Explore our MS in Project Management
Walden’s online master’s in project management is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, the world’s leading association for project management professionals.
Earning an online master’s in project management degree from Walden can provide you with the technical project management, leadership. and business strategy skills needed to oversee projects and diverse teams as you help your organization achieve its strategic goals.
Project management training that covers the internationally recognized standards set forth in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, which ensures that you have the skills to succeed in today’s workplace.
Become more marketable to employers who recognize the value of graduates of a PMI GAC accredited program.
- 30 total semester credits
- Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
- Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
Each 8-week course is delivered in a prescribed sequence.
Practices in Project Management
Students in this course are introduced to the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques needed to successfully manage projects throughout the life of a project, known as the project life cycle. By learning about the project management Knowledge Areas and Process Groups as well as the distinguishing characteristics of each, students gain an appreciation for how these two dimensions of project management interact in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing a project.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Students in this course are introduced to a comprehensive framework for proactively building, managing, and controlling project schedules from initiation to closeout. They explore the importance of defining deliverables, establishing project and product requirements, defining scope boundaries and building a detailed work breakdown structure as prerequisites to building network diagrams using both critical path and critical chain approaches. Students explore the challenges of project scheduling under uncertainty, address techniques for addressing resource constraints, and develop procedures for proactively managing and controlling the scheduling process throughout the project's lifecycle.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Budgeting and Management of Operations
Effective project management requires leaders with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills who understand the relationships between operational factors, such as business processes and product design. Students in this course learn about these relationships, in addition to other elements imperative in project management, including project goal attainment, positive operating cash flow, risk mitigation strategy, and operational alignment. Students also explore the role of budgeting and management of operations in an organizational environment. They engage in practical exercises designed to help them develop budget and operational plans based on an organization's accounting and financial data, project plans, and goals. Students also examine planning considerations associated with global operations.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Enterprise and Project Risk Management
Project management involves an ongoing, and nearly inevitable, variation of risks to which managers must be attuned and ready to mitigate. In this course, students learn how to plan, analyze, respond to, and control qualitative and quantitative risk in projects. They examine the internal risks associated with managing projects and the external risks associated with customer behavior, the supply chain, transportation and distribution channels, and acts of nature within the framework of the organization's overall risk strategy. Assessing real-world examples of project risks, students learn about strategies for working with project stakeholders to identify and respond to risk within defined ethical and legal standards.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Planning and Administering Project Contracts
A major responsibility of many project managers is planning and administering project contracts for the purchase or acquisition of project resources from external sources. In this course, students learn about planning for purchases and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contract administration, and contract closure. They consider and discuss the role of the project manager in the procurement process as it relates to project requirements for purchases or acquisitions, managing the relationship between buyer and seller, assessing vendor performance, contract change control, and conflict resolution. Students also have the opportunity to reflect on theory presented in the course as well as how they can apply these concepts to professional practice.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Managing People and Promoting Collaboration
Contemporary business environments are increasingly competitive, global, fast paced, and knowledge intensive. In these environments, effective use of human capital is vital to an enterprise's success and survival. In this course, students will explore practical issues related to developing individuals and managing collaboration and will examine the skills and strategies necessary to address them effectively. Students will examine ethical and legal implications of managing a diverse workforce including issues that arise from cross-cultural differences and virtual work settings. The importance of communication as a tool to manage internal and external relationships is emphasized as it relates to the effectiveness of managing people to achieve organizational goals.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Stakeholder Management and Organizational Behavior
One role of the project manager is to lead teams in complex and diverse organizational settings while concurrently communicating with all stakeholders. In this course, students analyze this dual role and examine how individual and group behavior impacts organizational effectiveness. They discover how using influence, rather than organizational power, leads to more successful project management. Students learn ways to design projects to support organizational goals and how to build and engage organizational capital (intellectual, human, physical, financial, and structural). They also assess communications management as a tool to manage internal and external relationships with stakeholders, partners, vendors, and customers.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Business Process Management and Systems
Modern organizations are constantly seeking ways to improve business processes and systems for greater efficiency and effectiveness. to ensure stakeholder's needs are met and business prospers. In this course, students learn how to harness the tools needed to help businesses gain competitive advantage through business processes and systems. Students examine strategies for managing the flow of business information within and across organizational boundaries. They become familiar with the concept of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and learn how these systems can lead to novel ways of efficiently managing project execution and business innovation. Students also assess and discuss technologies for business process integration, automation, and optimization, and they examine and practice using practical tools of enterprise.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Sustainability in Project, Portfolio, and Program Management
How do project managers ensure that their organization's initiatives allow for sustainable business and promote positive change through products for a sustainable environment? Students in this course are provided with an opportunity to answer such questions as well as to develop their understanding of managing projects at the portfolio and program levels. Students learn about the nature of sustainability in project management in terms of how project management processes align with the three fundamentals of sustainable development: social equity, economic efficiency, and environmental performance. Students work toward gaining a real-world understanding of concepts through the examination of current research illustrating sustainability in project management and by assessing actual products developed through projects.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
Capstone: Social Impact in Project Management
This course is designed to allow students to bring together knowledge gained through the program and to demonstrate mastery of the various course competencies. Students synthesize concepts and skills in an integrative project that combines multiple aspects of their program, illustrating how ethics, internal culture, and external forces shape project managers’ behaviors when executing projects within an organization. Students articulate how project managers within an organization can drive social change and sustainability through the example they set in their everyday work.
|(3 sem. cr.)|
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Tuition and Fees
|Curriculum Component||Requirements||Cost||Total *|
|Tuition||30 total semester credit hours||$955 per semester hour||$28,650|
|Technology Fee||Per semester||$210||$1,050|
|Transfer up to 15 credits||$14,745|
|Total with Maximum Transfer Credits†||$14,955|
The tuition reflects the minimum credits to completion. Program completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.
