About the GAC

Established in 2001

Over 115 Degree Programs

Member of ASPA

The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is an independent academic accreditation body with policies, procedures, and standards for project, program, portfolio management and related programs at the bachelor’s, post graduate and doctoral degree levels.

The mission of GAC is to advance excellence in education worldwide, while its primary objective is to ensure that GAC accredited programs prepare students to meet the current and anticipated needs of businesses and government organizations for qualified professionals working in the field.

GAC is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), which advances the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors as a means of enhancing educational quality.

A review of the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) - includes information on the application process as well as the value and benefits gained once an academic program is accredited.

The GAC Directors

The GAC is governed by the GAC Directors who serve as the policy-making body in all matters related to GAC Accreditation of academic programs in the field of project, program and portfolio management, and are solely responsible for all related decisions.

This volunteer group is composed of seven to eleven members with a majority of members drawn from academia, and one public member.

Yanping Chen

Yanping Chen, PMP, PMI Fellow

The University of Management and Technology

Shankar Sankaran, PhD, MEng, BSc, PMP

Shankar Sankaran, PhD, MEng, BSc, PMP

Vice Chair
University of Technology Sydney

Vittal Anantatmula

Vittal Anantatmula, D.Sc. PMP

Western Carolina University
United States

Paul Gardiner

Paul Gardiner

Skema Business School

Charles Hickman

Charles Hickman

Public Member
United States

Karuna Jain, PhD

Karuna Jain, PhD

National Institute of Industrial Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Powai

Heather Ramsey

Project Management Institute
United States

Jordi Rey

Jordi Rey, MBA

UPF Barcelona School of Management
Pompeu Fabra University

Tracey Richardson

Tracey Richardson, PMI-RMP, PMP

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
United States

Qian Shi

Qian Shi

Tongji University

Federico Vargas, DBA PMP

Universidad Latina / GE 360
Costa Rica