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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US$7,450 US$6,854 or 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

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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

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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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  • How do I know if 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, as well as in the program brochure. If you are uncertain about program prerequisites and your capabilities, please email us at the ID mentioned above.

    Note that, unless otherwise stated on the program web page, all programs are taught in English and proficiency in English is required.

    What is the typical class profile?

    More than 50 percent of our participants are from outside the United States. Class profiles vary from one cohort to the next, but, generally, our online certificates draw a highly diverse audience in terms of professional experience, industry, and geography — leading to a very rich peer learning and networking experience.

    What other dates will this program be offered in the future?

    Check back to this program web page or email us to inquire if future program dates or the timeline for future offerings have been confirmed yet.

  • How much time is required each week?

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

    How will my time be spent?

    We have designed this program to fit into your current working life as efficiently as possible. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including:

    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty
    • Attending webinars and office hours, as per the specific program schedule
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers
    • Completing your final project, if required

    The program is designed to be highly interactive while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various active learning exercises. Please email us if you need further clarification on program activities.

    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.

    How do I interact with other program participants?

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the program. You can connect and communicate with other participants through our learning platform.

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate?

    Each program includes an estimated learner effort per week, so you can gauge what will be required before you enroll. This is referenced at the top of the program landing page under the Duration section, as well as 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 email us if you need further clarification on 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, resume, 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 online learning platform and all the videos and program materials for 12 months following the program start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this program?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.

    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. However, you can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. For maximum flexibility, you can access program content from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

    Video lectures must be streamed via the internet, and any livestream webinars and office hours will require an internet connection. However, these sessions are always recorded, so you may view them later.

  • Can I still register if the registration deadline has passed?

    Yes, you can register up until seven days past the published start date of the program without missing any of the core program material or learnings.

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

    The program fee is noted at the top of this program web page and usually referenced in the program brochure as well.

    • Flexible payment options are available (see details below as well as at the top of this program web page next to FEE).
    • Tuition assistance is available for participants who qualify. Please email

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

    Yes, you can do the bank remittance in the program currency via wire transfer or debit card. Please contact your program advisor, or email us for details.

    I was not able to use the discount code provided. Can you help?

    Yes! Please email us with the details of the program you are interested in, and we will assist you.

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

    Yes, the flexible payment option allows a participant to pay the program fee in installments. This option is made available on the payment page and should be selected before submitting the payment.

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    • Within 21 days after course commencement
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    Amount Refunded

    • Full refund of course fee (assuming no prior course deferral)
    • 50% of course fee (assuming no prior course deferral)
    • No refund of course fee

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