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Master of Science in Project Management

Master of Business Administratione

Project management skills are applicable to a growing range of industries, including consulting management, construction and housing industries, government, information systems and management, healthcare and financial industries, commercial organizations, public relations, and many more. The Master of Science in Project Management (MPM) degree program provides students with the technical and operational skills necessary to excel in leadership positions as project managers. Graduates will be well-versed in decision making processes, ethics, communication, globalization, and analytical frameworks.

Courses in the MPM program emphasize project progressive elaboration strategies as well as application theory used to monitor and control project scope, costs, risks, schedules, quality, human resources, communications, procurement, and contracts with the ultimate goal of achieving project objectives in terms of on-time deliverables and within budget.

Degree Requirements

Virginia International University’s MPM program consists of twelve courses (36 credit hours) beyond prerequisite courses. Students take four general management core courses (12 credit hours), six project management core courses (18 credit hours), and two thesis courses (6 credit hours) which will help them become a project manager. If desired, graduates can take an additional course aimed at successful preparation for obtaining the professional certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
General Management Core Courses 4 12
Project Management Core Courses 6 18
Thesis Courses 2 6
Total 12 36

Prerequisite Courses (5 Courses) 15 Credit Hours**

Applicants seeking admission into the MPM program who have no previous business and project management experience and whose Bachelor's Degrees did not include the following courses are required to take the MPM prerequisites. These program prerequisites are co-requisites and may be taken at the same time. Some or all of these prerequisites can be waived at the Dean's discretion.

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
ACCT 201

This course is an introduction to accounting concepts and procedures for an organization. The emphasis is upon the accounting cycle as well as the recording, summarizing, and interpretation of accounting information.
3
BUSS 303

Prerequisite: ACCT201 Principles of Financial Accounting
This course focuses on the methods of financial analysis and planning within the firm including time value of money, cash flow analysis, capital budgeting, and valuation of debt and equity instruments.
3
ECON 101

Microeconomics mainly studies the economic choices facing the individual entities, including consumers and business firms. This course covers the basic topics of economic tradeoffs, supply and demand model, concept of elasticity, consumer choice model, theories of cost and production, and the firm’s behavior and performance under different market structures. The course also introduces the students to the problems of market failure and public choice, and the impacts of public policy on consumers and business firms.
3
ENGL 120

Academic Writing focuses on reviewing the fundamentals of standard written English for academic purposes. Students will practice writing common forms of academic documents and demonstrate the ability to successfully use APA formatting. This interactive class provides students with an opportunity to improve their academic writing skills necessary for success in college and beyond. 
3
STAT 200

This course provides an introduction to data analysis, least-squares regression, data collection, sampling distributions and strategies, probability, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.  
3

These program prerequisites are co-requisites and may be taken at the same time. Additionally, the dean has the authority to issue permission or waiver for these courses.

General Management Core Courses (4 Courses) 12 Credit Hours

General Management Core Courses provide students with the skills and knowledge that all project managers need including accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, and leadership. Every MPM student must complete these four courses.

Course Code Course Title Credits
MBA 511

Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting, BUSS303 Principles of Finance
This course focuses on companies' sources and uses of financial resources. Students will focus on capital/debt structure decision and capital budgeting techniques, with particular emphasis on the impact of long-end short-term uses and sources of funds on the firm’s value.
3
MBA 512

Prerequisite: STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics
This course focuses on the planning, organizing, and managing of resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives, especially within specific start and completion dates. In addition, students will learn how to adhere to classic project constraints of scope, quality, time and budget while learning the tools and techniques necessary to minimize the risk of failure in achieving the organization’s goal and objectives.
3
MBA 513

Prerequisite:None(For SED students, the advisors approval and successful completion of 18 credits in the program required)
This course focuses on how people behave in organizations and groups. Topics include leadership, motivation,organizational culture, and roles within groups.
3
MBA 514

Prerequisite: None (For SED students, the advisors approval and successful completion of 18 credits in the program required)
This course examines the methods and strategies used by corporations and firms in developing marketing efforts, strategy and policies. It focuses on the practical application of marketing techniques and the management of company's marketing resources and activities to create an effective, cost-efficient marketing strategy to succeed and become profitable, in particular, within rapidly emerging forces of globalization. Also, a course provides learning experience and cultivates operational skills and knowledge on designing and facilitating marketing campaigns within business environment.
3

Project Management Core Courses (6 Courses) 18 Credit Hours

Project Management Core Courses offer students the familiarity and skills in managing projects, evaluating risks, handling contractual and procurement activities, and analyzing advanced projects management practices. Every MPM student must complete these six courses.

