Professional Development

Professional Development Programs Overview

Professional development programs are a great source to help you stay current and competitive in today's fast-paced work environment. These programs provide individuals or employers with essential information to provide the opportunity to keep abreast of changes, learn new skills, sharpen current skills or broaden knowledge to improve professional occupational skills with just a few classes.

Benefits for Individuals

Individuals can benefit greatly by taking professional development programs. They can meet the following goals:

  • Achieve personal development objectives;
  • Broaden their knowledge and learn new skills, and;
  • Stay abreast of the rapidly changing professional environment

Benefits for Employers

It is very important for employers to help staff with professional and career development. By providing staff with professional development opportunities they can achieve the following:

  • Continue to develop the knowledge, skills, abilities, tools, resources, and opportunities to help staff member's productivity and success;
  • Assist with staff members career development, and;
  • Employers will benefit when employees have the ability to embrace and initiate new changes

Check out our professional development programs below!


Addictions Counselor Education Programs Certificate

The Online Addictions Counselor Education Program (ACEP) Certificate was created to make the successful Certificate in ACEP more accessible nationally and internationally. With the recent approval of licensure for addictions professionals, the UMass Boston ACEP program, available both online and on the UMass Boston campus, adds great value to those seeking licensure and those seeking continuing education hours to maintain licensure.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Addictions Counselor Education Programs Certificate.


Arts Management Certificate Program

UMass Amherst’s Arts Management Program is designed for working individuals who want to build their nonprofit management skills to advance or pivot their careers. We are a national leader in continuing professional education for aspiring and established arts professionals, with a broad range of courses to support your particular stage of professional development. The multi modal online coursework hones arts-based management techniques, innovative approaches to sector challenges, and socially current best practices for the workplace.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Amherst's Arts Management Certificate Program.


Certificate in Sustainable Marine Aquaculture

UMass Boston’s Sustainable Marine Aquaculture Certificate focuses on preparing you to successfully address key issues and challenges facing the aquaculture industry to ensure sustained growth. It’s designed for professionals already working in the field, students who are looking to gain additional industry expertise, and individuals trying to break into the aquaculture industry who want to hone their skills and add a certification to their resume.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Certificate in Sustainable Marine Aquaculture.


Leadership Excellence Certificate

Become a more effective, self-aware, and confident leader, while developing action plans for both your personal leadership growth and leading change in your organization. The UMass Donahue Institute’s online Leadership Excellence Certificate combines cutting-edge leadership development curriculum with a highly interactive online learning environment.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Donahue Institute's Leadership Excellence Certificate.


Manager Development Learning Series

UMass Amherst's UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) offers a 100% online learning series for first-time managers or those with limited experience managing direct reports who are looking to effectively engage, develop, and retain talent while driving the performance of their team.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Donahue Institute's Manager Development Learning Series.


Organizing and Managing Senior Transportation Options Certificate

This non-credit online certificate program is appropriate for professionals in the field of aging services and transportation services interested in addressing senior transportation challenges and managing services that meet the mobility needs of an aging population. The certificate emphasizes specialized transportation services for senior passengers as well as public and community transportation services, but also identifies and discusses the needs of older adult passengers.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Organizing and Managing Senior Transportation Options Certificate.


Practical Project Management

Project management is an essential skill in today’s business world. Organizations are faced with increasing pressure to complete projects within shorter time frames and with smaller budgets than in the past. Professionals need a workable method to ensure that their projects are profitable and aligned with the strategic goals of their organization. Practical Project Management provides professionals with the essential skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Practical Project Management.


Project Risk Management

The University of Massachusetts Boston's Project Risk Management is a self-paced, online course that covers the following 6 steps of project risk management, as prescribed by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®):

  • Risk management planning
  • Risk identification
  • Qualitative risk analysis
  • Quantitative risk analysis
  • Risk response planning
  • Risk control

For more detailed information, check out the UMass Boston's Project Risk Management.