Learn the Agile Approach to Complex Projects

Agile is an established project management methodology used to cope with change and uncertainty. It is increasingly popular in product development and project management across many industry sectors to enhance organizational effectiveness. American University’s online Agile Project Management Graduate Certificate will build the essential foundation you need to effectively employ this incremental, collaborative method for managing projects and leading and empowering teams.


This 12-credit certificate program, designed with input from leading IT and project management professionals, is designed to quickly build essential skills and critical knowledge in Agile project management.

*SPEX 660: Data-Driven Decision Making
The primary goal of this course is to explore quantitative and qualitative tools and methods used to evaluate, present, and communicate data (big and small). Students will also learn how to summarize and communicate findings to stakeholders so that they may make informed decisions that will improve the overall quality and efficiency of an organization. Topics include asking the right questions of data, constructing Statements of Work for performance and impact evaluation, conducting t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, matching, differences in differences, regression discontinuity in program evaluation, and disseminating quantitative findings. No prerequisites.

APM 600: Adaptive Project Management Principles
Learn the concepts, principles and methods of the foundations of all project management and development. You will examine traditional, agile and adaptive styles of management. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of Agile development, including variants such as Scrum, and learn how to apply best practices from various methodologies to organize and lead an Agile team. A particular emphasis is adaptive project management, which is based on Agile principles but blends traditional methods as needed for certain environments and management needs.

APM 620: Agile Solutions and Risk Assessment
In this course, you will focus on the elements of Agile that are relevant to risk assessment and management. This includes: requirements gathering and estimation (“story” writing and “sizing”), contracting (team total and iteration “backlogs”), cost accounting (time and task recording) and the handling of operational and capital expenditure, ROI, financial decision-making, the impact of budgetary practices, and financial uncertainty. You will also be introduced to DevOps and learn the importance of the relationship and communication between Development and Operations.

SPEX 670: Project Cost-Benefit Analysis
This course is designed specifically with the non-economist in mind, including adult professionals who may have little or no academic preparation in economics. It includes recent developments in the theoretical and empirical cost-benefit analysis (CBA) literature, beginning with a detailed discussion of welfare economics and the microeconomic foundations of CBA. It gives comprehensive treatment to CBA methodology and concludes with the current state of CBA as it is practiced by a variety of public, private, and international agencies with applications in areas such as healthcare, environmental management, energy, law enforcement, internet strategy, and others. No prerequisites.

*Optional immersion on-campus


Your coursework can be fulfilled in just nine to 15 months, giving you the ability to apply your new Agile project management skills in your career. This program is offered entirely online, giving you the opportunity to complete it when and where it’s most convenient for you. If you decide to pursue your MS in Agile Project Management later, you will apply these 12 credits toward completion of the full degree.


To learn more about American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.

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