Projects in every industry are getting increasingly complex, while businesses are working under tighter deadlines and smaller budgets. Build your project management skills and lead businesses effectively with a master's degree in Project Management.
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Project management professionals are expected to establish and carry out organizational goals, plans, policies, and procedures in a deadline-driven environment. They are in charge of making business decisions, solving potential problems, recommending upgrades to company systems, analyzing operations, and other related responsibilities.
Successful project managers need a rare blend of technical and business skills, such as strategy, planning, control, tracking, negotiation, and conflict resolution. You will develop these skills and more as part of CSU-Global's online Master’s degree in Project Management.
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With your master’s degree program from CSU-Global, you’ll sharpen your management skills, and prepare yourself to handle challenging, real-world project management scenarios.
Building on your previous education and business experience, you’ll learn advanced project management skills, including managerial accounting, financial and success metrics, contract negotiation, risk assessment and management, and more.
Average Median Earnings of Project Managers
(2015, Project Management Institute)
CSU-Global’s Bachelor of Science in Project Management and Master of Project Management is accredited by GAC.
Founded in 1969, Project Management Institute is the world's leading association for project, program or portfolio management professionals. GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.
The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI’s legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.
The Master of Project Management degree integrates the study of core business disciplines and project management with the advanced leadership and decision-making skills needed to excel in high-performing, global organizations. Students will gain the business and management skills to evaluate, synthesize, analyze, and apply the concepts when leading unique projects on a multi-national scale. Project management best practices are acknowledged and applied throughout the program including planning and execution, managing contracts and asset procurement, and leading complex projects and teams. Advanced topics include decision sciences, risk management, project control and monitoring, and financial metrics.
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The Master of Project Management program provides a professional, advanced degree to prepare students for success within our 21st century’s global, technology-rich, and multicultural economy. Utilizing a scholar-practitioner model, this academically accredited and rigorous learning experience is facilitated in an internet-based, technology-enabled, yet personally-interactive environment. Students acquire advanced professional project management practices beyond core project management knowledge, and they develop the technical, leadership, and critical-thinking and analysis skills that are required to create and successfully lead project teams.
All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.
CSU-Global is committed to ensuring that our students remain knowledgeable and competitive in the project management profession. In doing so, we've aligned our programs with the Project Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge.
Our course curriculum helps students better prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate exam as a way to showcase their skills and knowledge on top of, or in place of, experience in the field.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the professional project management field will be highly competitive, as it is projected to grow 11% within the next seven years, the same as the average of all occupations.
This means strong competition, and you will want to make yourself stand out among your competitors. By earning your online master in project management, you will not only gain more essential knowledge of the field and polish your skills, but you will also differentiate yourself from the rest of the crowd.
A master’s degree in project management is perfect for you, if you are:
Some of the different industries that employ project management professionals are:
As a professional in the field, you may well find that project managers are in high demand in almost every industry. Chart your path to professional success with a master's degree in Project Management today.
We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Decision Making and Problem Solving in Project Management Leadership and Strategic Leadership in 21st Century Project Management are two of the awards you can receive as part of our project management program.
CSU-Global’s accredited online master’s degree in project management is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the field. The program consists of 8 three-credit core courses as part of a full 36-credit master’s degree. (Some Master of Project Management students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.)
This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00.
The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
In this course, students gain an understanding of managing operational and strategic issues in public and private organizations facing accelerated social, economic, and technological changes. Students will examine organizational theory, strategic thinking and management, and theories guiding decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.
This course helps students develop an understanding of the various functions and responsibilities of the operations department in regards to today's competitive environment and market demands. The course examines quality management, the design and production of goods and services, effective supply chains and virtual chains, product life cycles, and the design and management of processes to develop and improve production and resource planning. Students analyze tools that make manufacturing, planning, and logistics of different supply chain strategies, including forecasting, system design, quality, supply chain management, and inventory management.
This course introduces the tasks and challenges fundamental to project management. Topics include how to manage teams, schedules, risks, and resources in order to produce a desired outcome. Case studies are incorporated into the course, allowing students to apply knowledge and skills associated with selecting, managing, organizing, planning, negotiating, budgeting, scheduling, controlling, and terminating a project.
This course emphasizes assessing and integrating project requirements in relation to user needs and organizational goals. Topics include requirements gathering, business analysis, and project planning. Case studies allow students to apply knowledge and skills associated with analyzing business situations, developing requirements, and translating user needs into technology and engineering specifications for development teams.
This course provides students with the best practices of contract management and purchasing. Topic areas include risk management planning, risk identification, risk analysis, responses to risk, risk monitoring, and risk control. In addition, the course covers the project manager's responsibilities in identifying and obtaining resources from vendors as well as the legal requirements and contracting processes involved.
In this advanced graduate level course, students will learn financial and success metrics as well as the techniques associated with monitoring and controlling project. Projects are typically short in duration and the project manager must incorporate steps to monitor the progress of the project as well as develop an assessment plan to measure the effectiveness of the project. Students in this class will learn the scope, pricing, cost, trade-offs, learning curves, and quality management within a project environment.
This course emphasizes the Project Management Office (PMO). The responsibilities of a PMO and the Project Management Professional (PMP) are identified, including defining and maintaining standards, policies, processes, and methods for project management within the organization. Students learn how to report to executive management on project activities, problems, and requirements as a strategic tool in keeping decision makers moving toward consistent, business- or mission-focused goals and objectives. Global best practices in project management are also discussed. Prerequisite: PJM535
The capstone course allows students to develop a plan for a major project in an industry or business of choice. Students will be required to analyze project goals, objectives, and scope in relationship to budget, schedule, and resources to propose a project with a full plan of implementation. The proposed plan must address strategies for overcoming challenges faced by similar projects, including a risk management plan, resource plan, monitoring plan, an evaluation plan, and a reporting plan. Students will utilize skills gained throughout the program to demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a project from conception to conclusion.
The PJM595 Project Management Internship provides students with practical experience in project management. Each student will work under the direct supervision of a master's level project management professional at the organization that serves as the Internship site. The purpose of the Internship is for students to demonstrate by practical application what they have learned during their core courses in the Master's in Project Management program. Students will be required to participate in discussions and assignments for the course while assuming an active role in the workplace, working with project management professionals to demonstrate program-related knowledge and skills. A minimum of 80 hours of Internship fieldwork must be completed during the eight weeks of the course.
In this course, students participate on the staff of a project management or related professional team under the co-supervision of faculty and agency personnel. Weekly journals and a mid-term report are required and combine theory and observation of professional practice. Other course requirements include a mid-term conference with the faculty internship coordinator and evaluation of the on-site supervisor. On-site hours are determined by credit hours. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete three courses (nine credits) prior to taking the internship. * PJM 595 is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a project management setting. See the Academic Catalog for additional information.
* Master’s Plus - Some Master of Project Management students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.
** The PJM595 Project Management Internship provides students with practical experience in project management. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization PolicyAuthorization Policy under Admissions Policies.
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