Graduate Certificate: Construction Project Management

The graduate certificate in construction project management is designed to build skills and teach critical management tools and techniques that enable individuals and teams to run projects within schedule, budget and quality requirements. This certificate focuses on the challenging and growing field of construction project management and is designed for working or aspiring professionals and graduate students interested in developing a level of expertise in construction project management.

Students may take these courses as a nondegree student or by being enrolled at the University of Colorado Denver. Courses can also be used to partially fulfill requirements for the master of engineering in construction engineering and management or other eligible graduate programs.

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in the certificate program.


The certificate requires successful completion of four courses, outlined below, with a grade of B- or better. 

The certificate includes two required classes on project management that teach the fundamentals of the International Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge and provide a solid foundation for anyone involved in project or program management.

The two electives focus on various components of the PMI knowledge areas—project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resource, communications, risk, procurement and stakeholder management— from a construction engineering and management perspective.

Required courses

  • CEMT 5236 Project Management Systems
  • CEMT 5237 Advanced Topics in Project Management

Electives (at least two courses)

  • CEMT 5087 Engineering Contracts
  • CEMT 5232 Construction Planning and Control
  • CEMT 5233 Construction Cost Estimating
  • CEMT 5234 Sustainable Construction
  • CEMT 5235 Advanced Construction Engineering
  • CEMT 5238 Construction Leadership
  • CEMT 5246/IWKS 4930 Construction, Business and Innovation

Certificate course descriptions (pdf)