GAC Benefits For Students

Choosing a project management program is no easy task. GAC accreditation is a globally recognized seal of approval that assures you—and your future employers—of the quality, reputation, and relevance of your project management education. 

It is awarded by the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management and related degree programs, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Looking to learn more about project management as a career? Read our introduction.

Why Choose a GAC Accredited Program?

Quality Education, Stronger Employment

For students and employers alike, GAC accreditation is a testament that the program: 

  • Demonstrates a commitment to academic quality and excellence
  • Meets global accreditation standards
  • Prepares students to enter the workforce

For these reasons, attending a GAC accredited program can lead to better employment opportunities after graduation. 

Exclusive Opportunities and Peer Recognition

In addition to high-quality education, GAC students benefit from:

A Head Start On Certification 

For millions of project professionals worldwide, holding a certification from PMI proves abilities, unlocks career opportunities, and sets them apart from the competition. 

GAC students benefit from having courses count towards both the educational requirements needed to earn PMI certifications and the Professional Development Units (PDUs) needed to maintain them. 

Graduates get substantial credit toward the work experience requirement for more advanced PMI certifications, shortening the journey to earn career-advancing credentials.

GAC Accreditation: Value, Benefits, and Process

A review of GAC accreditation of university programs including the value, benefits, and process of GAC accreditation.
assures program commitment to quality, boosts graduate job opportunities

Industry Credentials To Pair With Your Degree

As a GAC student, you're uniquely qualified to start the certification process early in your career.  

Stand out to employers with top certifications like the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®, for those just starting out, or the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, the global gold-standard that proves your ability to lead projects across any industry.

Deepen expertise and build your custom career path with specializations in construction, business analytics, risk management, software development, and more. 

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Median salary for PMP holders globally, compared to those without certification.  

Source: Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Thirteenth Edition

Resources for GAC Students

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GAC accredited programs can be found around the world and provide exciting work and educational opportunities for students. Discover the right one for you and elevate your project management career.

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Academic Scholarships

Scholarships in project management and related fields are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with exclusive opportunities available to students in GAC programs.

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Enhance Your Employability

The updated CAPM® certification helps students stand out from the crowd by proving industry-recognized abilities to employers. Unlock early career opportunities with the PMI Student Bundle, which allows you to join PMI as a student member and take the CAPM® exam at a discounted rate.

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PMI For Students

Whether you're studying project management, building your skillset, or just learning about project careers, find tools to advance on the PMI Student Hub. For career starters, check out development resources on our Early Career page.  

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Career Navigator

Looking for your next step? Take the free professional assessment exam to get matched with personalized professional development opportunities and next steps that move you towards your career goals.  

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Get The Gold Standard

For experienced professionals, the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification proves you can lead projects across any industry. GAC students earn credit towards the experience requirement to apply. 

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