In this ranking, we look at the top 25 most affordable online master’s of project management degrees – which provide knowledge and skills that are in extremely high demand (details below). That is, graduate project management degrees at the master’s level that are offered either fully online or a hybrid of online and on-campus. The 25 colleges ranked in this article typically offer at least one of the following:
- MS Project Management
- MS Management (MSM) with specialization/ concentration in Project Management
- MBA with specialization/ concentration in Project Management
- Graduate certificate in Project Management
- CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management
- GAC – Global Accreditation Center of PMI
- PDU – Professional Development Unit(s)
- PgMP – Program Management Professional
- PM – Project Manager
- PMBOK – Project Management Body of Knowledge
- PMBOK Guide – A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
- PMI – Project Management Institute
- PMI-GAC – See GAC
- PMP – Project Management Professional (exam, certification or person)
- REP – Registered Education Provider
Careers in Project Management
The BLS OOH (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook) has no specific occupation listed as “Project Manager,” however there are a variety of roles in different industries that overlap PM skill sets. For example, the role of Computer and Information Systems Managers is often synonymous with being an IT Project Manager, overseeing information technology-based projects. This particular occupation is estimated by the BLS OOH to have 15% job growth between 2014-24. However, PMI is quoted by several colleges ranked in this list as indicating as many as 15.7 million new PM-related jobs are expected globally by 2020, and there is particular growth expected in this role in the US and its major trading partners. In the U.S. alone, one quote indicated as many as a million new PM jobs would need to be filled yearly through 2016.
In other words, project management skills are expected to be in high-demand in many parts of the world — especially when combined with one or more disciplines — through the next several years and beyond. The scrolling window below provides a longer list of project management-related occupations, compiled from the Web pages of the 25 ranked colleges referenced in this article, as well as industries/ sectors/ organizations that have shown a need for a masters-level education in project management principles.
- business operations manager
- company and enterprise management
- computer and information systems manager
- engineering and architecture
- environmental project manager
- HR manager
- information technology
- international project manager
- manufacturing and construction
- operations manager
- project administrator
- project director
- project management consultant
- quality assurance manager
- radio and television
- risk manager
- senior program manager
- site manager
- supply chain manager
- system center operations manager
Summary of Colleges Ranked in this List
Here is a statistical overview of the 25 colleges ranked in this article about affordable online masters of project management degrees. These summary sections are intended to help improve “discovery” and are followed by the actual rankings.
Histogram: Out-of-State vs In-State Graduate Project Management Degree Tuition
The interactive bar chart below compares official out-of-state and in-state tuition (blue and orange bars, respectively). If you hover your computer mouse over any bar or point, you’ll see the name of the college and the two cost values. Colleges are arranged left to right by ranking #1 to #25 (e.g., lowest to highest out-of-state grad tuition, showing #1 GU, and #25 RIT at right). Data is from NCES.ed.gov, which may lag by an academic year. Colleges for which both bars are the same height are typically private. So for this set of colleges, the majority are private.
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Statistics of Ranked Colleges for Master’s of Project Management Degrees
This is a summary of data available for the master’s programs of colleges/ universities mentioned in this college rankings list.
|Grad in-state tuition range:||$3,900 – $40,158.|
|Grad out-of-state tuition range:||$3,900 – $40,158.|
|Lowest in-state:||#1 GU.|
|Lowest out-of-state:||#1 GU.|
|# students range:||1488 – 52188.|
|# undergrads range:||231 – 24985.|
|# grads range:||341 – 43228.|
|Largest # students:||#11 WU.|
|Largest # undergrads:||#24 NYU.|
|Largest # grads:||#11 WU.|
|Oldest school:||#21 GWU (est. 1821).|
|Youngest school:||#8 GSU-G (est. 2007).|
|# states covered:||17.|
|States covered:||AL, CA, CO (3), DC, FL (2), KS, MA, MN (3), NE, NH (2), NJ, NY (2), PA (2), TN, TX, WA, WI.|
Rank-Order Listing of Graduate Project Management Schools Covered
Scroll through this list to see schools in order of increasing rank. E.g., by increasing out-of-state tuition.
|2||CSU||Columbia Southern University|
|4||ERAU||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide|
|5||UWPlatt||University of Wisconsin-Platteville|
|6||SMUMN||Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota|
|7||GSC||Granite State College|
|8||GSU-G||Colorado State University-Global Campus|
|10||TNU||Trevecca Nazarene University|
|12||SHSU||Sam Houston State University|
|13||CTU-O||Colorado Technical University-Online|
|14||NEC||New England College|
|15||CUS||City University of Seattle|
|17||FIT-O||Florida Institute of Technology-Online|
|18||GGU||Golden Gate University-San Francisco|
|21||GWU||George Washington University|
|23||SIT||Stevens Institute of Technology|
|24||NYU||New York University|
|25||RIT||Rochester Institute of Technology|
Alphabetic List of Graduate Project Management Schools Covered in this Ranking
The abbreviations used in the table below (and the rest of this article) are convenience and, as such, may not be official abbreviations. Scroll through the list to see all ranked colleges.
