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The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is part of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is an accrediting body for project management and related degree programs. GAC accredits bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs. According to the GAC website, “GAC accredited academic degree programs are members of a select group that embraces and promotes the discipline of project management.”

If a university goes through the lengthy process and becomes an “official” GAC Accredited Program, then it means two important things:

Completing any project management course from an accredited GAC Program earns students the project management education hours (called professional development units or PDUs) required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam. If a student already has their PMP or CAPM, students can use the PDUs earned from their courses to maintain their certification.

The University of Maryland Project Management Program and Degrees were last reviewed by the GAC in Fall 2021.  Below are some of the review team’s comments that should be of interest to students either already enrolled in a PM degree at UMD or considering enrolling in one.


Posted by Kathy Frankle on September 1, 2022