Stevens Graduate Project Management Program Renews Accreditation with PMI

Stevens Institute of Technology is the only university in the tri-state area with PMI accreditation

2/8/2012

Hoboken, N.J. – Stevens Institute of Technology has once again achieved accreditation with the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). Stevens provides graduate education and professional development in project management.

One of only 18 universities with accreditation in the country, Stevens, through the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management, has offered project management education and research since 1986.  Stevens’ graduate Project Management program was one of the first programs to be accredited when PMI began the accreditation process in 2003. 

Degree programs that achieve GAC accreditation must demonstrate and meet the GAC’s rigorous standards of accreditation, which include an assessment of each program’s objectives and outcomes, faculty and student evaluations, onsite and online resources, annual self-evaluation, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management education. 

According to Dominic Lepore, program director of the Stevens Project Management program, “Renewing our accreditation continues Stevens' long tradition of supporting PMI's mission to develop globally-recognized standards and advance the state of project management knowledge."

Since its first project management class in 1986, Stevens has delivered more than 20,000 hours of project management education. “The PMI accreditation provides an assurance that Stevens’ Project Management program meets comprehensive quality standards and can effectively prepare students for greater success in their career," said Lepore.

The Project Management program at Stevens has shown significant growth over the years. In addition to a four-course graduate certificate in Project Management, the Howe School is expanding its curriculum and launching the first Master’s of Science degree in Enterprise Project Management (EPM) in the country. This new degree, planned to launch in fall 2012, couples project management and business with leadership skills and behaviors, raising the bar in project management education. In addition, project management professionals are able to pursue graduate degrees in the areas of Management, Information Systems and Telecommunications.

"We are extremely pleased to have our curriculum, faculty, and student services recognized by the Project Management Institute, whose requirements are held as the highest standards in project management,” said Linda M. Pittenger, Associate Dean for the Graduate Enterprise and Distinguished Professor of the Howe School. "This recognition by PMI reinforces that our project management programs deliver the excellence we strive to achieve for our students."

The Howe School Project Management faculty has two current research grants from PMI and four books that have been published through PMI. The Stevens curriculum is driven by the latest research in project management. 

PMI’s GAC accreditation also ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management. Individuals who complete the Stevens GAC accredited programs earn 1,500 hours of project management experience toward the requirements that are needed to sit for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential examination. Additionally, individuals who complete a GAC accredited program earn 1,500 hours of project management experience toward the requirements that are needed to sit for the PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential examination.

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management. Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.

About Project Management Institute (PMI)

PMI is the world’s largest project management member association, representing more than half a million practitioners in over 185 countries. As a global thought leader and knowledge resource, PMI advances the profession through its global standards and credentials, collaborative chapters and virtual communities and academic research. When organizations invest in project management, supported by PMI, executives have confidence their important initiatives deliver expected results, greater business value and competitive advantage. Learn more at www.pmi.org.

About the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

Established by the PMI Board of Directors in 2001, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) is a specialized accrediting body that assures the quality of project management degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.