Professional Certificate in Technical Project Management

Leverage methodologies to lead and manage complex technical projects.

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April 12, 2023

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21 weeks online
15–20 hours per week

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Become a Technical Project Manager With MIT xPRO

Project-based industries are poised for historic expansion and so is the need for technical project managers trained to lead complex software and hardware projects to completion.

In North America, the Project Management Institute expects more than 128,000 job openings for project managers (PMs) each year through 2030. Nearly 70% of organizations say they are placing a high priority on hiring PMs with technical skills.

If you’re ready to create clarity, work through challenges to find smart solutions, and lead the teams behind the scenes of software and hardware development, MIT xPRO's Technical Project Management program is for you.

USD 108,000

National average salary for technical project managers in the United States

SOURCE: Glassdoor

+25 million

Global number of project managers needed to meet demand through 2030



Growth in the software development sector of project management through 2030


MIT is ranked as the best institution for project management.
(Source: U.S. News & World Report)

Who Is This Program For?

Mid-Level Project Managers: mid-career PMs who want to build on their existing skills and formalize their training in technical project management

Engineers or Career Track Changers: early-career engineers seeking to add technical project management to their skill set or experienced engineers seeking to change their career track for opportunities as a technical PM

Program prerequisites: A minimum of a bachelor's degree and about one year of prior project management experience is recommended.

Key Takeaways

  • Identifying the foundational principles of teamwork and performance in technical projects
  • Facilitating high performance across various project standards, methods, concepts, and architectures (such as agile, stage-gate, waterfall, flow, spiral, and set-based)
  • Evaluating charters, creating plans, establishing teams, supporting ongoing progress, handling changes and risks, and promoting and adapting to a high-performance culture
  • Understanding the agile approach to project management and execution
  • Employing advanced project management methods for planning, control, and adaptation
  • Leading teams and designing projects for high performance

Program Highlights

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Earn a prestigious MIT xPRO certificate and 46 continuing education units (CEUs)

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Gain insights and expertise from MIT faculty and guest speakers

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Practical applications for complex projects across tech industries

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Explore Industry cases for insights into PM methodologies used by top tech organizations

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A capstone project that applies tools and methodologies to your own organization's project

Top capstone projects will have an opportunity to receive mentorship and feedback from the faculty

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One-on-one career support from Emeritus and introductions to hiring partners for eligible participants

Program Topics

This program is organized into three main sections focused on the specialized skills for technical project leadership and a range of practical PM methods applicable in both a software development and a non-software environment.

Section 1: Project Management Fundamentals
Explore the role of the PM, including budgeting, scheduling, resources, planning, forecasting, responding to change, flexibility, assets, and artifacts.

Module 1: The Origins of Projects

Module 2: Establishing Project Teams and Plans

Module 3: Project Planning – Scope, Resources, and Schedule

Module 4: Project Planning – Dependencies and Roles

Module 5: Project Forecasting

Module 6: Project Control and Adaptation

Section 2: Agile Project Management
Dive into the agile approach to project management and execution, including the role of scrum master and product owner. You’ll be prepared to lead agile projects and teams using agile’s most effective tools and strategies.

Module 7: Introduction to Agile

Module 8: Agile Project Management Method

Module 9: Product Owner and Backlog Planning

Module 10: Scrum Master and Sprint Planning

Module 11: Sprint Review and Retrospective

Module 12: Agile Project Leadership

Section 3: Project Leadership
See yourself as a designer of projects and develop your tool kit, identifying the best PM instrument to fit the situation, combining and adapting various concepts and methodologies for your complex project.

Module 13: Uncertainty and Risk Methods

Module 14: Agent-Based Modeling

Module 15: Dependency Structure Modeling (DSM)

Module 16: Project Control Using Critical Chain

Module 17: Scaled Agile

Module 18: Your Role as a Project Leader

Industry Examples

Throughout the program, you will explore case studies, such as an agile medical device development project, as well as PM methodologies applied to projects from various organizations.

Pratt & Whitney
Empire State Building
U.S. Navy
MIT CityCar

Career Preparation and Guidance

Stepping into a career in technical project management requires a variety of skills, both hard and soft. This course offers you guidance for navigating a career path into tech, including crafting your materials and acing an interview. These services are provided by Emeritus, our learning collaborator for this program. The program support team includes course leaders to help you reach your learning goals. The primary objective is to give you the skills needed to be prepared for a job in this field. Eligible participants may receive introductions to our hiring partners; however, job placement is not guaranteed.

Career preparation elements of this program include:

  • Crafting your elevator pitch
  • Optimizing your LinkedIn profile
  • Writing resumes and cover letters
  • Navigating your job search
  • Learning interview tips and preparation
  • Negotiating salary

Career exercises focused on launching a career as a technical project manager include:

  • Building your personal brand and promoting your skills
  • Communicating technical concepts to non-technical colleagues
  • Understanding the roles and workflow of agile development
  • Reflecting on your skills to discover how to troubleshoot and learn more quickly
  • Job searching and interviewing for technical project manager positions

Program Faculty



General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Professor, Professor of Management Science and Innovation

Steven Eppinger is Professor of Management Science and Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management where he holds the General Motors Leaders for Global Operations Chair. Prof. Eppinger teaches interdisciplinary courses at both the master's and executive levels in product design and innovation, engineering project management, and digital product management... More info

Faculty Member BRYAN R. MOSER


Academic Director and Senior Lecturer, System Design and Management

Bryan’s work, teaching, and research focus on engineering teamwork for complex systems and model-based methods to improve the performance of teams. He oversees the education and research for the SDM degree offered jointly by MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. He is the lead instructor for the SDM core curriculum that integrates system architecture, systems engineering, and project management... More info

Guest Speakers

Our speakers bring firsthand industry experience and insights straight from their own technical projects. All guest interviews are recorded.

Karthik Rajasekaran

Heliogen | Simulation & Optimization Engineer

Faculty Member Andrew Tsang

Andrew Tsang

Boston Dynamics | Technical Project Manager | CEUs

Faculty Member Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl Campbell

Pacific Gas & Electric | Independent Director

Ron Rosenthal

OpenTechWorks Inc. | CEO

Lt. Col. Max Reele

Kessel Run | Deputy Commander

Faculty Member

Adèle Cadario

Cooblue | Operations Improver, Solar & EV Charging Stations

Davide Lasi

TMT International Observatory | Project Manager, Cross-Functional Teams

Faculty Member Tetsuya Toma, Ph.D.

Tetsuya Toma, Ph.D.

Keio University | Professor, Graduate School of System Design and Management

Emma Booth

Amgen | Executive Director Global Business Process and Insights Lead, R&D Strategy and Operations

Richard Cheng

NextUp Solutions | Vice President of Agile Training, Chief Product Owner

Joan Wills

Cummins Inc. | Executive Director

Sal Amarasinghe

Tile | Principal Product Manager, Hardware

Faculty Member Pradeep Fernando

Pradeep Fernando

Swisscom | Vice President of Product Management, Data Analytics, and AI

Faculty Member Courtney Morato

Courtney Morato

Nike | Sr. Technical Project Manager

Faculty Member Lisa Cratty

Lisa Cratty

Siemens | Senior Vice President, Head of Product Engineering



Get recognized! Upon successful completion of this program, MIT xPRO grants a certificate of completion to participants and 46 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This program is graded pass or fail; participants must receive 75% to pass and obtain the certificate of completion.

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