About the Project Management Specialization
UMUC master's degree programs with project management specializations are accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
The interdisciplinary Project Management specialization provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation in project management. This specialization is designed to serve managers and other professionals who wish to acquire, enhance, and certify their knowledge and skills to successfully design, integrate, develop, and manage projects. Students gain hands-on experience using various project management tools and techniques to successfully manage "real world" projects of varying sizes and degrees of complexity. Additionally, students apply emerging principles and methods in the modern project management field.
The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.
Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Project Management specialization may qualify for these positions:
Some fields such as aerospace, construction, information technology, and government contracting are natural environments to practice project management principles. Driven by the need for innovation in rapidly changing environments, many other fields and industries are discovering that project-based organizations are more appropriate than their traditional modes of management. This growing perception applies from the lowest levels of management to the strategic boardroom.
Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 and UCSP 621 prior to taking MGMT 640.
Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.
Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take COMM 600, Academic Writing for Graduate Students (3).
Core Required Courses
UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study
- MGMT 610 Organizational Theory (3)
- MGMT 615 Intercultural Communication and Leadership (3)
- MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
- MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)
Clustered Course Option
- MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
- Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
- MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.
- MGMT 640 is prerequisite to FIN 610 in the Financial Management specialization.
Project Management (PMAN) Specialization Required Courses
- PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management (3)
- PMAN 635 Advanced Project Methods (3)
- PMAN 637 Project Risk Management (3)
- PMAN 638 Project Communications Management (3)
- PMAN 639 Project Quality Management (3)
- PMAN 641 Project Procurement Management (3)
- PMAN 650 Financial and Strategic Management of Projects (3)
- PMAN 634 must be taken as the first course.
- MGMT 640, TMAN 625, or ITEC 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) must be taken before PMAN 635. PMAN 634 must be taken before or along with PMAN 635.
- PMAN 635 must be taken before PMAN 637, PMAN 639, and PMAN 650.
* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
1 Source: "The Human Factor: The Hard Time Employers Have Finding Soft Skills," Burning Glass Technologies, November 2015
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