Project Management, MS

Companies succeed or fail based on their ability to bring quality products and services to market in a timely manner. Without skilled project managers in place, companies are challenged to deliver projects on time, on budget, and according to specifications. From inception to completion, project managers are responsible for every step in the process: project definition, cost and risk estimation, schedule planning and monitoring, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, project leadership, and project presentation and evaluation.

The Master of Science in Project Management is designed to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical concepts you need to lead complex projects. Featuring real-world case studies, this project management degree presents techniques and tools for managing long- and short-term projects successfully and cost-effectively. Augmenting the core project management courses are concentrations that seek to provide you with content-specific expertise that enables you to deepen your knowledge in your field of interest.

In September of 2009, the Master of Science in Project Management received accreditation by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center (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 on-site and online resources, evaluations of faculty and students, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

Note: Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900) must be completed before taking Project Management Practices (PJM 6000) for students who do not have at least three years of professional experience directing or leading project tasks. This course is highly recommended for students who do not have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Project software. Students with project management experience are not required to take Foundations of Project Management (PJM 5900):

PJM 5900Foundations of Project Management4
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
PJM 6005Project Scope Management3
PJM 6015Project Risk Management3
PJM 6025Project Scheduling and Cost Planning3
PJM 6135Project Quality Management3
The following course should be taken last:
PJM 6910Capstone3

Project Management Required Electives

Complete two of the following. Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are required to take only one course in this section:6
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Managing Troubled Projects
Global Project Management
Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management


Complete two of the following:5-6
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Personal and Career Development
Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations
Integrative Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
Leading and Managing Technical Projects
Communication Skills for Project Managers
Leading Remote Project Teams


Complete one of the following nine concentrations:

Concentration in Clinical Trial Design
Complete one of the following:
RGA 6210Strategic Planning and Project Management for Regulatory Affairs4
BTC 6210Human Experimentation: Methodological Issues Fundamentals4
Required Courses
BTC 6211Validation and Auditing of Clinical Trial Information4
BTC 6213Clinical Trial Design Optimization and Problem Solving4
PMC 6212Clinical Drug Development Data Analysis: Concepts 4
Concentration in Construction Management
CMG 6400Introduction to Construction Management4
CMG 6402Alternative Project Delivery Methods and Project Controls4
CMG 6403Safety, Project Risk, and Quality Management4
CMG 6405Construction Law4
Concentration in Geographic Information Systems
GIS 5101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 5102Fundamentals of GIS Analysis3
RMS 5105Fundamentals of Remote Sensing3
GIS 5201Advanced Spatial Analysis3
Complete one of the following:3
GIS Customization
Planning a GIS Implementation
Internet-Based GIS
Spatial Databases
Concentration in Information Security Management
ITC 6300Foundations of Information Security3
ITC 6315Information Security Risk Management3
ITC 6310Information Security Governance3
ITC 6320Information Security Technology3
Complete one of the following:3
Information Systems Design and Development
IT Infrastructure (Systems, Networks, Telecom)
Data Warehousing and Data Mining
Systems and Network Administration
Concentration in Leadership
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
Concentration in Leading and Managing Technical Projects
PJM 6205Leading and Managing Technical Projects3
PJM 6210Communication Skills for Project Managers3
PJM 6215Leading Remote Project Teams3
PJM 6220Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects3
ITC 6035Information Technology Project Management3
Concentration in Organizational Communication
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
Concentration in Agile Project Management
Students in this concentration will only have one required elective course:
PJM 6810Principles of Agile Project Management3
PJM 6815Advanced Agile Project Management3
PJM 6820Agile Implementation and Governance3
PJM 6205Leading and Managing Technical Projects3
CMN 6060Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation3
Concentration in Program and Portfolio Management
Students in this concentration will only have one required elective course:
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

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45–48 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required