Northeastern University's Graduate Certificate in Program and Portfolio Management is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to effectively manage project-based programs and portfolios.
The increasingly important role of program and portfolio managers is clear as we see more companies orienting their work in a projectized fashion. Not only are companies seeking to projectize their workflow, but they are seeking to better align projects with the strategic direction of the company and industry. Program and Portfolio managers need to be able to evidence the strategic value that projects are accomplishing and can continue to accomplish in their organizational context. The need for organizations to coordinate their related projects into programs and to seek to understand the value of their work through the lens of a portfolio is recognized throughout all industry sectors. This has been made clear through the creation of advanced industry certifications, such as the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) and the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®) credential by the Project Management Institute.
Designed to prepare individuals to effectively manage project-based programs and portfolios
The increasingly important role of program and portfolio managers is becoming clear as companies orient more and more of their work in a projectized fashion. The Program and Portfolio Management Certificate can help you learn essential technical project management principles like planning, scheduling, and handling change, as well as how to apply them through real-world case studies and projects. Roles or careers for which the degree offers preparation are illustrated by these positions posted on CareerBuilder.com:
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How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (Official transcripts required at the time of admission)
2-3 years of direct project management experience
English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
PJM 6715 - Advanced Program Management
PJM 6720 - Advanced Portfolio Management
PJM 6725 - Program and Portfolio Leadership
PJM 6730 - Program and Portfolio Evaluation
PJM 6735 - Program and Portfolio Management Capstone
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
Assistant Teaching Professor & Faculty Director, Project Management
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 245,000 alumni and 3,200+ employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Management alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.