Diploma Program: Strategic Project Management


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Program Description

Gain the practical knowledge to be an effective project manager—or add project management skills to your résumé—with our full-time studies in Strategic Project Management. Put your skills to work with an internship at a leading company in San Francisco or Silicon Valley.

Gain the project management skills needed by various organizations through our full-time certificates, which can lead to a full diploma program. You'll learn the various methodologies, including Agile, to keep projects on track, on time and on a budget at leading firms in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and across the globe.

Start studying today to gain the skills employers need.

"The time I spent at UC Berkeley Extension was the time of my life."
—Marcos Bento, Associate at Princeton Growth Ventures

Professional Diploma Program in Strategic Project Management

Take both Adanced Project Management and Lean Agile Management certificates and four specialization electives, and you'll be eligible for an internship and Optional Practical Training with the two-semester Professional Diploma Program in Strategic Project Management!

You've mastered the skills, now it's time to put them to work. Combine two certificates and four semester units of focused electives to be eligible for an internship and OPT. Gain real-world experience and launch your career.

Receive a diploma upon completion and be eligible for an internship and OPT.

  • Length: 2 semesters
  • Format: Full time
  • OPT Qualified: Yes
  • Internship Option: Yes
  • Award: Diploma
  • Cost: $22,000, plus the price of individual electives

Specialization Electives

Visit extension.berkeley.edu to view all of our course offerings.

Start Working Through an Internship or OPT

"I got to study with people from all over the world, many working in project-management jobs for big companies or startups."
—Brian Naylor, Senior Product Manager at Jasper Studios

Why Project Management?
Project managers are in high demand across multiple fields. Sit down with Program Director Tim Bombosch to learn where our graduates find jobs and how you can get started.

"I'll continue to take classes to stay informed of the latest practices, information and techniques in project management"
—Sandra Lew, Program Manager at Ubisoft


If you successfully complete the Strategic Project Management or Lean Agile Management certificates—or both—you can start working through a three-month internship at a leading San Francisco or Silicon Valley company!

  • Put your newfound skills to work
  • Gain work experience
  • Build connections
  • Expand your network

You'll see firsthand how a U.S. business runs, giving you a competitive edge when you're ready to land a full-time position in Project Management.

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training is an opportunity for those studying in the United States with an F-1 visa to apply their knowledge with practical work experience. If you successfully complete both the Advanced Project Management and Lean Agile Management certifictes, you'll be eligible to apply for paid temporary work authorization in the U.S., also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Imagine yourself managing schedules, costs and project scope to launch a new app. Ensuring communication and quality management for a new construction project. Keeping team members on track to meet defined deadlines.

With OPT, you can apply everything you've learned to real-world projects and gain valuable work experience.

Our graduates are working at top companies, including:

  • Salesforce
  • Adobe
  • SAP
  • Apple
  • IBM
  • Google
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Intuit
  • Macy's

Your Classroom

San Francisco: Located in the bustling downtown area.

UC Berkeley Extension
San Francisco Campus
160 Spear St., Floors 5, 6 and 7
San Francisco, CA 94105

Program Requirements for International Students

Online Information Session

This program is structured so that international students can fulfill their Visa requirements for full-time study, as well as have the opportunity to be eligible for internships and Optional Practical Training (OPT).

English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants must submit official evidence of English-language proficiency. Sometimes exceptions to this requirement are made. Please note that the submission of language proficiency scores or other forms of verification does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Scores must be from the past two years.

English Language Test Minimum Score for Full-Time Certificates
Cambridge C1 Advanced
TEM-4 or TEM-8 70

Don't meet these requirements? Email internationaladmissions@berkeley.edu to learn more about other options.

Program Requirement

Because this is a cohort-based program and full-time attendance is required to maintain your visa status, you must attend all scheduled courses.

F-1 Visa Application and F-1 Transfer Process

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must apply for an F-1 student visa to attend this program. Non-U.S. citizens with a visitor visa (B-1, B-2) or under the Visa Waiver Program are not permitted to engage in full-time study. Your acceptance packet includes the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) verifying that you have been admitted for full-time study.

If you are an F-1 student at a different U.S. institution, you must complete the F-1 transfer process to attend this program. The transfer must be initiated by your current school.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within UC Berkeley and is located just a few blocks away from the main campus. This department offers short-term programming for international students ... Read More

UC Berkeley Extension is an academic department within UC Berkeley and is located just a few blocks away from the main campus. This department offers short-term programming for international students who want to study at Berkeley. We do not offer degrees. Instead, after you complete your studies with us, you’ll receive a certificate of completion, a transcript and the opportunity to transfer academic credits to your home university. For those of you who are working professionals, our programs will provide you with in-depth skills and learning that you can apply to your current position or a new job in the workplace. Read less
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