Contact: Mr. D.W. (Bill) Haskins
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

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Project Management program is to serve graduate students in the online environment in order to improve their business and project management competencies, provide them with professional development opportunities as project management practitioners, and provide opportunities for continued advancement in their chosen industry or field of endeavor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. develop an understanding of the nine project management knowledge areas identified in the Project Management Body of Knowledge;
  2. demonstrate effective electronic, verbal, and written communication skills;
  3. apply interpersonal skills in the project environment;
  4. exhibit a sensitivity to diversity in the project environment;
  5. apply ethical business principles in the project environment;
  6. initiate and complete a project utilizing project management concepts.


The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) is a 100% online program designed to satisfy the needs of working adults who wish 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 and who has the desire to learn about project management. It will provide professionals with a convenient, practical, and high-quality course of study that will allow them to develop the new skills that are needed in managing today’s workplace while earning graduate credits toward 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 PDUs.

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.

Program entrance requirements and degree completion requirements are consistent with those of the graduate programs of the institution. Students seeking admission as a Matriculated Student should follow the instructions found in the Online Admission Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Special Students:

Students who wish to enroll in selected 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.


The Master of Science in Project Management is earned upon the successful completion of 30-36 credit hours (six additional credits are required if business foundation courses have not previously been taken). All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted.

Business Foundation Courses (0-12 credits)

Project Management Core Courses (15 credits)

Elective Courses (9-15 credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Electives currently identified are listed below. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

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

Certificate in Project Management

A Certificate in Project Management is available entirely 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. Students may enroll in these courses as a Special Student.

Students must complete all of the required courses for this certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to be eligible to receive the certificate. Transfer courses may not be applied to the certificate program.

Together, the courses in this certificate 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.

Course Descriptions

For admission requirements, registration instructions, course descriptions, tuition rate, and a long-term course rotation schedule, visit our web site at

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.
BUSADMIN 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.
BUSADMIN 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 discussed. Other topics include wage and benefit-related laws, performance appraisal, and motivation theories. P: BUSADMIN 5030 or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 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 also are addressed.
BUSADMIN 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.
BUSADMIN 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.
BUSADMIN 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. P: One year undergraduate accounting or graduate equivalent or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 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. P: BUSADMIN 3620 (5620) or equivalent, or permission of the department chair.
BUSADMIN 5720 3 credits International Marketing
A conceptual focus on the breadth of the international marketing management area (i.e., problems, strategies and techniques), plus a survey background in such environmental factors as legal, cultural, economic, financial, and regional characteristics. The purpose is to prepare students and practicing business managers for successful operations in the world marketing environment of developing, industrial, and/or technological nations. P: A marketing course or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 6110 3 credits Management Science
An introduction to quantitative methods used in business. Introduction to decision theory, linear programming and its applications, network and scheduling models, computer software applications. P: Statistics course or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 6200 3 credits Employee Recruitment and Selection
This course provides students with an understanding of these two critical processes in a variety of organizational settings. Throughout the course, students acquire and then demonstrate a knowledge of base in each of these areas by completing various projects. At the end of the course, students are prepared to conduct efficient and effective recruiting and selection programs within the human resources department of organizations. P: BUSADMIN 5030 or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 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. P: BUSADMIN 5030 or consent of instructor.
BUSADMIN 6630 3 credits Marketing Management
The determination of market policy; marketing administration and application of principles pertaining to management of marketing resources. P: Two marketing courses or consent of the instructor.
BUSADMIN 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. P: BUSADMIN 3540/5540 Quality Management or consent of instructor or department chair.
COMMNCTN 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. P: ENGLISH 123 and SPEECH 1010 or 1250.
COMMNCTN 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.
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. P: ENGLISH 1130 and 1230. Every F and S.
INDUSTDY 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.
INDUSTDY 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.
INDUSTDY 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 in manufacturing of industrial products and services.
MATH 5730 3 credits Numerical Analysis
This course is intended to provide an introduction to numerical methods. Topics will include computer arithmetic, solving nonlinear equations, numerical linear algebra, interpolation and curve fitting, numerical calculus and numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations. Other topics may be added as time permits. P: Fluency in a programming language and MATH 3230.
MATH 6050 3 credits Applied Statistics
This course is an on-line introductory course in statistics. This foundation course is designed to prepare a student for study in the Master’s 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. P: MATH 2740 with a grade of “C” or better or consent of instructor or department chair.
MIE/INDSTENG 7030 3 credits Advanced Production and Operations Analysis
Tools and techniques associated with planning and controlling in the 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 contraints.
MIE/MECHNCHL 7440 3 credits Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments
This course will provide experience in applying Taguchi Methods for designing robust products and processes. Taguchi Methods may be considered as “cookbook” approaches to designing and analyzing industrial experiments. Students will learn to plan a project and develop strategies for experiments. Definition of controllable factors, noise factors, responses, and quality characteristics (both dynamic and static) in a project will be discussed. Applications of orthogonal arrays, signal-to-noise ratio, mean-squared deviation, loss function, ANOVA, and related topics will be covered. P: MATH 4030 or MATH 6030 or MATH 6050, or consent of instructor or department chair.
MIE/INDSTENG 7830 3 credits Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Introduction to the concepts of value within the manufacturing environment. Investigation of various methods of increasing value and defining value are considered. Emphasis is on creating value for the customer through application of sound economic analysis and manufacturing methods improvements. Value Engineering including function analysis. Value Stream Mapping and 5S applications are studied in the context of Lean Manufacturing methods.
PROJMGT 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.
PROJMGT 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. P: PROJMGT 7010.
PROJMGT 7030 3 credits Project Risk Management
Project Risk Management expands upon a subject introduced in the PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 Project Management courses, with an entire focus on the application of risk management concepts to projects and the project management environment. The risk management life cycle, from identification, assessment, response development, to control and closure, is taught using textbook, lecture and case study techniques. Throughout each phase of the risk management life cycle, various tools and techniques are taught which provide valuable practical means for the student to perform risk management on all projects from the smallest to the largest. Computer applications of techniques such as PERT and Monte Carlo simulation will also be addressed, thereby rounding out the course for today’s most complex business environments. P: PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I and 7020 Project Management Techniques II, or consent of instructor or department chair.
PROJMGT 7050 3 credits Project Procurement Management
Typically the more complex and challenging the project, the more work will be sent outside of the organization for performance. Project Procurement Management is one of the nine project management knowledge areas in the PMBOK®. This course covers issues surrounding procurement and solicitation planning, outsourcing and partnering, solicitation development, contract administration, and contract closeout from the vantage points of both the buyer and the seller. P: PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I and PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II, or consent of instructor or department chair.
PROJMGT 7060 3 credits Advanced Tools and Techniques for Project Management
A practical and tangible, yet systematic way, to plan and control projects through consistent use and application of a repository of project management tools and techniques focusing on the desirability of repeatable process. Tools and techniques include those for project initiation and portfolio management, planning, and implementation and closure, in the context of the importance of project management to the competitive strategy of the enterprise. P: PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I and PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II, or consent of instructor or department chair.
PROJMGT 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.
PROJMGT 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.
PROJMGT 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.
SOCIOLGY 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.