Product School, a technology business school, offers part-time courses in product management, data analytics, coding, digital marketing, UX design, and product leadership to professionals at 20 campuses in the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and live online. The curriculum contains a healthy mix of hands-on projects, group exercises, case studies, and interview prep, plus access to a network of alumni, mentors, and job opportunities. Both on-site and online courses are taught by senior-level product managers who work at technology companies such as Google, Facebook, PayPal, Airbnb, LinkedIn, and Netflix. Designed to fit into work schedules, classes are held in the evenings or on weekends.
To apply, candidates should fill out an online application form. Product School welcomes applications from professionals who live close to one of the school’s campuses, or who are willing to study online.
Graduates may be eligible to receive industry certificates in Product Management such as PMC™, FPMC™, and PLC™. Product School prepares students for product management interviews to enable them to expand their professional network through access to a private community of thousands of people; including alumni, mentors and hiring managers from top technology companies.
Product School also offers custom corporate training programs for Fortune 500 companies seeking to advance the product management skill sets of their existing teams or onboard new talent. Committed to building a product management community, Product School has published an ebook called The Product Book, and runs events like ProductCon, a multi-city product management conference. Product School was founded in 2014 and has graduated more than 10,000 students.
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- Absolutely worth the cost!- 8/19/2019Yoofi Otabil • Student • Course: Product Management • Campus: Online • Verified via LinkedIn
The structure of the class was very intimate and the material covered was very thorough. The instructor, Joel, by having so many years of experience in the industry, brought so many relevant and helpful insights about what it takes to succeed as a Product Manager. I am very confident that the knowledge I gained in this class will be key in helping me transition into Product Management.
- Best Course ever- 4/15/2019Ruben • Student • Course: Product Management • Campus: Austin • Verified via LinkedIn
- Coding for Managers - 2019- 3/26/2019Alex • Project Manager • Student • Campus: New York City • Verified via GitHub
Hou Chia was such a patient teacher! No question was too big or too small. He structured class well and tailored it to the level of the class at hand. This was a very safe space and Hou goes above and beyond.
He is an excellent communicator and would not stop on a concept until we all had it down, explaining things in different ways until we had a shared understanding. Patience is a virtue he has down
- Best PM course- 8/24/2018Maneesh Khanna • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: Toronto • Verified via LinkedIn
Product School is certainly a unique concept. Course is designed near to perfect and addresses all areas of product management in a nutshell and is presented thoroughly within the short duration. Classes are more of a workshop model which is great and there is so much to learn, not just by doing your own project but also listening to what others in the class present and share.
Nim (Nimrod Fox), our instructor is an excellent mentor. Listening to his professional experience, including how he handles day to day challenges as a PM and his career path to product management was such a motivation. He makes you think about "The problem". There were multiple instants when I was constantly focusing on the solution (typical engineering mindset) but Nim pushed me each time, to wear the product hat and strengthen my opportunity hypothesis instead.
I would definitely recommend PS to anyone new to product management or someone who is looking to excel as an effective PM
- Product School Review- 7/5/2018dave Smith • Product Manager • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
I spent the last 8+ weeks focusing on my software and product management skills at Product School. Logan Hutchingson was my instructor that was excellent. He taught the details on how to become a great PM. But, he also took you on daily issues he faces and how he addressed them. The role playing was very beneficial. I also gained great feedback on my interview skills and how to better prepare for my interivews. Logan was very informative on the product process, how to deal with the many aspects of launches and the class is focused on being a great PM. After the class was finished I am well prepared to launch software products and have some interivews with Fortune 100 firms. Great job Logan and Product School.
- Product School Silicon Valley- 7/5/2018Ashley Zhao • Student • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: Silicon Valley • Verified via LinkedIn
I took Product School Silicon Valley April-June 2018, our instructor Teesh is a very knowledgeable Product Manager with over a decade or experience. For anyone who is thinking about switching fields to product, I highly recommend Product School. For someone with little to no experience with product management specifically, I am now clear about what the role entails, who I will be working with, what I will be working on, on how to be successful in the role. There are many hands-on activities that put you in the shoes of a real-life PM and forces you to work with your peers and articulate your ideas, such as writing a PRD, user stories, Go-to-market Strategies... Teesh was also very experienced and helped guide us through these activities by helping us think the way a PM should. All in all, it was a great experience for me with a high-quality instructor and very good material for educating those interested in exploring Product Management.
