The goal of taking a management course is to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively manage a team or organization. This can include learning how to develop and implement strategic plans, how to motivate and lead a team, how to communicate effectively with others, and how to make decisions that align with the goals of the organization. By taking a management course, you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in a leadership role.

These management courses we have selected will help you build the knowledge management skills you need for managing people, data, and more.

Innovation management

What is innovation management? How do firms bring in new business models and get new products and services to the market? Go on a nine-week journey through innovation management concepts, theories of idea generation, selection, strategy formulation and implementation in this MOOC in Innovation Management. 

Fundamentals of management

Acquire an in-depth understanding of the basic concepts and theories of management while exploring the manager’s operational role in all types of organizations. Gain insight into the manager’s responsibility in planning, organizing, leading, staffing, and controlling within the workplace. 

Project Management Specialization

The Project Management specialization is designed to be an introduction to the project management discipline, including the concepts, tools, and techniques used in the management and leadership of projects. Key topics covered include the role of the project manager; the project team; cost, schedule and risk management; quality in projects; and the project lifecycle.

The courses in this specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (ME-EM) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The ME-EM is designed to help engineers, scientists, and technical professionals move into leadership and management roles in the engineering and technical sectors. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the ME-EM is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience.

Project Management: Foundations and Initiation

 In this course, you will develop introductory skills needed to manage traditional engineering projects, along with tools needed to engage stakeholders and build diverse teams.

Project Planning and Execution

The goal of this second course of the Project Management specialization is to provide students with skills necessary to plan and execute traditional engineering projects.

Agile Project Management

Students in this course will learn the Agile philosophy and process including the Scrum framework, sprints, and user stories. 

Google Project Management

Prepare for a new career in the high-growth field of project management, no experience or degree required. Get professional training designed by Google and get on the fastrack to a competitively paid job. There are 479,000 U.S. job openings in project management with a $73,000 median entry-level salary.¹

Project managers are natural problem-solvers. They set the plan and guide teammates, and manage changes, risks, and stakeholders.

Gain in-demand skills that will prepare you for an entry-level job. Learn from Google employees whose foundations in project management served as launchpads for their own careers.

Upon completion, you can directly apply for jobs with Google and over 150 U.S. employers, including Walmart, Best Buy, and Astreya.

This program qualifies you for over 100 hours of project management education, which helps prepare you for Project Management Institute Certifications like the globally-recognized Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.

75% of Google Career Certificate Graduates in the United States report an improvement in their career trajectory (e.g. new job or career, promotion or raise) within 6 months of certificate completion²

¹US Burning Glass Labor Insight Report salary data (median with 0-5 years experience) and job opening data. Data for job roles relevant to featured programs (4/01/2021 – 3/31/22).

²Based on program graduate survey responses, United States 2021 

Foundations of Project Management

This course is the first in a series of six to equip you with the skills you need to apply to introductory-level roles in project management. 

Project initiation: Starting a successful project

This course will show you how to set a project up for success in the first phase of the project life cycle: the project initiation phase. 

Project Planning: Putting it all together

This course will explore how to map out a project in the second phase of the project life cycle: the project planning phase.

Project execution: Running the project

This course will delve into the execution and closing phases of the project life cycle. You will learn what aspects of a project to track and how to track them. 

Agile project management

This course will explore the history, approach, and philosophy of Agile project management, including the Scrum framework. You will learn how to differentiate and blend Agile and other project management approaches.

Capstone: Applying project management in the real world

In this final, capstone course of the Google Project Management Certificate, you will practice applying the project management knowledge and skills you have learned so far.  You will also have the opportunity to claim a certification of completion badge that will be recognizable to employers.

Software Product Management Specialization

In this Software Product Management Specialization, you will master Agile software management practices to lead a team of developers and interact with clients.

In the final Capstone Project, you will practice and apply management techniques to realistic scenarios that you will face as a Software Product Manager.

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn from the insights of others as part of a Software Product Management

Introduction to software product management

This course highlights the importance and role of software product management. It also provides an overview of the specialization, as well as its goals, structure, and expectations. The course explains the value of process, requirements, planning, and monitoring in producing better software.

Software processes and agile practices

This course delves into a variety of processes to structure software development. It also covers the foundations of core Agile practices, such as Extreme Programming and Scrum.

Client needs and software requirements

This course covers practical techniques to elicit and express software requirements from client interactions.

Agile Planning for Software Products

This course covers the techniques required to break down and map requirements into plans that will ultimately drive software production.

Reviews & Metrics for Software Improvement

This course covers techniques for monitoring your projects in order to align client needs, project plans, and software production. It focuses on metrics and reviews to track and improve project progress and software quality.

Software Product Management Capstone

In this six-week capstone course, you will gain practical management experience in a safe, simulated software production setting. 

Cybersecurity Leadership and Management Specialization

This specialization will introduce you to cybersecurity leadership and management. Drawing on industry standards, frameworks, and models, you will explore the key objective elements of cybersecurity leadership.

Cybersecurity leadership and management are two high-level competencies required to successfully administer a cybersecurity division that produces the essential level of security, trust, and stability (STS) demanded by an organization. Although leadership and management are prerequisite expertise for all information systems security officers (ISSO) and/or chief information security officers (CISO), they must always be intentionally cultivated. Using industry standards, frameworks, and models as guidance, this learning path will focus on the key objective elements (KOE) by discussing the information security strategies’ alignment with the organizational strategy, regulatory systems, and operational excellence.

