https://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/online-master-science-project-management

D.W. (Bill) Haskins, Program Coordinator
Master of Science in Project Management

Address: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Phone: 608.342.1961
Fax: 608.342.1466
Email: projectmgmt@uwplatt.edu
Website: https://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/online-master-science-project-management

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Master of Science in Project Management is to serve graduate students in the online environment by improving their business and project management competencies, providing them with professional development opportunities as project management practitioners, and enhancing their prospects for continued advancement in their chosen industry or field of endeavor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Describe and apply the various project management knowledge areas and process groups identified in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide);
  2. Demonstrate effective electronic, verbal, and written communication skills;
  3. Apply interpersonal skills in the project environment;
  4. Analyze the benefits of and develop appropriate strategies for diversity in the project environment;
  5. Apply ethical business principles in the project environment;
  6. Initiate, plan, execute, and close out a project utilizing project management concepts.

Introduction

The Master of Science in Project Management is an online program designed to satisfy the needs of working adults who want to pursue a degree while remaining employed. The non-thesis degree program is open to anyone who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, who meets admission requirements, and who has the desire to learn about project management. It provides professionals with a convenient, practical, and high-quality course of study that allows them to develop the new skills that are needed in managing today’s workplace while earning graduate credits toward an advanced degree. The curriculum is aligned with Project Management Institute's PMBOK® Guide, which is the basis for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential. The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center, widely accepted as the ‘gold standard’ in project management education.  Each three-credit course also counts for 45 Professional Development Units toward maintenance of the PMP® credential.

Admission Requirements for Master of Science in Project Management

Admission to the Master of Science in Project Management requires a bachelor’s degree earned from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above, or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution. Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on a trial enrollment justified by the admitting department and approved by the director of the School of Graduate Studies. Students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into the program to complete degree requirements; extensions may be granted for extenuating circumstances.

Program entrance requirements and degree completion requirements are consistent with those of the graduate programs of the institution. Applicants should follow the instructions found in the Online Admission Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Special Students

Students with a bachelor’s degree who want to enroll in selected courses without being admitted to the program may enroll as special students. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken as a special student.

Transfer Agreements: Information And Additional Provisions

UW-Platteville maintains transfer and credit agreements with a variety of external education partners. UW-Platteville awards transfer credits for incoming Master of Science in Project Management students who have fulfilled the requirements for one of these agreements. Please see https://www.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/online-master-science-project-management for more information about these agreements.

NOTE: UW-Platteville allows credit from only one program partner or credential to count toward degree completion. Contact the program coordinator (projectmgmt@uwplatt.edu) to discuss potential transfer credits.

Project Management Degree Requirement

Plan Your Degree

Join the select group of leaders who know that earning a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a great pathway to professional success.

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 30-36 graduate credits. Tailor your education to match your career goals with a wide variety of elective courses. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated. Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a “C” has been earned will not be counted toward a degree in Project Management; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student’s grade point average.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Project Management is earned upon the successful completion of 30–36 credit hours (total varies depending upon how many business foundation courses are required based on the student’s approved degree plan). All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.

Course Title Credits
Business Foundation Courses
ACCTING 7000Managerial Accounting3
BUSADMIN 5530Organizational Behavior3
MEDIA 5010Business Communication3
Project Management Core Courses
PROJMGT 7010Project Management Techniques I3
PROJMGT 7020Project Management Techniques II3
PROJMGT 7040Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Project Teams3
PROJMGT 7080Project Scope Management3
PROJMGT 7840Project Management Capstone3
Elective Courses
Select 12-15 credits with the assistance of an academic advisor: 2
Human Resource Management
Compensation Management
Management, Gender and Race
Employee Training and Development
Quality Management
Corporate Finance
International Finance
International Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Supply Chain Management
Employee Recruitment and Selection
Labor-Management Relations
Marketing Management
Advanced Quality Management
Applied Statistics
Advanced Production and Operations Analysis
Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments
Research Methodology
International Supply Chain Management
Meeting and Event Management
Organizational Communication
BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice
Business Ethics
Project Risk Management
Project Procurement Management
Advanced Tools and Techniques for Project Management
Program Management
Agile Methods in Project Management
Legal Environment of Meetings
Project Portfolio Management
Seminar Paper Research
Special Topics in Project Management
Independent Study in Project Management
Thesis Research 1

The curriculum is regularly updated to ensure its relevance to today’s project managers.