- Recommended course for new PMs!- 5/17/2018Madeline Wright • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
Course: 8 week long Software Product Management on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from March to May 2018.
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Parking note: For those driving there, several public lots are available free for the first 1.5 hours. Classes run 2.5 hours though so expect to pay between $3 – $5 per class depending on how early you arrive and how late you stick around after class.
Instructor: Rich Headley, currently a PM at Cornerstone OnDemand.
Rich is very knowledgable, engaging, and covered all the relevant course topics on the syllabus. He also took time to address additional questions and concepts during class. I especially liked the way he applied PM concepts to real-world anecdotes and connected them to what we were learning.
Product School learnings: To get the most out of PS, you’ll need to put in more effort beyond doing the assignments.
- Participate in class.
- Get to know your classmates.
- Take advantage of the multitude of meet-up opportunities.
- Dive into the Slack community.
By the end of this course you will learn what you need to know to develop a new feature or product from idea to prototype and present it, using any number of the PM tools discussed along the way.
They are always looking for feedback to make this program better and encourage interaction, which I appreciate. As far my evaluation of the school itself, there’s always room for improvement in a relatively new tech business learning program geared toward professionals. However I firmly believe that with instructors like Rich there it will continue to get better and better with each class.
I look forward to using what I’ve learned from this course in my career.
- SPM Certification - Product School- 5/16/2018Reji • Senior Software Engineer • Student • Verified via LinkedIn
I attended the 8 week Software Product Management Certification Course which was held at Denver.
This is one of the best courses that I have ever taken in my professional life. The course content was very apt and to the point. The best part of the course was it was not all instructor lectures and slides alone. Every class had a hands on practice material to be done in class as a group or as an individual. Also the homework assignments were very insightful and helped me develop on the concepts that I learned in class. The Slack channel is really helpful. Also I liked the fact that the class was really small. Just around 10 students which helped each one of us get personal attention from the instructor.
Our instructor was Ken Furie, who is the Head of Product and Technical Strategy at Gloo at Boulder, Colorado. Ken made the class really interesting and enjoyable. His informal approach to the class made all of us very comfortable from Day 1. Every class was less lecture and more of a group discussion. Ken was extremely patient in answering all our questions, however silly they may be. Also he kept up the subtle humor, which all the students appreciated and enjoyed very much. Ken is a very positive person who is really passionate about products and that reflects in his instructor mode as well. Also his knowledge and experience in the Product space speaks for itself. He also helped us prepping up our resumes and personal stories. Discussed the Do's and Dont's in interviews and really prepared us with confidence to attend any interviews. I would any day attend another session with Ken anytime.
- Kevin Park • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: Los Angeles • Verified via LinkedIn
After completing the 8-week Product Management course, I confidently recommend Rich Headley to be your next instructor at the Product School, Santa Monica. Prior to the course, I was under the impression that to be a Product Manager, hiring companies required candidates to have a high technical knowledge/background. As a Psych grad with a sales background, I had a lot of reservation in enrolling for this course as I thought I would struggle to understand concepts/hold my class back and not find many uses for the course.
From the first day of class and to the very end, Rich fostered a safe & interactive learning environment that simplified concepts while connecting them to real-life applications through in-class exercises. A typical class looks like this: after teaching us that class' content, Rich would break up my class into smaller groups so we can practice what we learned using a case study and present our findings to the class. After we presented, Rich would give the group constructive feedback that I felt instilled confidence in us that we understood the concept and encouraged us to practice on our own for the final project.
I greatly appreciated Rich's availability throughout the 8 weeks. I ended up missing Week 3 due to illness and had to catch-up. Instead of being upset that I was behind, Rich made himself available on Slack and by coming in early/leaving class late so I could ask questions & for feedback. Without that, I probably would've been discouraged to continue and probably wouldn't be writing this review today.
In retrospect, I was surprised at how many translatable skills I got to develop and sharpen through the 8-week course. Although I don't have plans as of right now to pursue a career in PM, I'm confident that when the time comes, I'll be able to draw upon what I've learned but also leverage the Product School's network to accelerate my journey.
Thanks Rich for pouring in so much of your own free time to share a real-world perspective/honest view of what PM life is like and practical insights/best practices to be a successful PM!
