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Master of Science in Project Management Online Degree

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Project management plays a critical role in today’s organizational innovation and productivity, making an online Project Management master’s degree more valuable than ever.

Our online master’s degree in Project Management is accredited by PMI Global Accreditation Center and aligned with the PMI Guide’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and will prepare you for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) exam. Learn to define, implement, evaluate, and lead initiatives from conception to completion.

Why Choose an Online Project Management Master’s Degree From Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota?

  • Explore the latest software/apps
  • Study predictive, hybrid, and adaptive (agile) methodologies
  • Learn from industry-trained faculty
  • Earn digital badges for skill mastery
  • Prepare for the PMP® exam
  • Add a graduate certificate to your degree. Saint Mary’s Accelerators are a carefully crafted series of graduate certificates designed to help you meet your goals

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What Sets Our Online Master's Degree in Project Management Apart?

When earning your Master of Science in Project Management online, you’re making an invaluable investment in your future. Saint Mary’s University equips you for the project management role you want by delivering the leadership skills demanded by today’s employers, along with thorough preparation for becoming certified in the field. You’ll learn from project management experts as you navigate a fully online classroom created with your full-time schedule in mind.

Designed for working professionals, we also offer an in-person project management program at our Minneapolis campus.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (PMI GAC)
  • Digital Badging and Graduate Certificates Available
  • Valuable PMP® Exam Preparation
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

 

PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management, Accredited Program

Course List & Requirements

Saint Mary’s online Project Management master’s degree immerses you in a curriculum that combines project management with the Lasallian ideals of excellence, ethics, and social justice. You’ll complete 12 courses for a total of 36 credits, including seven core courses, a capstone experience, and elective options.

Specialize with Graduate Certificates

Saint Mary’s offers graduate certificates so you can specialize your online project management degree and accelerate your advancement potential. Choose from the following:

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.

Admissions

Whether you're already a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) or changing your career to project management, the Master of Science in Project Management online degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota will put your previous experience in a new context. For that reason, we look at more than your undergraduate degree and GPA while ensuring our program will help you reach your goals. For admission to the program, you'll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale (If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the M.S. in Project Management program director.)

  • No prerequisite coursework is required for the online M.S. in Project Management other than the general requirements listed above.

    The M.S. in Project Management program requires that you have had at least one formal or informal experience as a project manager or as a member of a project team.

  • GMAT and GRE scores are not required.

  • You can transfer six credits you’ve earned before admittance to Saint Mary’s. Transfer credits are subject to graduate school and program criteria, as well as the recommendation of the program director and approval by the dean.

    Work and life experience are not accepted as credit for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities located outside of the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) are required to take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application, via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s enrollment counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to oladmissions@smumn.edu or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    A written statement: Describe your background, training, career goals, and experience. Tell us why you’re seeking admission to the MSCS program, your personal and professional strengths, and any other personal information you wish to share.

    Two references: Please provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online M.S. in Project Management:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online M.S. in Project Management:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees.

Online Project Management Master's Degree Careers & Salary

With Saint Mary's online master's degree in project management, you will acquire leadership skills, learn to handle and resolve conflict, and discover how to properly implement crisis management through our curriculum's comprehensive training. The skills you learn will allow you to be successful in high-paying leadership positions in nearly any industry, such as:

Human Resources Manager

$126,2301

General and Operations Manager

$115,2502

Construction Manager

$98,8903

Management Analyst

$93,0004

Risk Manager

$90,5775

Operations Research Analyst

$82,3606

Logistician

$77,0307

Project Manager (General)

$76,2338

Site Manager (General)

$74,1129
Explore Project Management Careers
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Overall employment in management occupations is projected to grow from 2020 to 2030, resulting in about 906,800 new jobs.10

Student Testimonial

“If you’re looking for a very reputable program with flexibility as a working adult and one that will provide you the best comprehensive approach to project management, Saint Mary’s is the best choice.” -Patricia Bragdon, MS in Project Management Graduate

Program Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Plan and manage complex projects using industry technologies and tools
  • Employ recognized project management principles and best practices
  • Manage and incorporate change through the project lifecycle
  • Address the cross-cultural, social, and political challenges of international projects
  • Effectively lead and understand diverse groups and populations
  • Incorporate an ethical perspective in all communications and professional activities

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Beyond the standard admission criteria, the M.S. in Project Management program also requires that you have had at least one formal or informal experience as a project manager or as a member of a project team.

The online M.S. in Project Management program takes most students around 2 years to complete and can be completed within 18 months.

This depends on what type of hardware and software you are using. Microsoft Project is a required software for the degree coursework. This software is only compatible with a PC and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful while using Microsoft Project, you will need to use a PC or partition your Mac so the Windows OS software is available.

If you hold PMP® certification at the time you are admitted to the program, you may waive the PRM600 Fundamentals of Project Management course and substitute it with another course offered within the School of Business and Technology that has been approved by the Program Director.

Upon recommendation of your program director and with the approval of the dean, you may transfer a maximum of six semester credits. Your transfer credits are subject to both graduate school and programmatic criteria

No students are not required to attend online classes However, they are often recorded for future viewing and are beneficial.

Students accepted into the M.S. in Project Management online program are from a variety of industries. We find that incorporating a variety of industries brings additional perspectives as well as unique learning experiences to the classroom. Some of the more common industries students come from include healthcare, information technology, sales, military, construction, manufacturing, large public companies, and non-profit organizations.

The 36-credit-hour program is a blend of program management and general management courses. You will gain knowledge in leadership, employee development, human resource management, project communications, and project planning and estimating to name a few. Our program offers a competitive skill set that hiring managers are seeking.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online M.S. in Project Management at any time. After you are admitted, you may begin taking classes at the start of any semester —spring, summer, or fall.

Although the time it takes each student to complete coursework varies, the general rule is to allocate 15 hours per week for each three-credit class.

Yes. The M.S. in Project Management curriculum is based on the Project Management Book of Knowledge Guide, which you will need to master to successfully pass the exam. You'll gain PMP® preparation throughout the program's coursework.

The majority of students attending Saint Mary's Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs are working adults balancing the demands of career, family, and civic responsibilities. Most students in the project management degree program are practicing project managers who realize that they need a master's to advance. Other students are middle managers who want to add valuable project management skills to their résumés. Some students recognize that project management is a new role with growth potential and are seeking a career change.

The program is fully online. You do not need to attend Saint Mary's on-ground campuses.

The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC). Saint Mary's University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

There is a capstone paper that needs to be completed in the last course of the degree. The instructor will guide you through the writing of this paper.

For 2023, the number of enrollments was 68 and the number of graduates was 23.

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