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Achieve Your Dream Career With an Online Master’s Degree in Project Management

CSU Global’s online Master’s Degree in Project Management is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs, which qualifies M.S. program alumni to receive substantial credit toward their experience requirement when applying for any PMI certification.

Earning your M.S. in Project Management will prove you’re capable of managing complex modern projects and signal that you’re fully capable of leading projects from ideation to execution.

As a professional project manager, you’ll utilize a series of sophisticated planning and management skills, and you’ll be the individual organization’s trust to get things done, as you’ll be responsible for delivering projects on track, on time, and under budget.

CSU Global’s Project Management graduate program will prepare you to assume command of organizational projects, enabling you to create an efficient and effective total organization perspective that goes much deeper than silo thinking.


Career Outlook

PMI ALIGNED FOR PMP CERTIFICATION CSU Global’s graduate degree in project management is aligned with PMI’s Body of Knowledge and prepares students for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate exam.

99% OF ALUMNI WORKING IN THEIR FIELD Master’s in Project Management alumni from CSU Global report exceptionally high rates of working in their field after completing the program.

$100,930 MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY According to the BLS, the median annual salary for General and Operations Managers is over $100,000.

PROJECT MANAGER, PROGRAM MANAGER, OPERATIONS MANAGER The top three job titles as reported by CSU Global’s M.S. in Project Management alumni.

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PMI Certification Requirements Reduced for GAC-Accredited Program Graduates

The Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is excited to announce that graduates of GAC-accredited programs are granted substantial credit toward the experience requirement when they apply for any PMI certification. This new benefit applies retroactively to the degree program’s initial accreditation date, and applies to each PMI certification. 

Watch a Quick 2-Minute Overview

This short video covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Why you should consider getting an M.S. in Project Management.
  • What you’ll learn in our online Master’s Degree in Project Management.
  • Why you should pick CSU Global’s Project Management Master’s program.

Mission Statement for our Project Management Master’s Program

CSU Global’s GAC-accredited Master’s of Science degree in Project Management program prepares students to achieve success in our modern, global, technology-rich, and multicultural economy. 

Utilizing a scholar-practitioner model, this accredited, rigorous learning experience is facilitated in an online yet interactive environment. 

Students acquire advanced professional project management practices beyond core project management knowledge, and they develop the technical, leadership, critical-thinking, and analysis skills that are required to create and successfully lead project teams.

What Will You Learn From Our M.S. in Project Management?

Our Project Manager Master’s program will train you for the career you deserve and prepare you to excel in high-performing global organizations by integrating the study of core business disciplines with advanced leadership and decision-making skills.

As a student in our program, you’ll gain the management skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, analyze, and apply concepts when leading unique projects on a multi-national scale. 

You’ll also learn to apply project management best practices throughout the program in planning and execution, managing contracts and asset procurement, and when leading complex projects and teams. Advanced topics you’ll study include:

  • Decision sciences
  • Risk management
  • Project control and monitoring
  • Financial metrics

What Project Management Skills Will You Develop?

Whether you already have experience in the industry and simply lack the degree needed to advance in your role, or you have little prior experience in the field, our M.S. in Project Management is designed to train you for a successful career as a project manager.

After completing your Master's in Project Management online from CSU Global, you’ll have the skills needed to apply advanced project management and organizational principles to successfully implement projects. 

Our program will focus on developing essential project manager skill sets, including abilities to:

  • Critically analyze the environment in executing projects within a global marketplace.
  • Apply advanced project management and organizational principles and skills to successfully implement projects. 
  • Determine the primary professional traits and factors associated with successful project managers and leaders.
  • Execute effective planning and control strategies and best practices for time, cost, scope, quality, and risk management to ensure project success.
  • Apply ethical principles and models to global business policies, practices, and trends via case studies and scenarios.

What Online Project Management Courses Will You Take?

CSU Global’s Master of Science program in Project Management requires the completion of 36 total credits, including a mix of Core Degree Courses and Degree Specialization Courses.

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Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    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.
  • ORG502 Effective Organizations—Theory and Practice
    In this course, students gain an understanding of leading operational and strategic issues in public and private organizations facing accelerated social, economic, and technological changes. Students will examine organizational theory, strategic thinking, and theories guiding decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.
  • OPS510 Operations 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.
  • PJM500 Project 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.
  • PJM525 Business Analysis
    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.
  • PJM530 Contracts, Procurement, and Risk Management
    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the procurement-and risk-management processes in projects. The course also helps students evaluate and synthesize concepts within the domains of contract management and risk management, and helps students identify and assess recommended practices in contract management and purchasing. Topics primarily include risk-management planning, risk identification, risk analysis, risk-response strategies, 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. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM535 Project Metrics, Monitoring, and Control
    Selecting, evaluating, and communicating performance metrics plays a critical role in successful monitoring and control of projects. This course provides an in-depth discussion of project management metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and it explores related topics such as value-based project management metrics, dashboards, and measurement-driven project management. The course discusses the role of metrics in effective monitoring and control of projects, and provides an overview of the most important considerations in proper use and communication of project performance metrics. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM560 Project Management Office (PMO)
    This course emphasizes the Project Management Office (PMO). Students will learn the elements of a PMO, which includes defining and maintaining standards, policies, processes, and methods for project management within the organization. Learners will also identify the responsibilities of the Project Management Professional (PMP) to include guidance, documentation, and metrics related to the practices involved in managing and implementing projects within the organization. A PMO may also get involved in project-related tasks and follow up on project activities through completion. The office may report on project activities, problems, and requirements to executive management as a strategic tool in keeping implementers and decision-makers moving toward consistent, business- or mission-focused goals and objectives. Organizations around the globe are defining, borrowing, and collecting best practices in the process of project management and are increasingly assigning the PMO to exert overall influence and evolution of thought to continual organizational improvement. Prerequisite: PJM535
  • PJM580 Capstone — Project Management
    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.
  • PJM595** Project Management Practicum
    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.

