Project Management

Our Mission

The goal of the Project Management program at CBC is to equip students with sound project management knowledge and skills with practical experience in project scenarios that resemble real-world situations. Students of this program will be able to apply these project management concepts and skills in the workplace, volunteer organizations or life.

Learn to lead and manage professional projects!

GAC Logo Columbia Basin College’s Project Management program incorporates a hands-on practical application approach and uses experienced project management practitioner perspectives in the development and execution of the program. The Project Management Bachelor of Applied Science (BASPM) degree, the Two-year Project Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and the Project Management One-Year Certificate are all internationally accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).*

Program Level Outcomes for Project Management

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in the Project Management program at CBC with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Throughout the project management program, students will accomplish all five of the following Program Level Outcomes (PLOs):

  1. Apply project management terminology, principles, methods, and tools to deliver business value.
  2. Practice and promote The Project Management Institute’s (PMI) code of ethics and professional conduct.
  3. Demonstrate positive leadership and tailored communications throughout the project lifecycle.
  4. Apply behavioral, cultural, and leadership concepts (cognitive and emotional) to project organizations, teams, and individuals.
  5. Evaluate and deploy informed decision-making techniques to achieve project goals.
Degrees and Certificates Offered:
Students will gain knowledge in:
  • All five project management process groups (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing)
  • Procurement management
  • Quality management
  • Resource management
  • Risk management
  • Communications management
  • Contracts and legal management
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Emerging project management practices
  • Schedule generation and management software
CBC Project Management

Top 100 Most Affordable Project Management Colleges Curriculum design and scheduling allows new students to begin their studies during any quarter. All students begin the Project Management program by taking the Introduction to Project Management course, regardless of prior higher education experience. The introduction to Project Management has no prerequisite and is offered each quarter. The project management core courses are offered in sequences to permit coursework progression each quarter. A year-long course schedule helps with course planning.

"After becoming unemployed I decided to go back to school, and the only place I thought of was Columbia Basin College. Because of the degree and the education that I received at CBC, I'm making about 20 percent more than what I was making at my former job. The support that I got from the faculty and staff in the CBC Project Management Program was unbelievable. I have made lifelong friendships with the professors, and one of them recommended me for a Project Management position that I have today."

Student Achievement Statistics

*The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management
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Career Opportunities in Project Management

Students who complete their Project Management degree will find that their applied skills are needed in various industries from aerospace, agriculture, architecture, construction, education, energy, engineering, state and federal government, finance, health care, high-technology and information technology (IT).

Graduates of the Project Management program are equipped to pursue a wide variety of career roles including:

  • Project Specialist

    As a project specialist, you are part of the project team responsible for the planning and execution of a project to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Project Manager

    As a project manager, you are responsible for the planning, execution and closure of a project, in any undertaking with a defined scope regardless of industry, with the goal of enhancing your team’s performance and meeting customer satisfaction.

  • Program Manager

    As a program manager, you are responsible for managing several related projects with the goal of improving your organization’s overall performance.

  • Project Controls Engineer

    As a project controls engineer, you are responsible for cost estimating, analysis, control activities, as well as monitoring, impact identification and recovery plan development activities.

  • Project Risk Manager

    As a risk manager, you are responsible for managing risks appropriately and within desired tolerances, while assessing exposure and effectively responding as needed.

Other careers can include: Project Coordinator, Project Scheduler, Human Resources Manager, Procurement Manager, Construction Manager, Contracts Administrator, Business Negiotiator and Cost Analyst.

Fully Accredited Program

GAC Logo All of the Project Management program offerings at CBC are internationally accredited! The Project Management Bachelor of Applied Science (BASPM) degree, the Two-year Project Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, and the Project Management One-Year Certificate at CBC are accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).*

Accreditation is based on rigorous standards which include:

  • assessment of each program’s objectives and outcomes
  • faculty and student evaluations
  • onsite and online resources
  • annual self-evaluation
  • proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management education

Students eligible to sit for a PMI credential exam may immediately apply the classroom hours for a completed project management course toward the contact hour requirement rather than waiting until they graduate from the program. The student can be confident that these hours are pre-approved and will automatically be accepted toward fulfilling the contact hour requirement.

Graduates of GAC-accredited programs will be awarded substantial credit toward the experience requirement on their application for all PMI certifications which equates to a 12-month reduction to the project management experience requirement for the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.

This new benefit is retroactive to our initial accreditation date (2017). There are credits for other PMI credentials. Please check the PMI website for more specific information.

"One of the things I like best about the Project Management program at CBC revolved around the applicable knowledge that the staff had, how they were able to coach you through various topics without having to rely too much on the text and their ability to drive home the practical application of the material. The Project Management degree from CBC has helped me to be successful in my field by allowing me to look at the whole picture, really elevating my understanding of what I'm doing."

