Professional Certificate in Advanced Project Management

Lead high-performance teams with in-demand project management concepts

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September 10, 2024

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21 weeks online
15–20 hours per week

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US$7,450 US$6,332 and get US$745 off with a referral

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Elevate Your Project Management Skills

Project-based industries are poised for unprecedented growth, and the demand for skilled project managers (PMs) capable of leading complex projects to success is at an all-time high.

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

If you are prepared to tackle challenges, devise smart solutions, and lead the teams behind the scenes of software and hardware development, MIT xPRO's Professional Certificate in Advanced Project Management program is for you.

USD 108,000

is the national average salary for project managers in the United States


+25 million

is the global number of project managers needed to meet demand through 2030.

SOURCE: Project Management Institute


is the growth in the software development sector of project management through 2030.

SOURCE: Project Management Institute

In terms of PDUs, MIT PM related courses can be counted under the category of "Courses or Training."

If the student has not gotten PMP certification, they don't get PDUs yet. Instead, when they take PMP exam, the courses can be considered as a prep course (PMI requires 35 training hours).

MIT is the top-ranked business school for project management.
(Source: U.S. News & World Report)

Who Is This Program For?

Mid-level project managers: Professionals who want to build on their existing skills and formalize their training in project management to optimize processes and drive better outcomes within their current roles.

Early-career engineers: Professionals seeking to add project management to their skill set to become adept at managing large and complex projects.

Career track changers: Professionals working in technology, business operations, and management who would like to formally change their career tracks to pursue opportunities as project managers.

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

Key Takeaways

  • Identify the foundational principles of teamwork and performance in projects
  • Facilitate high performance across various project standards, methods, concepts, and architectures (such as agile, stage-gate, waterfall, flow, spiral, and set-based)
  • Evaluate charters, create plans, establish teams, support ongoing progress, handle changes and risks, and promote and adapt to a high-performance culture
  • Understand the agile approach to project management and execution
  • Employ advanced project management methods for planning, control, and adaptation
  • Lead teams and design projects for high performance

Program Highlights

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

Gain insights and expertise from MIT faculty and guest speakers

Practical applications for complex projects across industries

Explore industry cases for insights into project management methodologies used by top tech organizations

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

One-on-one career support from Emeritus

Program Topics

This program is organized into three main sections focused on the specialized skills for project leadership and a range of practical project management methods applicable across industries.

Part 1: Project Management Fundamentals
Explore the responsibilities 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: Planning: Scope, Resources, and Schedule

Module 4: Planning – Dependencies and Roles

Module 5: Project Forecasting

Module 6: Ongoing Performance, Control, and Learning

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

Module 7: Introduction to Agile

Module 8: The Agile Project Management Method

Module 9: The Product Owner Role and Backlog Planning

Module 10: The Scrum Master Role and Sprint Planning

Module 11: Sprint Demo, Review, and Retrospective

Module 12: Agile Project Leadership

Part 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: Realities of Technical Projects: Uncertainty, Complexity and Risk

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.

Career Preparation and Guidance

Stepping into a career in advanced 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.

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 project manager include:

  • Building your personal brand and promoting your skills
  • Communicating complex concepts to 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 project manager positions

Featured Learner Testimonials

“The best part of the program was when I put all of it together for the capstone. Having multiple opportunities to showcase what I had learned was great.”

— Ahamed Parpia, Technical Program Manager, Expedia

“Project forecasting methods, particularly TeamPort, were the best part of the program for me. As someone new to this field, it was a good learning experience to learn about this topic.”

— Sailaja Sanikommu, Project Manager, Kroger

“The information presented was fantastic, and having the opportunity to be a part of the MIT community was amazing!”

— William J. Quinn, III. DBA, Managing Executive, Perfect10 Project Management and Executive Consulting

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


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

Andrew Tsang

Boston Dynamics | Technical Project Manager | CEUs

Cheryl Campbell

Pacific Gas & Electric | Independent Director

Ron Rosenthal

OpenTechWorks Inc. | CEO

Lt. Col. Max Reele

Kessel Run | Deputy Commander

Adèle Cadario

Cooblue | Operations Improver, Solar & EV Charging Stations

Davide Lasi

TMT International Observatory | Project Manager, Cross-Functional Teams

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

Pradeep Fernando

Pradeep Fernando

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

Courtney Morato

Courtney Morato

Nike | Sr. Technical Project Manager

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 31.50 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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  • How do I know whether this program is right for me?

    After reviewing the information on the program landing page, we recommend you submit the short form above to gain access to the program brochure, which includes more in-depth information. If you still have questions on whether this program is a good fit for you, please email, and a dedicated program advisor will follow up with you very shortly.

    Are there any prerequisites for this program?

    Some programs do have prerequisites, particularly the more technical ones. This information will be noted on the program landing page and in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at for assistance.

    What are the requirements to earn a certificate?

    This is a graded program. You must complete a combination of individual assignments, quizzes, and a final project. Each component carries a certain number of points, and a cumulative score of 75 percent is required to pass and obtain your professional certificate.

    Will I be guaranteed a job upon completion of the program?

