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Are you looking to start or advance your career in project management? The University of Dallas can help!

Ensure you're prepared for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam with UD's Project Management Essentials certification preparation course. This 8-week course is taught by Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMP®.  It combines expert instruction with the CertWise® Essentials of Project Management training materials and meets the 23 hour education requirement for the CAPM exam. Our course will help you master the required material and stay on track for success on the CAPM exam.  

This certification will:

  • Give you the strong understanding of project management knowledge and skills, filling in any gaps you may have. These skills are transferable between industries, market segments, and geographic locations. 
  • Teach you the current best practices for managing your projects. 
  • Differentiate yourself from your peers with CAPM certification.
  • Earn a higher salary: According to ZipRecruiter, CAPM credentialed holders earn an average salary of $88,232 in Dallas, Texas.
  • Join a global network of over 42,000 CAPM credentialed holders

Register Now to Advance Your Career.

Meet Your Instructor

Patt Chowdhury, MBA, MM, PMPPatt Chowdhury, ,MBA, MM, PMP®  

Patt Chowdhury is Managing Principal at Patt Chowdhury Advisors LLC, a consulting firm offering program and project planning, business research, and training. She is an experienced marketing executive and senior manager with extensive experience in marketing operations, program and project management, product management, process development, and information technology at iconic Fortune 500 brands including American Airlines, Sabre, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Hewlett Packard, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the travel and transportation, information technology, consulting, and telecommunications industries, managing worldwide programs generating annual revenues of as much as $1 billion.

As a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and PMI Dallas Chapter, she is Vice President of Programs overseeing more than 80 events a year that provide networking and professional development opportunities for project managers. The PMI Dallas Chapter has more than 4,600 members and is one of the largest chapters in the world. Patt holds a Six Sigma Belt Black, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) and earned a certificate in Product Management from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. 

Patt has been an adjunct faculty member at The University of Dallas for 25 years and teaches marketing and Management courses in the Gupta College of Business. She holds a Master of Management degree in Telecommunications Management, and an MBA in International Management from The University of Dallas, and a BS in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing, from New York Institute of Technology. Patt begins doctoral studies in Adult Learning and Workforce Development in August at the Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

In April 2019, Patt received the Gupta College of Business Adjunct Faculty Excellence award. She received The University of Dallas Graduate School of Management Adjunct Faculty Achievement Award in 2006 for excellence in online course development and teaching. She was a key member of the team that developed and launched a very successful online MBA program for The University of Dallas.

Patt was born in Boston, grew up in the New York City suburbs, and now lives in North Texas with her husband and two little dogs.


This program is held in an online format with 8 online live sessions led by our instructor in the University's LMS. Students attend online sessions at the times listed below for lecture and discussion, and will complete assigned work on their own between live sessions. 

Class Dates: April 20 - June 8, 2021 

Tuesday, April 20 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, April 27 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, May 4 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, May 11 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, May 18 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, May 25 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, June 1 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday, June 8 - 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Registration deadline: April 9, 2021

Early bird registration deadline: March 20, 2021

Early bird registration period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit (online) the registration form, and submit full payment prior to the early bird deadline.

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

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 Tuition and Discounts

$1,549 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition

$1,399 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition 


$1,399 (includes all course materials) - Standard Tuition (Early Bird Rate)

$1,249 (includes all course materials) - Discounted Tuition (Early Bird Rate) 

Early Bird Discount:

Students can earn an early bird discount by completing the registration process (including full payment) by the early bird deadline. The early bird period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit the online registration form, and submit full payment prior to the early bird deadline (see registration deadline section for deadline information). 


Discounts are offered for UD Alumni and Students, UD Employees, Government Employees (federal and local), US Veterans, and PMI or PMI Dallas members. To qualify for the discount, students will be asked to provide an active .edu or .gov email; UD ID; or membership number.

Materials can only be shipped (via FedEx) once payment has been received.

 Registration and Deadlines

Registration deadline: April 9, 2021

Early bird registration deadline: March 20, 2021

Early bird registration period ends 30 days from the start of the class. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, students must fill out and submit (online) the registration form, and submit payment prior to the early bird deadline.

