Certificate in Program Management

Guide Complex, Vital Business Initiatives to Success


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 5 months
  • Times: Weekends
  • Cost: $4,990

Next start date:

October 5, 2024

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About this Program

Program managers play a mission-critical role in their organizations and provide essential strategic direction that directly impacts business outcomes. Great PMs have the communication and leadership skills needed to work with diverse stakeholders to blend disparate projects into an effective, unified program plan. These abilities are in high demand at large tech firms and in other major industries.

In this two-course certificate program, you’ll study material that directly aligns with the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification exam. You’ll develop a deep understanding of this key business role as you discover how to orchestrate all stages of a program — development, launch, life cycle, support and closure. Learn from experienced program managers and your peers as you improve your career trajectory.

Related Article: How to Become a Program Manager


Professionals with a background in program management, project management or a related role who are looking to advance in their careers.

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  • How to define, realize, measure and sustain planned program benefits
  • The different aspects of program governance
  • The tools of stakeholder engagement
  • How to manage and synchronize related projects that span roles, organizations, regions and cultures


You’ll create actual deliverables, including a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis, program proposal, program charter and program objectives.


University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education has been reviewed and approved as a provider of program management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. PMI® has approved UWPCE to issue contact hours and professional development units (PDUs) for these courses, which count toward the education requirements for the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification.

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


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

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Top Employers

Microsoft, Boeing, Algolia, Sound Transit, Amazon, Bellevue School District


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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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