Master of Science in Project Management

Campus Locations
Application Deadlines
Fall 2016: August 8
Spring 2017: November 28
Credits Required for Graduation

*Based on rates for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Program Description

Be in Demand
From 2010 to 2020, demand for project-management professionals will grow by more than 12% in the U.S., leading to nearly 6.2 million jobs in 2020.

In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies succeed or fail based on their ability to bring quality products and services to market on time, on budget, and within specifications. As a consequence, the need for knowledgeable project managers spans every industry—from banking, biotechnology, and construction management to non-profits, performing arts, and entertainment organizations. The resulting shortage of talent has created expansive career opportunities as well as rising salaries.

Program Objectives

Northeastern University’s MS in Project Management ALIGN program provides the theoretical concepts and the practical skills you need to lead complex projects successfully—from initial planning, budgeting, and negotiations through project oversight and final evaluation. Northeastern’s program is also accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center, one of fewer than 30 programs in North America with that credential. Our graduates develop concrete skills through the program, such as the ability to:

  • Effectively manage multiple, sometimes interrelated, complex projects
  • Implement enterprise-level project-portfolio management based upon an organization’s strategic business goals
  • Avoid common project management pitfalls
  • Develop metrics for determining and reporting project performance


Featuring real-world case studies, the MS in Project Management ALIGN program presents techniques and tools for managing short- and long-term projects successfully and cost effectively, including project definition, cost and risk estimation, schedule planning and monitoring, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project presentation and evaluation. Six discrete curricular concentrations enable you to focus your knowledge within your field of interest.


  • Foundations of Project Management
  • Intro to Organizational Communication


  •  Project Management Practices
  •  Project Scope Management
  •  Risk Management
  •  Project Scheduling and Cost Planning
  •  Project Quality Management
  • Capstone


  •  Project Evaluation and Assessment
  •  Managing Troubled Projects
  •  Global Project Management
  •  Portfolio Management
  •  Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
  • The Ethical Leader

Gaining Real-World Experience

Students in the MS in Project Management ALIGN program have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern University’s signature co-op program. This respected program enables you to gain invaluable work experience, to apply classroom concepts, and to earn credit toward your degree as you build the foundation of your resumé. Beyond graduation, project management students find employment opportunities in almost every field. If it’s a temporary endeavor that produces a unique product, service or result, then it is a project. Recent co-op partners include:

  • Nstar
  • Digital Facilities Corporation
  • StateStreet
  • SPEC Engineering
  • Genzyme
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • Schweitzer Engineering

Is This Program Right For Me?

Our Project Management ALIGN Program is designed for all students seeking to develop valuable project-management skills and enter a wide variety of growing industries. Our custom curriculum prepares students to succeed in management and leadership positions in a wide range of industries including healthcare, biotechnology, construction, real estate, finance, information technology, and the arts.

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What are the Admissions Requirements?

  • Completed application form and transcripts
  • Undergraduate degree in any discipline
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resumé