Degree Specialization in Project Management

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In today’s fast-paced, highly competitive, global business world, professionals who can effectively plan and manage complex projects are in great demand.

By earning a graduate certificate in project management, or by adding a project management specialization to your master’s degree program, you’ll show employers that you have the hard and soft skills to make sure the job gets done, even with complex, cross-functional projects, short time horizons, and limited budgets. Project Management Professionals are valuable assets in any industry.

You’ll learn systematic problem-solving and decision-making skills, business analytical skills, organizational development, strategic planning, cost and risk management, financial metrics, change management, monitoring tools, and more. The courses in this program cover the topics, skills, and knowledge required for professional certifications associated with the Project Management Institute (PMI), including the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and the Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

COURSES IN THIS SPECIALIZATION

This program consists of four graduate online project management courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

  • 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.
  • 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
    This course teaches students financial and success metrics as well as the techniques associated with monitoring and controlling projects. Students incorporate steps to monitor the progress of the project as well as develop an assessment plan to measure the effectiveness of the project. Topics include scope, pricing, cost, trade-offs, learning curves, and quality management within a project environment. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM560 Project Management Office (PMO)
    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

CORRESPONDING MASTER DEGREE PROGRAMS

A specialization in Project Management pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider a Graduate Specialization

Customize your master’s degree with a specialization that fits your professional aspirations and personal ambitions. Just add four additional, upper-division courses to your degree program, and gain skills in a related subject that complements your degree. Much like a minor, or degree concentration, a graduate specialization allows you the opportunity to examine an additional area of interest. Add a specialization to your master’s degree to showcase career-specific skills that meet your professional goals.

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