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Master of Science in Project Management

Program Highlights

Project management skills are applicable to a growing range of industries, including consulting management, construction and housing industries, government, information systems and management, healthcare and financial industries, commercial organizations, public relations, and many more. The online Master of Science in Project Management (MPM) degree program at VIU provides students with the technical and operational skills necessary to excel in leadership positions as project managers. Graduates will be well-versed in decision making processes, ethics, communication, globalization, and analytical frameworks.

 Courses in the online MPM program emphasize project progressive elaboration strategies as well as application theory used to monitor and control project scope, costs, risks, schedules, quality, human resources, communications, procurement, and contracts with the ultimate goal of achieving project objectives in terms of on-time deliverables and within budget.

Degree at Glance

The online Master of Science in Project Management (MPM) requires 36 academic credits and consists of three areas of study that develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become a project manager. If desired, graduates can take an additional course aimed at successful preparation for obtaining the professional certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
General Management Core Courses 4 12
Project Management Core Courses 6 18
Thesis Courses 2 6
Total 12 36

MS in PROJECT MANAGEMENT: General Management Core Courses (4 Courses - 12 Credit Hours)
* General Management Core Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all project managers need including accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and leadership. Every MPM student must complete the following four (4) courses:
Code Course Title Credits
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting and Finance
Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting, BUSS303 Principles of Finance
3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management
Prerequisite: STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics
3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management
Prerequisite: None
3
MBA 514 Marketing Management
Prerequisite: None
3
Total Credit Hours Required 12
MS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Project Management Core Courses (6 Courses - 18 Credit Hours)
* Project Management Core Courses offer students the familiarity and skills in managing projects, evaluating risks, handling contractual and procurement activities, and analyzing advanced projects management practices. Every MPM student must complete the following six (6) courses:
Code Course Title Credits
PMP 605 Project Management Systems
Prerequisite: None
3
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices
Prerequisite: None
3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management
Prerequisite: None
3
PMP 620 Contract and Procurement
Prerequisite: None
3
PMP 623 Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, and Global Boundaries
Prerequisite: None
3
PMP 625 Advanced Project Management Practices
Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems
3
Total Credit Hours Required 18
MS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Project Management Thesis Course (2 Courses - 6 Credit Hours)
* The project management concept is commonly integrated across many disciplines. As a project manager, it is important to have a working understanding of various industries. Through the thesis process, students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate people, processes, and technology for the purpose of understanding an organization’s mission and vision as well as actualize their understanding through imperial research.
Code Course Title Credits
PMP 698 Master Thesis I
Prerequisite: Completion of at least five courses and Dean’s or academic advisor’s approval.
3
PMP 699 Master Thesis II
Prerequisite: PMP 698 Master Thesis I
3
Total Credit Hours Required 6
MS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT: OPTIONAL PMP Exam Preparation (1 Course - 3 Credit Hours)
* To obtain in-depth professional preparation for passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, students may consider taking an additional course. The requirement for taking this course is the completion of Project Management Core Curriculum.
Code Course Title Credits
PMP 650 PMP Exam Preparation
Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems, PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices and PMP 615 Risk Project Management
3
Total Credit Hours Required 3