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Online Master of Science in Project Management

Project Management Master's Courses

Prepare for Your Moment as a Difference-making Project Manager

Our project management program supports your personal growth through a curriculum emphasizing the Lasallian ideals of excellence, ethics, and social justice. Saint Mary’s University believes that when people work together, the world gets better. Learn how to lead this change in your organization with this online master’s degree program.

The online M.S. in Project Management consists of 36 credits and can be completed in two years. 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 the PRM650 Project Management for IT Professionals course. All PRM degree-seeking students must complete 36 transcripted credits.

The master’s degree in project management from Saint Mary’s is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Program (GAC). The curriculum includes the preparation coursework needed to take the PMP® exam.

Project Management Courses (27 credits)

  • 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:

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

  • This course examines activities related to the predictive project management approach, including initiating, planning, estimating, and managing project integration, scope, schedule, resources, and cost.

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

    • Plan and estimate project scope, resources, schedule, and cost in a predictive project
    • Evaluate the project environment and artifacts to determine which approach aligns and delivers value
    • Prepare scope baseline, including requirements traceability matrix, scope statement, and work breakdown structure
    • Prepare schedule baseline by developing a network diagram, estimating activities durations, and developing project schedule
    • Prepare an integrated project schedule incorporating resources using automated scheduling tools
    • Identify indicators and implement methods to tailor processes
    • Apply and document integration processes throughout a predictive project

    Prerequisite: PRM600

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

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

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

    Prerequisites: PRM600, PRM601, PRM620

  • 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:

    • Leverage performance domains, methods, and artifacts to plan, manage and control product and project quality
    • Apply ethical considerations to project quality decisions
    • Analyze dependencies between project requirements, specifications, and measurable quality standards on product and project performance
    • Manage project lessons learned and retrospectives to integrate project knowledge with organizational knowledge base
    • Apply identified strategies of quantitative problem solving in practical applications

    Prerequisites: PRM600, PRM601, PRM611, PRM620

  • 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 predictive and agile management environments.

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

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

    Prerequisites: PRM600, PRM601, PRM611, PRM620

  • 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:

    • Determine project procurement requirements and schedule
    • Develop a procurement plan
    • Analyze contract types and rationale for use
    • Develop proposal documentation from a buyer and seller perspective
    • Develop appropriate selection criteria and evaluate bids
    • Develop strategies to evaluate, manage, and close contract relationships with vendors
    • Analyze ethics from a procurement perspective
    • Conduct estimation to support proposal development

    Prerequisite(s): PRM600, PRM601, PRM611, PRM620

  • This course examines project performance and how value is delivered in a predictive and agile approach. The course covers how performance is measured, analyzed, monitored, controlled, and reported for deliverables, baselines, resources, value, stakeholders, and forecasting.

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

    • Assess projects’ earned performance management strategies to manage and report project status
    • Interpret and diagram earned value (EV) data to manage cost, and schedule performance of projects
    • Evaluate and develop performance measurement baselines and matrices that integrates deliverables, baselines, resources, value, stakeholders, and forecasting
    • Explain significant variances to appropriate audiences
    • 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
    • Assess approaches to determine how project costs are estimated, budgeted, managed, monitored, and controlled
    • Assess the impact of integrated change management on project baselines

    Prerequisites: PRM600, PRM601, PRM611, PRM620

  • 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:

    • Apply key agile project management terms
    • Distinguish among project methodologies based on project requirements
    • Synthesize the core practices and philosophies behind agile methodologies
    • Apply agile tools and techniques to efficiently deliver value
    • Articulate the importance of value-driven delivery and continuous process improvement loops, ensuring that goals are met
    • Apply university and workplace citation and documentation carefully to all assignments

    Prerequisite: PRM 600 Foundations of Project Management

  • This course examines methods to strategically evaluate the environment, governance, and processes to determine and apply the appropriate approach and tailoring techniques that create value. The hybrid approach that combines the predictive and agile processes is explored. Program and portfolio management are also discussed.

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

    • Analyze the environment and organizational strategies to define and evaluate project success and value
    • Determine the management approach for predictive, agile, and hybrid
    • Apply hybrid techniques and processes to achieve project value
    • Identify and implement appropriate tailoring techniques
    • Identify and apply program and portfolio management processes and techniques

    Prerequisite(s): PRM600, PRM620, PRM601, PRM611. PRM613, PRM614, PRM616

Elective Course (3 credits)

Choose one

  • This course strengthens and deepens communication skills for technical professionals. Project managers and technologists must know how to organize information for multiple audiences and purposes. 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:

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

  • This course focuses on graduate academic writing skills, including voice and style, writing that incorporates source material, ethical use of source material, APA writing guidelines, and the revision process. Students learn to locate and evaluate resources relevant to the research and writing process.

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

    • Develop a research question delineating the complexity of an issue
    • Use information from a variety of sources relevant to a question
    • Evaluate information for relevance and credibility
    • Analyze and synthesize the content of scholarly sources
    • Present writing in an unbiased manner, representing diverse points of view on the topics
    • Incorporate source material into academic writing, including correct use of summary, paraphrase, and quotation, along with a proper citation
    • Write clearly and concisely
    • Develop skills in rewriting, editing, and proofreading

Final Courses

  • GM 675 Managerial Ethics and Issues (3 credits)

    This course examines philosophical theories and ethical practices that can be used to resolve organizational dilemmas. The course emphasizes the role of managers in strengthening the ethical culture of the organization. Focus is given to the 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:

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

  • PRM 689 Project Management Capstone (3 credits)

    This course integrates 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, presentations, and opportunities for reflection.

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

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

    Prerequisite: All project management program degree courses except PRM 689 Project Management Capstone.

  • PRM 650 Project Management for IT Professionals

    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:

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

    Prerequisite(s): PRM600, PRM601, and PRM611

Program Accelerators

Choose from a selection of graduate certificate programs designed to accelerate your degree and help you achieve your goals faster. Each of Saint Mary’s Accelerators requires the completion of 12 to 15 credits and adds only six additional credits (two courses) to your degree program, allowing you to complete extra credentials while saving time and money.

Additionally, several certificate programs also offer Credly badging for each course. These badges serve as a graphic representation of the skills you gained by completing a specific course or graduate certificate program. They can be displayed on social media platforms like LinkedIn alongside your CV and résumé to visually showcase your specific leadership knowledge and skills to current and potential employers, credentialing programs, and admissions offices.

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