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Project Management Institute approves Saint Xavier University program

Graham School of Management program prepares future project management professionals

Chicago (Feb. 22, 2007) – Saint Xavier University’s graduate project management program has been approved as a registered education provider by the Project Management Institute, the world’s leading nonprofit professional association in the specialty.

“We are very excited about the specialization in project management and our new relationship with PMI. This furthers our strategy of having practice-oriented specializations in our graduate degree programs,” said John E. Eber, dean of the Graham School of Management at Saint Xavier University.
Students in Saint Xavier’s project management program receive the education they need to become project management professionals (PMP), a certification awarded to qualified applicants. PMI membership gives students access to extensive educational opportunities, networking resources and career advancement opportunities. PMP certification is the standard by which project management professionals are measured, said Jane Smith, director of graduate programs at Saint Xavier’s Graham School of Management.

“The Project Management Institute’s recent approval of Saint Xavier’s graduate program in project management is based on current best practices in training, and the University’s support of advancement of PMI standards and other good practices in project management,” Smith said.

Saint Xavier began offering the program in fall 2006 to provide a solid foundation for new or aspiring project managers to oversee projects from the initial planning stages through execution and monitoring.

The program’s coordinated sequence of graduate courses focuses on industry-standard processes approved by PMI to help students successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Students practice these concepts in a project-based team environment. The program also prepares students for the PMI Project Management Professional or Certified Associate Project Manager examinations.

“Managers need the ability to manage projects, facilitate relationships between the project team and customers, and balance competing demands among scope, time, cost and quality,” Smith said. 

Founded in 1969, PMI is the leading nonprofit professional association in the area of project management. PMI establishes project management standards, provides seminars, educational programs and professional certification that more and more organizations desire for their project leaders.
For more information about Saint Xavier’s Project Management program, contact Smith at (773) 298-3664.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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