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Master of Science in Project Management

What is our degree?

VIU’s Master of Science in Project Management (MPM) degree is designed to provide mastery of both technical and operational competencies for professionals with diverse backgrounds seeking leadership positions as project managers.

The MPM degree program is earned by completing the program course requirements of 30 semester credit hours and 6 semester credit hours of thesis, beyond the program prerequisite courses. If desired, graduates can take an additional course aimed at successful preparation for obtaining the professional certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  1. Explain the elements of project initiation, project implementation and termination.
  2. Apply cost accounting concepts to project management according to its contractual parameters.
  3. Function as a leader in the formulation of the project management plan, implementation, and validation of outcomes.
  4. Strategize on problem solutioning reflective of the triple constraints of scope, time, and schedule.
  5. Distinguish between projects and the ongoing nature of operations.
  6. Recognize and understand cultural diversity and acceptance of others.
  7. Apply technological skills, tools and techniques to guide overall project execution.
  8. Apply effective oral and written communication skills.
  9. Demonstrate a high level of ethics and professional behavior in all matters of project contract negotiation.

Career Paths for Master of Project Management Graduates

Students graduating from the MPM program are prepared to serve as leaders in a variety of business management and organizational settings. The MPM program develops the foundation for continuing education and leadership in all fields of business and administration.

Graduates of the MPM Program can anticipate gainful employment opportunities in the following types of careers at the management and mid-level executive levels:

  • Construction Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Organizational Change Manager
  • Program Director
  • Project Quality Manager
  • Project Team Lead
  • Project Specialist
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Procurement Manager
  • Project Developer
  • Project Manager

What makes our degree unique?

Two important points are worth mentioning about the MPM degree from the Virginia International University:

  1. A strong emphasis is placed on recruiting faculty with verifiable business and technical management work careers background. With such backgrounds students gain exposure to real-world perspectives for their chosen career objectives.
  2. Additionally, the university ensures that its business and management programs are tailored to and comply with prevailing industry requirements for labor and professional competencies. The Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program helps to match an aspiring student of project management, for example, to serve in an organization for a limited period under faculty supervision.

With this cooperative learning approach, our students are better prepared to transition quickly and successfully into the job market upon completion of the MPM program.

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.
** Virginia International University (VIU) has been approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements needed by PMI credential holders.