Drive the Development of Technology Products from Concept to Launch
Next start date:
September 26, 2018
Producing great tech products isn’t just about design and development — a skilled product manager can make the difference between success and failure in the market. With thousands of products released each year, product managers occupy a key role in the tech industry, and companies often compete to hire the best talent.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll investigate the life cycle for a diverse array of technical products. You’ll become well versed in managing the process from start to finish, guiding a team project that spans the length of the program. Gain the skills and confidence to bring any type of digital product to market successfully.
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Tech industry professionals who want to enter or advance in the field of product management.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
Adam Grupp, an instructor for the Certificate in Software Product Management, explains what students gain from the program and how they can apply it to their careers.
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.
Product Validation: Design & Development
Going to Market
Certificate in Software Product Management
Approved by the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and the UW College of Engineering.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Sara Borthwick, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft
Milkana Brace, Founder and CEO, Jargon.com
Patricia Cousins, Business Consultant in Product Management, Nike
Dave Flotree, Principal, Flotree Consulting
Matthew Greff, Principal Product Manager, Amazon
Mitchell Kruse, Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Azure
Kaia Laursen, Director of Global Product Management, Expedia
Lewis Lin, Founder/CEO, Impact Interview; former Director of Product Management, Microsoft
Irina Menn, Founder and CEO, Hopela
Radu Moncanita, Software Development Manager, Amazon
Malia Morrison, Director of Professional Programs, UW Continuum College
Jenne Pierce, SVP Product, Apple Leisure Group
Aswin Pranam, Senior Product Manager, McKinsey & Company
Nina Schoen, VP, PMO and Web Analytics, Getty Images
“The program was great because there were other people who were in career transition, like I was, and really pivoting into a brand new world. So it was a great way for me to network with other people.”
Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »
Download the application form (PDF)
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until two weeks before the first class meeting or until the program fills, whichever comes first.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Join an upcoming information meeting to learn more about the program, curriculum, and instructors.
Wed, Jul 25 at 12 p.m. – Online
Senior Product Manager, Microsoft
Senior Technical Program Manager, Software Product Management, Amazon
Head of Product, Quantcast
Director of Product Marketing, Allytics
If you’re thinking about heading back to school, you’re probably also wondering how you’ll pay for it. To help you figure that out, we’ve put together a list of ways to help fund your education.
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