Why Program and Portfolio Management?
Northeastern University's Graduate Certificate in Program and Portfolio Management is designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to effectively manage project-based programs and portfolios.
The increasingly important role of program and portfolio managers is clear as we see more companies orienting their work in a projectized fashion. Not only are companies seeking to projectize their workflow, but they are seeking to better align projects with the strategic direction of the company and industry. Program and portfolio managers need to be able to evidence the strategic value that projects are accomplishing and can continue to accomplish in their organizational context. The need for organizations to coordinate their related projects into programs and to seek to understand the value of their work through the lens of a portfolio is recognized throughout all industry sectors. This has been made clear through the creation of advanced industry certifications, such as the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) and the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®) credential by the Project Management Institute.
This concentration requires a minimum of three years of full-time project management work experience. You must be able to articulate your role leading a team and creating key project life cycle deliverables from project initiation through closeout.
- Designed to prepare individuals to effectively manage project-based programs and portfolios
- Students complete a capstone course and project
- Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the master's degrees in Project Management, Leadership, Corporate and Organizational Communication, or Informatics
The increasingly important role of program and portfolio managers is becoming clear as companies orient more and more of their work in a projectized fashion. The Program and Portfolio Management Certificate can help you learn essential technical project management principles like planning, scheduling, and handling change, as well as how to apply them through real-world case studies and projects. Roles or careers for which the degree offers preparation are illustrated by these positions posted on CareerBuilder.com:
- Program Manager
- Portfolio Manager
- Senior Project Manager
- PMO Professional
- Project Governance Professional
- EPMO Project Manager Specialist
- Project Director
- Senior Program Manager
- Chief Project Officer