|NCES Name (abbrev, estdate, rank)||location||$in-state||$out-of-state|
|Aspen University (AU, 1987, 3)||Denver, Colorado||$5,850||$5,850|
|Bellevue University (BU, 1966, 9)||Bellevue, Nebraska||$9,450||$9,450|
|Capella University (CU, 1993, 16)||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$14,175||$14,175|
|City University of Seattle (CUS, 1973, 15)||Seattle, Washington||$13,708||$13,708|
|Colorado State University-Global Campus (GSU-G, 2007, 8)||Greenwood Village, Colorado||$9,000||$9,000|
|Colorado Technical University-Online (CTU-O, 1965, 13)||Colorado Springs, Colorado||$13,356||$13,356|
|Columbia Southern University (CSU, 1993, 2)||Orange Beach, Alabama||$4,950||$4,950|
|Drexel University (DU, 1891, 22)||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$31,239||$31,239|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide (ERAU, 1926, 4)||Daytona Beach, Florida||$6,960||$6,960|
|Florida Institute of Technology-Online (FIT-O, 1958, 17)||Melbourne, Florida||$16,128||$16,128|
|George Washington University (GWU, 1821, 21)||Washington, District of Columbia||$27,810||$27,810|
|Golden Gate University-San Francisco (GGU, 1901, 18)||San Francisco, California||$16,830||$16,830|
|Granite State College (GSC, 1972, 7)||Concord, New Hampshire||$8,016||$8,715|
|Grantham University (GU, 1951, 1)||Lenexa, Kansas||$3,900||$3,900|
|Lehigh University (LU, 1865, 20)||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||$24,840||$24,840|
|New England College (NEC, 1946, 14)||Henniker, New Hampshire||$13,560||$13,560|
|New York University (NYU, 1831, 24)||New York, New York||$38,592||$38,592|
|Northeastern University (NU, 1898, 19)||Boston, Massachusetts||$22,656||$22,656|
|Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT, 1829, 25)||Rochester, New York||$40,158||$40,158|
|Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMUMN, 1912, 6)||Winona, Minnesota||$7,884||$7,884|
|Sam Houston State University (SHSU, 1879, 12)||Huntsville, Texas||$5,139||$12,159|
|Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT, 1870, 23)||Hoboken, New Jersey||$32,200||$32,200|
|Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU, 1901, 10)||Nashville, Tennessee||$10,012||$10,012|
|University of Wisconsin-Platteville (UWPlatt, 1866, 5)||Platteville, Wisconsin||$7,610||$7,640|
|Walden University (WU, 1970, 11)||Minneapolis, Minnesota||$11,895||$11,895|
Circular “Circos” Comparison Chart: Multiple Data Points
This comparison chart allows you to fairly easily compare all 25 ranked Project Management grad schools simultaneously. See the “Tips for Use” box below for details.
- We use the average out-of-state tuition listed in NCES for affordability rankings of master’s programs. However, a given program’s actual costs may differ from what we list and is subject to change by the college in question. Check Web sites for up-to-date graduate tuition rates.
- As college accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- NCES data is subject to change and this ranking list uses the most recently reported data at time of writing.
- The Areavibes cost of living score is from Areavibes.com and represents the city/ town of the college in question. It is independent of each college’s on-campus housing costs.
Rankings: Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Project Management
Rochester Institute of Technology (source)
Rochester Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1829 and located in Rochester, New York, about 76 miles roughly east-northeast of Buffalo, NY. Original name: Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute.
RIT offers a dozen online master’s degrees (MBA and primarily MS) and nine advanced certificates. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Professional Studies with Concentration in Project Management (MSPS-PM); Advanced (graduate) certificate in Project Management. The MSPS-PM program requires 33 credits and can be taken full- or part-time. RIT grad students often take 2-3 concentrations (A, B, C) for the MSPS, with courses selected from over 50 topic areas, including Project Management. With the exception of two Capstone courses (0-credit Seminar and 3cr Project) and a “Context and Trends” course, the remainder of courses for the program are either Concentration (A, B or C) or Elective courses. Each concentration can take 9-15 credits worth of courses (typically 3 credits each). Alternately, students can gain grad-level project management skills through the 15-credit advanced certificate program, which consists of three PM courses and two grad elective courses.
