Professional Certificate in Technical Project Management

Leverage methodologies to lead and manage complex technical projects.

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November 21, 2023

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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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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


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 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

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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



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

Karthik Rajasekaran

Heliogen | Simulation & Optimization Engineer

Andrew Tsang

Andrew Tsang

Boston Dynamics | Technical Project Manager | CEUs

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl Campbell

Pacific Gas & Electric | Independent Director

Ron Rosenthal

Ron Rosenthal

OpenTechWorks Inc. | CEO

Lt. Col. Max Reele

Lt. Col. Max Reele

Kessel Run | Deputy Commander

Adèle Cadario

Adèle Cadario

Cooblue | Operations Improver, Solar & EV Charging Stations

Davide Lasi

Davide Lasi

TMT International Observatory | Project Manager, Cross-Functional Teams

Tetsuya Toma, Ph.D.

Tetsuya Toma, Ph.D.

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

Emma Booth

Emma Booth

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

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng

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

Joan Wills

Joan Wills

Cummins Inc. | Executive Director

Sal Amarasinghe

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 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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  • 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 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.

  • What is your refund policy?

    After a participant has withdrawn, they will no longer be able to attend live sessions or 1:1 sessions with course leaders, mentors, or career coaches; submit work for review; or access their programme dashboard or curriculum.

    Time of Refund Request

    • Within 15 days after course commencement
    • 16 to 30 days after course commencement
    • More than 30 days after course commencement

    Amount Refunded

    • Full refund of course Fee
    • 50% of course fee
    • No refund of Course fee

    How do I request a refund?

    Participants who would like to cancel their enrollment should email or visit the “Support” tab in the learning platform to obtain a copy of the Withdrawal Request Form. This form must be submitted by midnight UTC of the last day of the trial period to be eligible for a full refund. No cancellations will be processed unless this form is received. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after the effective date of withdrawal or dismissal.

    Can I defer to a future cohort?

    Participants have the option to request a deferral to a future cohort within the first 30 days from their program start date. Cohort changes may be made only once per enrollment and are subject to the availability of cohorts and scheduled at the discretion of Emeritus. Participants requesting a deferral must be in good academic standing. Participants who would like to defer their enrollment should email or visit the “Support” tab in the learning platform to obtain a copy of the Deferral Request Form.

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