To meet a growing need for skilled product managers, Carthage offers both a certificate program and master’s degree program in Product Management for Manufactured Goods. The accelerated format trains students quickly to understand the unique challenges and opportunities in product development.


  • Certificate in Product Management for Manufactured Goods
    Now enrolling for Fall 2024 (August-December)

Master’s Degree

  • Master of Science in Product Management
    Now enrolling for Fall 2024 (August-June). Those who complete the certificate program may continue on to earn the master’s degree (January-June).


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Why study product management?

Keep your career moving forward by adding the skills needed to successfully launch products and manage them throughout their lifecycle.

In less than five months, students will gain:

  • Product manager certification
  • Microsoft Excel certification
  • PMI Project Management Ready certificate
  • Six Sigma White Belt certificate
  • Introductions to industry professionals
  • A head start toward the master’s program

Earn your certification or master’s degree

The program is designed for professionals looking to enhance their skills as a product manager.

  • Certificate in Product Management Program — August-December
    Begin with a short commitment in the fall by earning your Certificate in Product Management for Manufactured Goods. Begin in August and complete the program by December. 
  • Master’s Degree in Product Management — January-June
    Once you’ve earned your certificate in product management, continue in the program for six more months to complete your master’s degree by June!

Both paths provide a wealth of knowledge and skills that will serve as the foundation for your career in product management.

Learn from expert faculty with a manufacturing focus

The program has been developed by experienced professors and industry professionals who have decades of product management experience with leading companies such as Johnson Controls, Molson-Coors, S.C. Johnson, Snap-on Tools, and ABB Robotics. Students will learn from the best in the industry and benefit from their practical insights and expertise.

Take courses scheduled with you in mind

Class times accommodate full-time business professionals. Classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights for three hours with occasional weekend workshops, including a kick-off weekend. Courses are offered in-person with a distance education option when students can’t get to campus.

Gain valuable hands-on experience

The courses incorporate teaching practical skills such as learning Excel and how to analyze data, discussions with classmates, team-based activities, and networking with industry professionals.