Successfully lead large projects with the master's degree in management with a specialization in project management.

The Master of Science in management with a specialization in project management from University of Maryland University College allows you to develop advanced business management skills while building expertise for project management certification.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

The project management specialization curriculum is aligned with certifications from the Project Management Institute. Your courses will include project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods, while core management courses will give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles in today's workplace. You'll complete a comprehensive project in an industry you select to gain experience and learn 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 and conflicts that arise
  • Perform quantitative analyses and manage risks involved in complex projects
  • Coach and mentor employees
  • Manage culturally diverse work environments
  • Assess performance at the individual, group, and organization levels

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Complete a team project using cash-flow analysis; resource leveling; quantitative risk analysis; and techniques for estimating actual versus expected project duration and cost, scheduling projects based on resource availability, and expediting projects
  • 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 exam(s):

Management 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

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630
  • MGMT 630 or MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.

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.
  • MGMT 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.

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

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, project management, and potentially program management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have 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. If you lack a recent background in statistics, we recommend you take UCSP 630.

Quality Assurance Recognition

UMUC's master's degree programs with project management specializations are recognized by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Completing this program earns you the project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam. If you are already certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, you may receive credit for PMAN 634 if you begin study for the master's degree within five years of earning certification. Graduate advisors can provide more information.