Academic Program

A highly specialized program applicable to all industries.

The MS in Project Management program has an innovative and unique curriculum with discipline-independent coursework. The program brings realistic examples from the workplace to the classroom and integrates those examples into the overall curriculum.

The curriculum encompasses personal and qualitative issues, as well as the technical, quantitative aspects of managing projects. Courses immerse students in teamwork and team dynamics, helping them develop the skills to tackle complex projects and the savvy to synthesize diverse perspectives.

Global PMI© Standards

Our program is consistent with, but not limited to, the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK standards. Students study planning, scheduling, risk management, and cost estimation, and learn project portfolio management and executive decision making.

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Curriculum

GW’s MS in Project Management offers an innovative curriculum that combines the core principles of project management with general management and leadership training. Every course is offered on-campus as well as in the distance learning mode.

Students must complete each stage in order. The courses in Phase A: Management Principles and Electives may be taken at any time during the program before the Capstone.

Credits

The MSPM program is 36 credit hours long. Some students may be eligible for advanced academic standing, which allows them to complete the program with less than 36 credit hours.

Three-credit courses are a full semester long (14 weeks). Courses that are 1.5 credits are seven weeks in length and are offered either in the first or second half of a semester.

Duration

Students typically complete degree requirements in the following time frames:

  • Part-Time: 30-48 months
  • Full-Time: 18-24 months

Overview

 

Course # Course Title Credits
Stage 1: FOUNDATION
DNSC 6261 Introduction to Project Management 3.0
DNSC 6202 Statistics for Managers 3.0
Stage 2: CORE PROJECT MANAGEMENT & DECISION SCIENCES
DNSC 6251  Optimization Models for Decision Making 1.5
DNSC 6252  Risk Analysis for Decision Making 1.5
DNSC 6254  Risk Management 1.5
DNSC 6257  Cost Estimation & Control 1.5
DNSC 6267  Planning & Scheduling 3.0
DNSC 6259  Project Portfolio Management 1.5
Stage 3: ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE APPLICATION
DNSC 6262  Directed Computational Project Management 3.0
Stage 4: CAPSTONE
DNSC 6269 Project Management Application 3.0
Phase A: MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES & ELECTIVES
DNSC 6247  Organization, Management & Leadership 3.0
DNSC 6250  Project Management Finance 3.0
DNSC 6258  Executive Decision Making 1.5
 Decision Sciences Elective 3.0
 General Elective 3.0
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 36.0