Executive Master of Professional Studies in Program & Portfolio Management

Industry & Career Outlook

Today’s employers seek experienced program and portfolio managers who can manage business strategies and objectives while maximizing return on investment (ROI) and delivering results. These individuals must have a strong technical foundation coupled with the strategic business acumen and management skills needed to meet evolving needs across a wealth of projects.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the region that includes the metro Washington, D.C. area, program manager and portfolio manager roles have increased by 50 and 60 percent, respectively, in the area since 2012[1] and will see continued growth in the next decade.

Additionally, the need for program and portfolio managers is ever-increasing, especially with the trends towards a more digital and mobile marketplace. In 2014, the global economy fell short of its project growth goal of 3.6 percent, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit.[2] Similarly, the Project Management Institute’s “Pulse of the Profession” showed similar stagnation. Michelin IT Quality and P. Office Director, Philippe Guitton, believes that change will come with the ability to influence management, saying that “it’s imperative to hire the right project managers who have sufficient skill and education to convince their teams about the methods: what is not negotiable, what is optional. They need to make a strong case because it’s never possible to impose methods and expect people to comply.”

Georgetown’s Program & Portfolio Management program provides participants with the skills, knowledge, and experience to manage people, projects, and programs in order to impact organizational goals and add value. Graduates will be prepared to pursue positions such as:

  • Program Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Senior Program Manager
  • Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Project Management Director
  • Program and Portfolio Leader
  • Operations Project Executive
  • Vice President
  • Chief Project Officer

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[1] PMI region 5 membership data from Chapter Reporting System on the PMI website member portal. Accessed January 20, 2015.

[2] “Pulse of the Profession”, The Project Management Institute, PMI.org/Pulse. Accessed June 1, 2015.

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