I am currently looking to move from dominantly presales and delivery work into more of a project management role.

What coursework is most helpful in setting oneself up for success as a PM?

Specifically, what degree program type would be most helpful (MBA, IE, HR, etc)?

  • and the downvote is for ...?
    – warren
    Dec 12 '13 at 19:18
  • Not exactly the same question, but may offer some helpful points of view (or may not!) pm.stackexchange.com/questions/10249/…
    – Marv Mills
    Dec 13 '13 at 10:10
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    I think this is (arguably) outside the scope of PM:SE.
    – MCW
    Dec 13 '13 at 11:15
  • Your question is currently too broad, and likely to be un-generalizable to anyone but you. Please describe what you've looked into, provide some detailed context, and then ask specific questions about any details that remain unclear about your specific situation.
    – Todd A. Jacobs
    Dec 13 '13 at 14:39
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    @CodeGnome - that's just it: I don't know what I don't know, and am trying to find out. If PM.SE isn't a place to answer questions about how to become/prep for being a PM from an educational perspective, what would be better?
    – warren
    Dec 13 '13 at 21:17

Personally, I would recommend Prince2, PMP, and Agile courses if you're looking to study - professional courses teach you a great deal about project management and don't take as long/are not as expensive as degree/masters courses.

Having said that, project management is less about process and more about people and communication skills - you don't need coursework/a degree for that.

From personal experience, I would recommend (assuming you're already working in a field you want to stay in), take a prince/agile course, and try and get experience as an assistant PM/PMO etc..you will already have the product knowledge for your business area, and you can start to build up the other skills you need to do a PM role.

Good luck!

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