This online business specialization is designed to be an introduction to the project management discipline, including the concepts, tools, and techniques used in the management and leadership of projects. Key topics covered include the role of the project manager; the project team; cost, schedule and risk management; quality in projects; and the project lifecycle.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Develop familiarity with the concepts, tools, and techniques used in project management
  • Describe the role of the project manager and the different phases of the project life cycle
  • Distinguish different project management methodologies and determine which is best for a particular project
  • Define the role of a project manager and describe different project management methods


  • Project Management I: Foundations and Initiation
  • Project Management II: Project Planning and Execution
  • Project Management III: Agile Project Management

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (ME-EM) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The ME-EM is designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical professionals move into leadership and management roles in the engineering and technical sectors. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the ME-EM is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience. Learn more about the ME-EM program.

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