Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Technical Projects

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“We invite students to bring projects from their own workplace and use that as a basis for classwork. Students can ask themselves, ‘What can I do differently tomorrow based on what I learned today?’”

––Joseph Griffin, PMP,® faculty

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. 

Through courses you take online, our technical project management curriculum will give you the opportunity to:

  • 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 

And should you choose, you can apply the credits you earn toward your certificate directly to our master’s in Project Management, master’s in Leadership, master’s in Corporate and Organizational Communication or master’s in Informatics.


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Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

In the Leading and Managing Technical Projects certificate program, your five core courses cover the best practices in project management, leadership, communication to remotely based teams, and planning and scheduling. You choose one elective course, depending upon your personal and professional interests.

Required Courses (18 q.h.)

PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h. 
PJM 6210  Communication Skills for Project Managers  3 q.h. 
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h.
PJM 6220 Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects 3 q.h.

 Choose one of the following courses:

ITC 6035 Information Technology Project Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6140 Managing Troubled Projects 3 q.h. 
PJM 6145  Global Project Management  3 q.h. 

Required minimum credit hours: 18 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $12,078.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Our certificate is designed to equip current and aspiring project managers with the leadership and management skills that can help them lead major projects in a technical environment.

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the student experience like?

  • Take your classes online
  • Regular interaction with professors and classmates from around the world
  • Curriculum incorporates experiential learning
  • Program is rigorous and challenging
  • Learn more about the curriculum

Who is this degree for?

  • Current or aspiring technical project managers
  • Professionals from all industries—IT, engineering, software design, finance, health care or construction
  • Those who want additional skills and credentials to advance within their organization
  • Project managers who want to move into a technical field

When, where and how long?

  • Classes are offered online
  • Full-time students can complete in one year
  • Requires 18 quarter-hours to graduate

Can I apply this certificate to future master’s coursework?
Yes. The courses you complete while earning the Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Technical Projects can be applied directly to earning your:

Where can I find more information?

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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 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 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.

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, including:

  • Software design project manager
  • Health care implementation project manager
  • Technical lead

Technical Project Management Faculty

Our faculty teach the fundamentals of effective project management that they employ in their own careers every day. They hold senior-level positions in a variety of industries so they can share the issues affecting their industries right now.

Meet our technical project management faculty

 Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin, PMP, a full-time faculty member, textbook author experienced project manager in the construction and land development industry, an active member of the international chapter of the Project Management Institute, and serves as the VP of Professional Development for the PMI-Metrolina chapter in Charlotte, NC.

Michael Kuntz

Michael Kuntz, MBA, PE, PMP, mechanical engineer and 40 year veteran of managing aerospace industry based projects ranging from advanced materials research and implementation, new manufacturing processes and equipment, and traditional building and utilities construction.     

Christopher Bolick

Christopher Bolick, MPM, PMP, a project professional with expertise in change management, conflict resolution, and process mapping and management in a range of technical project types at a Fortune® 100 company.

David Kapfhammer

David Kapfhammer, PhD, an international executive with more than 20 years of experience in technology and program management.

Other technical project management faculty include: 


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