PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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.

Overview

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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Career Outlook

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:

  • Organized
  • Creative
  • Analytical
  • Good with numbers and technology
  • Good at budgeting
  • Excellent at time management
  • An effective communicator
  • Good at collecting and interpreting data
  • Efficient at evaluating organizational needs

Some of the different industries that employ project management professionals are:

  • Company and Enterprise Management
  • Government
  • Education
  • Radio and Television
  • Finance
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing and Construction
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Healthcare

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.

Degree Optimization

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.  

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Earn Your Master's Degree In Project Management Online

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.

Description 

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and solve organizational problems using a systematic decision making approach.
  • Apply advanced principles of project management and organizational development.
  • Critically analyze the environment, identify problems, and research alternative solutions in the development and execution of strategy within a global marketplace.
  • Analyze individual/group activities and research projects.
  • Execute strategic planning and best practices for cost and risk management, financial metrics, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Apply techniques for quantifying and managing the impact of change on a project.
  • Evaluate testing, reliability, validity, and product quality data to ensure project success.
  • Determine the primary traits and factors associated with successful leaders from a performance perspective through the use of leadership inventories and assessments.
  • Apply ethical theories and models to global business policies, practices, and trends via case studies and scenarios.
  • Identify requirements for staffing and managing international projects.

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Courses

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.) 

  • 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 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.
  • 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 Analyses
    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 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.
  • PJM535: Project Metrics, Monitoring, and Control
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Faculty

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.

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Specializations

We will help you customize your online master degree in project management by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of four courses in your chosen area of interest. 

Explore Your Specialization Options for Your Master’s in Project Management:

  • Accounting
    The accounting program is ideal for students interested in pursuing advanced business opportunities in financial planning, bookkeeping, or accounting fields.

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  • Applied Business Management
    Gain a competitive advantage and increase career prospects through this specialization or certificate of completion with a focus on practical business and management skills in accounting, financing, strategic development, organizational change, and more.

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  • Business Intelligence
    This program focused on utilizing data and interpreting trends in information to accomplish company objectives and goals.

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  • Criminal Justice Leadership
    The criminal justice field includes careers in security, courts, corrections, and forensics, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The graduate level Criminal Justice Leadership program provides advanced management skills to further your professional development.

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  • Fraud Management
    The Fraud Management program is ideal for financial specialists focused on the prevention of deceitful practices and activity through the effective management and protection of sensitive information.

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  • Healthcare Administration
    Professionals interested in the management of healthcare facilities and departments should consider CSU-Global's online Healthcare Administration program in order to acquire knowledge and best practices for effective supervision and decision making in the healthcare field.

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  • Human Resource Management
    Students interested in furthering their careers in the field of human resources should consider this program, which provides organizational management skills with an emphasis on personnel, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. This program is designed as an HRCI certification prep course.

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  • Human Resource Performance
    Students who aim to improve an organization’s effectiveness through human resources should consider the Human Resource Performance program. Emphasis is on the successful management of organized labor employees in dynamic environments.

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  • Information Technology
    Managers, directors, and senior executives in information technology can gain vital knowledge to increase an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness in the marketplace through the advanced IT strategies and implementation training provided by this program.

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  • International Management
    In today’s global marketplace, effective leadership in any industry requires special skills. Students interested in pursuing a career with multi-national strategic vision benefit from the skills and application of knowledge obtained in the International Management program.

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  • Organizational Leadership and Change Management
    Managers, at any level or tenure, must be able to adapt to the ever-changing landscape of business. Students in this program gain the tools for career advancement by learning to thrive through market innovations and handle rapid organizational growth and change.

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  • Organizational Learning and Performance
    Learn to apply essential learning strategies and instructional design techniques in order to increase performance and accomplish organizational goals. Key topics include performance and delivery systems, assessment and evaluation, the use of learning technologies, and strategic planning and leadership.

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  • Strategic Innovation and Change Management
    This program focuses on enhancing one’s ability to efficiently manage though the strategic implementation of change and evolution within a business or organization. Managers who effectively adapt to meet the needs of their environment are more likely to succeed.

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Cost

Earning you master’s degree from CSU-Global shows that you already know how to get superior results without breaking the budget. Our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled, with no student fees or out-of-state tuition upcharges. 

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Schedule

Balancing school with your professional, family, and other life obligations shouldn’t be a complex project.  Our year-round, 100% online classes give you the flexibility to learn and study when it’s most convenient for you.

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