    The primary objective of this program is to give you the skills you need to be prepared for a job in this field. While eligible participants will receive career coaching and support and may receive introductions to our hiring partners, job placement is not guaranteed.

  • How much time will I be expected to devote to this program?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the “Duration” section and in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page.

    How will I spend my time in this program?

    You will divide your learning time between viewing recorded coding demos, and video lectures, contributing to class discussions, completing assignments, projects, and knowledge checks, and attending optional live sessions with industry experts and program leaders.

    How is the program administered? Can the program be accessed any time?

    The program is accessed through the custom learning portal. This portal will give you access to all program-related content such as video lectures, assignments, and discussions. Live office hours will be conducted using a webinar tool.

    The video lectures and assignments are accessible weekly throughout the program. In the event you miss a live session, a recording will be made available.

    Do I need to attend live sessions every week?

    Faculty video lectures are recorded, allowing you to watch these on your own schedule. However, participation in optional live sessions and discussion boards is highly encouraged. Live sessions will give you the opportunity to draw on the coding experience of our industry-experienced program leaders to answer your questions and help reach your learning goals. The discussion boards are also an integral part of the learning experience, giving you and your peers the opportunity to learn together and receive guidance from the moderators.

    Can I download the program videos?

    You can download video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. However, the video lectures are only available for streaming and require an internet connection.

    How do I interact with other program participants?

    You can communicate with other participants through our learning platform. You will be able to form groups based on your interests and location. A direct messaging feature is also available through the platform.

    What is it like to learn online with the learning collaborator, Emeritus?

    More than 300,000 learners across 200 countries have chosen to advance their skills with Emeritus and its educational learning partners. In fact, 90 percent of the respondents of a recent survey across all our programs said that their learning outcomes were met or exceeded.

    All the contents of the course would be made available to students at the commencement of the course. However, to ensure the program delivers the desired learning outcomes the students may appoint Emeritus to manage the delivery of the program in a cohort-based manner the cost of which is already included in the overall course fee of the course.

    A dedicated program support team is available 24/5 (Monday to Friday) to answer questions about the learning platform, technical issues, or anything else that may affect your learning experience.

    What is the relationship between Emeritus and MIT xPRO?

    Emeritus and MIT xPRO collaborate to create and deliver educational programs. None of these programs are Title IV-eligible.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what is required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the “Duration” section and in the program brochure, which you can obtain by submitting the short form at the top of this web page. All programs are designed to fit into your working life.

    This program is scored as a pass or no-pass; participants must complete the required activities to pass and obtain the certificate of completion. Some programs include a final project submission or other assignments to obtain passing status. This information will be noted in the program brochure. Please contact us at if you need further clarification of any specific program requirements.

    What type of certificate will I receive?

    Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a smart digital certificate. The smart digital certificate can be shared with friends, family, schools, or potential employers. You can use it on your cover letter, résumé, and/or display it on your LinkedIn profile.

    The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the program, once grading is complete.

    Can I get the hard copy of the certificate?

    No, only verified digital certificates will be issued upon successful completion. This allows you to share your credentials on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

    Do I receive alumni status after completing this program?

    No, there is no alumni status granted for this program. In some cases, there are credits that count toward a higher level of certification. This information will be clearly noted in the program brochure.

    How long will I have access to the learning materials?

    You will have access to the learning platform and all program materials (videos excluded) for one full year following the program end date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment is needed or the technical requirements for this program?

    To successfully complete this program online, you must have access to a device meeting the minimum requirements, found here. In addition, Microsoft Office or similar product and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts in all programs. Please check the learning platform on the first day of class.


    You will be required to download, install, and use Teamport in Module 14. At that time, you will receive an email with instructions for downloading, installing, and logging in.

    Do I need to be online to access the program content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet and video content is not available for download. You can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. Video lectures must be streamed via the internet and webinars and small group sessions will require an internet connection.

  • What is the program fee for the program, and what forms of payment do you accept?

    The program fee is shown at the top of this page and payment must be made in US dollars only.

    Flexible payment options, group enrollment benefits, and referral bonus are available.

    Tuition assistance may be available for participants who qualify. Please contact your program advisor to discuss.

    What if I don’t have a credit card? Is there another mode of payment accepted?

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in USD via wire transfer. Please contact your program advisor for more details.

    Is there an option to make flexible payments for this program?

    Yes flexible payment options are available for this program. We partner with loan providers to offer you flexible and transparent loan options. More information about loan financing is available here. Installment payments are also available—; you can find the options here.

    Does the program fee include taxes? Are there any additional fees?

    Yes, the program fee is inclusive of any taxes with the exception of GST for Singapore residents.

    Who will be collecting the payment for the program?

    Emeritus collects all program payments, provides learner enrollment and program support, and manages learning platform services.

    Are there any restrictions on the types of funding that can be used to pay for the program?

    Program fees for Emeritus programs with MIT xPRO may not be paid for with (a) funds from the GI Bill, the Post-9/11 Educational Assistance Act of 2008, or similar types of military education funding benefits or (b) Title IV financial aid funds.

  • What is the program refund and deferral policy?

    For the program refund and deferral policy, please click the here.

