Project Management

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Charlotte
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Why Project Management?

The Master of Science in Project Management is designed to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical concepts you need to lead complex projects.

Companies succeed or fail based on their ability to bring quality products and services to market in a timely manner. Without skilled project managers in place, companies are challenged to deliver projects on time, on budget, and according to specifications. From inception to completion, project managers are responsible for every step in the process: project definition, cost and risk estimation, schedule planning and monitoring, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, project leadership, and project presentation and evaluation. Rapid technological and digital transformation, with never-ending disruption, require project managers to be true innovators within their organizations.
 
Featuring real-world case studies, this project management degree presents techniques and tools for managing long- and short-term projects, successfully and cost-effectively. Augmenting the core project management courses are concentrations that provide you with content-specific expertise—enabling you to deepen your knowledge in your field of interest.
 
Mission Statement
 
The mission of The Master of Science in Project Management in the College of Professional Studies is to prepare learners as project management practitioners capable of applying project management processes and the technical, professional, and strategic expertise necessary for managing projects successfully. With emphasis on experiential learning, the program provides dynamic opportunities for learners with varying degrees of work experience to practice their knowledge both globally and collaboratively while implementing traditional and innovative project management concepts to real-life and complex projects.


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Unique Features

  • Option to engage in experiential learning and co-op education program
  • Program curriculum can be tailored to student's past professional experience with project management
  • Concentrations allow student to focus their study on content specific knowledge
  • Charlotte location in an innovative and thriving city, a recognized leader in energy, financial services, and healthcare
  • This is a STEM-designated graduate degree

Program Objectives

  • Specialized Knowledge - Effectively lead and manage sometimes interrelated, complex projects in a mature manner while avoiding common project management pitfalls.
  • Broad, Integrative Knowledge - Manage project scope, risk, quality, and performance metrics while effectively communicating with all project stakeholders.
  • Civic Learning - Understand the need for ethics and social responsibility in the practice of project management as outlined in the PMI Code of Ethics.
  • Intellectual Skills - Develop the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills necessary to lead projects in a complex and dynamic project environment.

Accreditation Description

In October of 2016, the Master of Science in Project Management accreditation was re-affirmed for the maximum five-year accreditation cycle (originally accredited in 2009) by the Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (GAC), the world's leading association for project management professionals. Accreditation is achieved by meeting the GAC’s rigorous standards, which include an assessment of program objectives and outcomes, a review of onsite and online resources, evaluations of faculty and students, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.

Enrollment Data

Enrollment Data
Annual Enrollments 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
MS in Project Management 693 749 962 1059 1188
MS in Leadership. Project Management Concentration 68 104 134 124 90
           
Degrees Conferred 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
MS in Project Management 248 279 270 398 386
MS in Leadership. Project Management Concentration 27 31 51 46 43

Career Outlook

According to PMI, through the decade ending in 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created. The profession is expected to grow by US $6.61 trillion. Now is the time for professionals and job-seekers to build project management skills, as demand for these skills outstrips supply.

In the United States, this growth will mean:

  • Rising salaries
  • Growth in the project-intensive sectors of manufacturing, business services, finance and insurance, oil and gas, information services, construction and utilities

In 10 countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom) with established or quickly developing project-intensive sectors, project management roles are expected to grow by 13.4 million through 2020.

 


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Science in Project Management General Requirements

Based on your experience, complete one of the options below (PJM 5900 is for students with less than three years experience directing or leading project tasks and is recommended for students who do not have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Project software):

Fewer than 3 years experience

PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00

3+ years of project management experience

PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
 

Complete the following:

PJM 6005 - Project Scope Management
3.00
PJM 6015 - Project Risk Management
3.00
PJM 6025 - Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
3.00
PJM 6135 - Project Quality Management
3.00

The following course should be taken last:

PJM 6910 - Capstone
3.00

Project Management Required Electives

Complete two of the following. Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are required to take only one course in this section:

PJM 6125 - Project Evaluation and Assessment
3.00
PJM 6140 - Managing Troubled Projects
3.00
PJM 6145 - Global Project Management
3.00
PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
3.00
PJM 6075 - Project Finance
3.00

Electives

Complete two of the following:

CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
3.00 - 3.00
CMN 6005 - Foundations of Professional Communication
4.00
CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
3.00
CMN 6095 - Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
COP 6940 - Personal and Career Development
3.00 - 4.00
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
3.00
INT 6940 - Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
1.00 - 4.00
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
PJM 6210 - Communication Skills for Project Managers
3.00
PJM 6215 - Leading Remote Project Teams
3.00
PJM 6175 - Project Resource Management
3.00
PJM 6180 - Project Stakeholder Management
3.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00

Concentrations

Concentration in Agile Project Management

Students in this concentration are only required to complete one project management required elective.

PJM 6810 - Principles of Agile Project Management
3.00
PJM 6815 - Advanced Agile Project Management
3.00
PJM 6820 - Agile Implementation and Governance
3.00
PJM 6825 - Agile Lean Product Development
3.00
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
Concentration in Leadership

Required Courses

LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
3.00
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
3.00
LDR 6120 - Developing Organizational Leadership
3.00
LDR 6150 - Innovation and Organizational Transformation
3.00

Elective

Complete one of the following:

LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
3.00
LDR 6140 - Strategy Development and Implementation
3.00
Concentration in Leading and Managing Technical Projects

PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
PJM 6210 - Communication Skills for Project Managers
3.00
PJM 6215 - Leading Remote Project Teams
3.00
PJM 6810 - Principles of Agile Project Management
3.00
PJM 6825 - Agile Lean Product Development
3.00
 
Concentration in Organizational Communication

Required Course

CMN 6000 - Introduction to Organizational Communication
3.00 - 3.00
INT 6000 - Writing Lab
1.00

Electives

Complete four of the following:

CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
3.00
CMN 6050 - Crisis Communication
3.00
CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
3.00
CMN 6090 - Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
Concentration in Program and Portfolio Management

Students in this concentration are only required to complete one project management required elective.

PJM 6710 - Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
3.00
PJM 6715 - Advanced Program Management
3.00
PJM 6720 - Advanced Portfolio Management
3.00
PJM 6725 - Program and Portfolio Leadership
3.00
PJM 6730 - Program and Portfolio Evaluation
3.00
PJM 6735 - Program and Portfolio Management Capstone
3.00

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

2.2M new project-oriented roles needed to be filled through 2027 (Source: PMI, 2017). 

Expand Your Possibilities

$108K median salary for project practitioners in the U.S. (Source: PMI, 2015)

Average Time to Completion

1.5–2.5 Years

Accreditation

GAC

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No