Course Code Course Title Credits
PMP 605

Prerequisite: None
Internship/CPT Qualified

This course is emphasizes planning and introduces project management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement, and control non-routine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Topics include project life cycles, project organization, project charters, work breakdown structures, responsibility matrixes, as well as basic planning, budgeting and scheduling systems. Planning and control methods such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software applications, and project audits are introduced.
3
PMP 610

Prerequisite: None
This course focuses on the quality function, its implementation, and cost as well as management in both the manufacturing and service industries. The course provides students with a set of quality concepts and tools and the knowledge required for their application in quality planning, quality improvement, and quality control.
3
PMP 615

Prerequisite: None
This course exposes students to a variety of ways to identify, analyze, and mitigate the full range of project risks. The course also explores the six risk-management processes as outlined in the PMBOK® Guide: risk management planning,risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk-response planning, and risk monitoring and control. Using a practitioner approach, students learn risk-management techniques by applying them to problems raised in case studies.
3
PMP 620

Prerequisite: None
Internship/CPT Qualified

This course examines processes through which goods and services are acquired in the project management environment.Topics include contract and procurement strategies; legal issues; contract pricing alternatives; technical, management and commercial requirements; RFP development; source selection; invitations to bid; bid evaluation; risk assessment; and contract negotiation and administration. By the end of the course, students will have a broad overview and understanding of the procurement cycle and how it relates to contracts, projects and management.
3
PMP 623

Prerequisite: None
Internship/CPT Qualified

Emerging and evolving economies, world circumstances, and global competition require that project managers be able to lead and manage project in this challenging arena. Project Managers must operate within environments that contain diverse cultures and projects including multiple corporations crossing international boundaries. Sensitive issues surrounding multinational and multicultural environments will be addressed and discussed as factors that shape project outcomes.
3
PMP 625

Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems
Internship/CPT Qualified

This course examines current topics in the project management field and provides a comprehensive review of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Topics may include global project management, leadership, virtual teams, and project information systems. In addition, the general overview of principles and practices of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) will be introduced.
3

Project Management Thesis Courses (2 Courses) 6 Credit Hours

The project management concept is commonly integrated across many disciplines. As a project manager, it is important to have a working understanding of various industries. Through the thesis process, students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to integrate people, processes, and technology for the purpose of understanding an organization's mission and vision as well as actualize their understanding through imperial research.

Course Code Course Title Credits
PMP 698

Prerequisite: Completion of at least five courses and Dean's or academic advisor's approval.
The thesis work can comprise basic research or a practical project. Students are encouraged to start their thesis work as early as possible. Usually after completing two semesters of course work, the student will be asked to work with a faculty advisor to choose a suitable master’s thesis topic and prepare a thesis proposal. Thereafter, the student completes the project and writes a thesis. The master’s thesis will project will be conducted over a period of two semesters.
3
PMP 699

Prerequisite: PMP 698 Master Thesis II
The thesis work can comprise basic research or a practical project. Students are encouraged to start their thesis work as early as possible. Usually after completing two semesters of course work, the student will be asked to work with a faculty advisor to choose a suitable master’s thesis topic and prepare a thesis proposal. Thereafter, the student completes the project and writes a thesis. The master’s thesis will project will be conducted over a period of two semesters.
3

Optional: PMP Exam Preparation (1 Course) 3 Credit Hours

To obtain in-depth professional preparation for passing the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam, students may consider taking an additional course. The requirement for taking this course is the completion of Project Management Core Curriculum.

Course Code Course Title Credits
PMP 650

Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems, PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices and PMP 615 Risk Project Management
The focus of this course is to familiarize students with both the CAMP (Certified Associate in Project Management) and PMP (Project Management Professional) exams, as administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The overallexam administration processes will be reviewed and each of the knowledge areas (Integration Management, Scope Management, Time Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Communication Management and Procurement & Contract Management) as aligned with the process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling & Monitoring and Closing phases) will also be reviewed to help students understand both the application and implication concepts tested in the exams. Additionally, students will participate in practice exam sessions for CAMP & PMP aimed at providing for self – assessment of exam readiness.
3

Sample Schedule


The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the MS in Project Management program.

Course Code Course Name Credits
                 First Semester
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 3
PMP 605 Project Management Systems 3
                 Second Semester
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management 3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management 3
PMP 620 Contract and Procurement 3
                 Third Semester
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting and Finance 3
PMP 623 Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, and Global Boundaries 3
PMP 698 Master Thesis I 3
                 Fourth Semester
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
PMP 625 Advanced Project Management Practices
Prerequisite: PMP 605 Project Management Systems
3
PMP 699 Master Thesis II 3

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