PJM

Master of Science in Project Management — Online

The Master of Science in Project Management equips you with the technical, professional, and strategic expertise to manage projects from inception to completion across global markets.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

Overview

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 is an online program.


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Unique Features

  • 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.
  • The program content is designed to prepare students for the high-demand jobs and industry needs in Portland, the state of Maine, and the Northeast region.
  • This is a STEM-designated graduate degree.
  • The program is delivered through a hybrid model of online and on-site learning.

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.

Mission Statement

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.

Career Outlook

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. 

Please note: The concentration in Construction Management is not F1 visa eligible.

Accreditation

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.

Enrollment Data
Enrolled Students 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
MS in Project Management 962 1059 1188 1249 1362
           
Degrees Conferred 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
MS in Project Management 270 398 386 413 481

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Beginning your journey with us is a big decision. But it's a smart one.  Your field is evolving rapidly. That's why we're constantly innovating our programs to anticipate your industry's needs.  So, no matter where your field goes, you can lead the way. 

255k+

alumni across 179 countries

3,350

corporate partners

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

Required Courses

Based on your experience, complete one of the options below (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):

Fewer than 3 years experience

4.00
3.00

3+ years of project management experience

3.00

Complete the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

The following course should be taken last:

3.00
 

Project Management Required Electives

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

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
1.004.00

Electives

Complete two of the following:

3.00
4.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.004.00
2.00
1.004.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Concentrations

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.

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Concentration in Analytics

Please note: The Analytics concentration will be available to students beginning in the Fall 2020 term.

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Choose from one of the following: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Concentration in Construction Management

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

 

Concentration in Leadership

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Elective

Complete one of the following:

3.00
3.00

Concentration in Leading and Managing Technical Projects

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Concentration in Organizational Communication

Required Courses

3.00
1.00

Electives

Complete four of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00

Concentration in Project Business Analysis

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

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

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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

Now Let's Talk Admissions

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.

Application Requirements

  • 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

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

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.

Stackable Certificates

You can stack the following Graduate Certificates into this degree: Agile Project ManagementProject Business AnalysisConstruction ManagementProject ManagementLeading and Managing Technical ProjectsLeadershipOrganizational Communication

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

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.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

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
    • Verizon
    • Dell EMC
    • State Street
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • What They Do

    • Program and Project Management 
    • Information Technology
    • Operations
    • Engineering
    • Consulting
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Project Management
    • Management
    • Leadership
    • Microsoft Office
    • Program Management

*Alumni data courtesy of Linkedin.

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

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)

Did You Know?

By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to our global network of more than 255,000 alumni and 3,350+ employer partners. 

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn a salary 35% higher than those with a bachelor's degree.