†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time
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Program Admission Requirements: A bachelor's degree or higher.
General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.
Graduates of this online MS in Project Management program will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate the ability necessary to produce project management outputs in accordance with established practices for conducting projects within an organization.
- Develop project-based solutions to business problems and opportunities to achieve the strategic performance goals of an organization.
- Manage individual projects from initiation to closure that meet stakeholder requirements and achieve the objectives of the project.
- Synthesize the threats and opportunities of environmental factors into the creation of project- and enterprise-level risk management plans.
- Evaluate the social change impact on social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to sustainability in project management.
- Appropriately apply professional practices for ethical and socially responsible conduct by project management practitioners.
MS in Project Management Vision
To create a community of scholars and networks of project managers who will benefit the scholastic and professional communities of project management, and their clients and organizations, worldwide.
MS in Project Management Mission
The mission of the program is to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to develop project management best practices as well as the business, communication, and leadership skills necessary to manage projects and teams for the purpose of helping organizations achieve strategic goals. Graduates of the program will also be provided an opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change in their families, communities, and around the world.
Earn Project Management Certificates
When you enroll in Walden’s online master’s in project management program, you may be eligible to earn project management certificates as you complete specified courses during the degree program.
For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management, the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Project Management, or the transfer of credit policy for these programs, please contact an Enrollment Specialist at 1-866-492-5336.
With Walden’s MS in Project Management degree, you will have the opportunity to gain the skills you need to enter the field or advance your career in project management in a variety of functional areas and within a host of industries and organizations, including:
- Information technology
- Communication systems deployment
- Chemicals, oil, gas, and public utilities
- Local, state, and federal government
- International development
- Commercial and defense aviation
- Financial services
- Product and service development
- Event planning
A Growth Industry
In the U.S. in 2017, wages of project management-oriented workers in projectized industries were far higher on average than wages of non-project-oriented professionals—a premium of 82 percent.1
- Through 2027, the project management-oriented labor force in seven project-oriented sectors is expected to grow by 33 percent, or nearly 22 million new jobs.
- Demand over the next 10 years for project managers is growing faster than demand for workers in other occupations. Organizations, however, face risks from this talent gap.
I started my MS in Project Management in March 2014 and completed it in July 2015. I started my doctoral studies immediately afterward in August 2015 and completed it in April 2018.
Edward Agbai MS in Project Management Graduate
Every day, I become a better writer thanks to Walden.
Kathryn Bartram MS in Project Management Graduate
There are so many resources available, like the Writing Center and the library, that it make it easy for you to navigate the classroom and your assignments.
Preye Buowari MS in Project Management Graduate
FAQ About Walden's Online MS in Project Management Program
Earning a degree in a specialized area such as a project management provides the opportunity for you to hone in on the fine details—such as pain points, theories, and solutions—within your selected field and give you a bigger voice in your company. It’s a credential that can also expand your career opportunities and help you stand out from other candidates, especially to large corporations that are held to tight regulations and work with big-budget projects.
Project managers guide projects from start to finish, ensuring all the elements of the project come together properly. Projects can be long term (like opening a new retail store) or short term (like planning a grand opening). Duties often include making schedules and timelines, dealing with budgets, developing project management strategies that improve company performance, and reporting success metrics to stakeholders. In addition, professionals serving in this role may also oversee a company’s project management software and other project management tools to ensure efficiency of communication and workflow.
According to Dr. Kathleen Simmons, program director for Walden’s MS in Project Management, the job outlook for project managers is strong. “Qualified project managers are in demand in virtually every industry sector and a wide range of occupations, such as banking, pharmaceutical, consulting, advertising, legal, healthcare, and higher education,” she says. “Project management has evolved from a technical discipline specific to certain industries to a universal business model for accomplishing strategic objectives.” More and more, companies are realizing that skilled project managers are a business necessity. For a company to thrive, it must deliver on its strategic initiatives consistently and reliably—and a trusted pilot to steer the project home is the key to success.
Credentials for a project manager usually come in the form of an MS in Project Management, a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Project Management, or a Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management. The demand has remained steady for talented individuals who have completed this level of education, even in an uncertain economy. Though there are many organizations within a variety of industries that are looking for qualified project managers, the top business sectors for project management professionals include:1
- Management and professional services
- Finance and insurance
- Information services and publishing
Passing the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam demonstrates a mastery of project management that can be applied directly in the workplace. Challenging and broad in scope, the exam has a reputation for being difficult. Eligibility for the PMP credential requires individuals to first attain specific educational and project management experience, including 35 contact hours of project management education and a minimum of three years, or 36 months, of project management experience, during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing project tasks. The final step in earning the PMP credential is passing the PMP exam.
For more information, visit the Project Management Institute (PMI) website at www.pmi.org.