Earn your master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in project management to successfully lead large projects and grow your career advancement opportunities.
The project management specialization allows you to gain advanced IT management skills while building expertise for project management certification. Your specialization courses include project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods, while your core IT courses give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles in today’s technology-based work environments.
About the Project Management Specialization
The project management curriculum features a comprehensive project in an industry you select, so you can gain real-world experience. The curriculum covers project risk management, project procurement management, and quantitative methods in project management. You’ll learn career-relevant skills you can apply immediately in the workplace.
What You’ll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
- Manage the schedule of a complex project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
- Perform quantitative analyses and manage risks involved in a complex project
- Apply advanced knowledge in computer systems architecture
- Analyze, design, and implement information systems
- Plan projects, build teams, and create and modify effective control mechanisms
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
- Complete a team project using cash flow analysis, scheduling projects based on resource availability, resource leveling, expediting projects, quantitative risk analysis, and techniques for estimating actual versus expected project duration and cost
- PManage issues that adversely affect the successful scope, scheduling, control, and completion of a project
Project Management Requirements
- Foundations of Project Management (3 Credits, PMAN 634)
- Quantitative Methods in Project Management (3 Credits, PMAN 635)
- Project Risk Management (3 Credits, PMAN 637)
- Project Communications Management (3 Credits, PMAN 638)
- Project Quality Management (3 Credits, PMAN 639)
- Project Procurement Management (3 Credits, PMAN 641)
- Financial and Strategic Management of Projects (3 Credits, PMAN 650)
- PMAN 634 is a prerequisite to all other PMAN courses and must be taken as the first specialization course.
- ITEC 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) must be taken before PMAN 635.
- PMAN 635 must be taken before PMAN 637, PMAN 639, and PMAN 650.
- Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMGC (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
- Information Technology Foundations (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
- Computer Systems Architecture (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
- Information Systems Infrastructure (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
- Information Systems Analysis, Modeling, and Design (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
- Information Technology Project Management (3 Credits, ITEC 640)
- UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
- ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
This program is designed to help prepare you for work in project coordination and management and, potentially, program management.
Preparation Recommended for Success
ITEC 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) are prerequisites to PMAN 635. If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, it is recommended to take UCSP 620. If you lack a recent background in statistics, it is recommended to take UCSP 630. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.
UMGC master's degree programs with project management specializations are recognized by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Completing this program earns you the project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam. If you are already certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, you may receive credit for PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management if you begin study for the master’s degree within five years of earning certification. Academic advisors can provide more information.
You could qualify for benefits that help you afford your education, including tuition assistance, an annual stipend, payments to cover loans, and more.