Certificate in Program Management

Guide Complex, Vital Business Initiatives to Success


Program Details

  • Location: Online, Bellevue
  • Duration: 5 months
  • Times: Weekends
  • Cost: $3,996

Next start date

January 13, 2018

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About this Program

Program managers play a mission-critical role in their organizations, providing 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. 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: Making an Impact as a Program Manager


Professionals with a background in program management, project management or a related role.

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  • How to define, realize, measure and sustain planned program benefits
  • Different aspects of program governance
  • The tools of stakeholder engagement
  • Strategies for the synchronized management of related projects that span roles, organizations, regions and cultures


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


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


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

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.

Program Sessions

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Learning Formats


This program requires class attendance both online and in person. Using Adobe Connect web conferencing software, you attend online class sessions in real time and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, VoIP or phone. You must attend seven Saturday sessions and at least 80 percent of the online class sessions.


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program