Online MS in Project Management

Founded in 1996, our Online Master of Science in Project Management (OMSPM) program is among the oldest and most reputable specialized degree programs of its kind in the world. With over a decade of educating successful project managers, this unique program blends the study of project management and general management principles, and guides students in mastering advanced project management techniques. Students graduate from the OMSPM program with the tools to be the most effective project managers and greatly improved prospects for advancement and career change.

A Program with Unparalleled Benefits

  • Top-notch dedicated faculty with industry experience in astrophysics, engineering, IT, construction, and more
  • A challenging curriculum that goes beyond the PMBOK and exposes students to international methodologies, decision sciences, and advanced project management application
  • Flexible course schedules designed for working professionals
  • State-of-the-art distance courses that provide a classroom-like experience
  • A talented executive-level student body and very successful graduates
  • Access to all of the resources of the GW School of Business, including its strong reputation in government and industry, large alumni network, and active career center
  • Close ties to government and industry institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. State Department, and many other influential organizations

Flexibility That Works

The OMSPM Program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. The program’s distance-learning courses are essentially identical to those on campus, giving students the flexibility to complete the degree from virtually anywhere.

Proven Distance Learning

Since 1998, all students have the option of taking virtual courses through our innovative distance-learning mode. The distance mode for OMSPM includes:

  • Course Capture: Campus lectures are recorded through advanced course capture technology and made available within three hours to all students via Blackboard. Students can conveniently watch course lectures on their own time. Recorded lectures may also be downloaded to a variety of devices to watch or listen to on the go.
  • Virtual Classrooms: Professors hold an optional but highly recommended live virtual class session each week, where students have the opportunity to interact with peers and professors.
  • BlackBoard: Tests, assignments, and communications are managed virtually through BlackBoard for campus and distance courses.
  • Campus Visits: All students attend a mandatory orientation on campus at the beginning of the program, where they have a chance to meet their new peers. Students who complete the Capstone course in the distance mode return to campus for a week-long residency at the end of the program.

Mission and Learning Goals

The mission of the OMSPM program is to provide a superior, state-of-the-art graduate educational experience that elevates students’ knowledge and expertise, enabling them to serve as leaders, educators, and practitioners in the Project Management field.

Learning Goals

  • Comprehensive Knowledge of Project Management Core Principles:
    Provide students with a comprehensive foundation in the principles of Project Management that influence performance at all levels of an organization.

  • Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking:
    Provide students with transferable skills that incorporate a mixture of core concepts with knowledge and understanding in problem-solving, critical and system thinking, communication, and team building.

  • Team Management and Effectiveness:
    Provide students with a solid theoretical understanding and the ability to apply relevant methods for making complex decisions in business and project management by identifying objectives and alternatives, setting priorities, allocating resources, planning, scheduling, estimating, ensuring quality, managing risk, resolving conflict, and making effective group decisions.

  • Practical Application to Any Management Situation:
    Provide students with the ability to synthesize Project Management theory and methods to apply them to any domain.

 

Course Requirements

 

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 24 credits in required courses and 6 credits in elective courses.

Required
DNSC 6250Project Economics and Finance
DNSC 6252Risk Analysis for Decision Making
DNSC 6254Risk Measurement and Management
DNSC 6257Cost Estimation and Control
DNSC 6258Collaborative Decision Making and Portfolio Optimization
DNSC 6261Project Management Principles
DNSC 6262Integrated Project Analytics
DNSC 6267Planning and Scheduling
DNSC 6290Special Topics (Agile Project Management)
MBAD 6224Decision Making and Data Analysis
Electives
6 credit in elective courses selected from the following:
DNSC 6210Decision and Risk Analytics
DNSC 6219Time Series Forecasting for Analytics
DNSC 6225Business Process Simulation
DNSC 6237International Project Management
DNSC 6239Project Governance
DNSC 6302Programming for Analytics I
DNSC 6303Programming for Analytics II
DNSC 6306Decision Models
MGT 6210Leading Teams
MGT 6215Conflict Management and Negotiations
MGT 6253Leadership and Executive Development

 

Admissions

Admission to the OMSPM program is highly competitive and enrollment is limited. Students operate in two cohorts throughout the academic year.