- Professor Joel Palath A+++- 5/4/2018Adonis Vasquez • Senior Program Manager • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
Professor Joel Palath easily made my experience unforgettable and invaluable at Product School. His knowledge of the field, along with his ability as educator, pushed our class to learn much more than we could have on our own. I came to the class with experience as a product manger and was not too sure what to think of the course but left with immediate results. The material we covered helped me revamp the way I am approaching products at work and helped kickstart my own startup. Professor Palath presented solutions to real problems that PMs face on a day to day basis by not just reviewing material from a textbook/slides but by weaving the course material with his own real world experiences as PM. This made the course much more enjoyable and made the concepts much easier to grasp. The class was a very tight knit group and our support has survived outside of the class. I am meeting with a classmate this week to work on our personal products and have done this with various other peers. The Product School is worth the cost for any aspiring product managers and I would absolutely recommend taking Professor Palath! A+++
I definitely recommend Product School if anybody is looking to start a career in product management. Speaking of course material, it is very well organized. The beginners will understand it easily as it covers all points in details. It does includes two in class activties in each class. It s a great platform where you interact alot. Each activity will explain the purpose of the elements discussed in the slides of the course material. My instructor was Roman Dzadzic, He is an amazing professor. He not only taught us in an effective manner but also helped us in the homework. I remeber i had number of questions and he never failed to answer even a single time. I had diffculties in public speaking. Specially this stuff was completely new for me to talk about. I would say I ould take out my fear of public speaking with this class.
- PM Course- 3/8/2018Jeff • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
As a person relatively fresh out of college, I have not had much exposure to the PM world. I have a peculiar background that allowed me to work in design and software engineering, but had no real exposure to put those skills to test. While taking the course, I worked as a visual designer, bringing a more design centric perspective into the PM class, and was able to practice my knowledge and collaborate with fellow students in the class. I knew that being a PM is something I wanted to do, but needed more experience to get the foot in the door. From this experience, I was able to meet my instructors, and fellow students who I have joined to partner with in product design and development.
Taking this course is like any other prep-course; you get what you put into it. Not only that, you are able to grow a network of people in various industries. I learned a lot from the class, and from people’s experiences and stories that led them to where they’re at.
This class is meant for everyone, those who have experience in Product Management, or those who are looking to transition into it. There are many stories that congregate into each cohort, and it enables us to broaden our vision of what an effective PM can be by learning from each other, and from different industries.
- Great instructor and classmates!- 2/28/2018Angela • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: Silicon Valley • Verified via LinkedIn
This course is great! Indeed this is the best PM class I've ever taken so far. Never feel so productive on a Saturday. I enjoyed the course material as well as the interaction with instructor and classmates.
The Class Notes are well-written and very practical. I am sure I will refer back to the material again and again as I grow in my PM career. I also developed a deeper understanding of core PM concepts: user persona/opportunity validation/etc.
My instructor is Arjun. He is very helpful not only in class(answer a lot of questions we raised in class) but also helped us connect with his network and reviewed our career plan outside of class. He is also very humorous :)
As a PM, sometimes I feel lonely (you face a lot of engineers daily but few PMs). So here really gives me a sense of community. My classmates helped me get out of my comfort zone and speak about my wants and thoughts. I am also glad that I am updated with the latest trend in PM framework/tools/thoughts so I don't feel left behind.
- Very good course- 12/13/2017Sudipta Mallik • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
I attended the Product Management class taught by Dr. Joel Palathinkal at the NYC Product School in October-November 2017. Overall, the 8-week course was very good.
Joel is an excellent instructor. He is very knowledgeable, professional and courteous. I found his style of teaching very effective. The class format was very interactive and dynamic, especially when we did case studies. I really enjoyed the classroom discussions. In addition, he consistently made himself available outside of class hours to provide input and feedback on the class assignments, as well as career-related items (e.g. resume feedback).
I feel that the course has provided me with the tools and knowledge to transition into a Product role in the near future. Product School also seems to have a strong network which I plan to tap into. I definitely recommend this course for people interested in pursuing a career in Product Management.
- Product School NYC- 8/17/2017Mimi Wu • Student • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
I definitely recommend Product School if you're looking for a place to start your career in product management. I've worked a lot with product managers in my previous experiences and I felt like I had a grasp of what they do, which is why I was very interested in taking this course. Even though I have an idea of what they do, I still felt like I wanted something formal to prepare me for a career in product management.
