Project management professionals have the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to successfully manage projects for a wide range of industries. To remain competitive in a global economy, organizations are using project management expertise to shorten product development cycles; respond quickly and effectively to opportunities or threats; re-evaluate their processes; capitalize on technical knowledge within the organization; and control the bottom-line. Project management is one of the top skill sets sought by organizations to help ensure their objectives are met on time and on budget. In fact, it is expected that by 2020 there will be a greater need than there will be candidates for these roles. Students start with basics and through a rigorous two-semester program supported by experienced teachers, graduate with real, applicable project experience under their belts.
The weekend delivery format is designed and intended for students looking for opportunities to study full-time, without having to attend traditional weekday in-person classes. With weekend delivery, all classes will be offered fully online on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. There are also self-directed (asynchronous) hours of learning.
Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non‐English speaking country must meet Durham College’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
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This program is designed for students with previous education. Please see the entrance requirements section of this page for more detail.
It will provide you with the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to successfully manage projects from a wide array of industries. Students who have experience and are seasoned professionals in the area of project management will have the opportunity to learn new skills and add to their credentials in order to advance their career. In addition, students will have several opportunities to gain real-world experience through case study analysis and a capstone project.
To remain competitive in a global economy, organizations are using project management processes to shorten product development cycles, respond quickly and effectively to opportunities, re-evaluate their processes, capitalize on the technical knowledge within their organization and control costs. Project management is one of the top skill sets sought by organizations to help ensure their objectives are met on time and on budget.
Individuals with these specialized skills are becoming increasingly important in today's economy.
Graduates will be prepared to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control a project to ensure its success.
Project managers are key employees in many organizations, managing a wide array of projects in almost every major industry. In just eight-months, you will gain the foundation for success and develop the ability to:
Please see the admission requirements section of this page for more detail.
First-year students enrolled in a diploma program or select graduate certificate program through the Faculty of Business will receive a membership to all eight of Durham Region’s Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade for the duration of their studies, plus an additional year following graduation. As one of the only colleges in Ontario with this offering, DC is proud to provide students access to local businesses at a regional level.
The eight Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade include:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
Program is delivered online.
Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Most organizations look for candidates that can apply project management skills within specific industries such as (but not limited to):
Durham College students registered in the Project Management graduate certificate program will be enrolled for student membership with the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the PMI Durham Highlands Chapter (PMI-DHC) located in Durham Region. This one-year renewable membership will support students in making networking connections and reviewing their options after the program is completed. It is highly recommended that a student consider the CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification from PMI® after graduation to show their commitment to the profession and further increase their chances for gaining employment.
Qualified graduates may also choose to pursue further studies including Durham College’s Human Resources Management, International Business Management, Information Systems Security, or Sport Business Management graduate certificate programs.
Participating in the optional work term semester is an excellent way to build your professional network, explore career paths and apply in-class teachings to real work situations.
Effective September 2023, students in the Project Management graduate certificate program will be invited to apply to the optional work term semester during their first academic semester. Entrance to the optional work term semester is limited and the processes for securing a work term are competitive. Students who qualify for the optional work term semester will be eligible to complete a four-month, paid work term after academic semester 2.
Supports are available through Experiential Learning to assist students with securing their work terms. In addition, Experiential Learning is in contact with work term students and their employers during the work terms to help with any questions.
Work Term 1 (PROW 1000)
The co-op experience provides the opportunity for students to consolidate their professional knowledge and skills in a practice setting. The work term will provide students with work experience in project management. The work term expands students’ learning environment to real work settings where they will be challenged to apply their academic knowledge and practical skills. Students will be assessed on performance and ability to demonstrate knowledge, skills, professional standards, and ethics.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.
Once transferred to the work term option of this program, students will have an administrative fee of $475 assessed to their accounts during the academic semester(s) prior to scheduled work term(s). The administrative fee goes to support the broad array of support services provided to work term students. These services are dedicated to support student success.
If you are an international student enrolled in the work term option, you are required to have a valid co-op work permit before starting your work term. You must apply for and receive a Social Insurance Number in order to work in Canada. Documentation and instructions on how to apply for a co-op work permit will be provided only to students who are successful with their application into the work term option once semester 1 grades have been finalized.
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