Click here to register.

 Payment Options

The University of Dallas can accept cash, check, or credit card payments. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express using our online payment portal. Cash is accepted at our Business Office ONLY. Checks can be mailed to: 

University of Dallas - Executive Education
Attn: Kathy Whitgrove
1845 E. Northgate Drive
Irving, TX 75062

Payment Arrangement

For students who need a little help, we have a payment arrangement option available. This allows tuition to be broken down into multiple payments. Executive Education students who wish to participate will be required to fill out an additional online form during the registration process.

The payment arrangement splits tuition as follows:

  • Payment 1: $549
  • Payment 2: $500
  • Payment 3: $500 

If a discount applies to you it will be deducted as part of the final payment.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Kathy Whitgrove at 972-721-5298 or via email.

Who should take this program? 

  • Individuals who want a career in project management
  • Project management professionals who have limited experience and wish to earn a certification 
  • Individuals who want to highlight their dedication to the project management field, and wish to show their expertise in the field

Course Materials

Included in your course registration fees, you will receive: 

  1. The CertWise® Essentials of Project Management course materials
  2. CAPM Certified Associate in Project Management Practice Exams (1st Ed.)
  3. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide–6th Edition) & Agile Practice Guide Bundle

About the Essentials of Project Management course materials

This premium quality and 100% digital system combines comprehensive reading materials with interactive online study tools to expand, apply and solidify your knowledge to pass the CAPM exam.

Comprehensive Reading Materials

Students will have access to four online modules that cover the key project management topics. Each module includes section activities and “End of Module Assignments” where students check their understanding of the material and apply what they’ve learned before moving on to the next module.

  • Module 1: Project Management-The Discipline and the Profession
    • Section A: What are Projects
    • Section B: Building Successful Projects
    • End of Module Assignments
  • Module 2: Planning and Balancing Project Work

    • Section A: Planning the Project
    • Section B: Balancing the Scope with Schedule and Budget
    • End of Module Assignments
  • Module 3: Executing, Controlling, and Closing the Project

    • Section A: Executing the Work
    • Section B: Monitoring and Controlling
    • Section C: Closing and Lessons Learned
    • End of Module Assignments
  • Module 4: Strategic Values of Projects

    • Section A: Moving Beyond a Single Project
    • Section B: Communicating Value
    • Section C: The Future of Project Management
    • End of Module Assignments

Interactive Online Study Tools

Participants will have access to interactive online study tools for one year. These tools provide participants with an opportunity to apply and reinforce concepts, evaluate their knowledge, and monitor their growth throughout the course.

  • Case Studies: Throughout the course, students engage with case study projects that emphasize the hands-on, practical, approach to project management. Instructors have the option to grade several case studies for additional assessment/grading opportunities.
  • Templates: As students move through the course, they will complete activities to help them apply concepts. Students can use templates on future work projects.
  • Quizzes: Module quizzes will be assigned to help students measure their understanding of the content.
  • Other Resources: Links to additional project management resources are provided within the product for quick and convenient access.

Prerequisites to Earn Your CAPM

To apply for the CAPM, candidates must have:

  • High school diploma or global equivalent
  • 23-hours of formal project management education (this course qualifies for this requirement)

Visit PMI's website for more information on earning your CAPM. 

CAPM Exam Details

Exam Details

  • The certification exam has 150 questions, and you have three hours to complete it.

Maintaining your CAPM certification

  • To maintain your CAPM, you must retake the exam every five years.


PMI Member: US$225
Not a PMI Member: US$300

Go to PMI's website for information about the CAPM exam.

CAPM Renewal Requirements (Maintaining your certification) 

Your CAPM certification is valid for 5-years. At the end of 5-years you must retake the CAPM exam or can pursue another PMI certification if you qualify. For detailed information about the process visit the PMI's website on maintaining your CAPM. 

Public Disclosure

Please click here to read a public disclosure about this course.

Contact UD

For more information about this course, discount information, or help registering please contact Kathy Whitgrove via email or 972-721-5298. 

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