I completed the course in the first week of August. There were definitely concepts in the curriculum that felt like review, which is mostly because I have worked closely with product managers in the past. But I was also introduced to a lot of new tools and concepts. The reading assignments I did for homework were excellent in terms of preparing me for the upcoming lectures. Each chapter introduces a new concept and at the end of each chapter, you see how those concepts are applied to a mock company's idea to help them meet their business goal.
My instructor, Shendi Wang did a fantastic job in presenting the materials and answering the many questions I had. Her real life examples from her current role as a Director of Product Development and Innovation at Mastercard and her previous roles were invaluable to the class. She is a great network to have, very knowledgable in this space, and is able to give honest and constructive feedback on your work. I highly recommend Shendi if you have the opportunity to take a class that is taught by her.
- Product School with Shendi Wang- 8/7/2017Danielle Sekelsky • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
Looking to hone my unofficial product management skills, I enrolled in the Product Manager course at Product School. The course was well structured and delivered a concise plan to get students to the next step in becoming a PM. Through a combination of lectures and class exercises we learned and actually used techniques applicable to a job in product.
Shendi Wang was a great instructor. She was knowledgeable and passionate about product management and delivered the material in an easily digestible manner. Shendi leveraged her vast experience as a PM to give the class examples of what we can expect to encounter and how to approach challenges. Her classroom environment was encouraging and made you feel ok to venture out of your comfort zone.
I’m excited to now have the tools to take the next step in my career!
- Product Manager with Ashok Bania- 5/30/2017Ashley Machado • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
If you are interested in understanding how products and services are successfully implemented on Mobile and web platforms , Product Mgmt @ Product School(PS) is the place to start.
Before PS, I had no clear understanding on how to Ideate, validate, build and publish a great product.
Ashok Bania (PM at Spotify), our instructor for April 2017 cohort, is a brilliant and pragmatic instructor, who along with PS tools and course material, efficiently translated concepts and best industry practices of Product Management.
He cited multiple real world challenges and solutions, which has been great add-on to my learning. And, it was excellent class cohort, with almost all of them having distinct professional background. So their inputs enriched our learning process.
So, while there are no shortcuts to be a Product Manager, this course has definitely set me on the right path to transition to a Product Manager. Also, PS has good post course support system: weekly events and training program perks for students.
- Product School NYC- 5/4/2017Esther Yuen • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
Product School have bought so many ideas and potential opportunities which I didn't know exist. Joel, my instructor have bought introduce me to so many platforms/tools to help me to become a product manager. I feel that the course is very valuable/informational for people who want to become a product manager and am not sure how to. I also love the smaller class and the group work we do in class.
- Product School - NYC- 4/30/2017Shalini • Student • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
Instructor - Dr. Joel P
f you're trying to transition to product management from a different career, I highly recommend product school.
The only reason I'm removing one star is I'm reviewing this course mid-way. I have a feeling that my review would change to a full 5-star if I had reviewed at the end of the course because some of my expectations of the course are likely to be fulfilled towards the end of the course.
- Dr. Joel P. is very responsive and helpful both during class to clarify concepts and outside of class in case of questions on job leads/resume review etc. (full 5 stars to him)
- Product School certification
- Diversity of experience in class
- Help with resume review
- Job leads on Slack
- Great talks with existing PMs and provide opportunities of networking (You don't need to be product school student for this)
- Slack (Where you gain access to network of current and aspiring PMs and recruiters - you don't need to be a product school student for this!)
- Curriculum is well designed for a generalist software product management role
- Help with mock interviews and preparing for various types of questions asked during interviews
- Strategies for targeting different companies - large sized, mid-sized and early startups
- Additional help on more technical product management roles where knowledge of SQL and programming languages/algorithms is needed
- Bernice • Student • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: New York City • Verified via LinkedIn
I enrolled in Product School's 8 week long Software Product Management (PM) course to facilitate my transition from legal practice to the legal tech space. The curriculum is robust and provides an excellent overview of prevailing Product Management philosophies, methodologies, workflows, toolkits and challenges.
Dr Joel Palathinkal, the instructor, is an excellent educator - he is very adept at translating concepts and populates lessons with various case studies gleaned from his extensive experience in product management across various industries. I am very impressed with how responsive Joel is to queries not only during class but also out of class via Slack. He routinely supplements the course curriculum with articles, video clips and PM tools that he uses at his workplace.
