Certificate in Project Management

The Power of Project Management

Meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities with a Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Certificate in Project Management.

What is Project Management?

Project management helps you answer the challenge of deadlines and budgets with a proactive project plan that leads to maximum success with minimum resources.

Course Overview

Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies courses emphasize both critical thinking and the practical application of tools and techniques. In each of the project management certificate courses, participants are required to select a "live" project. Thus, students apply their coursework directly to the business challenges that they face in their work. The project management certificate is a 12 credit program comprised of four classes.

Project Management 1* (3 credits)

In Project Management 1, students learn the Agile Project Management framework with an emphasis on planning. Starting from an organization’s strategy, students learn how to develop the project road map, identify user roles, and write user stories. Additional topics include stakeholder identification, team development, release planning, value assignment, communication, quality, risk and change management.

Project Management 2* (3 credits)

In Project Management 2, students learn Agile Project Management techniques to successfully complete projects. Students will actually run the two-week cycles of a typical project sprint or iteration. Students learn how to quickly incorporate changes to project plans in order to constantly and consistently deliver business value. Specific topics include sprint planning, feature estimation, daily scrum, burndown charts and velocity, and retrospectives. Project Management 1 is recommended but not required.

Managing Change (3 credits)

This course prepares participants to lead change within a variety of organizational settings (schools, small businesses, multinational corporations, non-profit / non-governmental collaboratives). Topics of study include: contrasting climates and cultures in various organizational types; analyzing conditions that foster both acceptance and resistance to change; viewing change management through structural, personnel, political, and symbolic frames; assessing the needs and providing the means for professional development to accompany change; and specific leadership strategies for managing change. Participants will develop a change management plan for use in an organizational setting of their choice.

Leadership (3 Units, 1 credit per Unit)

Project managers have a unique leadership challenge because they often have responsibility without authority. This year-long course explores the dimensions of leadership, including self-awareness and personal mastery, team development, and organizational strategy.

* Course instructors are certified as project management professionals by the Project Management Institute

This certificate is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) and meets the formal education requirements needed to apply for the Project Management Institute's PMP® exam. PMP prep study groups are offered by local PMI Chapters, such as PMI Keene and PMI Champlain Valley in Burlington.

Application Materials

  • Completed Online Application Form.
  • Official College Transcript(s): All transcripts should be sent via a traditional postal system to:

Office of Admissions
Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies
28 Vernon Street, Suite #120
Brattleboro, VT 05301

  • One Letter of Recommendation: Letters may be emailed to Matt Livingston.
  • Statement of Intent: Your statement of intent gives you the opportunity to outline the goals you hope to achieve by attending the Graduate School, and it helps us determine how our programs can best fit your needs. Please email your statement of intent to Matt Livingston

Talk to your HR department about tuition reimbursement for professional development.

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