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Master of Science in Project Management

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.

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
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
BUSS 303 Principles of Finance 3
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL 120 Academic Writing 3
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics 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 Name Credit
MBA 511 Managerial Accounting and Finance 3
MBA 512 Project & Cost Management 3
MBA 513 Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management 3
MBA 514 Marketing Management 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 Name Credit
PMP 605 Project Management Systems 3
PMP 610 Quality Project Management Practices 3
PMP 615 Risk Project Management 3
PMP 620 Contract and Procurement 3
PMP 623 Leading Projects Across Cultural, Corporate, and Global Boundaries 3
PMP 625 Advanced Project Management Practices 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 Name Credit
PMP 698 Master Thesis I 3
PMP 699 Master Thesis II 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 Name Credit
PMP 650 PMP Exam Preparation 3

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

Course Code Course Name Credit
                 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

* The School of Business at Virginia International University is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education.