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M.S. in Project Management

A Master of Science in Project Management from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to lead complex projects in a variety of industries and positions.

Your Saint Mary's learning experience will begin with a deep, foundational understanding of business practices and philosophies and will then dive into the process of defining, implementing, and evaluating projects. Throughout your coursework you'll find a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of setting clear goals, managing a project's scope, effectively communicating with and motivating a team, and successfully completing a project's stated objectives on time and on budget. 

When you enroll at Saint Mary's, you'll learn alongside your peers in classes that are taught by industry professionals and through lessons that incorporate real-world examples. This educational approach provides the best foundation for immediately implementing coursework in your workplace.

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Project Management Professional Exam and Preparation

Since the Saint Mary's M.S. in Project Management curriculum is in full alignment with Project Management Institute's standards, you'll know that your education is valued in the broader employment market. The Project Management Institute is the world's leading nonprofit professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. You'll also find that you've received the preparation necessary to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam and earn your PMP certification.

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.S. in Project Management degree in a little more than one year.
  • Cohorts begin every spring, summer, and fall.


On-Campus or Blended Programs

Fully Online Program

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits.(An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

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This program is offered at our Twin Cities and Rochester locations and online.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Project Management Courses 27 cr.
Required Management Courses 6 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.

 *Students who hold PMP Certification at the time they are admitted to the program may waive the PRM600 Fundamentals of Project Management and substitute another 3 credit course from the list provided. All PRM degree seeking students must complete 36 transcripted credits. Up to 6 credits may be transferred into the program at the time of admission if the course previously taken matches a required course.

Required Project Management Courses: 27 cr.

PRM600 Foundations of Project Management (3 cr.)

This foundation course covers key terminology, project management context, and the project management framework. This framework includes the project management knowledge areas and the project process groups.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply key project management terms.
  2. Analyze the environment in which projects operate.
  3. Describe a generalized view of how the various project management processes commonly interact.
  4. Identify project integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communications, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management process inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs.
  5. Analyze stakeholder needs and expectations.
  6. Interpret the role of the project manager.
  7. Initiate a project by creating a project charter and analyzing stakeholder needs.
  8. Apply university and workplace citation and documentation carefully to all assignments.

PRM601 Project Scope and Scheduling (3 cr.)

This course examines activities related to project planning and estimating project scope and schedule. It also examines processes for managing project resources.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Plan and estimate project scope, resources, and schedule.
  2. Evaluate the environment in which the project operates using project management documents. 
  3. Prepare scope baseline, including requirements traceability matrix, scope statement, and work breakdown structure. 
  4. Prepare schedule baseline by developing a network diagram, estimating activities durations, and developing project schedule.
  5. Prepare an integrated project schedule incorporating resources using automated scheduling tool. 
  6. Apply appropriate estimating techniques to scope and schedule processes. 
  7. Identify factors that create project change.

PRM611 Technical Communication (3 cr.)

This course strengthens and deepens communication skills for technical professionals. Organization of information for multiple audiences and purposes is engaged for project managers and technologists. Students work hands-on with technological tools to document and present project outcomes. Professionalism in both oral and written communication is expected.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Design and revise business/workplace documents for a specific audience and purpose.
  2. Compose and apply discipline-specific voice, style, and terminology to achieve communication goals.
  3. Distinguish, formulate, and evaluate design principles to assist with visual, written, and oral communication.
  4. Assess and employ technology to assist in achieving communication objectives.
  5. Assemble and interpret relevant research materials.
  6. Prepare professional documentation consistent with university and workplace standards.

PRM612 Project Leadership Team and Stakeholder Management (3 cr.)

This course examines strategies used to effectively complete projects through people and stakeholder groups and the role of the project manager as leader.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify, assign, and communicate project roles, responsibilities, and reporting relationships.
  2. Synthesize in a balanced manner the individual, organizational, and systemic issues in conflicting situations and negotiations.
  3. Develop strategies to identify, address, and manage the diverse expectations of the project team and other stakeholder groups.
  4. Evaluate attributes that shape decisions on tailoring project approaches.
  5. Demonstrate, select, and adapt communications styles critical to project environments and progress.
  6. Adapt personal leadership style for alignment with the organization culture and project needs.
  7. Develop facilitation skills for virtual and in-person interactions among teams and groups.
  8. Close projects effectively, including staffing, finance, and archiving lessons learned and project documentation.
  9. Direct and manage project work.

PRM613 Project Quality and Quantitative Methods (3 cr.)

This course examines and applies methods used for planning, managing, and controlling quality.  It explores statistical analysis of data for professional applications with an emphasis on quantitative methodologies.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify measurable quality standards relevant to the project.
  2. Leverage tools and techniques to manage and control product and project quality.
  3. Monitor and control specific project and product results against the quality standards.
  4. Apply ethical considerations to project quality decisions.
  5. Analyze dependencies between project requirements, specifications, and quality on product and project performance.
  6. Manage project lessons learned to integrate project knowledge with organizational knowledge base.
  7. Apply identified strategies of quantitative problem solving in practical applications.

PRM614 Project Risk Management (3 cr.)

This course explores the principles and practices of risk management.  Key concepts in managing uncertainty include developing a risk approach and identifying, analyzing, responding to, and monitoring risks in projects in traditional and adaptive project management environments.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Determine the level of risk exposure that is acceptable in pursuit of project objectives, and define a risk strategy for the project.
  2. Identify and accurately describe potential threats and opportunities associated with a project.
  3. Analyze the likelihood of individual threats or opportunities occurring and their potential impact on overall risk of meeting objectives.
  4. Determine appropriate responses to significant risks, and evaluate implemented responses.
  5. Evaluate risk considerations using adaptive approaches such as Agile.

