Graduate Certificate in Program and Portfolio Management

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 18
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements No


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.

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.



Required Courses (18 q.h.)

PJM 6710 Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6715 Advanced Program Management 3 q.h. 
PJM 6720 Advanced Portfolio Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6725 Program and Portfolio Leadership 3 q.h.
PJM 6730 Program and Portfolio Evaluation 3 q.h.
PJM 6735 Program and Portfolio Management Capstone 3 q.h.


Required minimum credit hours: 18 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application (no application fee required)
  • 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
  • Undergraduate GPA: Undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Project Management Experience This certificate/concentration is designed for professionals who have at least three years of demonstrated professional project management-related experience.
  • 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.


The Graduate Certificate in Program and Portfolio Management prepares individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to effectively manage project-based programs and portfolios.

What makes this portfolio project management certificate unique?  

  • Focusing on a specific, but widespread field that exists within a variety of industries.
  • Northeastern faculty experts, who have extensive and proven experience in program and portfolio management
  • Courses that focus on providing critical skills for successfully managing complex and dynamic programs and portfolios of projects


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
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 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

  • Program Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
  • PMO Professional
  • Project Governance Professional
  • EPMO Project Manager Specialist
  • Project Director
  • Senior Program Manager
  • Chief Project Officer


Program and Portfolio 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 program and portfolio 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.

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