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:

Admission Information

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 personal 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 t is 9034.

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:

MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management
Fall ‘14

Provides and overview of fundamental mathematical concepts, with emphasis on the solution of word problems. Topics covered include quadratic equations, signed numbers, polynomials, graphs, roots and radicals, and basic concepts of differential and integral calculus. Prerequisite course which may not be used for credit toward the MSAS degree.   [ 2 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
F1 IND Mendlinger GCB 204 SU 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
F2 IND Mendlinger GCB 204 SU 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

International students:

MET AD 501 Business Communication for International Students
Fall ‘14

Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students for whom English is a second language. Departmental approval required for non-MSAS students. Prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree.   [ Var cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Visdomini FLR 121 W 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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.

International Opportunities

 

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.

Degree Requirements—On Campus

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.

Degree Core Courses

(Six courses/24 credits)

MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
Fall ‘14

This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure?as well as the organizations within that structure?designed to plan for and respond to local or national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Banasiewicz PHO 205 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Banasiewicz ARR
MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
Fall ‘14

Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Mcgorty CAS 326 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Chambers ARR
BHA IND Noorian S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 648 Ecommerce
Fall ‘14

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E2 IND Shahossini FLR 121 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E3 IND Page PSY B39 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Chee FLR 123 T 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
OL IND Becker ARR
MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
Fall ‘14

This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. The course reviews the problems of decision-making relating to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price, and provides an analysis of the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include: the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs; a comparison of major economic and government systems; areas include the impact on the firm's business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments and labor influences. This course additionally investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from developing nations' rain forest and species management to pollution generated by developed nations. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) among developing and developed nations.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Banasiewicz PHO 202 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A2 IND Lee FLR 123 M 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
OL IND Lee ARR
MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
Fall ‘14

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Zlatev SHA 111 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Zlatev ARR
BHH IND Cleary S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Fall ‘14

Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Unger SHA 202 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D2 IND Unger FLR 123 R 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
OL IND Unger ARR

Specialization Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

MET AD 642 Project Management
Fall ‘14

The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Cipriano CAS 324 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
B1 IND Keegan FLR 121 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C1 IND Greiman FLR 134 W 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
OL IND Greiman ARR
MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
Fall ‘14

To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, you will develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Leybourne PHO 202 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OL IND Leybourne ARR
BCP IND Donham U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management

This course introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined through actual case studies. Students learn how to manage the components of a project to assure it can be completed through both general and severe business disruptions on local, national, and international levels. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using earned value method. Students study in depth the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts for various scope scenarios.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET AD 646 Program Management
Fall ‘14

Programs and projects deliver benefits to organizations by enhancing current capabilities or developing new capabilities for the organization to use. This course will provide a detailed understanding of program management and will present concepts that promote efficient and effective communication and coordination among various groups. Students will understand PMI® program management processes and use tools that automate and enforce processes for managing scope changes, risk, quality, issues, schedules, resources, releases, and costs. You will learn how to design a program and manage program costs, risk, and communication within the context of Project Portfolios. This course is targeted to senior executives, portfolio managers, program managers and their team members, members of a PMO, customers/stakeholders, educators, and consultants. This course introduces processes and knowledge areas from three new PMI standards: Program Management standard, OPM3, and Portfolio Management.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Greiman CAS 235 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BNR IND Siegel S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Degree Electives

(Two courses/8 credits)

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

Degree Requirements—Online

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

View all Administrative Sciences graduate courses.