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The Master of Science in Project Management prepares you to drive innovation in your organization by giving you the skills and tools to effectively lead volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous projects from inception to completion in global markets. Accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), our curriculum has a two-pronged approach that provides the foundational knowledge of scientific-based project management tools, organizational strategies, and theoretical concepts, coupled with the opportunity to deepen subject matter expertise through targeted concentration work and innovative project management concepts.
This program is based in Boston, MA.
- Option to engage in experiential learning through the co-op program and/or Experiential Network projects.
- Program curriculum can be tailored to student's past professional experience with project management.
- Concentrations allow students to focus their study on content-specific knowledge.
- This is a STEM-designated graduate degree.
- The program is delivered through a hybrid model of online and on-site learning.
- 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.
The mission of the Master of Science in Project Management program in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies is to prepare learners to be effective 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.
According to the Project Management Institute, through the decade ending in 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created. The profession is expected to grow by $6.61 trillion.
In the United States, this growth will mean rising salaries and 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.
The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.
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 PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (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.
Graduates of our GAC-accredited program are granted a substantial 12-month reduction credit toward the experience requirement when they complete an application for any PMI certification. This means that those applying for the PMI certification will only need 24 months of project management experience, instead of 36 months as outlined by GAC. This new benefit applies retroactively to our program’s initial accreditation date of 2009.
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Note: PJM 5900 is for students with less than three years of experience directing or leading project tasks and is recommended for students who do not have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Project software. Students who do not complete PJM5900 may take any project management elective to satisfy the required credits.
The following course should be taken last:
The remaining required quarter hours for the program may be completed by: 1) a combination of completing a concentration, project management electives, and 6000-level elective or 2) a combination of project management electives, and selecting any courses listed in the concentrations and elective lists.
Project Management Electives
Complete courses from the 6000 level. Below is a list of courses regularly offered as electives within the Project Management Program.
Concentration in Agile Project Management
Students are required to complete a minimum of 15 quarter hours dedicated to a concentration in order to meet overall degree requirements. This minimum also applies to students who elect to create a custom concentration as approved by their advisor.
Students in this concentration are only required to complete one project management required elective.
Concentration in Analytics
Choose from one of the following:
Concentration in Construction Management
Concentration in Leadership
Complete one of the following:
Concentration in Leading and Managing Technical Projects
Concentration in Organizational Communication
Complete four of the following:
Concentration in Project Business Analysis
Follow Our Leaders
Students are able to learn and collaborate with faculty who have in-depth knowledge about project management in areas such as construction management, nonprofit, power generation, manufacturing, technology, healthcare, retail, publishing, supply chain, consulting, government, insurance and engineering industries, bringing real-world case study examples to the classroom to enrich your learning experience.
"The competencies our program provides learners will support the demand as organizations are being called on to rethink how work gets done and how we approach work. This is what makes a master’s in project management so valuable, because it provides the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for the project manager to solve challenges, promote change, and successfully execute projects across multiple industries and organizational types.” - Chris Bolick, Faculty Lead in Project Management
My colleagues definitely take my degree into account, which enhances my reputation and perceived aptitude within my organization. This degree allows for new doors to open and expedites your career by obtaining direct knowledge from industry experts who have decades of real-world experiences. Then, you are able to use these insights in your everyday role.Scott Whear, Master of Science in Project Management '20
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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
- Professional resumé
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.
Admissions Details Learn more about the College of Professional Studies admissions process, policies, and required materials.
Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Prior Learning Assessment/Transfer Credits
Some courses in this program offer transfer credit for students’ experience through prior learning assessments and professional certifications. View the full list of eligible certifications and transfer credits.
PMI credential-holders have the unique opportunity to accelerate through the program and receive tuition savings by applying this credential in exchange for transfer credit. View eligible certifications and transfer credits.
You can stack the following Graduate Certificates into this degree: Agile Project Management, Project Business Analysis, Construction Management, Project Management, Leading and Managing Technical Projects, Leadership, Organizational Communication
Your Head Start on a Master’s Degree
The PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program provides motivated students with the opportunity to start earning their master’s degree while pursuing their undergraduate education. By completing the BS in Information Technology or BS in Management, you can advance your learning by applying up to 16 earned semester hours (or up to 22.5 quarter hours) toward both your bachelor's and master’s degree, allowing you to receive your graduate degree one year sooner than you would with a traditional Master of Science in Project Management program.
Cost and Tuition
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Estimated Total Tuition
This is an estimate based on the tuition rates for Academic Year 2021-2022 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time. For more detailed information, please visit Student Financial Services.
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.
|Recommended Admissions Deadline|
|International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)||November 8, 2021|
|International in-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)||December 13, 2021|
|Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022)||December 20, 2021|
|Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022)||February 8, 2022|
|Recommended Admissions Deadline|
|International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)||February 7, 2022|
|International in-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)||March 14, 2022|
|Domestic application complete (first half start: April 11, 2022)||March 28, 2022|
|Domestic application complete (second half start: May 23, 2022)||May 9, 2022|
|Recommended Admissions Deadline|
|International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)||May 9, 2022|
|International in-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)||June 13, 2022|
|Domestic application complete (first half start: July 11, 2022)||June 27, 2022|
|Domestic application complete (second half start: August 8, 2022)||July 25, 2022|
|Recommended Admissions Deadline:|
|International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)||July 18, 2022|
|International in-country application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)||August 22, 2022|
|Domestic application complete (first half start: September 19, 2022)||September 6, 2022|
|Domestic application complete (second half start: October 31, 2022)||October 17, 2022|
Student Body Profile
Below is a look at where alumni who studied in one of our Project Management programs work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Partners Healthcare
- Dell EMC
- State Street
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
What They Do
- Program and Project Management
- Information Technology
What They're Skilled At
- Project Management
- Microsoft Office
- Program Management
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.
What is the Project Management Student Organization (NUPM)?
Northeastern University's Project Management Student Organization is a student-run organization founded in 2017 to advance the discipline of project management and provide you with an unmatched opportunity to gain real-life experience in the field. NUPM is the largest club at the College of Professional Studies with a membership base of 400 members, including alumni.
NUPM’s objective is to foster community and professional development among our diverse, multinational student body by
- Supporting the academic and career advancement of our peers
- Sharing of knowledge and personal experience
- Hosting special programming and networking events
- Offering peer support and mentoring