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 6000Project Management Practices3
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 6740Managing Program and Portfolio Risk and Complexity3
RGA 6300Practical Applications in Biomedical Product Global Regulatory Affairs4
Complete two of the following:6
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Managing Troubled Projects
Global Project Management
Portfolio Management in the Enterprise Environment

Required Electives

Complete two of the following:6-7
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Ethical Leadership
Personal and Career Development
Integrative Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:


LDR 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3-6
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6150Transforming Organizations3
Complete one of the following:3-6
Ethical Leadership
Strategic Leadership

Organizational Communication

CMN 6000Introduction to Organizational Communication2,3
INT 6000Writing Lab1
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

Agile Project Management

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

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required