- Product School - SF Review ... Great Course- 4/26/2017Rhomaro Powell • Graduate • Course: Product Management / Data Analytics / Coding / Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies / Digital Marketing • Campus: San Francisco • Verified via LinkedIn
I had a great experience learning at the Product School. They have a hands on approach where I was able to apply the concepts in real time. The Product School created a great balance between theory, group work to individual projects that proved to be a excellent learning experience for me and allowed me to really get value out of the class.
My instructor, Ryan Black, was excellent. He experience starting his own tech company, working at Facebook and now a startup as a product manager gave me confidence that I can learn from him. He was able to provide the class with excellent real life stories to drive home all the concepts we were learning. He was able to give us a peak into the various ways PMs apply what we were learning. Ryan has a very flexible teach style, which allowed him to go in the direction that served the class best. He also gave great feedback on the work I did. He was very detailed yet concise in his feedback, which allowed me to create quality work when writing my PRD or thinking through my prototype and go-to-market strategy.
My classmates were amazing. Outside of the instructor I was able to learn a ton from my classmates. Some of my classmates were PMs, engineers, designers, marketers and consultants, so I was able to learn from their perspective when thinking about improving a product and how to empathize with the customer when thinking about solving a problem.
Overall, as a career switcher I have gained much confidence in my ability to take on a product manager role. The confidence came from putting in time on the individual project. The project allowed me to put everything I learned into practice. I did everything from hypothesizing, writing user stories, validating my solutions, prototyping the product/feature to understanding the correct success metrics to use and much more.
The only thing I would change about the class is the allocation of topics. There is a lot of time spent at the end on resume building, interview prep and job search. I think that part can be cut shorter and more time spent learning more about product management.
- Excellent PM Course- 8/19/2019KatB • Product Manager • Graduate • Course: Product Management • Campus: Online
Excellent accelerated PM Course! I enjoyed this course, it included lots of case studies, and hands on work which is the best way for me to learn. The instructor Joel was very engaging, and provided lots of real life examples, and honest feedback to questions. I appreciated the small class size, and that students brought their own life experiences, and diverse ideas to share.
- Jack • Product Manager • Student • Course: Product Management • Campus: Online
The course is not worth $3,999. Not even close.
To his credit, Mark, my instructor, was pretty good. He clearly has real hardware product experience, and is an experienced PM. He really tried to make realistic exercises that, as a newly minted PM, I can see were at least somewhat realistic.
The material/content Product School provided to him? Not so much.
First of all: course started early June. First or second class in July (it's a two-month course), you begin classes on "public speaking" and "interviewing". Basically half the course material is mostly useless or at least of questionable use. Which is why I withdrew at around the halfway point.
Second: it's really not easy (possible?) to teach product management short of having the experience. Though I got somewhat familiar with different terms and such, the usefulness of the course in my actual job today is extremely low.
Lastly, I had an awful refund experience with the program team. First, I told them to refund me via check. Then, they forgot about my refund until I followed up two weeks later. Then, they refunded my via my credit card, which I don't have access to anymore. When I told them to refund me via check (again), they did. But then that check bounced. You can imagine this was a frustrating process.
Anyways, don't take this course. It's a waste of money. Read Cracking the PM Interview, build your own product. This course isn't for true future PMs.
- Why I went to Product School- 4/30/2019Atashi Jain • Course: Product Management • Campus: New York City
Product school (www.productschool.com) has a curriculum. The course touched upon many topics right from user persona, interviews, design, A/B testing, metrics, marketing, and the entire product development life cycle. You have to choose a product that you like and work on providing an opportunity hypothesis and launch that idea to market. All of this is done in 8 weeks with the help of the instructor and the lesson notes. Everyone chooses different products (mostly). Some are B2B, some are B2C, some are SaaS and some were PaaS products. At the end of the seventh week, we all presented our product-> idea-> Go-to-market strategy.
I liked every bit of the class and the assignments. But the question mostly asked that did it help you find jobs? I would say it helps you build your network and learn a few product management fundamentals. I am in the process of looking out for jobs now.
I will list out the pros and cons of the course now.
- A good outline of the 8-week course.
- Great instructors.
- Extremely active slack community.
- Free networking events and webinars by reputed and established Product Managers.
- Cheaper compared to General Assembly.
- ProductCon is a great conference to meet and network.
- Less focus on product management interview preparation. I wish they had a couple more weeks to cover more on this.
Overall a great learning experience. I recommend to someone pivoting from another industry into product management and looking to network.
- Product school- 4/8/2019Nicolas Merigo • Course: Product Management • Campus: Boston