Master of Science in Project Management

Offered on the Charles River Campus as well as online, Metropolitan College’s acclaimed Master of Science (MS) in Project Management degree program serves as a comprehensive introduction to the world of project management. While learning the tools and techniques to monitor and track project costs and schedules, students develop the ability to manage project resources and communications, and complete a successful project. The program covers both introductory and advanced knowledge, and will provide the skills to manage a complex project within a specific time-frame and budget.

Students with a broad range of professional responsibilities—from working on complex projects for global companies to designing IT infrastructure to completing consulting contracts—will benefit from this detailed examination of a project’s conception, planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and implementation.

With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from the Master of Science in Project Management to satisfy up to two required courses in an Administrative Sciences graduate certificate program—leaving only two additional courses to be completed in order to receive a graduate-level certificate.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Project Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in developing a project management life cycle for projects relevant to their domain of study.
  • Advanced knowledge of the following project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.
  • Proficiency in all basic project management tools and techniques, especially project communications, risk analysis, cost estimation and budgeting, and quality control.
  • Advanced knowledge of tools for project scheduling, templates for project management and communication, and techniques, such as earned value, to measure schedule variance and cost variance.
  • In-depth knowledge of planning and governance of large projects and programs.

Program Options

The MS in Project Management is available on campus and in the following formats:

The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by:

 

 

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The Administrative Sciences department reviews each student’s prior academic background in relation to their current professional standing to determine suitability. Candidates for admission to the degree program are selected on the basis of academic transcripts, academic and professional references, and often interviews. Degree candidates have six years to complete the program from the date of their first course.

Part-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree but have not applied as degree candidates may enroll in the department’s classes on a space-available basis for a maximum of two courses prior to obtaining acceptance to the program. Students should consult prerequisite requirements for the program to determine what courses would be appropriate in this situation. It is important to note that a maximum of one course (four credit hours) with a grade of B+ or better completed prior to acceptance, not used toward another degree, and taken no more than four years prior to matriculation, may be credited toward degree requirements with department approval. A written request on the appropriate department form must accompany the student’s application. Students requesting full-time admission are expected to have completed a minimum of one year of work experience.

International Applicants

Applicants who require an I-20 visa from Boston University must submit an International Student Data Form (ISDF), along with financial and other documentation as required by the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO). Since financial aid is not available to foreign students, each international applicant will be asked to provide a financial declaration showing adequate funding for both tuition and living expenses for the duration of the program. All credentials must be submitted in English. International students must submit copies of current or recently issued visa or I-20 documentation. Boston University will not issue an I-20 without this information. Additional information may be obtained at bu.edu/isso.

International students must demonstrate an understanding of English, including the ability to read and write with proficiency. Students whose native language is not English must submit results from the following:

The institutional code number for Metropolitan College graduate programs is 3087.

For information on the TOEFL iBT, visit www.ets.org/toefl. Information may also be obtained at United States embassies or consulates.

Students who have completed four years of study in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree from a U.S.-accredited college or university, may have the language testing requirement waived.

Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may wish to contact Boston University’s Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP) for further information.

All application materials must be submitted in English. A copy of the original document must accompany translations of academic records and other materials. Records of university study should show courses, grades, type of degree received, and exact or approximate rank in class.

Academic Standing

No grade lower than B– may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must make satisfactory progress toward achieving a minimum of 3.0 by the following semester, and must be in a position to graduate with a 3.0 or better within the remaining program courses. While grades of B or B– are normally considered passing, these grades will not assist in raising an unsatisfactory GPA to a satisfactory level. Therefore, students must obtain a minimum grade of B+ during a probation period.

Students who, in the determination of the department and based on past academic performance, are not in a position to raise their GPA to the necessary level to graduate within the remaining courses will be dismissed from the program. Students who have not removed themselves from academic probation after one semester for full-time status (three semesters for part-time status) will be dismissed from the program.

Prerequisites

All on-campus students:

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International students:

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All online students:

All online students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematical skills by taking the online ALEKS math tutorial.

Prerequisites can be satisfied only by obtaining a B grade or better in the prerequisite courses, or by passing the department’s waiver exams. Prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

Students are expected to satisfy the program prerequisites in their first semester.

Prerequisite Waiver Policy

A waiver exam is available for MET AD 510. Students must take this exam prior to the start of classes or must sign up for MET AD 510 in the first semester.

Online and Boston-based graduate students can participate in a variety of international study experiences through the Administrative Sciences department. These include obtaining a second degree from a foreign partner institution (dual-degree program); taking a partner institution’s online course (for our online students); participating in one of the department’s intensive courses abroad; or attending a foreign university. Dual-degree students (both campus-based and online) are able to earn a second degree from a foreign university with a reduction in that school’s graduation requirements; in most cases, a student can obtain an MS in Project Management from Metropolitan College and an MBA from a foreign institution in two years of full-time study (with classes in English).

The department strongly believes that international opportunities are a vital part of today’s business education, and strives to make opportunities available to our students whether part-time, full-time, or online. MET partner institutions are located in a variety of countries, including England, France, Germany, Mexico, and Taipei. Information about a range of international opportunities is available from the department or, for online students, the online program coordinator.

A total of 48 credits is required.

All students must satisfy the degree core courses, concentration requirements, and electives as indicated. Waived courses from core or concentration areas must be replaced by an elective course in order to meet the 48-credit-hour requirement.

Students with PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.

Degree Core Courses

(Six courses/24 credits)

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Specialization Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

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And two additional courses chosen from the following*:

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*Or any approved IT Project Management course from the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science.

Degree Electives

(Two courses/8 credits)

Select two additional Administrative Sciences graduate-level courses (8 credits) with advisor’s approval.

Degree requirements for the online MS in Project Management can be viewed here.

View all Administrative Sciences graduate courses.