Project management students earn Professional Scrum Master credential

Students in Elon’s Agile Project Management course successfully passed the Professional Scrum Master I certification exam, proving their knowledge, understanding and ability to apply Scrum in the real-world.

Seven Martha and Spencer Love School of Business students recently earned the Professional Scrum Master I certification offered by, demonstrating they have a fundamental level of Scrum mastery.

Professional Scrum Master™ PSM logoAccording to, Scrum, an agile framework, provides “just enough structure for people and teams to integrate into how they work, while adding the right practices to optimize for their specific needs.”

The certification exam tests competencies in the following areas: understanding and applying the Scrum framework; developing people and teams; managing products with agility; developing and delivering products professionally; and evolving the agile organization.

The students learned the material needed to become Scrum Masters as part of MGT 4700: Agile Project Management, a new course designed for project management majors. The course, taught by Lecturer in Management Scott Oakes, exposes students to the agile work environment and the roles comprising an agile team, including Scrum Master.

“Agile Project Management has taught me so much about the project management world and all the opportunities within the field such as becoming a Scrum Master, and now with this certification I stand out,” Maxine Rieder ’23 said. “This certification will help me excel in any field and I can use it to start a Scrum Team in future positions.”

Along with gaining experience and knowledge through project-based assignments, simulations and guest speakers who provide real-world perspectives, obtaining the Professional Scrum Master I certification will make students more marketable post-graduation while also giving them confidence and needed skills for their future careers, Oakes shared.

“Obtaining my certification is a large step in the right direction in shaping my career as a project management major,” Julia Cox ’23 said. “This class prepared me with all the right resources in order to succeed and I truly enjoyed it.”

Congratulations to the following students on obtaining the Professional Scrum Master I certification:

  • Jessica Boyer
  • Julia Cox
  • Will Dallas
  • Chris Dimedio
  • Mason Duval
  • Maxine Rieder
  • Daniel Young