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

Based on your experience, complete one of the options below (PJM 5900 is for students with less than three years 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
PJM 5900Foundations of Project Management4
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
3+ years of project management experience
PJM 6000Project Management Practices3
Complete the following:
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 six credits of the following. Note: Students who take PJM 5900 are required to take only one course in this section:6
Project Finance
Project Evaluation and Assessment
Managing Troubled Projects
Global Project Management
Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management
Topics

Electives

Complete two of the following:5-7
Introduction to Organizational Communication
Foundations of Professional Communication
Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication
Foundations of Developing Cultural Awareness
Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
Personal and Career Development
Interdisciplinary Foundations
Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals
Integrative Experiential Learning
Project Resource Management
Project Stakeholder Management
Leading and Managing Technical Projects
Communication Skills for Project Managers
Leading Remote Project Teams

Concentrations

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required


Concentration in Agile Project Management 

Students in this concentration are only required to complete one project management required elective.
PJM 6205Leading and Managing Technical Projects3
PJM 6810Principles of Agile Project Management3
PJM 6815Advanced Agile Project Management3
PJM 6820Agile Implementation and Governance3
PJM 6825Agile Lean Product Development3

 Concentration in Analytics

ALY 6000Introduction to Analytics3
ALY 6010Probability Theory and Introductory Statistics3
ALY 6015Intermediate Analytics3
ALY 6070Communication and Visualization for Data Analytics3
Choose from one of the following:3
Predictive Analytics
Data Warehousing and SQL
Data Mining Applications
Data Management and Big Data

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 Leadership 

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

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 6810Principles of Agile Project Management3
PJM 6825Agile Lean Product Development3

Concentration in Organizational Communication 

Required Course
CMN 6000
and INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication
and Writing Lab
4
Electives
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 Project Business Analysis 

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