Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Technical Projects — Boston

The Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Technical Projects is designed to equip current and aspiring project managers with the skills required of major projects in a technical environment.

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From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.


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Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

6-12 months

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Whether you’re an established project manager, or you're working in a technical field and aspire to be one, Northeastern’s Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Technical Projects can give you the foundational skills and practical knowledge you need to be successful.

What makes this technical project management certificate unique?

  • You can learn industry-spanning skills. You can gain skills that can be applied across industries, including IT, engineering, software, energy, construction, finance, and biotech.
  • You study with experts. Our faculty members have solid backgrounds in leadership and extensive experience managing and leading projects in a wide range of technical environments. Because they are leading projects and teams every day in their jobs, they bring up-to-the-minute examples to the classroom.
  • You can apply what you learn immediately. You can complete the program within one year, but you can start applying what you’ve learned in class on the job from day one.
  • You bring your work to school. Take lessons and case studies right out of your own projects, so your learning is relevant to what you do every day.

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Unique Features

  • Courses completed in the certificate program can be applied directly to future master's course work
  • Design allows students to use their own projects as case studies, incorporating experiential learning
  • Learn industry-spanning skills that can be applied across industries, including IT, engineering, software, energy, construction, finance, and biotech

Program Objectives

  • Develop the leadership and management skills to lead technical projects
  • Learn how to communicate technical content to a non-technical audience
  • Gain practice leading remote teams, including global teams
  • Plan and schedule projects using the most current and relevant methodologies
  • Develop a personal leadership approach to motivate and inspire others

Career Outlook

The demand for high-level project management skills has exploded in the past few years. In a survey by US News & World Report, project management was ranked one of the most desirable skills required by businesses. The Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Technical Projects 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. This certificate can help you reach your technical project management career goals in a number of positions in virtually any type of organization, including IT, engineering, software, energy, construction, finance, and biotech; and can lead to positions such as:

  • Software design project manager
  • Healthcare implementation project manager
  • Technical lead

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements


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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the university's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • English language proficiency proof: Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (Start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (First half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (Second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (Start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Leadership alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • Boston Public Schools
    • State Street
    • Raytheon
    • United States Air Force
    • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • What They Do

    • Education
    • Business Development
    • Community and Social Services
    • Operations
    • Human Resources
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Leadership
    • Public Speaking
    • Management
    • Teaching
    • Strategic Planning


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Did You Know?

Only 61% of companies surveyed by PMI in 2015 reported providing any type of training on PM tools and techniques (down from 65% in 2011). 

Stackable Certificate:

Credits earned completing this certificate can be applied toward the MS in Project Management.

Expand Your Possibilities

Globally, there’s a critical need for professionals who can lead and deliver projects on time, on budget, and according to specifications. This translates into outstanding career possibilities for project managers with real-world knowledge and practical, project-oriented skills.

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

Did You Know?

Graduate certificate holders earn on average a 25% salary increase.