Strategic Project Management online short course

Course starts 14 October 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
6 October 2020
Course Starts:
14 October 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7 – 10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
USD $1,900
Payment Options
Rice's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies


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.


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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

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.

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Course curriculum

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

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.

Your Strategic Success Team

This University online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you discover how project management should be strategically led to fulfil overarching business goals.

Your Academic Director

The design of this online short course is guided by Rice University instructors, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.

Eddie Merla

Eddie Merla

Senior Project Manager, Coach, and Trainer

Eddie Merla, PMI-ACP, PMP®, is a senior project manager, coach, and trainer with over 20 years of hands-on project management experience. He is also the principal of Duende Project Management, a consulting and training company using Agile project management approaches to deliver consulting engagements and training programs. He has over seven years experience leading international consulting engagements and projects. He has implemented project management offices (PMOs) for multiple organizations and in six different industries (banking, airlines, information technology, automotive, consulting, and healthcare).

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 14 October 2020.

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    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 week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    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 video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, 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 Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.