OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management announced today that Keller’s Master’s of Project Management degree program earned accreditation by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC). In addition, DeVry University’s Project Management concentration within the undergraduate Business Administration degree program also was awarded accreditation. DeVry University and Keller represent one of only 13 universities in the U.S. and 21 schools internationally to be granted this designation by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for project management professionals.
PMI’s Global Accreditation Center is the governing body for enforcing the policies, procedures and standards for accrediting project management degree programs. Each degree program must demonstrate it meets PMI’s rigorous standards, which includes 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 areas of project management.
“GAC accreditation confirms that the scale and quality of an institution’s project management degree program conforms to a comprehensive international standard. It also makes a public statement about the deep commitment of the institution and its faculty to ongoing evaluation and continuous quality improvement,” said Ed Andrews, PhD, PMI director, academic and educational programs & services. “PMI offers well-deserved congratulations to DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management for the recent accreditation in project management.”
“The GAC accreditation offers the endorsement from PMI that we are one of the highest-quality providers of project management education,” added David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “We are proud of our project management curriculum and the unparalleled flexibility for our students to take classes both online and through our nationwide network of more than 90 locations.”
With the growing need for project management expertise, more corporations are seeking project management education and training for key positions, and look to universities and degree programs that are PMI accredited. The Boeing Company is one such organization that places a high value on the PMI GAC accreditation:
“PMI’s global accreditation validates Keller Graduate School of Management’s world-class project management offerings,” said Rich Sheng, Ed. D. associate technical fellow at Boeing, “The Boeing Company has found that Keller’s degree programs have provided our employees with hands-on application tools for managing the future, facilitating growth, and ensuring productivity and future success. They emerge from this education with skills that help better integrate systems, processes, resources and training at the enterprise level.”
The GAC accreditation allows students to accelerate their path to achieving their professional project management credentials. By completing an accredited program, students will earn 1,500 hours of project management experience that can be applied toward the requirements to take PMI’s Professional (PMP®) Credential examination. A total of 4,500 hours are required for all applicants; if an applicant graduates from a GAC-accredited program, only 3,000 hours of work experience is then needed.
About DeVry University
As one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in technology, healthcare technology, business and management. More than 65,000 students are enrolled at its more than 92 locations in 26 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University Online. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, visit www.devry.edu.
About Keller Graduate School of Management
For 35 years, DeVry University’s Keller School of Management has delivered relevant, practical graduate education to thousands of students nationwide, helping them transform their skills and develop the professional edge needed for career success in today’s global economy. As one of the largest graduate management schools in the U.S., Keller offers seven master’s degree programs in management, as well as a variety of graduate certificate programs. Keller implements a career-oriented approach with a curriculum that is highly responsive to industry trends and taught by working professionals. Convenience and flexibility are emphasized with classes offered across a nationwide network of convenient locations, online or a combination of both so students can balance work commitments, personal priorities and graduate school. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA). Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. DeVry University is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information, visit www.keller.edu.
Project Management Institute (PMI.org) is the leading advocate for the project management profession globally. Founded in 1969, PMI has more than 420,000 members and credential holders in more than 170 countries. PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential is globally recognized as the gold standard in project management.