Sample courses: Advanced Project Management; Business Ethic; International Project Management; Managing New Process and Product Development; Managing Organizational Change; Negotiations; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Power and Influence; Project Management; Social and Political Environment of Business
Stern School of Business, New York University (source)
New York University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1831 and located in New York, New York. Original name: University of the City of New York.
NYU offers over a half-dozen MS degrees online, primarily in STEM topics. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM); Project Management Advanced Certificate (PMAC). The MSPM program requires 36 credits, with 18cr for Core courses, 3cr for the Capstone and 15cr for a Specialization. Topics include management, leadership, quality, communications, risk management, business ethics and more. The advanced certificate requires 15 credits and consists of two core courses (6cr) and three electives (9cr).
Sample courses: Agile Project Management; Applying Project Management Principles in IT; Enterprise Project Management; Global Innovation; Intercultural Business Communication; Leading Global Organizations; Management of Information Systems; Management of Information Technology and Information Systems; Managing Technological Change and Innovation; Operations Management; Organizational Ethics; Principles of Project Management; Project Information and Communication Management; Project Management; Project Management Operations; Project Risk Analysis and Quality Assurance; Transforming Organizations
Night shot of Babbio Center for Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology (source)
Stevens Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1870 and located Hoboken, New Jersey, about four miles roughly northeast of Jersey City, NJ, and about four miles roughly northwest of New York, NY.
SIT offers 18 master’s degrees and 44 grad certificates online. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: Master’s in Enterprise Project Management (MEPM); MBA with Concentration in Project Management; grad certificate in Project Management. The MEPM program consists of nine core courses and three elective courses. The curriculum combines strategy, project planning, leadership and other topics. The 48-credit MBA program consists of 12 core courses plus four courses for the PM concentration. An alternative to both programs is the four-course grad certificate in Project Management.
Sample courses: Advanced Project Management; Financial Decision Making; Leader Development; Leading Across Projects and Programs; Marketing Management; Organizational Behavior and Design; Project Analytics; Process Innovation and Management; Project Management Fundamentals; Project Portfolio Management; Strategic Management; Strategic Perspectives on Project Management
Learning Center, Drexel University (source)
Drexel University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1891 and located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about 106 miles roughly northeast of Baltimore, MD. Original name: Drexel Institute.
Drexel offers online master’s degrees and grad certificates in 14 topics. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM); grad certificate in Project Management. The 45-credit MSPM program breaks down to 30cr for Core courses (10 courses), 12cr (four courses) for Electives and 3cr for the Capstone. The grad certificate requires 18 credits (15cr core, 3cr elective), which can be transferred towards the MSPM degree. Both programs prepare students for either the CAPM or PMP certifications from PMI.
Sample courses: Capstone Project in Project Management; International Project Management; Introduction to Project Management; Managing Multiple Projects; Project Estimation and Cost Management; Project Leadership and Teamwork; Project Management Elective; Project Management Tools; Project Planning and Scheduling; Project Procurement Management; Project Quality Management; Project Risk Assessment and Management
George Washington University (source)
George Washington University (GWU) is a private, non-profit university established in 1821 and located in Washington, DC. It was founded as Columbian College in the District of Columbia and has two locations in DC, one in Virginia. The Foggy Bottom campus is the main location. GWU is named after the first U.S. president, George Washington.
GWU offers online programs in a dozen topics at all levels. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM). The online MSPM program requires 36 credits in total, with 30cr for core courses and 6cr for electives. The timeline is about 18-24 months full-time, 30-48 months part-time. Courses are either 3cr (14 weeks) or 1.5cr (seven weeks) each. The curriculum consists of two courses for the Foundation, six courses for the core PM stage, one for Advanced Quantitative Application, five for Management Principles & Electives, and one for the Capstone – total 15 courses.
Sample courses: Cost Estimation and Control; Decision Sciences Elective; Directed Computational Project Management; Executive Decision-Making; Introduction to Project Management; Optimization Models for Decision-Making; Organization, Management, and Leadership; Planning and Scheduling; Project Management Application; Project Management Finance; Project Portfolio Management; Risk Analysis for Decision-Making; Risk Management; Statistics for Managers
Memorial Walk, Lehigh University (source)
Lehigh University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1865 and located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, about 82 miles roughly west of New York, NY, and about 59 miles roughly north-northwest of Philadelphia, PA.
Lehigh offers nearly a dozen master’s degrees in distance formats (Classroom LIVE and/or Classroom Online). For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Project Management (one of six available); grad Project Management Certificate (PMC) program. The 36-credit MBA program’s requirements vary by concentration beyond the 21cr for core courses. For the PM concentration, there are five required courses totalling seven credits. An additional five credits are required, with per-course credits ranging from 1-3 credits, including Capstone. The program is aimed at people with “educational or professional experience in a variety of industries and disciplines.” There is also the graduate PMC option, available either for-credit or in a non-credit executive version. The former version’s credits can be applied towards a Lehigh MBA.
