Earn your master's degree in information technology with a specialization in project management to successfully lead large projects and grow your career advancement opportunities.

The Master of Science in information technology with a project management specialization at University of Maryland University College allows you to gain advanced IT management skills while building expertise for project management certification. Your specialization courses include project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods, while your core IT courses give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles in today's technology-based work environments.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Information Technology Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

The project management curriculum features a comprehensive project in an industry you select, so you can gain real-world experience. You'll learn career-relevant skills you can apply immediately in the workplace.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
  • Manage the schedule of a complex project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
  • Perform quantitative analyses and manage risks involved in a complex project
  • Apply advanced knowledge in computer systems architecture
  • Analyze, design, and implement information systems
  • Plan projects, build teams, and create and modify effective control mechanisms

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
  • Complete a team project using cash flow analysis, scheduling projects based on resource availability, resource leveling, expediting projects, quantitative risk analysis, and techniques for estimating actual vs. expected project duration and cost
  • Proactively manage issues that adversely impact the successful scope, scheduling, control, and completion of a project

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams

Information Technology Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ITEC 610
  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • ITEC 640

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
  • You must complete 6 credits of core courses before taking a specialization course.

Specialization Courses

  • PMAN 634
  • PMAN 635
  • PMAN 637
  • PMAN 638
  • PMAN 639
  • PMAN 641
  • PMAN 650

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • PMAN 634 is a prerequisite to all other PMAN courses and must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • ITEC 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) must be taken before PMAN 635.
  • PMAN 635 must be taken before PMAN 637, PMAN 639, and PMAN 650.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
 

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in project coordination and management and potentially program management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.

Quality Assurance Recognition

Individuals who complete this program earn project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam.