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Certificate in
Program and Portfolio Management

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

Globalization has caused the market to become more competitive and organizations to become more complex. Both of these factors have created a demand for effective project, program, and portfolio management. This has been heightened by increased pressures presented by the recent economic downturn.

The goal of the Certificate in Program and Portfolio Management is to equip individuals who possess project management experience with the knowledge and skills required to successfully manage programs and portfolios. Inextricably partnered with this goal is that of providing reputable, university-level education which elevates the competency and relative desirability of certificate graduates in the field of project management.

Academic Coordinator: John Estrella,

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

Undergraduate degree or equivalent;
A post-secondary diploma or equivalent AND three years of professional work experience (i.e., full-time and paid employment in a corporate, government/NGO/military, academic/research, and/or not-for-profit setting);
Five years of related full-time professional work experience AND the approval of the academic coordinator;
Ryerson University’s Certificate in Project Management or equivalent;
Current standing as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six credits (four required courses and six to eight electives (or 156 course hours)), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CKPP 110   Program and Portfolio Management:  Overview of Program Management
CKPP 120   Program and Portfolio Management:  Overview of Portfolio Management
CKPP 130   Program and Portfolio Management:  Program and Portfolio Governance
CKPP 140   Program and Portfolio Management:  Organizational Strategy Through Projects

Electives (select 156 hours)

19.5-Hour Courses

CKPP 210   Program and Portfolio Management:  Financial Measurements for Success
CKPP 220   Program and Portfolio Management:  Managing Programs and Projects Virtually
CKPP 230   Program and Portfolio Management:  Enterprise Risk Management
CKPP 240   Program and Portfolio Management:  Advanced Leadership Skills
CKPP 250   Program and Portfolio Management:  Leading Organizational Change
CKPP 260   Program and Portfolio Management:  Creating Balanced Portfolios
CKPP 270   Program and Portfolio Management:  Crisis Management and Program Recovery
CKPP 280   Program and Portfolio Management:  Global Program Management

39-Hour Courses

CKPP 310   Program and Portfolio Management:  Program and Portfolio Management Research
CKPP 320   Program and Portfolio Management:  Program and Portfolio Management Practicum

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CKPP 120   Program and Portfolio Management:  Overview of Portfolio Management