*The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management
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Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Application

Columbia Basin College (CBC) is accredited as a BAS degree-granting institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. This application and guidelines are for applicants who are interested in the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management (Optional concentrations: Agriculture, Healthcare Administration)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Cyber Security
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Project Management (Optional concentration: Construction)

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Project Management degree at CBC

For Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene, Health Physics, Teacher Education, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degrees, do NOT use these guidelines and application. Contact each program for the program-specific application.


Applicants must have met the following requirements:

  • Earned at least an associate degree from an academic transfer or career/technical program or completed at least 90 college-level credits from an academic transfer or career/technical program(s) and

Completed the following prerequisites:

  • At least one 100+ level math course with a minimum grade of 2.0
  • ENGL& 101 or the equivalent course with a minimum grade of 2.0

If you have questions about your eligibility, we strongly encourage you to consult the appropriate program advisor listed on the next page on the above prerequisites as you may have already taken the course(s) or equivalent.

Application Deadline

Each program reviews completed applications and admits new students throughout the academic year. While new applications are continuously reviewed, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early; seats in these classes can become very limited as we approach the beginning of each quarter. In order for your application to be considered, all steps must be completed with the required materials submitted one week prior to the first day of each quarter.

Requirements Checklist

  • Completed online CBC Application for Admission (for new CBC students only)
  • Completed CBC BAS application
  • Official transcript(s)*, sealed, verifying;
    • Your completion of two-year degree and/or all other college credits earned
    • Your completion of the program prerequisites, if applicable
  • Resume (maximum three pages)

*For applicants who are current/past CBC students or CBC graduates: If you already have your academic records at CBC (e.g., CBC courses, courses from other institutions), you are NOT required to submit official transcript(s) with your application.

*You may submit your application while waiting for your official transcript(s) to arrive. The application will not be processed until the transcript(s) are received. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope or sent electronically through our Washington State Student Management System (SMS), or authorized online service provider.


  1. Complete the online CBC Application for Admission. (Note: if you are a current CBC student you do NOT need to submit a CBC Application for Admission).
  2. Receive CBC Student ID Number via your CBC acceptance email (after your admissions application has been processed).
  3. Submit the BAS Application with all required documents listed in the Requirements Checklist via postal mail or in person.

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"I chose to earn my Project Management degree at CBC because it provided a local opportunity that was also affordable. It allowed me to work while going to college and to pay my way through school and graduate without any student loan debt. My degree from CBC has helped me be successful in my current position by giving me a well-rounded education and foundation to identify problems within any organization, bring about solutions and improve efficiency."

Graduate Education Beyond BAS

The graduates of the Project Management Bacehlor of Applied Science (BASPM) program may choose to pursue master's degrees in the related field of study. A number of our alumni have gone on to graduate schools in business administration.

City University of Seattle

CBC has established the articulation agreement with City University of Seattle to provide the alumni with a more seamless transition to the graduate degree program. Effective November of 2017, CBC students who complete a BAS in Applied Management or BAS in Project Management degree will be eligible for enrollment in any of the City University of Seattle master's degrees listed below:

  • Master of Business Administration with one of the following emphasis areas:
    • Change Leadership
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Global Management
    • Global Marketing
    • Human Resource Management
    • Project Management
    • Sustainable Business
    • Technology Management
    • Master of Science in Project Management

Students who complete the CBC BAS in Applied Management degree will have the MBA prerequisite course waived.

Western Governors University Washington

Columbia Basin College has established the articulation agreement with Western Governors University Washington to provide the alumni with a more seamless transition to the graduate degree program. Effective April 2017, students who complete a BAS degree at CBC will also be eligible for enrollment in a master's degree program at Western Governors University Washington.

Check out the programs that CBC BAS graduates are enrolled in (as of June 2020).

    • BAS in Applied Management
    • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • MA
    • Elementary Education
    • Elementary Education (K-8)
    • Elementary Education Spec. Eng Lang Learners
    • Government
    • Elementary Education (Leads to initial Teacher Licensure)
    • Secondary Education (Leads to initial Teacher Licensure)
  • MBA
    • Business Administration
    • Healthcare Management
    • IT Management
    • Management and Strategy
    • Master of Business Administration
  • MS
    • Accounting
    • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
    • IN Project Management
    • Management in Leadership
    • Mental Health and Wellness
    • Operations/Project Management
    • Speech-Language Pathology
    • BAS Cyber Security
    • BAS Information Technology
  • MS
    • Computer Science
    • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
    • BAS Project Management
  • MA
    • Elementary Education Spec. Special Education
    • Master of Engineering Technology and Technology Management
    • Engineering and Technology MGT

Join Our PM Club!

"The CBC PM Club is the first student club in higher education to be an endorsed club by Project Management Insitute Global. The leadership for this club is participating in the PMI Global pilot to create synergy and connection between the student club and the local PMI Chapter community of practice. Being endorsed by PMI Global contributes to the current strong connection between the CBC PM Club and the Columbia River Basin Chapter of PMI."  - Mel Slater, Ph.D., NPPQ

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