The Master of Science in Project Management is designed to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical concepts you need to lead complex projects.
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Companies succeed or fail based on their ability to bring quality products and services to market in a timely manner. Rapid technological and digital transformation, with never-ending disruption, requires project managers to be true innovators within their organizations. Without skilled project managers in place, companies are challenged to deliver projects on time, on budget, and according to specifications. From inception to completion, project managers are responsible for every step in the process: project definition, cost and risk estimation, schedule planning and monitoring, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, project leadership, and project presentation and evaluation.
Featuring real-world case studies and project work, this project management degree presents techniques and tools for managing long- and short-term projects, successfully and cost effectively. Augmenting the core project management courses are concentrations that provide you with content-specific expertise—enabling you to deepen your knowledge in your field of interest.
The mission of the Master of Science in Project Management in the College of Professional Studies is to prepare learners as project management practitioners capable of applying project management processes and the technical, professional, and strategic expertise necessary for managing projects successfully. With emphasis on experiential learning, the program provides dynamic opportunities for learners with varying degrees of work experience to practice their knowledge both globally and collaboratively while implementing traditional and innovative project management concepts to real-life and complex projects.
Our program is designed to include practical experimentation throughout. Early courses rely on individual experiences simulated with software, evolving to group experiential network projects sponsored by local businesses before culminating in a complex, individually managed real-world project in the capstone course.
Students’ past professional experience in project management may be eligible for degree credit toward the program.
Our curriculum is organized into a sequence of logical, bite-sized morsels, which make it easier to be a part-time student. We offer 6-week courses in fundamentals, scope, schedule and budget, quality assurance, and risk management so that in just 18 weeks, students will have practical learning under their belt to put into practice.
Our curriculum supports a deeper dive into topics of relevance through concentration courses, including analytics, agile project management, construction management, leadership, organizational communication, project business analysis, and leading and managing technical projects.
This program was designed using a network approach, where each of the six campuses has a principal instructor who owns ongoing monitoring for content updates and quality delivery across our adjunct faculty. This means that you are not only exposed to content in a more streamlined and organized manner, but you’ll also benefit from the ongoing perspective of a large, global faculty community who are actively monitoring one another to assure quality across each classroom.
Our STEM-designated degree is delivered through a hybrid model of online and on-site learning, allowing students to take courses every term, taking advantage of the program's "always-on" approach to learning.
Specialized Knowledge – Effectively lead and manage sometimes interrelated, complex projects in a mature manner while avoiding common project management pitfalls.
Broad, Integrative Knowledge – Manage project scope, risk, quality, and performance metrics while effectively communicating with all project stakeholders.
Civic Learning – Understand the need for ethics and social responsibility in the practice of project management as outlined in the PMI Code of Ethics.
Intellectual Skills – Develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary to lead projects in a complex and dynamic project environment.
In 2021, the Master of Science in Project Management accreditation was re-affirmed for the maximum five-year accreditation cycle (originally accredited in 2009) by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the world's leading association for project management professionals. Accreditation is achieved by meeting the GAC’s rigorous standards, which include an assessment of program objectives and outcomes, a review of onsite and online resources, evaluations of faculty and students, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.
Graduates of our GAC-accredited program are granted a substantial 12-month reduction credit toward the experience requirement when they complete an application for any PMI certification. This means that those applying for the PMI certification will only need 24 months of project management experience, instead of 36 months as outlined by GAC. This new benefit applies retroactively to our program’s initial accreditation date of 2009.
MS in Project Management
"This degree allowed me to start a new career. I am now a program manager at a major world-renowned hospital, and while I am only just starting out, I know that this degree and field has unlimited opportunities for growth. It's an exciting field if you are someone who likes to challenge yourself in your career."
-Melissa Grella, current MS in Project Management student
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Statement of purpose (500–1,000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
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Fall 2022 (start date: September 19, 2022)
September 6, 2022
Second half Fall 2022 (start date: October 31, 2022)
October 17, 2022
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