Master of Science in Project Management
Contact: Mr. Tony Munos
Program Coordinator
Master of Science in Project Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Telephone: (608) 342-1961
Fax : (608) 342-1466

Whether building a bridge, designing a new computer system, or completing a consulting contract, managers are likely to be handling it as a formal project. Managers need the ability to manage projects, facilitate relationships between the project team and the customers, and balance competing demands among scope, time, cost, and quality. Our Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) will prepare individuals to manage complex projects given finite time lines.

The MSPM is a 100% online program designed to satisfy the needs of working adults who wish to pursue a degree while employed. The non-thesis degree program is open to anyone who holds a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and who has the desire to learn about project management. It will provide professionals with a convenient, practical, quality course of study that will allow them to develop the skills that are needed in managing today's workplace while earning graduate credits that lead to an advanced degree. The curriculum has been designed to follow the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which forms the foundation needed to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. UW-Platteville is a Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute. Each three-credit course is equivalent to 45 PDU's.

Admission Requirements for Master of Science in Project Management

Those seeking admission to the Project Management master's program must have earned a bachelor's degree 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 dean 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.

Students seeking admission as a Matriculated Student should follow the instructions found on pages _____ of this catalog.

Applicants will be contacted in writing regarding the admission decision. Upon admission to the program, an advisor will assist the student in developing a course plan and registering for classes.

Special Students:

Students who wish to take courses without being admitted to the program may enroll as special students. Special students can go directly to online courses at the web site ( to register. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken as a special student.


Certificate in Project Management

A Certificate in Project Management is available 100% online. This certificate is designed for people who want a solid foundation in basic project management skills but are not currently pursuing the MSPM. The credits earned for the certificate can be applied toward this 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.

Project Management 7010
Project Management 7020
Business Administration 5540
Project Management Techniques I
Project Management Techniques II
Quality Management

You may enroll in these courses as a Special Student.

The courses address the nine areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and provide a solid foundation for taking the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Examination. For more information on the Project Management Institute and its PMP Certification Examination, go to and click on Certification.

Master of Science in Project Management

The Master of Science in Project Management is awarded upon successful completion of 30-36 credit hours.

A. Business Foundation Courses
B. Project Management Core Courses
C. Elective Courses
0-12 credits
15 credits
9-15 credits

Course Descriptions

Course Availability: Please check our web site ( for course availability and registration instructions.

A. Business Foundation Courses (0-12 credits):

Accounting 7000 3 credits
Managerial Accounting

The interpretation and analysis of accounting information for internal and external decisions. Basic accounting concepts used in financial reporting, project costing, process costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and internal control systems.

Business Administration 5530 3 credits
Organizational Behavior

In-depth study of the development of organizational theory and behavior. Recent theory is discussed in relationship to management applications.

Business Administration 5620 3 credits
Financial Management

An introduction to the finance function and financial management of the firm, including techniques of financial analysis, working capital management, capital budgeting, the acquisition and management of corporate capital, and dividend policy. Analysis of how the financial manager influences the decision-making process within the firm. Prerequisite: One year undergraduate accounting or graduate equivalent or consent of instructor.

Business Administration 6630 3 credits
Marketing Management

The determination of market policy; marketing administration and application of principles pertaining to management of marketing resources. Prerequisites: Two marketing courses or consent of the instructor.

B. Project Management Core Courses (15 credits):

Business Administration 7540 3 credits
Advanced Quality Management

This course focuses on achieving quality through continuous improvement of processes, customer satisfaction, and creation of a team environment. Emphasis on major tenets of the field, systems thinking, Hoshin planning, and data collection and analysis. Prerequisite: Business Administration 3540/5540 Quality Management.

Communication 7330 3 credits
Organizational Communication

Horizontal and vertical communication channels in education, industry, business, and society, as well as leadership, persuasion, rumor theory, and communication networks are examined.

Project Management 7010 3 credits
Project Management Techniques I

Issues surrounding project scope definition; plan development and execution; sequencing, scheduling, and controlling activities for timely completion of projects; and collection and dissemination of project-related information.

Project Management 7020 3 credits
Project Management Techniques II

A sequence of project management topics regarding organizational planning, staff acquisition, and team development; quality planning, assurance and control; risk identification and control; and managing procurement of goods and services from outside the performing organization. Prerequisite: Project Management 7010.

Project Management 7840 3 credits
Project Management Capstone

This course draws on the business foundation and project management concepts, theories and techniques, specifically emphasizing the role of the project manager in implementing and accomplishing project plans and objectives. Students may draw on topics from their workplace or may choose from projects provided by companies in our local area requesting consulting services in developing feasibility studies and project proposals. Note that the ability to assign such a "real world" project depends on the availability of companies interested in such analyses at the time.

C. Elective Courses (9-15 credits):

Selected in consultation with an academic advisor. Electives currently identified are listed below. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the Program Coordinator for additional information.

Business Administration 5030 3 credits
Human Resource Management

An introduction to topics such as human resource planning, equal employment opportunity, selection, training and development, performance appraisal, compensation, safety and health, and employee and labor relations. The impact of laws and of societal and business trends on human resource functions is also presented. Each manager's role in dealing with human resources is emphasized.

Business Administration 5100 3 credits
Compensation Management

An exploration of the discipline of compensation management. The processes of job analysis and job evaluation are discussed as methods to determine internal pay equity. Market wage surveys are presented as a means to ensure external equity. Wage scale development and various employee benefit options are also discussed. Other topics include wage and benefit-related legislation, performance appraisal, and motivation theories. Prerequisite: Business Administration 5030 or consent of instructor.

