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An Increased Demand for Project Managers
Corporations rely on project managers to oversee all aspects of a project so that everything flows seamlessly and the timeline, scope, and budget goals are met. As more organizations use project-based methods to accomplish tasks, experienced project managers are in higher demand. When you earn a master’s degree in project management, you can possess a skill set valued by companies in virtually every industry.
Why Project Management at Penn State
The online Master of Project Management degree offered through Penn State World Campus is an interdisciplinary graduate program that uses problem-based learning to provide a thorough understanding of all aspects of project-management theory and practice. This 30-credit degree program, which you can complete in as little as two years, is a well-respected credential and is AACSB accredited. In addition, Penn State is a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.).
Headed by Dr. Jeffrey K. Pinto, an internationally renowned scholar in the field of project management, this program covers not only the curriculum found in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. (2013), but also the European model as well (APM). As a student, you can learn how to better manage your projects with regard to:
- commercial and procurement law
- corporate and business strategy in project management
- cost control, planning, and resource management
- human relations and project teams
- organization theory in project management
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.
Choose your Project Management Career Track
The master's degree program allows you to tailor the curriculum to match your personal interests and professional goals. You may choose 6 credits in electives from topical areas such as:
- enterprise architecture
- enterprise resource planning (ERP) with SAP software
- independent study for a creative research project, based on a current project management issue in your organization
- supply chain management
Who Should Apply?
Whether you are involved in construction management; project execution; or project, program, or portfolio management, this is an ideal program if you are looking for career development opportunities to enhance your knowledge and skill sets in managing large, complex projects.
Career Opportunities for Project Management Graduates
Because project managers are in high demand in a variety of industries, as a graduate of the Master of Project Management degree program you can be prepared for a variety of positions, including:
- project manager
- project management analyst
- quality management project coordinator
- master scheduler
- computer and information systems manager
- industrial production manager
- sales manager
- business planning analyst
- administrative services manager
"PMI" and "PMBOK" are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.