MS Project Management FAQs

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Is UW-Platteville accredited?

Yes, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute (PMI®). UW-Platteville is also a long-time Global Registered Educational Provider with PMI®.

How does the MSPM degree differ from an MBA?

The core courses for the MSPM are focused on management or communication, offering a well-rounded view of the knowledge and process areas of the discipline. The project management courses are integrated to build on topics from related courses. The core courses for an MBA generally focus on specific business functions such as accounting, economics, and finance. Functional business courses are available as electives in the MSPM program.

What are the entry requirements for the Master of Science in Project Management?

All applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from an institution meeting University of Wisconsin System accreditation standards. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required. For more information, see the Admission Information page.

How many courses do I need to complete to earn the degree?

The MSPM degree consists of 30-36 credits. Graduate transfer credits are approved on a case-by-case basis, but under no circumstances may transfer credits substitute for more than half the credits required to earn the degree. Be sure to contact Bill Haskins (projectmgmt@uwplatt.edu), Project Management Program Coordinator, with questions concerning transfer credits.

How many hours should I commit to study each week?

For graduate-level coursework, you should schedule at least 10-15 hours of study time per week for each course.

Are there proctored exams for any of the courses?

Some courses require outside proctors, but most courses provide online exams when exams are used for assessment. For information about specific courses, contact Bill Haskins (projectmgmt@uwplatt.edu), Project Management Program Coordinator.

Is credit for life experience available?

The MSPM program offers graduate credit to those who have completed their Project Management Professional (PMI®) certification, as awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). If you possess a current PMP® certification, you may be eligible to receive 3 credits for life experience to be applied toward the elective category for the MSPM degree. To receive the credit, download and submit the request form requesting a review of your certification to the UW-Platteville Distance Learning Center. This documentation must be submitted at the time you apply for admission to the Master of Science in Project Management program. UW-Platteville also has credit agreements with the UW-Madison Executive Education Program and with Colorado State University’s Denver Center Project Management Certificate Program. For more information, visit Credit for Life Experience.

How long will it take to complete the MSPM?

Full-time students (9 credits per semester, fall and spring) can complete the degree in two years. Most students take one or two courses at a time and will finish in three to four years. Students are allowed a maximum of seven years to complete the program.

Is the Quality Management couse a prerequisite for the Advanced Quality Management Course?

No, but for people who have had no experience in quality management, it would be a helpful background course to fulfill an elective requirement. Advanced Quality Management begins with a unit that reviews quality tools, but it does not include a process improvement project such as the one found in the Quality Management course. For students who have never participated in an actual process improvement project applying the basic tools, we recommend taking Quality Management first.

Do I need to start thinking about the writing requirements for the degree early in the program?

Not necessarily. The writing requirement is a comprehensive formal project review at the end of the capstone course. There is no additional thesis required in this program. Whenever you have an idea for a “culminating” project that you'd like to explore with us, contact your advisor. Our intent is that most students will select projects associated with their employment that will not only help them complete the program but will benefit their organizations.

I have the PMP® credential from Project Management Institute (PMI). How do I obtain Professional Development Unit (PDU) documentation for my MSPM coursework?

To post your coursework for PDU credit with PMI, go to their CCRS site (https://www.pmi.org), log in, find University of Wisconsin - Platteville (provider #1368), then select your course(s) and submit them for PDU credit. To receive certification of course completion from UW-Platteville, please notify the Distance Learning Center at disted@uwplatt.edu, and we will add your name to the list of students who require PDU documentation. You'll receive PDU certificates automatically from that point forward.

What are some of the data relating to outcomes of the MSPM program?

• Total enrollment (admitted, degree-seeking students): 575
• Total degrees conferred: 379 2011: 48 2010: 45 2009: 47
• Average grade point average for graduates: 3.76 (on a scale of zero to 4.00)
• Admission rate: 88%
• Retention rate: 78%
• Employment rate: around 95%, based on self-reporting. Nearly all our students are already employed when they are admitted to the program.
• Tuition and fees, for a 36-semester credit hour degree plan, at $630 (USD)/credit: $22,320, plus required resource materials (books), approximately $1,900. 

What does an online course look like?

If you’re curious about what an online course looks like, please take some time and check out Ready2Learn. Ready2Learn gives you the opportunity to sample a course created in our online platform, Desire2Learn.  The course utilizes many of the features the online classroom would, including videos, discussions, and quizzes.

Still have questions?

Contact the Distance Learning Center at 800.362.5460 or disted@uwplatt.edu. The Distance Learning Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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