Areas of Emphasis

Selecting an emphasis area is not required; however, students may complete an optional emphasis area as part of the elective credits required for the MS Project Management degree.  Emphasis areas require 9 to 12 credits, depending on which emphasis is selected and the student’s prior preparation in that subject area.  Credits earned in an emphasis area count toward the elective credits required for degree completion.

  • Managing Engineering Projects:

This emphasis is intended for students who are trained as engineers, or often tasked with projects related to engineering.  The student will apply a range of engineering management tools related to forecasting, planning, scheduling, and decision making.  Other courses will cover quality philosophy and tools, and will help the student apply Six Sigma to design and improvement of products and services. In addition, the student will learn to create value for the customer in the manufacturing environment through value engineering and lean manufacturing methods.

ENGRG 7800 Engineering Management

ENGRG 7820 Quality Engineering and Management

ENGRG 7860 Continuous Improvement with Lean Principles

  • Human Capital Administration:

Also referred to as human resource management, this emphasis area builds the student’s skills and knowledge of the people side of project management. With a broad range of topics from which to choose, this emphasis will suit the needs of experienced project managers and those who are new to the human capital subject.

BUSADMIN 5030 Human Resource Management, or professional experience in the HR function in the last 5 years, or one of the PHR credentials from HRCI

AND three from the following list:

BUSADMIN 5340 Management, Gender and Race

BUSADMIN 5500 Employee Training and Development

BUSADMIN 6200 Employee Recruitment and Selection

BUSADMIN 6330 Labor-Management Relations OR OCL 7380 Conflict Resolution & Negotiation

OCL 7700 Strategic Human Resources

  • Integrated Supply Chain Management:

This emphasis is intended for those whose project management careers lean toward supply chain issues. Students will focus on coordination and interchange among the disciplines of business, industrial studies, and engineering as they relate to the supply chain in domestic and international environments.

BUSADMIN 6100 Supply Chain Management OR an undergraduate supply chain management course less than 7 years old, OR one of the following credentials:  CPSM, CPSD, CPM, CPIM, or CSCP

ISCM 7100 International Supply Chain Management

And any ONE of the following (If BUSADMIN 6100 is waived, select TWO of the following):

ISCM 7700 Customer Relationship Management

BUSADMIN 6160 Purchasing Management

INDUSTDY 6950 Production Planning and Control

ISCM 7500 Supply Chain Logistics

UW-Platteville offers two online project management certificates, including the Certificate in Project Management and the Advanced Certificate in Project Management as described below. These certificates are distinct from the Master of Science in Project Management, but credit earned for them may be applied toward completion of the MSPM degree. To earn a certificate, students must complete all of the required courses through UW-Platteville, under the direction of University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty. Transferred courses and course substitutions are not allowed.

To obtain a certificate, students must

  • Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each course for the certificate program
  • Complete the certificate courses with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • Request a certificate from the Center for Distance Learning within one year upon completion of the final course in the certificate

Certificate in Project Management

This certificate is designed for people who want a solid foundation in basic project management skills but are not currently pursuing the Master of Science in Project Management. The credits earned for the certificate can be applied toward the master’s degree for those who apply and are accepted into the degree program. The Certificate in Project Management is comprised of three courses. Each course is worth three credits. Students may enroll in these courses as a Special Student.

Course Title Credits
PROJMGT 7010Project Management Techniques I3
PROJMGT 7020Project Management Techniques II3
BUSADMIN 5540Quality Management3
or BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management

Together, the courses in this certificate address the various process groups and knowledge areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge and provide many of the competencies needed to prepare for the Project Management Professional Certification Examination. For more information on the Project Management Institute and the PMP® Certification Examination, go to https://www.pmi.org and click on Certification.

Advanced Certificate in Project Management

Course Title Credits
Project Risk Management
Project Procurement Management
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Project Teams
Advanced Tools and Techniques for Project Management
Independent Study in Project Management

Advanced Project Management Certificate (9 cr.) for Clarke University MBA Students

Available only to Clarke University MBA students, this Advanced Certificate in Project Management is an ideal way to leverage Clarke's graduate degree in business administration with an additional skill set in the essential field of project management.  Eligibility requires prior completion of 18 credits in the Clarke MBA program.  Please consult a Clarke University academic advisor and Certificate Agreement with Clarke University for more information.

Course Title Credits
Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Project Teams
Project Scope Management
And select one of the following:
Quality Management
Advanced Quality Management