Program Planning, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation

The Program Planning, Management, Monitoring & Evaluation (P-PMME) graduate certificate program prepares individuals to engage in interrelated skills and competencies that anchor the design, delivery, oversight, and evaluation of a wide array of educational programs. Settings can be very diverse, including but not limited to:

  • Public and private elementary and secondary education
  • Higher education
  • Non-formal education in community agencies
  • Informal education in museums, parks, camps, and other recreational settings
  • Training in business and industry
  • Distance learning
  • Educational and entertainment media and technology
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Public health agencies
  • Community mental health agencies
  • Health and fitness centers
  • The criminal justice system

The certificate equips individuals with conceptual frameworks, technical skills, and supervised, project-based learning. Students are expected to come to the certificate program with one or more candidates for program evaluation in mind. Class members will consider objectives of their programs, the stake holders in each context, the management and leadership skills needed to optimize program delivery, and the kinds of information and evidence that can be marshalled to monitor program delivery.

In addition, students will address conceptual models and research designs for determining program effectiveness, and systems of data collection and analysis that can be applied to gather information and inform decision making on a regular basis. Case studies and project-based learning will be employed in each course. Students will develop project plans, management designs, instruments of data collection, and evaluation proposals, as appropriate. These will be critiqued in course seminars.

The program consists of four 4-credit courses. Students are to select one course from each of the following areas:

Program Planning
SED AP 662 Administrative Planning
SED IE 603 Project Analysis and Planning for Educational Development
SED AP 761 Organizational Analysis
SED AP 763 Community Analysis
Program Management
SED AP 720 Performance-Based Educational Leadership
SED AP 758 School Management
SMG OB 712 Managing Organizations and People
MET AD 642 Program and Project Management
(online version of MET AD 742)
Program Monitoring
SED RS 653 Quantitative Research Methods
CAS MA 614 Statistical Methods II
CAS MA 684 Multivariate Analysis
CAS MA 685 Advanced Topics in Applied Statistical Analysis
GRS PO 841 Quantitative Research Methods
COM CM 724 Sampling Design and Measurement Techniques
MET UA 703 Urban Research Methods
MET CM 722 Communication Research
Program Evaluation
SED RS 751 Program Evaluation

Students may select courses from among the first three groups that will enable them to focus their orientation in planning, management, or quantitative design. Examples are listed below.

Students interested in school-based leadership might enroll in:
SED AP 662 Administrative Planning
SED AP 720 Performance-Based Educational Leadership
SED AP 758 School Management
Students interested in international educational development would be advised to take:
SED IE 603 Project Analysis and Planning for Educational Development
Students wishing to focus on communications might enroll in:
COM CM 742 Sampling Design and Measurement Techniques
MET CM 722 Communication Research

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management
The Graduate Certificate is designed for students who seek professional advancement without immediately committing to a degree program, or for those who may already have an advanced degree and seek to enhance their knowledge and skills.

The Project Management Institute’s seal has been awarded to selected programs in Metropolitan College.

Students who wish to be credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMP), in addition to earning the PMME certificate, will take four courses, one in each of the categories, including MET AD 642/742 Program and Project Management, as well as one additional course from the following list:

MET AD 643 Project Leadership and Communications
MET AD 644 Project Risk, Continuity, and Cost Management
MET AD 645 International and Advanced Project Management

Descriptions of these three courses are given below.

MET AD 642 Project Management
MET AD 642 is offered online, whereas MET AD 742 is the on-campus version of the same course. The Project Management course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan, scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace (4 credits).

MET AD 643 Project Leadership and Communications
To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, you will develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills (4 credits).

MET AD 644 Project Risk, Continuity, and Cost Management
This course introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using the earned value method. Students study in-depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios (4 credits).

  • Donald Beaudette, Associate Professor of the Practice of Education
  • Kip Becker, PhD, Associate Professor, Administrative Science, MET
  • Tobe Berkovitz, PhD, Associate Professor, Communications Research, COM
  • Ralph D’Agostino, PhD, Professor of Mathematics
  • Michael G. Elasmar, PhD, Associate Professor, Dir. of Communication Research, COM
  • Alan Gaynor, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, Emeritus
  • Douglas T. Hall, PhD, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Questrom
  • A. Gregg Harbaugh, Clinical Assistant Professor of Education
  • Timothy Heeren, PhD, Professor of Mathematics
  • Vijay Kanabar, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Daniel LeClair, PhD, Professor of Urban Affairs, MET
  • Christine Rossell, PhD, Professor of Political Science, GRS
  • Mary H. Shann, PhD, Professor of Education
  • Robert Weintraub, EdD, Research Professor of Education

It is expected that most candidates for the Certificate will pursue their programs of study on a part-time basis. Part-time students pay per credit hour.  Tuition and fees vary according to the School or College offering the course.

It may be possible to complete the requirements in one semester, but this would require paying tuition as a full-time student .

View tuition information for the School of Education.

Access the admissions application and view admissions requirements under the Admissions section of our website.

Faculty Contact Information: Professor Mary Shann,, 617-353-9366
Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237

For program requirements and additional details, please visit the BU Bulletin.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.