Sample courses: Adaptive and Agile Project Management; Advanced Scheduling and Scheduling Tools; Decision Making and Ethics on Projects; Facilitation and Teamwork for Projects; Managing Project Quality; Managing Projects for Innovation; Project Leadership; Project Management Capstone; Project Management Fundamentals; Project Procurement and Negotiation; Project Requirements and Scope Management; Project Risk Management; Project Scheduling, Estimating, and Budgeting
Northeastern University (source)
Northeastern University is a private, nonprofit university established in 1898 and located in Boston, Massachusetts. Original name: Evening Institute for Younger Men.
NU offers 70+ online programs (degrees, certificates, other) through eight colleges, at all study levels. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM). This program is accredited by PMI GAC and aims at teaching graduates the techniques, tools and skills to manage both short- and long-term projects.Total required credits are 45-48 quarter-hour-credits. Required courses take up 24-25qhc, Electives 6-7qhc, and the Concentration 15-16 qhc. The program offers eight concentrations, so grads can choose a highly customized curriculum. Some of the options include: Information Security Management; Leadership; Leading and Managing Technical Projects; Program and Portfolio Management. (Some concentrations only available only.) There are four entry points per year to start the MSPM program.
Sample courses: Advanced Portfolio Management; Advanced Program Management; Alternative Project Delivery Methods and Project Controls; Communication Skills for Project Managers; Foundations of Project Management; Global Project Management; Information Technology Project Management; Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management; Leading and Managing Technical Projects; Leading Remote Project Teams; Managing Troubled Projects; Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects; Program and Portfolio Evaluation; Program and Portfolio Leadership; Project Evaluation and Assessment; Project Management Practices; Project Quality Management; Project Scheduling and Cost Planning; Project Scope Management; Safety, Project Risk, and Quality Management; Strategic Planning and Project Management for Regulatory Affairs
Golden Gate University (source)
Golden Gate University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1901 and located in San Francisco, California. Original name: YMCA Evening College.
GGU offers grad programs (degrees, certificates) in 15 topic areas, with some of these also available online. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM); MBA with Concentration in Project Management (MBA-PM); grad certificate in Project Management. The MSPM is a 39-credit program, with 9cr for Foundation Program courses, 30cr for Advanced Program courses. The latter further divides into 9cr for Core courses, 15cr for Required courses and 6cr for Elective courses. (Courses are 3cr each.) The MBA-PM is a 54-credit program, with 9cr for Foundation, 30cr for Core, 12cr for Functional, 3cr for Capstone, and 12cr for the PM concentration (one of 14 available). GGU grad students can take two or more concentrations, if desired. The grad certificate increases students’ overall PM knowledge, as well as prepares them for the PMP certification exam. Topics include “budgeting, conflict resolution, communication, project scope, developing and using resources, leadership and team building.” The cert requires 18 credits, with 12cr (four courses) for Required courses and 6cr (two courses) for Electives. Note: faculty members for the PM programs/ courses all have PMP certification and practical experience. Course materials align with the PMBOK Guide.
Sample courses: Agile Management for Project Managers; Contextual Environment of Business; Introduction to Project Management; Management Theory and Communications; Negotiating in Business; Operations Management; PMP® Credential Exam Prep; Practice of Project Management; Project Administration, Leadership and Team Dynamics; Project Feasibility, Planning and Control; Project Governance: Program and Portfolio Management; Project Management; Project Management for Construction; Project Management for IT Professionals; Project Planning and Control; Purchasing and Supply-Chain Management
FIT-Online is an entirely distance/ online campus of Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). FIT ws established in 1958. Both campuses are based in Melbourne, Florida, about 92 miles roughly south-southeast of Daytona Beach, FL. Original name: Brevard Engineering College.
FIT offers online MBA (11 concentrations) and six MS programs (primarily in IS, IT, SCM and ERP). For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Specialization in Project Management. The MBA-PM program takes 36 credits and consists of two courses (6cr) for Program Foundation, five courses (15cr) for Core, one course (3cr) for Capstone, and four courses (12 cr) for the PM Specialization (one of 11 available, including a general specialization). Skills gained by students of this program include critical thinking, analysis, crisis management, and project management. The curriculum is accredited by the PMI-GAC and courses have pre-approved PDUs. Students completing this course are prepared for PMI credential exams including the PMP. The timeline is under 24 months full-time. Note: While the MBA-PM is the only option through FIT Online, the main FIT campus also offers an online version of their MS Project Management degree with two specializations (Information Systems or Operations Research). See fit.edu or contact FIT for details.
