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.
The online Master of Science in Project Management degree program addresses every phase of this essential business discipline. These include project definition, cost and risk estimation, scheduling, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project presentation and evaluation.
This online master’s degree program also draws on real-world case studies to demonstrate techniques and tools for managing long- and short-term projects successfully and economically. In addition to the core project management courses, the program offers specialization tracks that allow students to extend their knowledge in areas of their own choosing. Examples include IT project management, risk management, and understanding projects from an organizational and financial perspective.
- Online format provides flexibility and interactive learning to working professionals
- 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 students to focus their studies on content specific knowledge
- 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.
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.
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
Note: Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900) must be completed before taking Project Management Practices (PJM 6000) for students who do not have at least three years of professional experience directing or leading project tasks. This course is highly recommended for students who do not have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Project software. Students with project management experience are not required to take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900):
The following course should be taken last:
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:
Complete two of the following:
INPS 5184 Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations