Certificate in Biotechnology Project Management

Drive All Phases of Biotech and Drug Development Projects


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 - 9 months
  • Times: Weekends, Evenings
  • Cost: $5,990

Next start date:

September 28, 2024

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About this Program

Developing new biotechnology and pharmaceutical products is an extremely complex and highly regulated process. Specialized, highly trained project managers play an essential role in shepherding these valuable products through the pipeline and bringing them successfully to market.

In this four-course online certificate program, we’ll cover the product development process from start to finish. You’ll explore the key skills needed for project management within the biotech environment from a clinical, technical and regulatory perspective. Then you’ll practice applying this knowledge to the biotech and drug development life cycle. Get prepared to make an impact in this exciting, rapidly changing field.

This certificate program is jointly designed and offered by UW Professional & Continuing Education and UC San Diego Extended Studies. Each university has developed and teaches two of the four courses. When you complete the program, you’ll receive a joint UW-UCSD certificate. You have the option of earning academic credit for the UCSD courses.

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Designed for

Professionals in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and those interested in entering these fields.

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What You'll Learn

  • Standards and processes for project management in the biotechnology field
  • Critical factors for the initiation, planning and execution phases of biotech and pharmaceutical product development
  • The impact of regulatory requirements on the development process
  • How to handle the unique challenges of product development in a highly regulated environment

Get Hands-on Experience

  • Complete a capstone project that simulates the clinical development cycle
  • Develop and present a detailed project plan that can be added to your professional portfolio
  • Use project management tools such as Smartsheet; free access to the software provided

prepare for pmp® certification

University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. UWPCE has been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for the UW courses, which fulfill the education requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

(PMI, PMP and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.) 

Career Stats


Alumni working in field


Projected job growth for project management specialists in Washington state (2020-2030)

Top Employers

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Seagen, Illumina, Gilead Sciences, Merck


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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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