Project Management FAQs

Is UW-Platteville accredited?

Yes, UW-Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. UW-Platteville is nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Master of Science in Project Management program is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

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 admissions.

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

The Master of Science in Project Management 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 12 credits counted toward degree completion. Contact Bill Haskins, Project Management Program Coordinator, at with any 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?

Most online courses provide an online examination. Some online and all print-based courses require a paper examination administered by a proctor.

Is credit for life experience available?

The Master of Science in Project Management program offers graduate credit to those who have completed their Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification, as awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). If you possess a current PMP® certification, you may be eligible to receive three credits for professional experience to be applied toward the elective category for the project management degree. To receive the credit, download and submit the request form to request a review of your certification. This documentation must be submitted at the time you apply for admission to the 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 Professional Experience.

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

The time required to earn a degree varies based on the number of transfer credits you receive, your course load, and other individual factors.

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 course 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 Master of Science in Project Management coursework?

To post your coursework for PDU credit with PMI®, visit their website, log in, find the 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 You'll receive PDU certificates automatically from that point forward.

What are some of the data relating to outcomes of the Master of Science in Project Management program?

• Total enrollment (admitted, degree-seeking students): 565
• Total degrees conferred: 655
   - 2014: 54
   - 2015: 58
   - 2016: 75
• Average grade point average for graduates: 3.77 (on a scale of zero to 4.00)
• Admission rate: 93% since 2012
• Retention rate: 78.5% average for 2015-2016
• Employment rate: around 95%, based on self-reporting. Nearly all of our students are already employed when they are admitted to the program.
• Tuition and fees, for a 36-semester credit hour degree plan, at $665 (USD)/credit: $24,240, 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 The Distance Learning Center is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST Monday through Friday.

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