Strategic Sales Management Specialization

This Specialization is intended for sales professionals who seek to improve their sales planning and management competencies and skills. Through five courses, you will cover Effective Sales overview, Sales Strategy, Models, and Frameworks to Support Sales Planning, Sales & Marketing Alignment, and you will develop a Final Project.

By the end of this specialization, you’ll have improved your knowledge, competencies, and skills regarding the sales planning process. And you will be able to apply the concepts integrating the sales planning process to the strategy of the company, by bridging the gap between strategy and sales.

The potential for value creation through the sales functions will be increased at the end of the Specialization.

Effective Sales – an Overview

Course 1 of 5 in the Strategic Sales Management specialization

Sales strategy

This course is designed to discuss the application of intelligence analysis in the sales planning process.

Models & Frameworks to support sales planning

In this course, you’ll go through a conceptual approach to selling models and frameworks. 

Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework

Gain a holistic understanding of NIST cybersecurity fundamentals.

You will learn about the RMF process and managing risk by identifying, assessing, and responding to risk. Additionally, you will learn how to use the framework to assess an organization’s cybersecurity risk and the steps to implement or improve a cybersecurity program.

You will deep dive in to the NIST 800-171 document where you will learn how to understand each of the 110 requirements and how to satisfy each of them. You will learn how to create a Body of Evidence (BOE) including Organizational Policy or Procedures; a System Security Plan (SSP) and Plans of Action and Milestones (POAM). Upon completion of this course, you will have the knowledge and skills to implement the controls required by the NIST 800-171 framework and build your BOE.


This course will help you to build a basic understanding of NIST cybersecurity fundamentals.


This learning path explains the Risk Management Framework (RMF) and its processes and provides guidance for applying the RMF to information systems and organizations.

NIST 800-171

This learning path will teach you how to comply with the requirements of NIST 800-171.

Digital Product Management Specialization

This specialization is intended for both current and new product managers working in digital who want to apply a portfolio of modern practices to developing their products and teams. Through five courses, you will cover applications of product design, hypothesis-driven development, and agile, all at the heart of modern product management.

Five courses covering applications of product design, hypothesis-driven development, and agile – all at the heart of modern product management.

Digital project management: Modern fundamentals

Create the actionable focus to successfully manage your product.

Agile meets design thinking

In this course, you’ll learn how to determine what’s valuable to a user early in the process–to frontload value–by focusing your team on testable narratives about the user and creating a strong shared perspective.

Hypothesis-driven development

In this course, you’ll learn how to identify the right questions at the right time, and pair them with the right methods to do just enough testing to make sure you minimize waste and maximize the outcomes you create with your user. 

Agile analytics

 In this course, developed at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, you’ll learn how to build a strong analytics infrastructure for your team, integrating it with the core of your drive to value.

Managing an agile team

While learning about agile mainstays like Scrum, XP, and kanban, you’ll also learn to help your team ask the right questions about how they’re working and facilitate good answers on how agile can help.

Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization

This specialization is a precursor to the Applied Project Management Certificate. Project management has been proven to be the most effective method of delivering products within cost, schedule, and resource constraints. This intensive and hands-on series of courses gives you the skills to ensure your projects are completed on time and on budget while giving the user the product they expect.

You will gain a strong working knowledge of the basics of project management and be able to immediately use that knowledge to effectively manage work projects. At the end of the series, you will be able to identify and manage the product scope, build a work breakdown structure, create a project plan, create the project budget, define and allocate resources, manage the project development, identify and manage risks, and understand the project procurement process.

Initiating and planning projects

In this course, you’ll learn the key roles and responsibilities of the project manager and project team. 

Budgeting and scheduling projects

In this course, you’ll learn to plan and stick to time and cost constraints in order to ensure the success of your projects.

Managing project risks and changes

This course will help you manage project risk effectively by identifying, analyzing, and communicating inevitable changes to project scope and objectives.

Project management project

This capstone project is designed to allow you to take the knowledge you have gained through the Specialization and put that knowledge into practice.

Strategic Management and Innovation Specialization

This specialization explores the evolving world of business strategy, focusing on the increasingly important roles of design, user experience, and innovation in shaping competitive advantage.

You’ll learn about concepts such as goal setting, value creation, global integration, and diversification, and you’ll critique classic theories and frameworks in the context of new business realities.

In the final Capstone Project, you’ll create and defend a holistic business strategy in response to a realistic case study prompt.

Engineering Project Management Specialization

Master strategies and tools to more effectively and successfully manage projects.

Today’s professional environment is highly competitive, continuously changing, and difficult to manage. Employees rarely reach positions of leadership without managing one or more projects or a project segment early in their careers.

Brought to you by the Rice Center of Engineering Leadership and the team behind the engineering management master’s program, the goal of this specialization is to give you the tools to more effectively and successfully manage projects; to give you a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and confidence that sets you apart and gives you a competitive edge as you move toward leadership positions.

This Project Management for Engineering Professionals Specialization is designed as an introduction to Project Management. It is targeted at engineers who are interested in improving their project management skills in a new leadership position or in advance of their first leadership position. As part of the specialization, you will prepare key Project Execution Plan documents based on available templates. (finished)

Engineering project management: Initiating and planning

The goal of the course is to give you the tools to initiate a project plan, manage both stakeholders and relationships, organize their team, develop a project charter, and build a business case for a project.

Engineering project management: scope, time, and cost management

Scope, time, and cost management are at the heart of successful project management. This course will give you the tools to develop a project scope, schedule and budget and then status them to predict project performance. 

Engineering project management: Risk, quality, teams, and procurement

Many Project Managers focus only on the scope, schedule and budget. However, a successful project requires that you manage risk, control the quality of the deliverables, engage and manage people and procure goods and services.