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Learn about project management offices with online courses and programs

Build the skills you need to keep team projects organized and on track. Learn about the project management office with online courses delivered through edX.

What is a project management office?

A project management office, or PMO, is a department that establishes best practices and implements procedures and processes to keep everyone on track within an organization. Performing a broad range of functions that can include administrative tasks, the PMO acts as the point of contact for standardization, ensuring that every project is executed efficiently and consistently.

When a project or department has many moving parts, it can be easy for teams to get off track. With a project management office, team members always know what the next steps in a process are and how to handle unexpected setbacks.

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Project management course curriculum

Working within the project management office requires a range of skills that can be covered within an online course. In addition to receiving a more broad introduction to project management, online classes can review best practices for project management and teach you how to perform a risk assessment to ensure project success. You may be able to take more in-depth looks at specialized areas such as IT projects or development projects, while also learning about portfolio management for larger companies and organizations. You may have the chance to learn about effective project management software and tools, while also practicing the leadership and team management skills needed to help projects run more smoothly and effectively.

Learning how a project management office functions can supplement your knowledge of general project management and business administration. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a bachelor’s degree program or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore project management office jobs

A well thought-out approach to project management can provide clarity for teams and help your organization achieve its goals. Jobs in the project management office department will depend on the size and structure of the organization, and can include:

  • PMO manager: Oversees the entire PMO, setting strategic direction, and ensuring that projects align with organizational goals and standards.

  • Project manager: Manages individual projects, ensuring they are completed on time, within scope, and within budget.

  • PMO analyst: Analyzes project and portfolio data, prepares reports, and provides insights to support decision-making and improve project management processes.

  • PMO coordinator: Assists with administrative tasks, scheduling, documentation, and other operational aspects of project management within the PMO.

  • Risk manager: Identifies, assesses, and mitigates risks associated with projects and portfolios.

  • Quality assurance analyst: Ensures that projects adhere to quality standards and best practices, conducting quality reviews and audits.

  • Resource manager: Manages the allocation of resources, including personnel, budgets, and equipment, across projects.

Are you interested in working within the project management office? Start learning the skills you need to make a career jump today with edX.