Due to the rolling admissions policy, it is highly recommended that candidates submit applications early. The candidate’s major and trend in grades, personal achievements, and letters of recommendation also affect the admission decision. This program seeks social, ethnic, cultural and geographical diversity in its student body.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Strong academic performance
  • Demonstrated professional interest in project management

Applying to a program at the GW School of Business may seem like a complicated process, but the GWSB admissions team is here to help. The application process for this program can be found on our How to Apply page. All application materials should be sent to the GWSB Graduate Admissions Office. The GRE or GMAT test is not required — however, if you feel that submitting your scores will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them. We also offer a wealth of resources to help you finance your degree, from scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study arrangements.

To be considered complete, the following must be included in the application:

  • Completed online application form
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Current résumé uploaded through the online application system
  • One letter of recommendation from a professional and/or academic reference
  • Statement of Purpose: In no more than 500 words, describe how this program fits into your professional life and your career objectives.
  • Transcripts: Upload copies of your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, whether or not the program was completed or the credit appears as a transfer credit on another transcript. Note that admitted students will be required to submit official, sealed transcripts with proof of bachelor’s degree. There is no need to submit them at the time when you first apply.
     
  • Official GMAT or GRE Scores: Applicants must submit official results of the GMAT (sent to report code QK4-4F-28) or GRE (sent to report code 5246). You can register year-round to take GMAT or the GRE. Test date must be within past five years.

    GMAT or GRE Waiver: Applicants with 7 years of post-undergraduate, professional work experience are eligible to request a test score waiver. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

    Not eligible for a test waiver? George Washington applicants can benefit from 10% off any Kaplan GMAT or GRE preparation course. Use discount code GWUSB10.
     
  • TOEFL or IELTS Score:Applicants who have not completed a degree in a country in which English is the principal language must submit one of the following: an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5, a PTE Academic Score of at least 53, or a Duolingo English Test (DTE) Score of at least 110. Test date must be within the past two years. TOEFL code: 5246. TOEFL exemptions can be found here.
     
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Professional references preferred.
     
  • Current Resume: Upload through online application system.
     
  • Statement of Career Objectives: In no more than 500 words, describe how the OMSPM program fits into your professional life and your career objectives. (Upload through online application system)
     
  • Transcript Evaluation: All students that attended an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation. This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. A list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services is available through National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Credentials evaluations are also accepted from AACRAO.

International applicants must submit one of the following: an official TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5, a PTE Academic Score of at least 53, or an official Duolingo English Test (DET) score of at least 105. Test date must be within the past two years. TOEFL code: 5246

Please note that, if you achieve the following scores, you are also exempt from taking EAP courses: an official TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or 600 (paper-based test), an official IELTS score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0, a PTE Academic Score of at least 68, or a DET score of at least 120. Test date must be within the past two years.

Exceptions to this requirement:

  • You have earned a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located. In addition to the United States, applicants from the following countries are exempt from this requirement.
  • You have earned a bachelor, master, or doctoral degree from an institution that is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency — see the list of approved schools.

View Additional Admissions Information for the Online MSPM Program

 

Application Deadlines

Candidates seeking financial assistance and international students requiring visas are encouraged to apply early. Only completed applications, with all required materials, will be considered for admission.

  • Spring 2023 - October 1, 2022
  • Summer 2023 - November 15, 2022
  • Fall 2023 - November 15, 2022

Please note: Admission to the MAccy in Accounting Analytics and M.S. in Business Analytics programs are only offered for the Fall semester. Summer deadlines only apply to the Master of Accountancy (MAccy) program. MAccy students requiring an F1 visa should limit their applications to the Fall or Spring semesters only.

Tuition and Other Costs

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Please visit the Student Accounts Office for a complete list of tuition rates and fees.

