Demand for professionals who understand the principles and practices of project management is predicted to increase dramatically over the next decade.* Walden University’s M.S. in Project Management can help equip you with the skills needed to manage projects while leading diverse teams to help your organization achieve its strategic goals. Explore ways to communicate effectively with all stakeholders and control project risks as you successfully develop and implement projects for your organization.
* The M.S. in Project Management is designed to meet the standards of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Course content is aligned with the knowledge areas of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and will prepare you for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential exam.
* Courses, such as Integrated Project Process Management and Budgeting and Management of Organizations, provide the opportunity to gain both the management and technical expertise to lead a range of projects in your organization.
* A high-impact case study, with an engaging social change component, ties together all aspects of project management and reinforces how project management and related decisions shapes an organization.
Eligibility for the PMP Credential requires individuals to first attain specific educational and project management experience, including 35 contact hours of project management education and a minimum of three years, or 36 months, of project management experience, during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks. The final step for earning the PMP Credential is passing the PMP exam.
As you pursue an M.S. in Project Management, you will be participating in a variety of learning experiences and resources designed to give you the competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Put your newfound knowledge to work on a real-world project through your capstone course. Participate in a comprehensive case study providing relevant and practical applications of project management skills taught throughout the program. This high-impact program geared toward social change furthers your understanding of how project management and related decisions influence your organization.
The M.S. in Project Management provides tools that can help you advance your career. You will have the opportunity to learn how to:
* Apply the theoretical and practical aspects of project management to formulate strategies that enable your organization to achieve its strategic goals.
* Evaluate project management as an emerging business model that includes managing complexities, responding to change, and optimizing business performance in a dynamic environment.
* Use critical-thinking and analytical skills to investigate complex business problems and propose project-based solutions.
* Assess project risks considering both threats and opportunities posed by environmental factors.
* Make reasoned, ethical decisions that are based on professional standards and are in the best interest of the project, the organization, the environment, and society.
* Assess leadership styles and determine leadership effectiveness in organizations managed by function, matrices, and projects.
* 31 semester credit hours
o Foundation course (1 sem. cr.)
o Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
o Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)
* Minimum 3.0 GPA
Estimated time to completion: Less than 2 years depending on individual progress and credits transferred.