CHARLOTTE, N.C. |  Project Management is one of the fastest-growing career tracks in the world today, with growth over the next 4 years expected to top 19% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (for IT Project Management). But Project Management doesn’t necessarily require a designated Project Management degree; many professionals in the project management field get there through certificate programs.

If you’re a working professional already in a project management position, or looking for a promotion to more responsibility that may include project management, a certificate program can offer just what you need.

That’s why Value Colleges (www.valuecolleges.com) — an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate college education — has released its Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs of 2016.

The top 3 best values for 2016 are:

  1. Bryant University in Smithfield, RI,
  2. California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, and
  3. North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Why does Bryant University, a small private university in Smithfield, RI., top the list of the Best Value for a Project Management certificate program?  Values Colleges ranking experts state:

The #1 best value for a Project Management certificate program, Bryant University is primarily a business, economics, finance, and accounting school, and though there are other majors, nearly every student majors in a business field. That singular focus means that business students at Bryant get an education that is a cut above most any competitor, and that Bryant’s reputation is airtight on the job market, whether in New England or anywhere else.

Despite their small size, Bryant has been featured by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and others for their top-tier quality, high-level business connections, and overall great value. For working professionals who want further credentialing to move into project management positions without another degree,

Bryant offers a top-notch Project Management Certificate program that can prepare students for a PMP certification. The certificate program is available on-campus and online, and while the online program is a little cheaper, both are an exemplary value.

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Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island

Value Colleges’s Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificates ranking shows students the quickest, most cost-effective investments for getting into a project management career without a full degree. Certificate programs are often all a working professional needs to get credentialed for project management, and Value Colleges ranks only regionally-accredited, trusted institutions.

The top 50 programs are ranked using data from the U.S. News & World Report Ranking (when applicable), Payscale’s 2015-16 Salary Report, and tuition costs from program websites.

Top 50 Best Value Project Management Certificate Programs of 2016
(in alphabetical order):

  1. Auburn University – Auburn, AL
  2. Baruch College – New York, NY
  3. Bryant University – Smithfield, RI
  4. California State University-Sacramento – Sacramento, CA
  5. California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, CA

  6. Clayton State University – Morrow, GA
  7. De Anza College – Cupertino, CA
  8. DePaul University – Chicago, IL
  9. Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton, FL
  10. George Mason University – Fairfax, VA

  11. Georgetown University – Washington, DC
  12. Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
  13. North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC
  14. Pace University – New York, NY
  15. Oakland University – Rochester, MI

  16. Oklahoma City University – Oklahoma City, OK
  17. Ramapo College – Mahwah, NJ
  18. Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
  19. Rutgers University – Camden, NJ
  20. San Diego State University – San Diego, CA

  21. San Francisco State University – San Francisco, CA
  22. Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX
  23. St. Edward’s University – Austin, TX
  24. St. Petersburg College – St. Petersburg, FL
  25. Stanford University – Stanford, CA

  26. Towson University – Towson, MD
  27. University of California-Berkeley – Berkeley, CA
  28. University of California-Davis – Davis, CA
  29. University of California-Irvine – Irvine, CA
  30. University of California-Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

  31. University of California-Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz, CA
  32. University of Central Florida – Orlando, FL
  33. University of Chicago – Chicago, IL
  34. University of Houston – Houston, TX
  35. University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA

  36. University of Louisville – Louisville, KY
  37. University of Massachusetts-Lowell – Lowell, MA
  38. University of Miami – Coral Gables, FL
  39. University of Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  40. University of New Haven – West Haven, CT

  41. University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
  42. University of Redlands – Redlands, CA
  43. University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
  44. University of the Pacific – Stockton, CA
  45. University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA

  46. University of Louisville – Louisville, KY
  47. University of Washington – Seattle, WA
  48. Villanova University – Villanova, PA
  49. Wake Forest University – Winston-Salem, NC
  50. Western Kentucky University – Bowling Green, KY

A certificate program can often fulfill all of the requirements to sit for a Project Management Professional certification exam, which is the gold standard for project management. Certificate programs come in all shapes and sizes, from single bootcamp courses to week-long intensives, 5-week, 8-week, 10-week, or even year-long self-paced online programs.”

Value Colleges is an independent, online resource with one mission: to help prospective students find the best educational value in their chosen field. At Value Colleges, future students can find rankings for the top investments in online and residential college degrees, advice on making the best decisions about finances when in college, and explanations of commonly-misunderstood aspects of college costs. — In the Culture of One World

 

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