Program and Portfolio Project Management, MS

The Master of Science in Program and Portfolio Project Management is intended to prepare project professionals for the more advanced-level roles in the organization. It provides a natural alignment to the professional advancement that exists within industry—from project manager to program manager to portfolio manager. Managing programs and portfolios successfully in any environment requires a unique set of interdisciplinary skills. This program seeks to bring together and train students in those skills that are most critical: program and portfolio management processes and tools, financial analysis, strategic and leadership skills, and communication skills and strategies. Advanced course work in program and project portfolio management will support project professionals in being prepared to focus on formulating strategies appropriate for changing market conditions, prioritizing and funding the appropriate initiatives and/or projects, successfully executing initiatives and/or projects in order to deliver strategic results, and using the lessons from unsuccessful strategy for strategy formulation.

The increasingly important role of program and project portfolio managers is becoming clear as companies orient more and more of their work in a projectized fashion. Another driving factor is better alignment of projects to the firm’s strategy, doing the right projects to advance the organization. This has been made clear through the creation of advanced industry certifications, such as the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) and the Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®) credential by the Project Management Institute. This Master of Science degree will prepare these individuals with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to effectively manage project-based programs and portfolios.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

PJM 6710Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management3
PJM 6715Advanced Program Management3
PJM 6720Advanced Portfolio Management3
PJM 6725Program and Portfolio Leadership3
PJM 6730Program and Portfolio Evaluation3
PJM 6735Program and Portfolio Management Capstone3
PJM 6740Managing Program and Portfolio Risk and Complexity3
PJM 6750Strategic Management and Decision Making for Program and Project Portfolio Managers3

Required Electives

Complete two of the following:6-7
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
Ethical Leadership
Innovation and Organizational Transformation
Integrative Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
Interdisciplinary Foundations


Complete one of the following concentrations:

Agile Project Management

Required Courses
PJM 6810Principles of Agile Project Management3
PJM 6815Advanced Agile Project Management3
PJM 6820Agile Implementation and Governance3
PJM 6825Agile Lean Product Development3
Complete one of the following:3
Leading and Managing Technical Projects
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation


Required Courses
LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3
LDR 6110Leading Teams3
LDR 6120Developing Organizational Leadership3
LDR 6150Innovation and Organizational Transformation3
Complete one of the following:3
Ethical Leadership
Strategy Development and Implementation

Organizational Communication

Required Course
CMN 6000
and INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
Complete four of the following:12
Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
Crisis Communication
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Intercultural Communication
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management

Project Business Analysis

PJM 6610Foundations of Project Business Analysis3
PJM 6620Project Business Analysis: Needs Assessment3
PJM 6630Project Business Analysis: Requirements Planning and Analysis3
ALY 6000Introduction to Analytics3
PJM 6640Leadership Strategies for the Business Analyst3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required