MS Project Management Degree Requirements

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The Master of Science in Project Management degree is earned upon the successful completion of 30-36 graduate credits. Knowing that many adult students can’t enroll full-time, we allow students to take up to seven years from the date of admission to complete all of the degree requirements.

The curriculum is aligned with the knowledge and process areas of the Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), which forms the foundation needed to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation.

Credit Overview

Business Foundations (0-9 credits)  
ACCTING 7000 Managerial Accounting 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior 3 cr.
MEDIA 5010 Business Communication 3 cr.
   
Project Management Core Courses (15 credits)  
PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management or... 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7080 Project Scope Management
MEDIA 7330 Organizational Communication or... 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7040 Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-located Project Teams
PROJMGT 7840 Project Management Capstone 3 cr.
   
Elective Courses (12-15 credits) 12-15 cr.
Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. 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.
BUSADMIN 5030 Human Resource Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5100 Compensation Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5340 Management, Gender and Race 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5500 Employee Training and Development 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5540 Quality Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5620 Corporate Finance 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 6100 Supply Chain Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 6200 Employee Recruitment and Selection 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 6330 Labor-Management Relations 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 6630 Marketing Management 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7110 Management Decision Analysis 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7330 Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management* 3 cr.
ISCM 7100 International Supply Chain Management 3 cr.
MEDIA 5800 Meeting and Event Management 3 cr.
MEDIA 7330 Organizational Communication* 3 cr.
ENGRG 6050 Applied Statistics 3 cr.
ENGRG 7810 Advanced Production and Operations Analysis 3 cr.
ENGRG 7830 Advanced Cost and Value Analysis 3 cr.
PHLSPHY 7530 Business Ethics 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7030 Project Risk Management 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7040 Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Project Teams* 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7050 Project Procurement Management 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7060 Advanced Tools and Techniques for Project Management 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7070 Program Management 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7080 Project Scope Management* 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7090 Agile Methods in Project Management 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7120 Project Portfolio Management 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7940 Special Topics in Project Management** 1-3 cr.
PROJMGT 7980 Independent Study in Project Management** 1-4 cr.
PROJMGT 7990 Thesis Research** 3 cr.

* Available as an elective course if not selected for core category
** Contact advisor for prior approval and registration instructions

What should I take and when to earn my Master of Science in Project Management degree?

To plan your curriculum sequence, use this information in conjunction with guidance from your advisor and the Credit Evaluation for Admission Form that you received with your Graduate School admission letter. The Credit Evaluation for Admission Form will indicate which foundation courses you are required to take, which courses require prerequisites, how many transfer credits you have been awarded, and whether any eligibility restrictions exist for you for any courses.

Check the Master of Science in Project Management Course Offerings for current scheduling information.

Courses
All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Instructors in some courses require proctored exams. The MSPM program consists of 30-36 credit hours earned in these areas:

Business Foundation Courses (0-9 credits)

ACCTING 7000 Managerial Accounting
If this is required for your program plan, take it after your first semester but before you begin elective courses. We recommend that you take this course alone. Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior
If required, can be taken whenever offered.

MEDIA 5010 Business Communication
If required, can be taken whenever offered. 

Project Management Core Courses (15 credits)
These five courses are required of all students:

PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques I
Usually the first course taken in the Project Management Program.

PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II
Second course in series taken in Project Management; usually taken the semester after PROJMGT 7010 is completed.

BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management
Can be taken whenever offered. It is expected that you have some background (education or experience) in quality management before taking this course. If you don't have such a background, consider taking BUSADMIN 5540 first. Your advisor can assist you further.
...OR...
PROJMGT 7080 Project Scope Management
Prerequisites: PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020

MEDIA 7330 Organizational Communication
Can be taken whenever offered. We recommend that you take this course alone.
...OR...
PROJMGT 7040 Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Project Teams
Prerequisites: PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020

PROJMGT 7840 Project Management Capstone
Last course taken to complete degree requirements for Project Management Program. Please consult with your advisor for prior approval and registration instructions.

Elective Courses (12-15 credits)

You will select your elective courses in consultation with your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for additional information.

IMPORTANT: If you were admitted after July 1, 2006, you must complete at least 21 credits at the 7000-level to complete your degree. Enroll in elective courses only after completion of all core and foundation requirements.

BUSADMIN 5030 Human Resource Management
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5100 Compensation Management
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5340 Management, Gender and Race
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5540 Quality Management
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5500 Employee Training and Development
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5620 Corporate Finance
Prerequisite: undergraduate accounting or ACCTING 7000 or equivalent experience.

BUSADMIN 5650 International Finance
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 5740 Consumer Behavior
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 6100  Supply Chain Management
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 6200 Employee Recruitment and Selection
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 6330 Labor-Management Relations
Can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 6630 Marketing Management
If required, can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 7110 Management Decision Analysis
Prerequisite: Statistics Course
If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.

BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management
Can be taken whenever offered. It is expected that you have some background (education or experience) in quality management before taking this course. If you don't have such a background, consider taking BUSADMIN 5540 first. Available as an elective if not selected for core category.

MEDIA 7330 Organizational Communication
Can be taken whenever offered.

ENGRG 6050 Applied Statistics
Prerequisite: Calculus II
If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.

ENGRG 7810 Production and Operations Analysis
Can be taken whenever offered.

ENGRG 7830 Advanced Cost and Value Analysis
Can be taken whenever offered.

ENGRG 7850 Taguchi Method of Designing Experiments
Can be taken whenever offered.

PHLSPHY 7530 Business Ethics
Can be taken whenever offered.

PROJMGT 7030 Project Risk Management
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 or consent of instructor or department chair.
If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.

PROJMGT 7040 Interpersonal Skills for Virtual and Co-Located Project Teams
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in PROJMGT 7010 and PROJGMT 7020 or consent of instructor or department chair. If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered. Available as an elective course if not selected for core category.

PROJMGT 7050 Project Procurement Management
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 or consent of instructor or department chair. If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.

PROJMGT 7060 Advanced Tools and Techniques for Project Management
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 or consent of instructor or department chair.
If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.

PROJMGT 7070 Program Management
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 or consent of instructor or department chair.
If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.

PROJMGT 7080 Project Scope Management
Prerequisite: Grade of "C" or better in PROJMGT 7010 and PROJMGT 7020 or consent of instructor or department chair.
If prerequisite is met, can be taken whenever offered.
Available as an elective course if not selected for core category.

PROJMGT 7940 Special Topics in Project Management (1-3 credits)
Contact advisor for prior approval and registration instructions.

PROJMGT 7980 Independent Study in Project Management (1-4 credits)
Contact advisor for prior approval and registration instructions.

PROJMGT 7990 Thesis Research
Contact advisor for prior approval and registration instructions. Notify your advisor early in your studies if you intend to propose and write a master’s thesis.


School of Graduate Studies Requirements

  1. All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  2. No more than 12 credits may be transferred from an external program, including other UW-Platteville graduate programs. All remaining graduate credits must be earned from UW-Platteville.
  3. Courses in the 5000-6000 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided the courses had not previously been taken at the undergraduate level.
  4. Graduate students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average.
  5. Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements (extensions may be granted).
  6. Transfer of credits requires approval by faculty in the Project Management Program and the Director of the School of Graduate Studies.
  7. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed some graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted.

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