The Master of Science in management specialization in project management provides a solid knowledge base to help you prepare for various professional certification exams and allows you to develop and advance business management skills while building expertise in traditional, agile, and hybrid project management. Through your specialization, courses you'll learn how to use hard and soft skills to manage projects with varying sizes and levels of complexity while your core management courses give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles in any work environment.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Management Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Appraise the potential and relevance of technology and quantitative analytical methods to support project management efforts
- Apply quantitative analytical methods when appropriate to support project management efforts
- Apply project leadership knowledge and skills essential for creating high-performing teams and effecting organizational transformation that respects and harnesses human capital
- Formulate how to apply project management practices, skills, tools, and techniques judiciously and effectively
- Tailor the project/program approach, methodology, and governance to align with project and organizational characteristics, strategies, and priorities
- Apply business management skills that amplify a project manager’s effectiveness, efficiency, and influence
- Evaluate how a given project/program interfaces with operations and product and portfolio management
- Create project/program alignment with the broader project context and environment
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
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
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- MGMT 630
- MGMT 640
- MGMT 650
- PMAN 634
- PMAN 635
- PMAN 637
- PMAN 638
- PMAN 639
- PMAN 641
- PMAN 650
- MGMT 670
Course Rules and Program Progression
- MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
- MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630.
- MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
- You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
- PMAN 634 is 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.
- 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.
Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.
Recommended Course Sequence
This is our recommended course sequence to progress through this program. This sequence incorporates course prerequisites and program requirements but does not list course alternatives that may be available. We recommend you take a maximum of 6 credits per term. You cannot take a prerequisite with its subsequent course during the same session. Your plan will be unique and dependent on multiple factors, including the number of credits you transfer to this program.
Contact an advisor if you any questions about this plan, course alternatives, or your course load limit.
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
If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.
If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.
UMGC's master's degree programs with project management specializations are accredited 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 and your certification is current and valid, you may receive credit for PMAN 634. PMP and CAPM are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Program manager
- Project manager
- Quality assurance manager
- Risk manager
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- Bell Labs
- General Dynamics
- National Defense University
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Department of Defense