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Master of Science in Project Management

The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) provides students with advanced instruction through a rigorous 30-hr curriculum focusing on personal and organizational effectiveness, principled leadership, innovative analytical procedures and solutions to emerging technical resource issues. The program of study is tailored to equip professionals working in industry, governmental agencies, and business to achieve higher levels of effectiveness in managing and leading their organizations in project implementation and team-based, multi-disciplinary initiatives.

The program contains two core curriculum modules focusing on technical project management (4 courses) and principled leadership (2 courses), followed by a choice of emphasis tracks in the student's area of interest (4 Courses).

Curriculum Module

The core curriculum modules are summarized as follows:

   • Technical Project Management – This is a core component of the program comprised of a four-course series; overview of project management, project scheduling, quality management and operations. Upon completion students earn a Graduate Certificate in Technical Program Management, representing twelve credit hours.

  • Principled Leadership – This is a core component of the program encompassing a two-course progression in project manager leadership. Leadership development is pertinent to project and program managers. Courses will focus on leadership development in a project management context and applied leadership concepts that are proven to be successful.

In addition to the two core curriculum modules, students are required to select an emphasis track in management leadership studies or a variety of election areas in project management; summarized as follows:

  • Electives – This track is comprised of four courses selected from a variety of elective offerings pertinent to the career and personal development needs of the individual student.  Elective courses are available in Systems Engineering Management, Program Management, Leadership, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Cyber Security, Information Assurance, Computer Science, and Business. Students can choose from a variety of courses to meet their educational goals.  Students may select four courses from a single elective area, or a total of four courses from several elective areas.  The flexibility provided in electives is intended to support the career and professional needs of individual students. 

Qualified non degree seeking students are encouraged to benefit from the curriculum as follows:

1) a source of transfer credits for students enrolled in online graduate programs

2) continued professional development for practicing engineers or project managers 

3) enables professionals to obtain a graduate certificate in technical program management

4) facilitates preparation for achieving Project Management Professional (PMP) certification by Project Management Institute (PMI).

Other students, with specific educational goals outside of the leadership and engineering areas, can coordinate with the MSPM faculty to schedule and complete optional elective courses.

Read more about the program here (MSPM brochure)