Sample courses: Cases in Applied Project Management; Essentials of Business Development; Financial Management; Managerial Accounting; Managerial Economics; Marketing Management; Mastering Project Management; Organizational Behavior; Project Tools and Techniques; Strategic Management; Strategic Project Management
Capella University and parent company headquarters (source)
Capella University is a for-profit institution established in 1993 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Original name: The Graduate School of America.
Capella offers master’s-level online degrees for MBA, MHA, MPA, MPH, MSN and MSW programs. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Project Management Specialization; MS Information Systems and Technology Management with Project Management Specialization. Both the MBA and MS-ISTM programs require 48 quarter-credits and offer a Project Management Specialization that is accredited by PMI GAC. The MBA program also allows for students to earn a grad certificate in Business Management, regardless of specialization. The MBA program requires 33 quarter credits (11 courses) for the Core, and 12 quarter credits (four courses) for the PM Specialization. The MS-ISTM program requires 12qcr (three courses) for Foundational, 24qcrt (six courses) for Core, 20qcr (five courses) for Specialization, and one Capstone course (4qcr).
Sample courses: Advanced Project Management Techniques; Assessing and Mitigating Risk; Project Budgeting, Procurement, and Quality; Project Leadership and Management; Project Management Fundamentals; Project Management Planning, Execution, and Control; Project Planning, Management, and Financial Control; Project Procurement and Solicitation; Project Risk Assessment and Control
City University of Seattle is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1973 and located in Seattle, Washington. Original name: City College.
CityU offers nearly three dozen master’s degrees and grad certificates, some of which are online. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM); grad cert in Project Management . The 45-credit MSPM helps grads of the program prepare for the PMP certification exam. Classes are available online or on -campus. The 18cr grad certificate in PM covers some of the same curriculum and can be applied towards the MSPM. Both are programs globally accredited by the PMI. Course credits also qualify as PMP continuing education credits with PMI. CityU also has several Project Management academic programs at the bachelor’s level.
Sample courses: Applied Project Management in Situational Business Context; Applying Advanced Project Management Tools and Methods; Business Fundamentals for Project Managers; Communications and Stakeholder Management for Project Success; Introduction to Project Management; Leading Domestic and Global Teams; Managing Risks: Project and Business; Mastering Portfolios and Programs; Measuring Project Performance for Success; Project Financial Management; Project Integration; Project Managers as Change Agents; Project Planning and Control
Aerial view of New England College (source)
New England College (NEC) is a 4-year, private, non-profit college based in Henniker, New Hampshire, about 80 miles roughly north-northwest of Boston, MA. It was founded in 1946, for military personnel attending on the G.I. Bill post-WW II.
NEC offers a online master’s degrees in a dozen topic areas . For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Project Management; MS Management (MSM) in Project Management. The MBA-PM totals 40 credits and has a timeline of 20 months full-time. The Core curriculum takes 28 credits (seven courses) and PM Specialty (one of seven available) takes 12 credits (three courses). The MSM-PM program requires 36 credits and takes less than two years full-time. Courses run in seven-week sessions and full-time students take two courses per session. The Core consists of five courses and the PM concentration is six courses. No GRE or GMAT is required, and the program has rolling admission every seven weeks. There is also an on-campus-only 40-credit MS in Engineering and Project Management program. (See site or contact NEC for details.)
Sample courses: Contract Management; Internship in Project and Engineering Management; IT Project Management; Managerial Accounting and Finance for Leaders; Managerial Economics; Organizational Communication, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution; Organizational Leadership and Change; Organizational Management and Leadership; Professional and Organizational Ethics: A Global Perspective; Project Management; Risk and Decision Making; Statistics for Project Management; Strategic Planning and Policy; Supply Chain Management; Topics in Project and Engineering Management
City Hall, Colorado Springs, Colorado (source)
Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a private, for-profit university established in 1965 and located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, about 70 miles roughly south of Denver. It was originally established as Colorado Technical College. This entry is for its online division, CTU Online, which has the lowest yearly net avg price of the various campuses (Aurora and Colorado Springs).
