Project Management Program


The Project Management Program offers both graduate certificate/degree programs and non-academic professional development programs for professionals to improve their ability to succeed in a global business environment that demands expertise and effectiveness not only in the technical aspects of project, program and portfolio management, but also in leadership and strategic business management.

Our degree programs were among the first accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and, as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), we have been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for those participating in its Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program.

Graduate Program Levels

The graduate program cohort-based and offers two levels of recognition:

  • The Project Management Core is comprised of the first 20 semester credit hours, leading to a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.
  • An MBA degree with an emphasis in project management is earned by waiving the Master of Science degree and completing an additional 14 semester credit hours.
EMBA in Project Management Degree Plan

Many of us start our professional careers as individual contributors, then advance as a result of our performance working with others on project teams, first as project team members, then later as a project coordinators or project managers. Perhaps later we are successful and become program or business unit managers. Since we didn’t necessary aspire to these project roles when we started our undergraduate studies and professional careers, project management is often referred to as “the accidental profession.” And unless a strong project management culture exists in our organization, we may take an ad-hoc approach to project management with widely varying degrees of success.

The offerings of the Project Management Program at UT Dallas were designed in collaboration with local industry experts to develop the competencies of their practicing project managers. They offer a unique blend of technical and sociocultural skill development and will help you prepare be purposeful and successful, both as a project management practitioner and as an organizational leader and business manager.

On this web site you will find information about our Executive MBA degree with an emphasis in project management, our highly-regarded annual symposium and our other on-campus professional development learning programs. Please contact us if you’d like more information, and if you’re interested in graduate studies, I encourage you to Meet with our Program Manager if you are interested in learning more. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jim Szot, PhD, PE, PMP Director, Project Management Program

The majority of students chose to earn an MBA degree. Some start the program with a previously earned MBA or other advanced degree and opt to stop after earning the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. The chart below shows the proportion of students ending the program at each option and the 11% of those not earning any award (DNF). Master’s degree graduates are also awarded the Graduate Certificate in Project Management upon successful completion of the Project Management Core Phase of their degree program.

Most students complete their desired program option within the planned time for their cohort; however, sometimes changes in their work and family environment necessitate taking time off and returning later or switching between the on-campus and online modes of the program. To earn an award, all program requirements must be completed within six years of starting the program.

Tuition by Program
Graduate Certificate in Project Management$18,000

Application Fee

$250 non-refundable application fee must be submitted prior to completion of the application. Payable by check or money order to “UT Dallas” or online credit card payment.

Financial Aid

Students who need financial assistance may apply for long-term student loans. More information is available by contacting the Executive Education Financial Services Manager, Paula Baxter or call (972) 883-4114.

Degree-seeking students may borrow through the Federal Student Loan Programs (Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate Plus). More information regarding the Federal Student Loan Programs for graduate students can be found at the Federal Student Loan Programs website.

Students seeking only the Graduate Certificate, or those ineligible for federal student aid may access private educational loan information via the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office website.