Project Management (Master's)
The Project Management master's degree concentration is offered online or on campus at the University of Denver in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Receive hands−on, practical instruction from professional practitioners who work in the fields they teach on the tools and techniques of effective project management. Learn how to develop a clear plan that places a project in the context of an organization's strategic plan, while considering budgetary, scheduling, and human capital implications.
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. In addition, the master's degree concentration provides practical experience in using the tools and techniques of effective project management. You'll learn the basic principles of project management and become proficient in the use of project management software and understand how to develop a plan that clearly places a project in the context of an organization’s strategic plan.
This degree prepares students to:
- Understand the basic principles of project management and become proficient in the use of project management software
- Be prepared to deal with the legal ramifications of running a complex project
- Develop a comprehensive risk management plan for a project
- Manage the complexity inherent in large−scale projects
- Develop a plan that clearly places a project in the context of an organization's strategic plan
- Prepare to pass the PMI ® Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Exam
Leadership and Organizations Outcomes
This program prepares students to:
- Identify a clear mission and lead the dynamic process of translating a mission in to a series of goals and outcomes
- Utilize the knowledge of an organization's most important resource, people, in the creation and transmission of knowledge and economic, cultural, and technological change
- Align mission, vision, people, resources, and goals to maximize success and value over time for an organization
- Design and implement processes and content in organizations to meet the description of organizational excellence, which includes strong leadership and relationships
MPS in Leadership and Organizations with a concentration in Project Management requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Professional Foundation Courses - 12 qtr. hrs
Professional Foundations 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.
Concentration Courses - 16 qtr. hrs (Choose 4)
Professional 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.
Further Study - 12 qtr. hrs (Choose 3)
Further Studies Options allow students to customize their degrees to match their career needs by either choosing in-depth study in their concentration by selecting three of the following courses, or exploring other options by using our Degree Builder tool.
Customize your degree or certificate using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.Core Coures - 8 qtr. hrs
The Graduate Research and Writing and Capstone Project courses are required for all master's degree students. The Graduate Research and Writing course prepares students for the writing and research assignments throughout their program, including the capstone project. The Capstone Project is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
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Careers in Project Management
Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Program Lead, Consultant, Administrator, Project Lead, Senior Consultant, Program Manager, Director, Project Scheduler.
Communication, management, planning, strategy, development, collaboration, analysis, monitoring, marketing, review and evaluation, troubleshooting, presenting, scheduling.
The Project Management Institute recently predicted the creation of 15.7 million project management positions globally through 2020. While full-time positions are quickly growing, employers are also looking for workers with knowledge in project management; one of the seven key skills employers are looking for in 2013 includes project management, according to a report by U.S. News and World Report.
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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