Master of Science in Project Management

Overview

MSPM program is targeted towards working professionals seeking to advance existing competencies, as well as students entering the workforce. This program facilitates working professionals to continue in their jobs while completing their degree. In the MSPM courses, the theory is applied continuously to real-world scenarios, enabling students to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

The MS in Project Management program is offered online and on-campus!

Master of Science in Project Management degree program (MSPM) is an interdisciplinary, 30-credit graduate program that provides a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of project management theory and practice. The objective of this program is to provide students with the technical and soft skills to excel in challenging work environments. This program helps to meet the industry demand for project managers who can improve project performance. The program brings together courses in project management, business, city & regional planning, engineering, information technology, liberal arts, sciences, social sciences, transportation, and several other disciplines to offer a rich educational experience. The professionals can advance in their careers in the private and public sectors. It also provides a career change path for working professionals. The program provides all the features of a full-time program on a convenient year-round evening and weekend schedule. The core values of Morgan State University - Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Diversity, Innovation, and Leadership shape the philosophy of this program. We follow the Project Management Institute (PMI) standards. We use the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) extensively in our project management courses.

Requirements

Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, at least two years professional level work experience (internships do not count), and must meet the MSU Graduate School admission requirements.

Courses

The program requires 30 credits and a comprehensive examination.  Program participants complete courses as a cohort.  Full-time students can expect to complete the program in two years. 

A sampling of courses include:

  • *PROJ 600: Foundations in Project, Program, and Portfolio Management
  • PROJ 650:  Project Integration and Scope Management
  • PROJ 655:  Building and Leading Successful Project Teams
  • PROJ 660:  Project Time and Cost Management
  • PROJ 670:  Managing Project Procurement, Quality, and Risk
  • PROJ.798: Project Seminar  (Capstone Course)

*This course must be taken as the first course in the program

In the MSPM program, students must take five required project management courses, one capstone course, one project management elective, and three graduate school electives. We use Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) extensively in our project management courses. The three permissible graduate school elective courses are to be taken from other disciplines according to the student's educational background and/or experiences, or interests. These 3 courses are from a listing of over 60 courses to integrate project management skills in a specific subject area from Architecture; The Arts; Business; City and Regional Planning; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Engineering; Information Technology; Science; Transportation; and other disciplines of interest to the students.

In each course, student assignments assess a student's mastery of the course-specific learning outcomes. The courses are designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of all knowledge areas of project management and preparing them for success in the program's capstone course. During the capstone course, the students apply the ten knowledge areas in completing their capstone project. The students use project management skills to create, edit and deliver a project management magazine (PM Magazine)that contains a theme and obtain articles that relate to the concept/theme of the magazine. They also develop an integrated project management plan before creating and delivering the project management magazine.

Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of MSPM program are:

1. Demonstrate working knowledge of project management terminology, techniques, and analysis.

2. Integrate PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) knowledge areas.

3. Demonstrate the ability to develop project management plan.

4. Develop strategies for project team and stakeholder management.

5. Apply project management knowledge and skills to real-life project.

Students

Students with a range of professional experience are candidates for the program, including those who are recent college graduates with at least two years of professional experience to graduates with ten to fifteen years of work experience. Students come from a variety of industries including, information technology, construction, finance, insurance, engineering, sciences, government, and non-profit, amongst others.

The students range in age from mid-20s to late-50s, representing a diverse population of domestic, as well as international students. MSPM program attracts students from the Mid-Atlantic region (especially from Maryland, Washington DC, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania), and international students from Caribbean Islands (especially Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago, Guyana), and African countries such as Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia. While some U.S. based students are working full-time or part-time, many international students are non-working full-time students.

Core Values

The core values of Morgan State University - Excellence, Integrity, Respect, Diversity, Innovation, and Leadership shape the philosophy of this program.

Excellence. Excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative endeavors, student services, and in all aspects of the University's operations is continuously pursued at Morgan to ensure institutional effectiveness and efficiency.

Integrity. At Morgan, honest communications, ethical behavior, and accountability for words and deeds are expected from all members of the University community.

Respect. Each person at Morgan is to be treated with respect and dignity and is to be treated equitably in all situations.

Diversity. A broad diversity of people and ideas are welcomed and supported at Morgan as essential to quality education in a global interdependent society. Students will have reasonable and affordable access to a comprehensive range of high quality educational programs and services.

Innovation. Morgan encourages and supports its faculty, staff, and students in all forms of scholarship including the discovery and application of knowledge in teaching and learning and in developing innovative products and processes.

Leadership. Morgan seeks to provide rigorous academic curricula and challenging co-curricular opportunities to promote the development of leadership qualities in students and to facilitate leadership development among faculty, staff, and students.

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