CTU offers nearly four-dozen online master’s programs (degrees, concentrations/ specializations). For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Project Management (MBA-PM); MS Information Technology – Project Management (MSIT-PM); MS Management with Concentration in Project Management (MSM-PM); MS Management with Concentration in Information Technology and Project Management (MSM-ITPM); MS in Management – Information Systems Security (MSM-ISS). All five master’s programs require 48 total credits and are all accredited by the PMI-GAC. (CTU is a REP for PMI.) Courses are typically four credits each. The MBA-PM consists of 28 credits for the Core and 20cr for Concentration courses. The MSIT-PM consists of 24cr for the Core and 24cr Specialization courses. The MSM-PM consists of 32cr for the Core and 16cr for Concentration courses. The MSM-ITPM consists of 48 credits for Core courses. The MSM-ISS consists of 28cr for the Core and for 20cr for Concentration courses. Each program combines project management principles with the core courses of a given program, giving students a wide range of interdisciplinary masters programs. (Note: the MSM-ISS is not strictly a PM concentration but does include some PM courses and is accredited by PMI-GAC.)
Sample courses: Applied Managerial Decision-Making; Contracting and Procurement in Project Management; Information Technology Capstone; Operations Management; Organizational Behavior; Project Management Capstone; Project Management Processes in Organizations; Project Planning, Execution and Closure; Schedule and Cost Control Techniques; Security Management; Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments
Sam Houston State University (source)
Sam Houston State University is a public university established in 1879 and located in Huntsville, Texas, about 70 miles roughly north-northwest of Houston, TX. It was originally founded as Sam Houston Normal Institute and is part of the Texas State University System.
SHSU offers over two dozen online master’s degrees (MEd, MAg, MA, MBA, MS, MLS, MPA). For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (PMGT). The 36-credit PMGT program is offered with starting points in Fall and Spring semesters. It is intended to both build knowledge and skills for project management, as well prepare students for the PMP certification exam. Total course load is 12, and the selection is fixed.
Sample courses: Leading Organizational Change and Development; Management of Innovation and Technology; Managing Business Systems Projects; Operations Planning and Control; Project Management; Project Management Capstone; Quality Management; Seminar in Human Resource Management; Seminar in Operations Management; Seminar in Team Leadership; Staffing Organizations; Tools of Project Management
Walden University (source)
Walden University is a private, for-profit/ PBC (Public Benefit Corporation) established in 1970 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded by two teachers from New York, Bernie and Rita Turner.
WU offers several dozen online master’s degrees (MBA, MHA, MPA, MISM, MS) and grad certificates across multiple topics . For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM); MBA with Specialization in Project Management; grad certificates in Advanced or Applied Project Management. The 30-credit MSPM program is accredited by PMI GAC. It consists of 27cr in core courses and one 3cr Capstone, totalling 10 courses. Each course is eight weeks in duration. The 36-credit MBA program breaks down into 24cr for Core courses, 9cr for the PM Specialization (one of 11 available, including the Self-Designed option), and 3cr for the Capstone. For students holding or enrolled in other master’s programs, there are two 9-credit grad certificate options.
Sample courses: Budgeting and Management of Operations; Business Process Management and Systems; Capstone: Social Impact in Project Management; Enterprise and Project Risk Management; Integrated Project Process Management; Leading Vibrant and Diverse Teams; Planning and Administering Project Contracts; Practices in Project Management; Stakeholder Management and Organizational Behavior; Sustainability in Project, Portfolio, and Program Management
Waggoner Library, Trevecca Nazarene University (source)
Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1901 and located in Nashville, Tennessee, about 250 miles roughly northwest of Atlanta, GA. Original name: Literary and Bible Training School for Christian Workers.
TNU offers seven online master’s degrees (MBA, MEd, MA, MS, MOL). For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Project Management Track. This MBA program combines nine core courses from various typical MBA topics (business, economics, IT, marketing, accounting, finance) with a PM track/ minor option of four courses. The total is 36 credits, with a timeline of about 20 months.
Sample courses: Advanced Managerial Accounting; Advanced Managerial Finance; Advanced Project and Program Management; Business Ethics and Organizational Cultural Development; Cost, Contract, and Procurement Management; Data-based Decision Making; Global and Economic Environment; Introduction to Graduate Business Studies; Introduction to Project and Program Management; Management and Information Systems; Marketing Management; Organizational Behavior and Leadership; Project Schedule and Risk Management
Bellevue University (source)
Bellevue University is a private university established in 1966 and located in Bellevue, Nebraska, about 10 miles roughly southeast of Omaha, NE.
Bellevue offers over two dozen online master’s degrees (MA, MBA, MFA, MHA, MPS, MPM, MPA, MS). For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: Master of Project Management (MPM); MS Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) with Concentration in Information Technology Project Management (ITPM); MS Management with concentration in Project Management (MSM-PM); MBA with Concentration in Project Management (MBA-PM); IT Project Management Certificate of Completion. All four master’s programs require a total of 36 credits each. The MPM is entirely project management-focused, consisting of four IT PM and eight general PM courses. The MBA-PM consists of nine core courses and 3+ IT-related PM courses. It combines PM and MBA/ business principles. The MS-MIS-ITPM has eight core courses (including capstone), one elective, and four IT PM Concentration courses. It combines IT PM with IS principles for wireless and mobile networks. The MS-PM has seven core courses and five IT PM courses, combining management and project management principles. There is also a nine-credit graduate-level Certificate of Completion in Project Management, which may be applicable towards a Bellevue master’s degree.