* 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 Policy  under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (12 Credits)

When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

Most Popular Specializations:

Additional Available Specializations for this Program:

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PMI Certification Requirements Reduced for GAC-Accredited Program Graduates

The Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is excited to announce that graduates of GAC-accredited programs are granted substantial credit toward the experience requirement when they apply for any PMI certification. This new benefit applies retroactively to the degree program’s initial accreditation date, and applies to each PMI certification. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Consider Studying Project Management?

Project management is essential to all modern organizations, especially large companies, institutions or corporations looking to keep projects on track, on time, and on budget. 

As a project manager, you’ll serve an essential role in managing limited resources and planning to overcome unexpected hurdles, ensuring that the pace of work continues even when unforeseen problems arise.

The skills and abilities you develop in CSU Global’s M.S. in Project Management program will ensure that you bring value to any organization from day one, and that you’re capable of leading complex organizations through complicated projects, making you an essential asset to the leadership team.

Demand for project managers is also likely to remain strong in future years, stimulated by several factors, including:

  • Compression of the life cycle for products and/or services.
  • Technological advancement and the explosion of knowledge.
  • Widespread adoption of the triple bottom line philosophy (planet, people, prosperity).
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and corporate downsizing.
  • Increased customer focus.
  • Small projects representing big problems.

What Do Project Managers Actually Do?

If you haven’t already gained experience in the field, then you may be wondering what project managers do on a daily basis, but even if you do already have some experience, you may have been serving in more traditional roles.

Modern project managers are responsible for a series of complicated tasks, including: 

  • Marshalling resources required to successfully complete a project on track, on time, and on budget.
  • Linking directly to the customer interface.
  • Providing direction, coordination, and integration to the team members involved in the project. 
  • Being fully responsible for the performance and success of the projects they oversee.
  • Coordinating assets to ensure the right people are getting involved at the right time on the right issues so that the right decisions can be made to ensure project success.

Project managers are also commonly asked to serve a larger organizational role as well, with common responsibilities including:

  • Overseeing project selection.
  • Monitoring aggregate resource levels and skills of organizational assets.
  • Encouraging the use of best practices.
  • Balancing projects in order to manage organizational risk.
  • Improving communications across all stakeholders.
  • Creating a total organization perspective that goes beyond silo thinking.

If you thrive on overcoming challenges and you enjoy planning, organizing and scheduling, as well as working with people and serving as a leader, then you may be perfectly-suited for success as a professional project manager.

How Do You Get a Job As a Project Manager?

The simplest and fastest way to develop the skills, abilities and experience required for professional project manager roles is to complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Project Management.

CSU Global’s online Master’s Degree in Project Management will introduce you to project management best practices and train you to analyze and apply project management theories and concepts to complicated organizational projects, teaching you to effectively manage limited resources.

Our alumni graduate with a sophisticated understanding of essential project management knowledge, including contracts, asset procurement, risk, project control, monitoring, and earned value methods.

Alumni also graduate prepared to analyze the costs and benefits of Total Quality Management, a critical process for professional project managers. 

Finally, this program also provides training on the soft skills required to lead teams through complex projects, including leadership, communication, and team building.

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Project Management?

Completing your M.S. in Project Management means you’ll be prepared to take on the daily duties and responsibilities required of professional project managers, including:

  • Analyzing project records to effectively monitor and control all elements of an organizational project.
  • Helping to make crucial staffing decisions, ensuring each project has the resources it needs.
  • Developing detailed project plans and managing budgets.
  • Making effective resource management decisions, ensuring projects are completed on time and under budget. 

As a working project manager, you will be required to deliver successful results by managing temporary, non-repetitive activities, and our M.S. in Project Management will prepare you to handle this role both effectively, and efficiently. 

What Jobs Can You Get With a Master’s Degree in Project Management?

CSU Global’s Online Project Management Master’s Courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to serve as an effective, skilled and successful project manager.

According to the Project Management Institute, the median salary for project professionals in the U.S. in 2020 is $116,000.

Some commonly held project management job titles include:

Is a Master’s Degree in Project Management Worth It?

Yes! While it may take hard work and dedication to complete your Master’s Degree in Project Management, this is a great industry to launch a career in, and CSU Global’s 100% online Project Management Master’s program is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door. 

Why would you want to earn your M.S. in Project Management from CSU Global?

CSU Global is one of the best online project management graduate schools, having recently earned several awards, including:

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc. CSU Global’s M.S. in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management.


Online Course Report ranked CSU Global #7 in their top 10 online Masters in Project Management 2019.


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“I feel that my business and leadership experience has added value to the weekly discussions and exchanges of ideas with my classmates. But as importantly, I have learned from them through their diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The learning that comes from sharing ideas with others is one of the most valuable aspects of the online educational format.”



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