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

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

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

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Specialization Courses

  • PMAN 634
  • PMAN 635
  • PMAN 637
  • PMAN 638
  • PMAN 639
  • PMAN 641
  • PMAN 650

Capstone Course

  • 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.

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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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

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.

Program Accreditation

PMI Global Accreditation SealUMGC'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.