Project Management (Master's)
Gain practical experience in using the tools and techniques of effective project management in this program designed to provide hands-on instruction throughout your experience. Organizations rely on sound project management to ensure timeline, scope, and budget goals are met. You’ll learn:
- Project management software
- Risk management
- Legal issues
- Plan development
- Contracts and procurement
- Financing and budget development
The content for the Project Management concentration has been developed to parallel the Project Management Institute's (PMI® Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide. It covers all of the relevant areas and prepares the student to do well on the PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam.
MS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Project Management requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 20 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ORL 4500 - Leadership Development
- ORL 4510 - Building the 21st Century Organization
- ORL 4520 - Principles of Financing for Organizations
- ORL 4905 - Graduate Social Research Methods
- ORL 4901 - ORL Capstone Project
- ORL 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ORL 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- ICT 4100 - Principles of Project Management
- ICT 4105 - Project Contracts & Procurement
- ICT 4110 - Project Management Tools & Techniques
- ICT 4115 - Project Management Dynamics
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Leadership and Organizations programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
After you submit your academic plan, your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Leadership and Organizations programs include:
- ICT 4015 - Managing Technology For Strategic Value
- ICT 4155 - Strategic Alliances in the Technology Sector
- ICT 4160 - Advanced Methods for Complex Projects
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Careers in Project Management
Administrator, Consultant, Director, Program Lead, Program Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Lead, Project Manager, Project Scheduler, Senior Consultant
Analyzing project risks; assessing and securing project resources; controlling project costs and issues; defining project scopes; developing project budgets and timeliness; documenting the progress of projects; estimating project costs and durations; evaluating project milestones and overall success; managing external and internal project team members; monitoring and reporting on the progress of a project; negotiating contracts; overseeing project implementation and execution; participating in the strategic planning and development process; performing quality assurance for projects; planning and scheduling project activities; preparing project proposals and reports; working with external and internal clients
In a 2013 article by US News and World Report, project management is listed first among the seven key skills employers are most looking for in job candidates. From construction to healthcare, the increasing demand for professionals with highly developed project management abilities crosses all industries, the Project Management Institute reports. In fact, the national need for trained project managers is expected to grow by 12% by the year 2020, resulting in almost 6.2 million American jobs.
Careers In Leadership and Organizations
Raising the bar.
Whether you're raising money or developing fundraisers for the arts, education, or another worthwhile cause, quality fundraisers are in short supply, according to Philanthropy.com. A National Study of Challenges Facing Non-profit Fundraising has found a significant lack of qualified development directors, and several non-profits seek candidates to successfully fill these positions in addition to positions requirement basic fundraising skills. Take note of the rise in online fundraising success, particularly with social media revolutionizing the way we interact. Brush up on email outreach skills, social media savvy, and internet marketing knowledge.
Lean, green, and keen!
As companies look for improving efficiency and technology processes during hard economic times, directors, analysts, and managers are expected to think lean and be innovative in the workplace. There is a growing need for resourceful project managers in financial, technology, and legal sectors, as well as in energy and healthcare. Bonus! Project managers enjoyed earning more during the recession compared to the past two years, according to the PMI® Project Management Salary Survey. Independent consultants are also in high in demand, as companies try to save money by hiring one-off consultants for large-scale projects in need of management. Going green with virtual meetings and teams will easily play into this need for independent consultants.
Where are they now?
Graduates have job titles that include Chief Sales Officer, Advisory Project Manager, Branch Manager, Professional Sales Representative, Director of HR, Independent Consultant, Vice President, Director of Communications, Human Resources Associate, and Director of Development for companies or organizations such as Halliburton, Johnson & Johnson, Home State Bank, Info Solutions Company, PMSI, and independent small businesses.
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