Financing Options

We offer several options to help you afford tuition for the Professional Certificate in Advanced Project Management Program.

Available opportunities to lower tuition fees include:
Referrals – You and a colleague can each receive $745 off your tuition when you enroll together. Refer now
Group enrollments – A discount of up to 20% is available for group enrollments. For more information, email

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Flexible Payment Options

Monthly payments as low as $1,601. Click here to know more.

You can opt for any one of the financing options to cover up to the full cost of the program tuition. If you are considering financing your program through one of our partners, the enrollment process can only be completed with the assistance of your program advisor.

Please note that loan applications should be submitted no later than four business days prior to the enrollment deadline due to processing time.

    What is Sallie Mae?

    Sallie Mae is one of the largest private student loan lenders in the industry.

    What is the process to apply for a loan?

    Once you’ve applied for your program, you can then apply for a loan with Sallie Mae. When approved, you’ll choose your interest rate and your repayment option and sign the loan documents. The lender will send the tuition directly to your school.

    How long will it take until I get a decision?

    You can receive a credit result is as few as 15 minutes.

    Do I need a cosigner?

    If you don’t have a credit history, you will need a cosigner for your loan. A cosigner can be a parent, relative, or any other creditworthy individual. Their good credit history may help you get a loan.

    If my application is accepted, am I committed to using the financing?

    After your loan is approved, you are required to sign the loan terms. Your loan is not confirmed without this signature. You have the right to cancel your private student loan as described in the Final Loan Disclosure before funds are disbursed to your school.

    What are the terms of the loan?

    You can choose between fixed and variable interest for your loan. You can also choose one of three repayment options: Deferred Repayment, Fixed Repayment, and Interest Repayment.

    When does loan payback begin?

    You can make your first payment about one month after your program starts (fixed repayment or interest repayment) or six months after your program ends (deferred repayment).

    How long will I be making payments?

    Most loans have a 10-year standard repayment. When you apply for the loan, you will be given more information on the repayment plan.

    How do I find out how much my monthly payment is?

    You can find your monthly payment on the Monthly Payment Calculator here.

    Are there any circumstances that would allow me to put my loan payments on hold?

    Delinquency occurs when you fail to pay all or part of your monthly student loan payment. You could be eligible for a student loan deferment, which would allow you to temporarily reduce or postpone payments on your student loans in special circumstances.

    Can I pay off my loan early?

    There is no penalty for paying your loan off early or paying extra throughout the life of your loan. You have the flexibility to make early payments of fully pay off your loan without prepayment fees.

    What is Climb Credit?

    Climb Credit is a new kind of student lender.

    Climb believes education is an investment and should be treated that way — we partner with schools offering career-focused education, and then provide accessible and affordable loans to attend these schools.

    What is the process to apply for a loan?

    Simply type your school's name into the search bar after clicking "Apply now" to find a link to the application page. From there, you'll be able to complete our short online application.

    You may also have received a link to apply for a Climb loan from your school’s admissions team, or you can find the link on your school’s website or Climb's website. Apply using your laptop, tablet, or phone.

    You'll want to make sure you fill out an application for the specific school and program you'll be attending. We link our loans to each course, so your school will know you've been approved for a loan with us and that we'll be sending your tuition to them.

    How long will it take until I get a decision?

    On average, 4:01 minutes — and just applying will not impact your credit score. We know that your time is valuable, so we’ve kept our application as short as possible.

    Do I need a cosigner?

    No. Climb only fund loans for students who are attending the program. The program attendee should always be the primary borrower on the application.

    During your application, you will have the option to add a co-borrower. If you have a co-borrower with a better credit score that you, adding them to your loan application can potentially help you get approved and/or receive a lower interest rate offer.

    If my application is accepted, am I committed to using the financing?

    No. Applying for Climb financing is free and comes and carries no commitment until you accept and finalize the loan. The initial application will not affect your credit score, and you are free to decline your loan offer if you change your mind about financing.

    What are the terms of the loan?

    To view the equation used to calculate your interest and monthly payments, check out this article HERE!

    When does loan payback begin?

    Depending on your program, we may offer loans with either an initial interest-only period while in class and for a few months after, a full deferral period while in class and for a few months after, or immediate full repayment.

    For loans with an interest-only period or immediate full repayment, your first payment is due one month after your loan is funded.

    How long will I be making payments?

    Climb's standard loan tenor is 36 months, but you can pay any time before that, as there is no pre-payment penalty. You can repay your 3-year loan in 3 years or in 1 day.

    Climb's goal is to make sure that your monthly payments stay low and affordable, which is why we give you the option to choose your term length when you apply.

    Master’s students can choose between a 2-year or a 3-year repayment term.

    Doctoral students can choose between a 4-year or a 5-year repayment term.

    How do I find out how much my monthly payment is?

    This amount is mentioned in your loan agreement.

    Are there any circumstances that would allow me to put my loan payments on hold?

    In order not to fall behind on your Climb loan payments, you can request a deferral of payments on your loan. A deferment will allow you to temporarily reduce your monthly loan payment amount.

    Can I pay off my loan early?

    Absolutely! You can pre-pay your loan, in whole or in part, at any time with no penalties.

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