Project and Program Management


“It was interesting to compare how project management is done in reality and how it should be done, and what theoretical aspects of it represent challenges in practice, in daily work.”
Eva Janos, Silicon Valley tech writer, former international alumna

Are you Agile?
Our Project and Program Management courses equip you with the theory, tools, and practical experience needed to manage project plans, mitigate risk, communicate business needs, and lead effective teams in any industry. Pick up skills course by course or declare candidacy for a certificate to gain a strong foundation.

PMI Approved
We are certified with Project Management Institute’s highest designation—Global Registered Education Provider. Our courses are compliant with the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and can prepare you to sit for the PMP® exam.

Industry Focused
From software to construction, manufacturing to engineering, our project management courses will prepare you to meet the demands of your field.


The Profession
"I know this certificate will be very valuable to me because it will help me find a better job."
Mahesh Pokharel, Finance Administration Manager, USAID
Project and Program Management Certificate Program Alum

The Art and Science of Project Management
How do you increase efficiency without sacrificing quality? Project and program managers serve as an organization’s pace-setters, from setting project deadlines to communicating objectives with teams of all sizes. Our Project and Program Management curriculum is designed to help you maximize productivity and reduce the time, cost and resources needed to do business. What’s keeping you?

Average Earnings
The average median pay for management occupations was $98,560 in May 2015, which was the highest wage of all major occupational groups. –Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Market Relevance
Jobs in management are expected to increase by 41% by 2020.
“The Future of Jobs,” the World Economic Forum

Job Prospects
According to a Talent Gap report, it is estimated that there will be 700,000 more project management jobs by 2020. –Project Management Institute


“The certificate program is extremely helpful for students gunning for the PMP.® It is in sync with what the PMP demands.”

Vishal Kapoor, MSCS, MBA, PMP, CSM, CSPO, SAFe Agilist, Salesforce Certified, project manager with a top San Francisco Bay Area company
Project and Program Management Certificate Program alum

Program Objectives
As a graduate of the Project and Program Management certificate program, you’ll have the skills to:
•  Assess and mitigate project risks
•  Master management models such as Extreme Project Management, the Flexible Project Model, Adaptive Project Framework, and Scrum
•  Create and manage a successful team
•  Analyze data to make informed business decisions
•  Sit for the PMP® exam
•  Apply for the internationally-recognized Master Project Manager® credential

At UCSC Extension, courses are developed by program chairs and faculty according to the rigorous University of California standards and designed to meet the economic needs of each industry. Our instructors represent the best of both worlds.

Program Chair

​FRANK M. MANGINI, M.S.E.E., M.B.A., PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSP, has over 25 years’ experience in project management and product development and served as the director of programs for ARGOSystems/Boeing Electronic Defense Systems. He has taught for UCSC Extension since 2002. Mr. Mangini has project management experience with a wide variety of electronic defense systems’ design and development projects for both domestic and international customers. As senior programs manager and director of programs, he led multi-year programs which developed and produced shipboard and submarine electronic detection and protection systems for domestic and international naval forces. He has also been involved in commercial consulting and startup enterprises including the development and production of Web-enabled sports training systems. 

Mr. Mangini is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) and a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) member of the Scrum Alliance. Mr. Mangini is a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He has also been a member of Toastmasters International since 2006 and has achieved the competence levels of Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze.

He has taught project management courses for the UCSC Extension since 2002. He teaches classroom, online and on-site corporate training courses for the Project and Program Management certificate program. His special interests are project risk management, critical chain project management and Agile-Lean development projects.


Frank M. Mangini, M.S.E.E., M.B.A., PMP®, PMI-ACP®, CSP, PROGRAM CHAIR
William Brooks, M.A., MPM, CIPM
Oliver Gildersleeve, PMP®, M.S.E.E.
Blanca Pradenas
Richard Rondeau, M.S., PMP®, CSM, ITIL


Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Project and Program Management program is offered at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, a beautiful facility located on the corner of Scott and Bowers in Santa Clara. Our entire curriculum is also available online. Choose courses according to your interest or declare candidacy in the certificate for a more comprehensive overview of the field.

