Project and Program Management
Certificate Program

Project and Program Management

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certificate Description

As practiced by PMI®-certified Silicon Valley leaders

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

Aspiring and seasoned project and program managers learn from industry leaders who are guiding teams in Silicon Valley’s largest companies, most innovative startups, and trend-setting organizations.

Our instructors, certified by the Project Management Institute®, bring their deep professional experience into the classroom. They teach the latest principles, practices, processes, and tools to quickly originate project plans, going beyond the PMI Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) to solve real work challenges. Students learn 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 stakeholders' 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
  • Qualify for the internationally recognized Master Project Manager® credential

Successfully completing one course fulfills the PMI®️ education requirement to apply for either the CAPM®️ (Certified Associate in Project Management) or PMP®️ (Project Management Professional) exams.

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Program Overview

Estimated Cost: Starting at $5,130. (You pay only for courses you enroll in.) | International Tuition Cost
Program Requirements: 7 courses (15 quarter units). Take 4 required courses (10.5 quarter units) and 2–3 elective courses (minimum 4.5 quarter units).
Minimum Hours of Instruction: 150 hours of instruction.
Estimated Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.
Modality: You can complete this program fully online, in person, or choose a mix of course formats.
Special Programs: This program is approved for workforce and international students.
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Course Quarter Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s):
Project Integration and Risk Management 3.0 Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Project Leadership and Communication 3.0 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
2. Electives: Leadership and Management
Clinical Project Management 2.0
Creating the Successful Team 1.5 Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Managing International Projects 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
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
Principles of Business Analysis 3.0 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
Project Scheduling Essentials 1.5 Fall Flexible Spring Flexible
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 Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
Extreme-Agile Project Management 1.5
Foundations of Disciplined Agile for Project Managers 1.5 Fall Flexible
Lean-Agile Project Management: Achieving Business Value 1.5 Winter Flexible Summer Flexible
Principle Based Leadership for Project Managers 1.5 Winter Flexible
5. Capstone Course:
Applied Project Management 3.0 Fall Flexible Winter Flexible Spring Flexible Summer Flexible
6. Completion Review:
Project and Program Management Certificate Completion Fee None

Meet Our Instructors

Alan Tsuda
Founder & Global Team Consultant
Alka S Jarvis
SEQ Chair | Global SQ Process/Performance Excellence Officer
Bhawna Dua
MBA, MSEE | Strategic Portfolio and Program Manager
David Bakhtnia
Certified Technical and Professional Consultant
Eric C Heilmann
Senior Consultant, Technical Program Management, Dell Technologies
Frank M Mangini
Instructor | Program Advisor
Hong Nguyen-Phuong
Independent Consultant
Karim N Sajwani
Executive Director Clinical Operations at Telios Pharma
Mohammed Fennich
Business Technology Management,
Moshe Gotesman
Agile Senior Program Manager | Agile Coach | Consultant
Richard B Rondeau
Agile Coach/Program Manager Safeway
Sanjay Bhatia
Director of Program Management
Sutanu Ghosh
Staff II Program Manager at VMware
Timothy Bombosch
Chair | Project Manager, Technical University of Munich North America

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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

Tim Bombosch, Program Co-Chair

Certificate Program Chair

TIM BOMBOSCH, Ph.D., program manager, Technical University of Munich North America, has over 15 years of experience as a project manager, business analyst, and change management consultant. His work includes experience in higher education, digital publishing, enterprise software, content management, and utilities. He is a certified project manager (PMP), scrum master (CSM), and change management professional (CCMP). An honored instructor, he has developed and taught project management courses for more than 10 years. He received his doctorate in German Studies from Stanford University. He has served as co-chair of the Project and Program Management program since October 2023.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

Agile Coach & TPM Consultant
UCSC, Silicon Valley Extension PPMT Instructor

Instructor & Chair, Project and Program Management Program, UCSC Extension
Program Manager, Technical University of Munich North America

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, 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

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Who should establish candidacy?

  • People who are pursuing a certificate (and have enrolled in a course in the program).
  • People who want to lock in the current requirements of a certificate or specialization.
4 Simple Steps to a Certificate or Specialization
  1. Complete a course in your selected program.
  2. Establish candidacy. Click on the Establish Candidacy button on your program page.
  3. Take all required courses for certificate completion.
  4. Once your grades are posted on your final course, enroll in the certificate review fee.
A Benefit of Establishing Candidacy

Program requirements may change. Once you commit to a program by establish your candidacy, you will not have to change your plans to meet new requirements. They are locked in for you. Timeline: 4 years to get it done (or 3 for a specialization) You must complete all the necessary units in a certificate within a four-year 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, 2023, you would have to finish by Sept. 4, 2027.

Note: Establishing candidacy does not trigger the beginning of the four-year window. It begins the first day of the first course in your chosen certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the four-year timeframe.

Exceptions to the four-year requirement
  • If you Established candidacy prior to Jan. 1, 2024, you will have five years to complete a program.
  • Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, or our curriculum partner programs, such as the Legal Studies courses (CLS by Barbri) and sales and business courses (Ziplines Education) have shorter completion requirements.

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Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.