Sample courses: Agile Project Management; Cost Control in Projects; Defining and Managing Requirements and Project Success; Emerging Trends in Project Management; Information Technology Project Management; Managing Project Risks; Organizational Structures and Practices; Portfolio Development – Capstone; Practicum in Project Management; Procurement and Contract Management; Project Communications Management and Leadership; Project Management in Global and Virtual Workplaces; Quality in Projects; Schedule Management
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CSU-Global is a online campus that is part of the Colorado State University System. It was established in 2007 and is located in Greenwood Village, Colorado, about 11 miles south and slightly east of Denver, CO
CSU-Global offers online master’s degrees and certificate in over a dozen topic areas. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: Master of Project Management (MPM); Grad Certificate of Completion in Project Management; Project Management Specialization. The MPM program requires 36-39 credits (dependent on undergrad GPA). Curriculum topics include “strategy, planning, control, tracking, negotiation and conflict resolution.” To customize the program, students can choose from over a dozen specializations that include business, management, leadership, criminal justice, information tech and more. The program prepares students for the CAPM and PMP certification exams. For students holding or enrolled in a different master’s program, there is the 12-credit grad certificate of completion in PM. Alternately, the 12 credits are available as a PM specialization for select CSU-Global master’s degrees. See site or contact CSU for more information.
Sample courses: Business Analyses; Capstone – Project Management; Contracts, Procurement, and Risk Management; Effective Organizations-Theory and Practice; Fundamentals of Research and Writing; Operations Management; Project Management; Project Management Office (PMO); Project Metrics, Monitoring, and Control
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Granite State College (GSC) is a public institution that was established in 1972. It is part of the University System of New Hampshire and has multiple campuses and sites throughout the state. GSC’s headquarters are in Concord, New Hampshire, about 65 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts. Original name: School of Continuing Studies.
GSC offers online master’s degrees in Leadership, Management, Education and more. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM). The MSPM program prepares students for PMI’s PMP certification exam and is accredited by PMI GAC. There are 11 courses in the curriculum, and the timeline is between 5-10 terms, depending on the number of courses taken per term.
Sample courses: Change Management and Communication; Cost and Budget Management; Global Project Management; Leading Teams; Managing Project Portfolios; Negotiation, Contracting, and Procurement; Project Management Integrative Capstone; Project Management Seminar; Project Planning and Scheduling; Project Quality Management; Risk Management
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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit university established in 1912 and located in Winona, Minnesota, about 32 miles roughly northwest of La Crosse, WI. It was originally founded as a men’s college by Bishop Heffron of Winona, MN. Current affiliation: De La Salle Christian Brothers (Roman Catholic).
SMUMN offers 10 master’s programs online, for MA, MEd and MS degrees. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management. This program requires 36 credits and has a timeline of 24 months. Its curriculum is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Program (GAC), and is aligned with PMI’s PMBOK Guide, preparing students for PMI’s PMP certification exam. Eight courses (24cr) make up the PM core, three (9cr) for the general Management core, and one (3cr) for the Capstone
Sample courses: Agile Methods; Earned Value Management for Project Managers; Financial Management; Fundamentals of Project Management; Managerial Ethics and Issues; Project Integration and Quality Management; Project Leadership Team and Stakeholder Management; Project Management Capstone; Project Planning and Scheduling; Project Procurement and Cost Management; Project Risk Management; Quantitative Methods; Technical Communication
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University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a public institution established in 1866 and located in Platteville, Wisconsin, about 22 miles roughly northeast of Dubuque, IA. It is part of the University of Wisconsin System. Original names: Platteville Normal School (est 1866) and Wisconsin Institute of Technology (1907) – merged in 1959.
UWP offers a half-dozen master’s degrees online, as well as a number of certificates. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM); grad certificate in Project Management; advanced certificate in Project Management. The MSPM takes 30-36 credits, requires no GRE or GMAT, and students have up to seven years for completion. The curriculum aligns with the PMBOK Guide, is globally accredited by the PMI, and is worth 45 PDUs towards maintaining PMP certification. The curriculum breaks down into 0-9 credits for Business Foundations courses, 15cr for PM Core and 12-15cr for Electives (choose from business administration, project management, engineering, media, leadership, philosophy and more). Students of the online MSPM may be eligible for the graduate assistantship in project management, to work in support of UWPlatt research. Options include two nine-credit graduate certificates in Project Management. The credits for both can be applied towards the MSPM program.