Certificate Requirements

Total: 7 courses

Required: 4 courses, 10.5 units

Elective: 3 courses

GPA: 3.0, with a C or better in all courses.

Timeline: To earn the certificate, you must complete all minimum requirements within 3 years of declaring candidacy.

Transferring courses from other institutions: Courses completed more than 5 years prior to the date of certificate issuance cannot be used to fulfill requirements. Learn more about transferring credit here.

Required Courses

There are 4 required courses:

  • Role of the Project Manager, 1.5 units
  • Project Integration and Risk Management, 3 units
  • Project Leadership and Communication, 3 units
  • Applied Project Management, 3 units


You must complete a minimum of 3 electives to earn the certificate.

  • Advanced Scheduling Optimization Techniques, 1.5 units
  • Agile Product Life Cycle Management (APLM), 1.5 units
  • Agile Project Management Using Scrum, 1.5 units
  • Clinical Project Management, 2 units
  • Creating the Successful Team, 1.5 units
  • Decision-Making Tools and Techniques, 1.5 units
  • Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques, 1.5 units
  • Extreme/Agile Project Management, 1.5 units
  • Lean-Agile Project Management: Achieving Business Value, 1.5 units
  • Managing International Projects, 1.5 units
  • Managing Projects at Start-up Companies, 1.5 units
  • Managing Projects with Microsoft Project, 1.5 units
  • Managing Software Projects, 1.5 units
  • Managing the Development of New Products, 1.5 units
  • Practical Introduction to Enterprise Agility Using the Scaled Agile Framework SAFe©, 1.5 units
  • Principles of Business Analysis,  3 units
  • Outsourcing and Contract Management, 1.5 units
  • Schedule Optimization Techniques for Managers, 1.5 units

Special Offering 

  • PMP® Examination Preparation: 35 Hour, 3.5 units

Recommended Course Sequence

“Role of the Project Manager” is the prerequisite for all required courses. If you are pursuing a certificate, you must complete the three required courses before enrolling in the capstone course, “Applied Project Management.”


Want to learn more about our curriculum in person? Join us for a free Info Session to learn more about our courses, faculty, and program requirements. Learn more on our Events page.


The rough cost of the Project and Program Management certificate is $6,000.


"In class we learned ways to become a good leader; not just a good manager." –Ana Pazos



No application is required to enroll in our courses or certificate programs. Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at

From the schedule below, click on a course title to see sections available for enrollment. You may view the full course schedule, or enroll in the course, by clicking the respective button. The course type offerings (classroom, online, blended) are guidelines and subject to change. A blended (hybrid) course has both classroom and online components.

Declaring Candidacy

If you intend to pursue a certificate, declaring candidacy establishes program requirements early in your studies, so any subsequent curriculum changes do not affect your progress. It does not limit what courses you can take; and it helps you structure your professional development program for maximum benefit to you. Go the declare candidacy page to establish your requirements for this program. Certificate program requirements must be completed within three years of declaring candidacy.

Course Schedule

1. Required Courses
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
PPMT.X400 Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Classroom and Online Classroom and Online Classroom and Online Classroom and Online
PPMT.X406 Project Integration and Risk Management 3.0 Classroom and Online Classroom and Online Classroom Classroom and Online
PPMT.X415 Project Leadership and Communication 3.0 Classroom and Online Classroom Classroom and Online Classroom
PPMT.X417 Applied Project Management 3.0 Classroom and Online Classroom Classroom and Online Classroom
2. Elective Courses
3. Special Offering:
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
PPMT.X490 PMP® Examination Preparation: 35 Hour 3.5 Classroom Classroom
4. Required Certificate Review
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
O-CE0165 Project and Program Management Certificate Completion Review