To be considered for our list of the top online master’s programs for project management certification, schools needed to offer at least one fully online master’s degree program in project management. The master’s programs must also be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
These programs are ranked by the number of professional development units (PDUs) they offer to students. Professional development units are required for individuals to maintain project management certification through the PMI, and are used by the institute to measure relevancy of project management courses.
Tuitions were manually researched, and out-of-state tuitions were used unless in-state tuition is offered to all online students.
Schools with programs that require some on-campus coursework were still considered for our rankings if the amount of in-person work was limited to two weeks or less of in-person requirements. This allows students to retain their current employment or other personal responsibilities.
Program data including available degrees, tuition rates, and details about program coursework were collected from official school websites, reflecting data for the 2017-2018 school year. This data was collected in October of 2017.
Programmatic accreditation and profit status of schools were collected from official websites of the accreditation agencies or from the National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. The NCES data is updated annually as soon as it becomes available. The NCES does not release data into downloadable formats until it has been approved, so the most currently available data will not be for the most recent academic year.
Total PDUs were collected using course information from schools’ official websites and the Project Management Institute official website. Schools must submit an annual accredited program report to the PMI to highlight changes and improvements to their program to ensure the program still follows and teaches the project management standards, policies, and procedures.