Enhance your ability to apply strategic principles to project management.
The need for strategic project management experience in business has grown, with organizations now requiring an increase in efficiency and agility to gain a competitive advantage. Traditionally, project management focuses on the application of tactics, but to overcome the complexities of a dynamic business environment, a defined strategy to make these tactics more effective is required.
This online short course goes beyond traditional project management and equips you with the strategic techniques, skills, and tools to successfully achieve organizational and project-related goals. Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll learn to apply strategic thinking by aligning project, program, or portfolio goals to an organization's strategic plans. You’ll also gain the ability to lead and manage project teams in an agile manner. Throughout the course, you’ll familiarize yourselves with a toolkit of strategic project management resources that you can use after you’ve completed the course.
GetSmarter is approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) as an Authorized Training Partner (ATP), a partnership that enables you to join the world’s largest project management network. This Strategic Project Management online short course will count for 66.00 PDUs in total, and the division of hours is as follows: Technical–9.50, Leadership–8.00, Strategic–48.50.
PMI is responsible for setting project management standards and providing certification. By taking this course, you’ll gain PMI-endorsed skills that are globally recognized. You can also use these learning hours towards furthering your professional project management development.
Please note that GetSmarter and Rice University bear no responsibility for the reporting of these PDUs and/or hours to the PMI. The onus, therefore, falls on you to do so.
The PMI® Authorized Training Partner seal is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
Is this course for you?
This course is geared toward project management professionals looking to validate and expand their strategic expertise. Senior executives and managers involved in strategic decisions and functional specialists in operational roles will benefit from completing this course, as will those who need to drive strategic project management through execution. The course is also suited for business unit heads who want to transition from an operational to a more strategic role.
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
The ability to move beyond basic project management by applying strategic principles to effectively and successfully lead projects.
The knowledge to evaluate and select viable projects that are strategically aligned to business objectives.
Practical tools to conduct project risk assessments, facilitate change management, and lead teams in a virtual environment.
Learn to bridge the gap between strategic objectives and project delivery as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation module: Welcome to your Online Campus
Module 1: The 21st-century project manager
Module 2: Strategic thinking for project managers
Module 3: Value management (part 1): Mining your project for value
Module 4: Value management (part 2): Maximizing value for organizational impact
Module 5: Strategic project leadership
Module 6: Organizational structures and challenges
Module 7: Project change and risk in an organizational context
Module 8: The way forward
The design of this online short course is guided by Rice University faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.
Eddie Merla - Senior Project Manager, Coach, and Trainer
About the certificate
Go beyond the basics of project management and earn a certificate of professional achievement from Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.
Why choose GetSmarter?
GetSmarter, powered by 2U, is an online learning expert with over 10 years of experience in developing premium online short courses from the world’s leading universities and institutions. We are powered by 2U to support you in unlocking your potential through life-changing learning with an immersive and high-touch experience.
We deliver market-led courses that equip working professionals with the expertise required to upskill, reskill or kickstart a completely new career. Through a data-driven approach, we analyze future skills requirements and ensure all courses address this need. We ensure that leading universities and institutions are your expert guides and our people, technology, and resources are your engine – together we power more than just education, we power your potential.
You can pay your course fees before the course starts, or you may opt for a split payment plan on courses that are nine weeks and shorter. For courses 10 weeks and longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.
Manage your time
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
Seek employer assistance
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Of our past students, 37 percent have received financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too.
If you are a Learning & Development (L&D) manager, or involved in training and upskilling for an organization, you can request information regarding our corporate offering on our GetSmarter for business page.
How to change your start date
As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.
To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Advisers before the release of Module 2.
Discover the Online Campus
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team through the discussion forums.