PRM615 Project Procurement Management (3 cr.)

This course examines the full life cycle of project procurement, which includes both buyer and seller perspectives and explores cost estimating techniques to develop proposals.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Determine project procurement requirements and schedule.
  2. Develop a procurement plan.
  3. Analyze contract types and rationale for use.
  4. Develop proposal documentation from a buyer and seller perspective.
  5. Develop appropriate selection criteria and evaluate bids.
  6. Develop strategies to evaluate, manage, and close contract relationships with vendors.
  7. Analyze ethics from a procurement perspective.  
  8. Conduct estimation to support proposal development.


PRM616 Project Cost and Performance Management (3 cr.)

This course examines project cost and schedule performance management required for proactive financial decision making by the project manager. This course covers key Earned Value Management (EVM) concepts, including measuring actual performance against performance management baselines.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Assess projects' earned performance management strategies to manage and report project status.
  2. Interpret and diagram earned value (EV) data to manage cost, and schedule performance of projects.
  3. Evaluate the breakdown of the project work scope into finite pieces for assignment to team members to enable assessment of accomplishments at the level of work performed.
  4. Integrate the project work scope, schedule, and cost objectives into a performance measurement baseline plan.
  5. Explain significant variances appropriate audiences.
  6. Analyze significant variances from the plan, and forecast impacts to prepare an estimate of completion based on performance to date and work to be performed.
  7. Assess various approaches to determine how project costs are estimated, budgeted, managed, monitored, and controlled.
  8. Assess costs for relevant resources needed for completion of projects. 
  9. Assess the impact of integrated change management on project baselines.

PRM620 Agile Projects (3 cr.)

This course develops the skills, techniques, and mindset to build consensus, collaborate with stakeholders, and support self-managed teams in continuous testing of efficiency and effectiveness through agile project management methods.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply key agile project management terms.
  2. Distinguish among project methodologies based upon project requirements.
  3. Synthesize the core practices and philosophies behind a number of specific agile methodologies.
  4. Apply agile tools and techniques to efficiently deliver value.
  5. Articulate the importance of value-driven delivery and continuous process improvement loops ensuring that goals are met.
  6. Apply university and workplace citation and documentation carefully to all assignments.

Required Management Courses: 6 cr.

GM660 Financial Management (3 cr.)

This course introduces, discusses, and analyzes financial issues facing diverse organizations in today's business environment.  Included is examination of various financial areas: types of organizations; sources of capital; capital management; financial statement analysis; time value of money; risk management; and asset valuation.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the various forms of business entities and the different ways of financing them.
  2. Analyze the financial reporting requirements of diverse entities.
  3. Apply the principles of managing current assets and current liabilities.
  4. Assess the existence of management problems and/or opportunities through analysis of financial statements and making industry comparisons.
  5. Compute present values and use them in financial decision making.
  6. Analyze relevant issues present in the larger economic environment.
  7. Identify the characteristics and impact of ethical behavior by an organization's.
  8. Outline the risk management strategies for organizations.

GM675 Managerial Ethics and Issues (3 cr.)

This course examines philosophical theories and ethical practices that can be used to resolve organizational dilemmas. The course emphasizes the role of managers to strengthen the ethical culture of the organization. Focus is given to application of ethical principles and models to deal with complex organizational issues. Students develop skills in values-based decision making built upon integrity and accountability.


Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Identify and assess the extent of ethical issues that face organizations, communities and stakeholder groups.
  2. Recognize how ethical theories, principles, and models provide options for examining complex ethical issues.
  3. Analyze how organizational and cultural norms affect the ability of people within it to act ethically.
  4. Consider value-based decision making to select options that are congruent with business.
  5. Develop a framework for resolving complex ethical dilemmas.
  6. Apply ethical theories, models and principles.
  7. Analyze personal cultural identity, background, and biases and how they may influence interaction with diverse stakeholders


Capstone Course: 3 cr.

PRM689 Project Management Capstone (3 cr.)

This course focuses on integrating project management knowledge, skills, and techniques developed in previous courses. It emphasizes critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of the theories and application of project management. It includes a major research paper and presentations as well as opportunities for reflection.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to project knowledge areas and processes.
  2. Locate, assess, and integrate current literature on topics associated with project management competencies.
  3. Evaluate alternative strategies and implement major aspects of project management for a sample project.
  4. Prepare professional documentation and presentations consistent with university and diverse workplace standards
  5. Demonstrate interpersonal skills consistent with expectations for project managers.

Courses Available for Those with Waived PRM600

Students may take other graduate courses in the School of Business and Technology.

PRM650 Project Management for IT Professionals (3 cr.)

This course examines the project management framework through the eyes of the IT professional using case studies and scenario-based learning.  Topics include the PMI defined project management knowledge areas, project life cycles, and implementation within varying organizational designs.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Use project management terminology.
  2. Shape a project plan to address user needs using a systems approach.
  3. Document a complete project plan, including a specification, schedule, and budget in an executable form.
  4. Analyze the interdependencies of a typical multi-project environment and address how to effectively manage those interdependencies.
  5. Apply common project control methodologies such as earned value systems.
  6. Conduct project reviews using accepted methods, including CDR and PDR, and produce the associated documentation.
  7. Conduct the close-out of a project in an IT environment.


Requirements for Double Major

For those students seeking both the Project Management, and Information Technology Management, M.S. please see the dual program requirements.

Project Management/Information Technology Management 

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