Enhance Your Career With Competency-Based Education

Learn advanced practical skills to become a more efficient and influential project manager. Earn your Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management through Tempo Learning by Walden, our competency-based education option that lets you learn at your own pace.

Our custom-paced, online certificate program is designed for working project managers. Learn on your own schedule, with no set deadlines, and use your real-life experience to demonstrate what you already know. The faster you learn, the less you pay.

This graduate certificate teaches a variety of best practices in project management, based on the latest research and insights from the Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, the industry standard guideline for the project management profession.*

Our assessments are designed by expert faculty and guided by employers in your field of study. Every time you complete an assessment, you are demonstrating the practical and professional knowledge that is directly relevant to success in your career.

Assessments take many forms, including projects, case studies, presentations, papers, and traditional tests. Many are designed to be shown to your current or future employer as proof of the competencies that you bring to the workplace. In the Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management program, you will learn to demonstrate competencies that include:

  • Using best practices for project management, based on updated professional standards and industry-leading guidelines.
  • Managing internal and external risks related to project management.
  • Creating and managing complex project budgets.
  • Working with interdisciplinary operational teams.

By passing rigorous, real-world assessments, you’ll complete the program with the competencies you need to make an immediate impact on your career.

Accelerated Path to a Master's Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management program is intended to help prepare you for advancement in your career or for a master’s degree in the field.

Competencies completed in the Tempo Learning™ Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management program may be applied toward our competency-based Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a specialization in Project Management or the course-based program.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

*PMI is a registered certification mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Walden now offers two ways to learn. You can choose to earn your degree through a course-based format or a competency-based format, delivered through Tempo Learning™ by Walden.

With Tempo Learning, you can build on your existing skills, knowledge and experience to customize your learning and earn your degree on your schedule, at your pace.

Which option is right for you?



Preset course start and end dates help you manage your schedule over time. Knowing these dates makes it easier to plan ahead in completing your program.

The course-based approach exposes you to new material as well as reinforces and updates your knowledge in areas you’ve already mastered.

Your fellow students will be learning the same material at the same time, so if you find yourself struggling, you can connect with them for additional support.

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Complete competencies at your own pace, based on your ability to demonstrate understanding of their content. At the beginning of each term, you will map out your learning goals in partnership with your Academic Coach.

You can use what you already know to accelerate your progress, potentially saving you time and money.

If you find materials challenging, you can slow down and spend additional time with them. You can also raise your hand to get support directly from our Faculty Subject Matter Experts.

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Compare highlights of the Tempo Learning™ and course-based formats to decide which best suits your career goals and learning style.

*Cost and time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress. For information on estimating your time to degree completion with Tempo Learning, call an enrollment advisor at 1-855-598-3427.