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Project and Program Management
Certificate Program

Project and Program Management

The pace of productivity

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Certificate Description

As practiced by Silicon Valley leaders

We teach aspiring and seasoned project and program managers to serve as organizational pace-setters, motivating teams to produce value for all project stakeholders. You will learn the latest principles, practices, processes and tools to quickly originate project plans that:

  • Establish business needs;
  • Define products;
  • Estimate costs and schedules; and
  • Manage risk.

Study current industry practices including agile and lean project leadership methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, Scrumban, and the Adaptive Project Framework.

Project and Program Management certificate program objectives

  • Plan and execute successful projects
  • Analyze stakeholder’s needs and requirements
  • Enlist and lead successful teams
  • Assess and manage project risks
  • Use both traditional waterfall and lean-agile project models
  • Make informed and profitable project business decisions
  • Prepare for the Project Management Institute’s PMP® exam
  • Qualify for the internationally recognized Master Project Manager® credential

Authorized Training Partner

As an Authorized Training Partner for the Project Management Institute, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension agrees to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria. The PMI Authorized Training Partner logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $6,000 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 7 courses/15–17 units. Take 3 required courses (7.5 units) and 3 elective credit courses (4.5–6.5 units), ending with 1 required capstone course (3.0 units)
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s):
Project Integration and Risk Management 3.0 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Project Leadership and Communication 3.0 Winter Flexible Summer Flexible
Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Spring Flexible
2. Electives: Leadership and Management
Clinical Project Management 2.0
Creating the Successful Team 1.5 Spring Flexible
Managing International Projects 1.5 Spring Flexible
Managing Projects at Startup Companies 1.5
Managing Software Projects 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Managing the Development of New Products 1.5
Outsourcing and Contract Management 1.5 + +
3. Electives: Tools and Techniques
Decision-Making Tools and Techniques 1.5 Winter Flexible
Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques 1.5
Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 1.5 Spring Flexible
Principles of Business Analysis 3.0
Quality Management for Enterprises, Products, and Programs 2.0
Schedule Optimization Techniques for Managers 1.5 Winter Flexible
4. Electives: Agile Project Management
Achieving Organizational Agility using the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe© 1.5 Winter Flexible
Agile Product Life-Cycle Management (APLM) 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Agile Project Management Using Scrum 1.5
Extreme-Agile Project Management 1.5
Foundations of Disciplined Agile for Project Managers 1.5
Lean-Agile Project Management: Achieving Business Value 1.5
Practical Emotional Intelligence for Agile and Project Leaders 1.5
Principle Based Leadership for Project Managers 1.5
5. Capstone Course:
Applied Project Management 3.0
6. Completion Review:
Project and Program Management Certificate Completion Fee None
7. Related Course(s): These courses are not part of the certificate program
PMP® Examination Preparation: 35 Hour 3.5

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Professional Development


As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), UCSC Silicon Valley Extension has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria.

PMBOK® Guide

Our courses are compliant with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition.

PMP® Exam Prep

Courses prepare you to sit for the PMP® exam, plus we offer the PMP® Examination Preparation course.

PMI Professional Development Units

You can earn professional development units by taking our PMI-approved courses toward each of the seven PMI® professional certifications.

The number of units for each UCSC Extension course is based on how the content fits into the PMI Talent Triangle® of three critical areas—Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management. In a nutshell, leadership and strategic and business management course hours are applicable for PDUs in all seven PMI certifications. However, course hours spent on the technical area can only be applied to technical certification. See our PMI PDU chart for more information.


Licensure and Certification

The Program and Project Management certificate program is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) to issue professional development units (PDUs) and fulfills the PMI® education requirement to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification exam. Certification is optional to practice in this field. Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.

Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education.

Advisory Board

Frank Mangini, chair

Certificate Program Chair 

FRANK M. MANGINI, M.S.E.E., M.B.A., PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSP, has over 25 years’ experience in project management and product development and served as the director of programs for ARGOSystems/Boeing Electronic Defense Systems. As senior programs manager and director of programs, he led multi-year programs that developed and produced shipboard and submarine electronic detection and protection systems for domestic and international naval forces. He has also been involved in commercial consulting and startup enterprises including the development and production of online sports training systems.  Mangini is a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He has also been a member of Toastmasters International since 2006 and has achieved the competence levels of Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze. He has taught project management courses for the UCSC Extension since 2002. He teaches classroom, online and on-site corporate training courses for the Project and Program Management certificate program. His special interests are project risk management, critical chain project management and Agile-Lean development projects.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

Agile Coach & TPM Consultant

UCSC, Silicon Valley Extension PPMT Instructor


Co-founder of the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension PPMT certificate program and a former instructor in the program. 

Senior Management Consultant,
Co-founding Manager, Kaditek
UCSC Extension Instructor


Managing Principal and Executive Advisor AgiLeanIT-NAI
Founder of Nouri Associates, Inc. and Agileanit 


Former HR Chief of Staff, Cisco Systems, former Business Operations Manager at Cisco Systems

Principal Program Manager, Aerohive Networks
Certified SAFe Program Consultant 
UCSC Extension Instructor, Project and Program Management

UCSC Extension Instructor/Chair, Project and Program Management

Director of Engineering, Kryptono
Consultant, Silicon Valley Alliances
Co-founder, Net-Tags
UCSC Extension Instructor, Project and Program Management

Project Manager, Vindicia
Vonzos Entrepreneur in Residence
UCSC Extension Instructor, Project and Program Management

Senior Executive

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All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.


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