  • Student Health Insurance
    GW offers voluntary comprehensive health insurance through Aetna Student Health. All F-1 and J-1 international students are automatically enrolled. See the Student Health Insurance page for rates and other important information.
  • Housing
    View information about on-campus and off-campus housing for full-time GW graduate students.

Financial Resources

From scholarships and fellowships to loans and work-study arrangements, we offer a wealth of resources to help you finance your degree.

The GW School of Business offers merit-based fellowships to incoming students at the time of admission. While applying to graduate degree programs at GWSB, prospective students may opt in to be automatically considered for all fellowship award opportunities funded by the School of Business as well as various university-funded tuition awards administered by the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF). Unless otherwise stated, no separate application is required.

In limited circumstances, current students may also be eligible for merit-based tuition fellowship awards.

The Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) maintains a comprehensive database of GW and external fellowships to support graduate-level study and/or research. Incoming and current students are encouraged to browse the OGSAF website for information about additional merit-based funding opportunities.

U.S. Citizens and eligible noncitizens may qualify for:

  • Federally sponsored education loans through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Programs
  • Need-based financial assistance through the Federal Work Study Program, which allows students to earn income while working part-time at pre-approved organizations during their program

To apply for federal financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadline using GW’s FAFSA school code: 001444. Please note that students must apply for federal financial aid each academic year.

Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance for details about eligibility criteria, application steps, and deadlines. Information about alternate private and federal loans is also available.

Employer Discounts

The GW School of Business offers a tuition discount to current employees of the following companies:

  • Leidos
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Organization of American States (GS/OAS)
  • SAIC

Please note that eligible programs vary by employer. View details about eligibility, conditions, and the application process.

Grad2Grad Program

GW undergraduate students who continue their studies at GW by enrolling in certain graduate degree or certificate programs may qualify for a 10 percent graduate tuition reduction through the Grad2Grad program. For information about eligibility and the application process, visit the Grad2Grad page.

Nationally recognized as a top military- and veteran-friendly university, GW offers a wealth of services and benefits to student veterans, military personnel, and dependents of the United States Armed Forces. As a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, GW funds tuition expenses exceeding the maximum base pay amount covered through the GI Bill®, and its contributions are matched by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program and other education benefits, visit GW Veteran & Military Services (VMS).

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

The F. David Fowler Career Center supports GWSB student and alumni professional development by providing career management resources, career fairs and expos, and employer information sessions. GWSB students also have access to employment services and resources provided through GW’s Center for Career Services.

Handshake is the official online recruiting platform and event calendar for the F. David Fowler Career Center and the Center for Career Services. To search for jobs and internships, find and register for events, and connect with career coaches, log in to Handshake.

Federal Work Study

The Federal Work Study Program is a federally-funded and need-based work program that allows GW students to earn income through part-time employment during the academic year at GW and other pre-approved organizations. Graduate students interested in the program must submit the FAFSA and apply through the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

The Center for Career Services provides awarded students assistance with finding positions. Visit the Center for Career Services for information about the Federal Work Study Program at GW.

International Students

Students studying at GW on F-1 or J-1 visas may have additional restrictions on their employment due to visa regulations. F-1 Students are required to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization from the International Services Office for all paid, off-campus internships and employment. GW-sponsored J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to obtain employment authorization for all employment, whether on-campus or off-campus.

For more information about the CPT application process, see GWSB Global & Experiential Education’s Curricular Practical Training page.

For information about how your visa status may affect your employment options, please visit the International Services Office.

The Student Accounts Office manages all student accounts and processes student bills, refunds, disbursements, payment plan enrollment, employer reimbursements, third party billing, and financial holds. For inquiries regarding your Student eBill, tuition and fees, or payment options and due dates, visit the Student Accounts Office.

 

Connect With Us

Applicants for the Online MSPM program should send all supporting documentation not submitted online to the following address:

The GW School of Business | Online MSPM Program
Duquès Hall, Suite 550
2201 G St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20052