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.
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 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 has been designed to follow the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide, which forms the foundation needed to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. UW-Platteville is a Global Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute. Each three-credit course is equivalent to 45 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward maintenance of the PMP certification.
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.
Students with a bachelor's degree 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 (www.uwplatt.edu/disted) 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 ((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.
* With the Program Coordinator’s approval, PROJMGT 7920 Seminar Research or PROJMGT 7990 Thesis Research may be substituted for PROJMGT 7840. Both options require adequate preparation in scholarly research and formal writing, or completion of Comnctn 7330 as a prerequisite. Thesis Research (PROJMGT 7990) also requires completion of a research methods course.
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.
* Available as an elective course if not selected for core category
The curriculum is regularly updated to ensure its relevance to today's project managers.
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 MS in Project Management. 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®) Guide, and provide many of the competencies needed to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Examination. For more information on the Project Management Institute and its PMP Certification Examination, go to www.pmi.org and click on Career Development, then Certification & Credentials.
A nine-credit Advanced Certificate in Project Management is available for those who have mastered basic project management techniques and wish to advance their careers by continuing their education. Some courses have prerequisites, which may be waived for certified Project Management Professionals. The certificate is comprised of the following courses: