Project Managers in a meeting
Master of
Project Management

Courses

Based on the Needs of Multinational Corporations

The online Master of Project Management degree program is an interdisciplinary, 30-credit graduate program that uses problem-based learning to provide a thorough understanding of all aspects of project management theory and practice. It is designed to meet the needs of companies that are heavily engaged in large-scale projects. Penn State's team of faculty, headed by Dr. Jeffrey K. Pinto, an internationally recognized scholar in the field of project management, has joined forces with distinguished, multinational firm Rolls-Royce and the University of Manchester to develop a world-class curriculum for companies that require the highest level of expertise in the management of projects.

The master’s degree curriculum allows you to tailor your course work to align with your personal career goals. You can choose 6 credits of electives in a relevant topical area, or complete a research project based on a current project management issue in your organization. The program is structured so that you interact with high-caliber classmates who work in a variety of industries, enabling you to learn from each other and keep those relationships after graduation.

Required Courses (21 credits)

MANGT 510 must be taken in the first semester of study.

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment.

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based course that emphasizes project cost control and teaches students to apply techniques to control projects in business.

    • Prerequisite or concurrent

      MANGT 510

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based course that addresses techniques for planning the project development process, including securing resources and resource management.

    • Prerequisite or concurrent

      MANGT 510

  • 3
    credits

    An examination of organizational theories and processes of organizational behavior.

  • 3
    credits

    A human relations–based course that identifies the significant challenges that managing individuals on project teams represents.

    • Prerequisite or concurrent

      MANGT 510

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based course that focuses on linking projects to overall corporate strategy.

    • Prerequisite or concurrent

      MANGT 510

  • 1–9
    credits

    Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

Elective Courses (select 6 credits)

In addition to the pre-approved elective courses listed below, you may choose courses in a topical area that align with your professional goals, in consultation with your adviser.

Prerequisites as listed may be waived by the course instructor if you can demonstrate the required level of competency.

  • 3
    credits

    Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise architecture.

  • 3
    credits

    Theoretical foundations and practice of enterprise modeling.

    • Prerequisite

      EA 871

  • 3
    credits

    Explores cultural differences and impact on business practices and team dynamics working on virtual project teams with global partner universities.

  • 3
    credits

    Develop competencies for leading new product/process development or participating in corporate spinouts using entrepreneurial skills within a corporation.

  • 3
    credits

    This course focuses on the development of team leadership skills and the ability to solve team problems related to human interaction.

    • Prerequisite or concurrent

      MANGT 510 and MANGT 535

  • 3
    credits

    This is a graduate-level project management elective designed to expose project managers to strategic issues in marketing, opportunity recognition, and new product/service development.

  • 1–6
    credits

    Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

    • Prerequisite

      All other courses in the program must be completed prior to enrolling in this course

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based, interdisciplinary course on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) concepts and business processes.

    • Prerequisite

      MIS 204 or first-level programming course or with permission from the program

  • 3
    credits

    Aggregate production planning procedures, disaggregation methods in hierarchical production planning, sales and operations planning, master production scheduling, material requirements planning, production activity control, lot-sizing, and capacity planning.

    • Prerequisite

      SCM 310

  • 3
    credits

    Purchasing policies, procedures, order specifications and agreements, supplier selection, and the role of purchasing in production planning and inventory management.

    • Prerequisite

      SCM 301 or SCM 310

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to the core concepts of the strategic supply chain management framework, including process orientation, a systems viewpoint, intra-frim coordination, and extended enterprise collaboration.

Capstone Experience (3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    A problem-based capstone course that integrates the themes necessary to appreciate the overall challenge of project management.

    • Prerequisite

      MANGT 510 and completion of at least 15 credits from MANGT 515, MANGT 520, MANGT 525, MANGT 531, MANGT 535, or MANGT 540

Apply Earned Credits toward a Graduate Certificate or Minor

Because the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Project Management consists of the first four courses of the master's program, you are able to add a quality credential to your résumé even before you complete the full degree. Students planning to complete more than one master’s degree should contact the project management administrative office for additional information and credit sharing limitations prior to applying.

Credits earned for EA 871 and EA 873 may be applied toward the 9-credit Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture.

ENGR 802 and ENGR 804 may be applied toward the Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management Graduate Minor.

SCM 800 may be applied toward the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management.

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