The Master of Science in Project Management program at GWSB. Image shows a group of people working together at a table.

 

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The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree at the GW School of Business adopts a systems-oriented approach to project management focused on both hard skills (such as project management analytics) and soft skills (which prepare our graduates to make complex decisions, manage risk, and lead project teams). This complementary approach is critical for success in the field.

Our MSPM degree is not only STEM-designated but also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI), equipping students with everything they need for a successful career in project management and positioning them to succeed in any role that requires data-driven decision making and the ability to lead technical teams. Students on an F-1 visa are eligible for an additional 25 months of optional practical training (OPT) as well, giving them valuable work experience.

The MSPM program is offered in three modes: online, on-campus and hybrid. It was ranked #9 in the "2023 Best Project Management MBA Programs" rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

 

 

Inside the MSPM Degree Program

Join Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi, faculty director of the MSPM program, as he and MS/MBA student Doug Robertson discuss the benefits of earning an Master of Science in Project Management degree at GW School of Business.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program is to provide a superior, state-of-the-art graduate educational experience that elevates the knowledge and expertise to a level that enables students to serve as leaders, educators, practitioners and activists in the project management profession.

To accomplish our mission, the Master of Science in Project Management seeks to:

  • Provide students with a comprehensive foundation in the principles of project management that influence performance at all levels of an organization.
  • Provide students transferable skills that incorporate a mixture of core concepts with knowledge and understanding of problem-solving, critical and systems thinking, communication and team building.
  • Provide students with a solid theoretical understanding and the ability to apply relevant methods for making complex decisions in business and project management decisions by identifying objectives and alternatives, setting priorities, allocating resources, planning, scheduling and estimating, ensuring quality, managing risk, resolving conflict and making effective group decisions.
  • Provide students with the ability to synthesize project management theory and methods to apply them to any domain.

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Project Management Institute GAC Seal

The MSPM program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center (PMI-GAC). The PMI-GAC is a specialized accrediting body for project management and related degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels of higher education worldwide.

 

The GAC Accredited Program Seal reflects GAC’s image as the leading academic accreditation body for project, program and portfolio management. The various symbols in the seal communicate the following:

  • GAC is a community of academic programs and faculty, committed to quality assurance in project management education.
  • GAC is committed to outcomes, as graduates of GAC accredited programs can be assured that they have the knowledge and skills to be successful professionals.
  • Growth is a critical component of GAC, supporting change and transformation in our increasingly projectized world, spurring progress, both within the discipline of project management and the profession.

 

A highly specialized program applicable to all industries, the Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) 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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The George Washington University School of Business
Master of Science in Project Management
2201 G Street NW, Funger Hall, Ste. 415
Washington, D.C. 20052

 

Phone: 202-994-6145
Fax: 202-994-2736
Email: [email protected]

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 foundational courses before progressing to advanced coursework and the capstone.

The MSPM program is offered in three modes: online, on-campus and hybrid.

Credits

The MSPM program is 30 credit hours long. Some students may be eligible for academic waivers, which allows them to complete the program with less than 30 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: as little as 24 months
  • Full-Time: 12-15 months

Program Requirements

  • Achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of graduation.
  • Complete all degree requirements within five (5) years.

 

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

Other Program Options

Bachelor’s/MSPM

The MSPM degree can also be combined with a bachelor's degree through GWSB's new 4+1 Program, which enables students to complete both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. 4+1 Program options for the MSPM degree include:

  • BS in Business/MS in Project Management
  • BS in Information Systems/MS in Project Management

MBA/Master of Science in Project Management

A minimum of 64.5 total credits are required for the dual MBA/MS in Project Management degree. Students share a maximum of 24 credits of graduate coursework between the two programs.


 

Admissions

Admission to the MSPM 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.
  • 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.
  • The GRE or GMAT test is not required for this program — however, if you feel that submitting your scores will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them. Learn more about our test-optional policy on the How to Apply page. GW School of Business applicants interested in taking the exam can benefit from 10% off any Kaplan GMAT or GRE preparation course. Use discount code GWUSB10.

Applicants who require a visa to study in the United States must also fulfill additional requirements in order to be considered for admission to a graduate program at the School of Business. Please visit our How to Apply page for further details.

These admissions requirements apply to all Master of Project Management (MSPM) degree formats: on-campus, online and hybrid.

Qualifications for Admission

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

Admissions Process

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 the MSPM 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.

Admitted Student Profile

While we do not have minimum requirements for test scores, GPA or work experience, our program does attract top academic and professional talent. Statistics from a recent admission period are as follows:

  • Average GPA: 3.2
  • Percentage Female: 41%
  • Percentage International: 34%
  • Average Age: 35

 

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 - December 1, 2022
  • Summer 2023 - December 1, 2022
  • Fall 2023 - December 1, 2022

Please note: Admission to the Global MBA, Accelerated MBA, MAccy in Accounting Analytics, and M.S. in Business Analytics programs are only offered for the Fall semester. The MBA in Security Technology Transition is only offered for the Spring semester. The Online MBA and Healthcare MBA programs are offered for the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Graduate certificate programs are only offered for the Spring and Fall semester. Additionally, our doctoral and executive education programs may have different application deadlines.

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.

For more information, explore the GWSB Fellowships and Financial Support page.

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:

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

Please note that eligible programs vary by employer. For details about eligibility, conditions, and the application process, visit the Employer Tuition Discounts page.

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.

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