Contact: 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
Email: projectmgmt@uwplatt.edu

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Project Management program 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. develop an understanding of the nine project management knowledge areas identified in the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide;
  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 percent 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, 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 has been designed to follow the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), which forms the foundation needed to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. The MSPM program is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute (PM), a widely accepted "gold standard" in project management education. UW-Platteville is also a PMI Global Registered Education Provider. Each three-credit course is equivalent to 45 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward maintenance of the PMP certification.

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 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.

Business Foundation Courses (0-9 credits as identified in student's approved degree plan)

Project Management Core Courses (15 credits)

* 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 COMMNCTN 7330 as a prerequisite. Thesis Research (PROJMGT 7990) also requires completion of a research methods course.

Elective Courses (12-15 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.

* 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.

Certificates 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 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 Guide to Project Management Body of Konwledge (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

Transfer Agreements: Information and Additional Provisisions

UW-Platteville maintains transfer and credit agreements with a variety of external education partners. UW-Platteville awards transfer credits for incoming MSPM students who have fulfilled the requirements for one of these agreements. Please see www.uwplatt.edu/disted/project-management-transfer-agreements.html and www.uwplatt.edu/disted/project-management-credit-for-life.html for more information about these agreements.

Some students have earned multiple credentials and/or certificates from institutions which participate in transfer or credit agreements with UW-Platteville. A common example is the student who holds the Project Management Professional (PMP¨) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI®), and earns a certificate from one of the partners listed on the MSPM website. The PMP is valued at 3 elective credits, and the certificate programs are valued at 6 to 12 credits (depending on program).

PLEASE NOTE: UW-Platteville allows credit from only one participating program partner or credential to count toward degree completion. This means that you can receive 1) transfer credit from the UC-Irvine programs, for example, OR 2) credit for the PMP credential, but not both. Consult your advisor or the program director (projectmgmt@uwplatt.edu) with any questions about transfer and credit agreements.