Sample courses: Advanced Cost and Value Analysis; Advanced Tools and Techniques for Project Management; Agile Methods in Project Management; Business Communication; Business Ethics; Compensation Management; Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-located Project Teams; Labor-Management Relations; Management Decision Analysis; Management, Gender and Race; Organizational Behavior; Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice; Organizational Communication; Project Management Techniques; Project Portfolio Management; Project Procurement Management; Project Risk Management; Project Scope Management
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a private, nonprofit institution established in 1926 and located in Daytona Beach, Florida, about 67 miles roughly northeast of Orlando, FL.. Original name: Embry-Riddle Flying School.
ERAU offers nearly 20 master’s program online, primarily MS degrees. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Project Management (MSPM). The MSPM program offers 11 concentrations (including Open Elective/ General Management) and was developed by certified PMPs. Students build an e-Portfolio to showcase PM skills developed in the study program. Total credits is 30, with 21cr for core courses (seven) and 9cr (three course) for the selected concentration. The 11 concentrations include Aviation/ Aerospace, Management, Leadership, Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and others. ERAU offers 10 start dates per year for grad programs.
Sample courses: Anatomy of Project Organizations; Assessing and Managing Project Risk; Effective Communications for Managing Projects; Fundamentals of Project Management; Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, and International Boundaries; Planning, Directing, and Controlling Projects; Project Management Capstone
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Aspen University is a for-profit institution established in 1987 and located in Denver, Colorado. Original name: International Academy (founded 1960s).
Aspen offers online degrees in a variety of MSN, MBA, MS, MA and MEd programs, with a selection of concentrations and specializations supplementing options. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Specialization in Project Management; graduate certificate in Project Management. Alternative: MS Information Management. The MBA-PM program requires 36 credits total, equalling 12 courses (including Capstone) that combine MBA business topics with project management. There are two proctored exams — one mid-program and the other at the end, just before the Capstone. The certificate option consists of three courses (nine credits) that are also part of the MBA specialization. However, there is no prerequisite besides some college-level mathematics. While it’s not an exact alternative, the MS Information Management requires one course in PM Essentials, which could potentially be supplemented with the PM certificate.
Sample courses: Advanced Strategic Management; Business Ethics; Management; Marketing Management; Project Management Essentials; Project Management Integration Framework; Project Management Organizational Framework; Quantitative Analysis
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Columbia Southern University (CSU) is a private university established in 1993 and located in Orange Beach, Alabama, about 54 miles east and south of Mobile, AL, and about 27 miles roughly southwest of Pensacola, FL. It has affiliated colleges in Iowa and Vietnam.
CSU offers online degrees for a variety of S, MBA, and MPH programs. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MBA with Concentration in Project Management. Alternative: MS Organizational Leadership. The MBA program requires a total 36 credits, with 24cr (eight courses) for core courses and 12cr (four courses) for the PM concentration. Estimated time for completion is three years. The curriculum combines standard business topics with project management principles. For students holding or taking another master’s program, the PM curriculum can be taken in the form of a 12cr grad certificate. Alternatively, the 36-credit MS Organizational Leadership program not only requires a PM course but has MBA curriculum overlap, and allows for two electives that can be any MBA course, e.g, Project Management.
Sample courses: Advanced Marketing; Business Ethics; Human Resource Management Methods; International Business; Management Information Systems; Managing Complex Projects; Managing Project Teams; Organizational Research and Theory; Project Management; Project Management Strategy and Tactics; Research Methods; Strategic Management and Business Policy
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Grantham University is a private, for-profit institution established in 1951 and located in Lenexa, Kansas, about 15 miles roughly southwest of Kansas City, MO. Original name: Grantham Radio Licensing School.
GU offers online degrees at the master’s level in various MS, MBA, MHA, MSN programs. For online master’s level programs in Project Management, they offer: MS Information Management – Project Management (MS-IMPM); MBA Project Management (MBA-PM). The 37-credit MS-IMPM program focuses on a combination of information technology and project management principles, following PMI’s PMBOK Guide. The 37-credit MBA-PM is an alternative for students who prefer to combine learning business with project management principles. Courses for both programs have weekly start dates.
Sample courses: Business Ethics; Capstone Project; Emerging Technologies; Graduate Student Success; Information Systems Strategic Planning; Information Technology Project Management; Management of Information Systems; Managing in an Age of Information Technology Change; Organizational Behavior; Project Management Capstone; Project Management Essentials; Project Management Integration Framework; Project Management Organization Framework and Risk; Quantitative Analysis