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Master of Science in Project Management

College of Professional & Continuing Education

Part Time
Graduate Program
Masters Programs
Online

Program Description

Be an agent of change.

Project managers are transforming the way businesses operate and products and services are delivered.  Our Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) will enhance your technical skills with the most up-to-date and innovative management strategies. In this program, you will gain valuable, hands-on experience in initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing a project--on time and on budget--using the latest project management software and technology. Our unique mix of courses, including Troubled Projects, ERP, and Virtual Project Management will give you a competitive advantage in today’s rapidly changing business environment, and can get you well on the road to becoming an advanced project manager in less than two years. 

Benefits include:

  • A fully online format that lets you balance work, life and school
  • A flexible, part-time program that can be completed in less than 2 years
  • PMI-certified faculty

What to expect:

  • 10 classes
  • 5 semesters 
  • 30 credits

 

  • Program Objectives

    • Mastery of core project management competencies including communication, decision making, execution, strategic development, team management, business acumen, technology and critical thinking
    • Familiarity with advanced project management theories and best practices
    • Ability to apply project management theories and technology in real-world situations

     

  • Application Requirements & Tuition

    Successful candidates for the MSPM program must have an undergraduate degree in management, project management, engineering, technology, or computer science with two (2) years of relevant, full-time work experience.

    Other admissions requirements include:

    • Official transcripts
    • Online application
    • Statement of purpose
    • One professional letter of recommendation
    • Resume
    • $50 application fee
    • Application deadline: August 1, 2019

    In addition, MSPM candidates should demonstrate a level of competence in project management before being formally admitted into the program. Project management competency can be demonstrated in many ways including class work, testing, or documented life experience.  MSPM applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Certain candidates may need foundation prerequisites, which will be determined on an individual basis.

    Tuition:

    • $1,135 per credit hour
  • Start Terms

    • Fall 2019
  • Course Descriptions

    Project Scheduling and Cost Planning - Examines Time and Cost, two of the four most important constraints of project management (Time, Cost, Scope and Quality). Students study advanced techniques for planning, managing, and controlling schedules and cost.  Topics include managing the critical path, resource leveling, scheduling within constraints, cost estimation methods, break-even analysis and earned value management. (3 credits)

    Risk Management - Examines the risk management process, identification through mitigation.  Risk management seeks to increase the likelihood of positive events and decrease the impact of negative events.  Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide lists six risk management processes: risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning, and risk monitoring and control. (3 credits)

    Communication Strategies - Focuses on using oral and written communication skills to advance ideas, agendas, and careers in an organization. Students will write executive summaries, full reports, and develop presentations to best communicate their ideas. Through case analysis, written assignments, and personal inventories, students learn to identify and adapt to an organization's overt and covert communication protocols, and to observe the "hidden dimensions" of communication with a culturally and gender diverse workforce. (3 credits)

    Project Team Building and Leadership - Examines the importance and processes of project team building and leadership.  Building and leading high performing project teams is essential to project success. Project Team Building and Leading focuses on team formation and development and motivating team members. Topics include assessing the abilities and effectiveness of team members, team building, leadership, motivation, conflict resolution, and effective actions for developing and utilizing teams and team members. (3 credits)

    Agile Project Management - In this course, students study the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional and agile project approaches and learn to apply the appropriate project management strategy.  Students explore iterative frameworks, such as Scrum, and become well-versed in the process, activities, deliverables, and team roles of agile methodologies.  Student will learn and use appropriate software to manage agile and hybrid projects. (3 credits)

    Managing Troubled Projects - Examines how project managers identify failing projects and the skills to quickly turn them around.  Students learn the symptoms of a troubled project, how to assess projects, and create a recovery process.  Being proactive with a challenged project is critical to a project’s successful completion.  Students explore how to avoid the common pitfalls and how to “fail fast” if the project is doomed to fail. (3 credits)

    Global and Virtual Project Management - How project managers ethically communicate and manage project teams that are distributed in a single facility, across the globe, or virtually. Course topics include environmental factors; cross‐cultural considerations; methods to support geographically dispersed; distributed, or remote teams; traditional vs. virtual project management; navigating obstacles, building trust and related issues; and best practices for organizing and managing virtual and cross‐border project teams. (3 credits)

    Managing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems - Introduces students to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), a business management model that integrates information from all aspects of the firm; including Sales Logistics, Production/Material Management, Procurement, and Human Resources.  Students to gain an understanding of the importance of the integrated nature of ERP software through case studies and a simulation of SAP, the most popular ERP application. (3 credits)

    Portfolio and Program Management - Gives students the ability to develop project portfolios that align with the business strategy. Portfolios translate an organization’s business strategy into a collection of activities that can be managed with desired benefits and results. Students gain an understanding of the critical success factors for portfolios and portfolio management and the key metrics to value the performance of a portfolio. (3 credits)

    MSPM Capstone - The MSPM program culminates with a capstone course where students demonstrate their ability to integrate information learned and skills developed throughout the program. Where possible, projects will be developed in collaboration with industry partners. Upon completion of this course, students prove that they have not only the knowledge to lead projects, they have the skills to lead them to a successful completion.  (3 credits)

Program Curriculum

  • FIRST YEAR

     

    Semester One

    Project Scheduling and Cost Planning

    Risk Management

    Semester Two

    Communication Strategies 

    Project Team Building and Leadership

    Semester Three

    Agile Project Management

    Managing Troubled Projects

  • SECOND YEAR

    Semester One

    Global and Virtual Project Management

    Managing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

    Semester Two

    Portfolio and Program Management

    MSPM Capstone

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