Business Administration 5340 3 credits
Management, Gender, and Race

This course reviews the changing nature of management and explains why gender and race/ethnicity have become important considerations in business. It examines the status of women and people of color in managerial or administrative positions and discusses socialization processes, stereotypes, equal employment opportunity laws, illegal harassment, and power in organizations. Networking, mentoring, work/life balance, and career planning are other topics that are addressed.

Business Administration 5540 3 credits
Quality Management

Provides an understanding of the tools, language, and techniques used in the field of Total Quality Management (TQM). The history of the Quality movement, major tenets of the field, theorists and their philosophies, and the use of basic tools of TQM will all be covered in this course. The course focus will be project-based in a team environment.

Business Administration 5650 3 credits
International Financial Management

Global financial markets emerged in the late 1980s and 1990s. This course explores these new markets with an emphasis on the basics and from the perspective of the financial manager. Four basic topics areas to be covered are foundations of international financial management, world financial markets and institutions, financial management of the multinational firm, and managing the foreign exchange exposure of the firm. Prerequisite: Business Administration 5620 or consent of instructor.

Business Administration 6110 3 credits
Management Science

An introduction to quantitative methods used in business. Introduction to decision theory; in-depth treatment of linear programming and its applications; network and scheduling models; use of computer software in these applications is emphasized. Prerequisites: Statistics course or consent of instructor.

Business Administration 6200 3 credits
Employee Recruitment and Selection

This course prepares students to implement efficient, effective recruiting and selection programs within the human resources department of an organization. It provides an understanding of these two critical processes in a variety of organizational settings. Students acquire and then demonstrate knowledge of recruitment and selection by completing various projects. Prerequisite: Business Administration 5030 or consent of instructor.

Business Administration 6330 3 credits
Labor-Management Relations

Gives an overview of the process of labor relations, in which management deals with employees who are represented by a union. The history of major labor unions and primary labor laws and court cases are covered, along with the general structure and operational aspects of today's labor organizations. Union certification, collective bargaining, and dispute resolution are discussed in detail. Students also participate in a mock labor contract negotiation project and analyze sample grievances. Prerequisite: Business Administration 5030 or consent of instructor.

Communication 5010 3 credits
Business Communication

Communication strategies and techniques used in business; practice in writing effective memos, letters and reports; oral communication skills developed in influencing group decisions and making presentations; employment correspondence and interviewing.

English 5000 3 credits
Technical Writing

Technical description and explanation, job applications, business correspondence, and reports suited to one's major (e.g., a criminal or safety investigation, feasibility study, or grant proposal); oral presentations; technical editing. Emphasis on clarity, conciseness, precision, and effective communication with lay audiences and management.

Industrial Engineering 6030 3 credits
Production and Operations Analysis

Tools and techniques associated with planning and controlling production environment, including forecasting, aggregate planning, master production scheduling, materials requirement planning, and shop floor control. Integrated aspects of manufacturing resource planning and enterprise resource planning, as well as the effects of just-in-time management and theory of constraints are also examined.

Industrial Engineering 6830 3 credits
Cost and Value Analysis

Introduction to cost estimating and value engineering; detailed analysis of labor and materials; basic principles of accounting and forecasting; preliminary and detail methods; operation, product, project and system estimating; estimate assurance and contract considerations. Applications of engineering valuation. Basic principles of function analysis.

Industrial Studies 6770 3 credits
Loss Control Safety Management

The role of management involved with principles of organization, implementation, administration, and evaluation of occupational safety programs. Methods of controlling losses caused by all types of incidents are studied. Emphasis is placed on accountability and measuring safety performance at all levels of industry.

Industrial Studies 7050 3 credits
Current Issues in Manufacturing

A study of current issues related to manufacturing management. An overview of the operations of an industrial organization that, when managed properly, lead to effective coordination and control with an emphasis on current trends and issues impacting manufacturing management such as challenges of manufacturing, social issues, economic issues, the global economy, and advancement of technology.

Industrial Studies 7220 3 credits
Issues in Management and Leadership

A course designed to provide a background of experiences relative to leadership effectiveness. The course examines major theories of leadership and demonstrates their potential for managing work performance in organizations. Leadership roles are identified for managing and enabling subordinates with manufacturing of industrial products and services.

Mathematics 5730 3 credits
Numerical Analysis

An introduction to numerical methods stressing the basic operations of computations, approximation, interpolation, numerical differentiation and integration, and the numerical solution of equations. Prerequisite: Fluency in a programming language and Mathematics 3230.

Mathematics 6050 3 credits
Applied Statistics

This course is a graduate level introductory course in statistics. This foundation course is designed to prepare a student for study in the Master of Engineering program or the Master of Science in Project Management program. This course will cover basic concepts of probability, discrete and continuous random variables, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and applications of statistics including simple linear regression, multiple regression, basic design of experiments and ANOVA.

Project Management 7940 1-3 credits
Special Topics in Project Management

Designed to present to students specialized topics in the field of Project Management depending upon interest of students and approval of staff.

Project Management 7980 1-4 credits
Independent Study in Project Management

The amount of graduate credit allowed for independent study may not exceed a total of four credits except with the special permission of the student's advisor and the graduate dean. Approval must be secured from the department faculty member and the student's advisor before independent study courses are begun by completing a form secured from the department. This form must include a description of the subject to be covered and must be submitted before registration will be approved.

Sociology 5230 3 credits
Human Relations

A sociological analysis of selected aspects of human relations that are assumed to be socially structured and primarily group relations. The central focus is on relations between groups of people who are in unequal positions in society, based on the central dimensions of class, race/ethnicity and sex/gender.