The Project Management (PM) specialization teaches students how to lead and implement changes in any matrix organization by converting big picture ideas into real-world applications. This specialization is extremely flexible and can be applicable in many career settings. Project Management skills are strategically and vitally important in meeting company goals, whether in Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing, Business etc. that includes profit or non-profit entities. The Project Management profession is experiencing a growing worldwide need for professionally skilled and academically qualified personnel.
Who Will Benefit from this Program:
Students who’d like to learn how to manage any or all aspects of a project from project inception to closure will find this career path the most challenging. The project management specialization is beneficial for students of all career types ranging from distribution and logistics to technology and marketing. A lot of our students join us with a financial services background because adding a project management specialization to their expertise, rounds out their skills and typically allows them to become business analysts.
Courses & Structure:
ALL THREE COURSES ARE REQUIRED:
- MBA 530 FOUNDATIONS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT – 3 hours – This course provides an overview of the methods and processes of modern project management. Topics covered include project scope, time, cost, risk, communications, quality, human resource, integration, and procurement management. It will also cover common project management tools like precedence diagramming, developing a work breakdown structure, risk analysis, and earned value analysis.
- MBA 531 INCREASING ORGANIZATION CAPACITY IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT – 3 hours – This course provides an overview of the strategies and tools necessary for the development of effective, long-lasting organizational capacity in project management. Topics covered include project management skill development, related skills, and organizational arrangements for effective project management, organizational learning, project management communities of practice, effective processes and tools for project management, and building the business case for project management initiatives.
- MBA 533 ADVANCED TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS FOR PROJECT MANAGERS – 3 hours – This course introduces students to advanced communications methods and techniques of use to project managers. It explores the challenges of communications, including requirements definition and conflict management, in the project context and allows students to develop skills that they can use as they manage their projects. Topics covered include communications models, conflict models, positional versus interest-based conflict management methods, and the application of conflict management tools and techniques.