may be applied to only one certificate. Courses include Organizational Behavior, Group Dynamics and Team Building. Four courses are required to earn the certificate. Classes begin in the fall. For more information about Benedictine University’s certificate program in Project Management, call the M.B.A. office at (630) 829-6205.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.