Master of Science in Project Management
The acclaimed Master of Science in Project Management degree program (MSPM) at Boston University’s Metropolitan College 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. Boston University’s Project Management master’s 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 will benefit from this detailed examination of a project’s conception, planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and implementation. BU’s graduate degree program in Project Management is beneficial to those working on complex projects for global companies; those designing IT infrastructures; those in the biotechnology industry; and those completing consulting contracts.
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 professional domain.
- Advanced knowledge of the project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.
- Proficiency in project management techniques, especially project planning; project communications; cost and schedule estimation and control; contracting; and risk and quality analyses.
- Knowledge of advanced tools for project cost estimation and control, schedule development and tracking, and templates for project management and communication.
- In-depth knowledge of strategic planning and governance applicable to large projects and programs.
MS in Project Management Program Options
The MS in Project Management is available on campus and in the following formats:
- Blended: By combining the convenience of online study and the dynamic of face-to-face learning, the blended format provides added flexibility and new avenues of opportunity for those with demanding schedules.
The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by:
The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI’s legal marks, please contact the PMI Legal department.
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.
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 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT), with a minimum total score of 84, and minimum scores in each section as follows: Reading—21; Listening—18; Speaking—23; and Writing—22
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum total score of 6.5, and minimum scores of 6.5 in each section
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.
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.
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 40 credits is required.
All students must satisfy the degree core courses, specialization courses, and electives as indicated. Waived courses from core or concentration areas must be replaced by an elective course in order to meet the 40-credit-hour requirement.
Students with PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.
Degree Core Courses
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
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. ]
|C1||IND||Mcgue||EPC 203||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|D1||IND||Chee||SOC B63||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|BCP||IND||Turner||S||8:30 am – 4:00 pm|
MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
This course analyzes the managerial activities required to support manufacturing and service industry international strategies to assure that that products/services are delivered/provided in the quality and timely manner expected through the use of global supply chains, outsourcing relationships and multi-country operations. The course focuses on contemporary strategic issues that affect both large and small corporations and includes: the strategic role of the internet, international trade and logistics, cross cultural teaming, supply chain dynamics, information management, inventory scheduling and control, international coordination and transportation and customer service. 4cr. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Stodder||MCS B33||M||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|D1||IND||Gunes Corlu||CAS 208||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
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. ]
|B1||IND||Zlatev||FLR 134||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|E1||IND||Zlatev||EPC 209||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|BHA||IND||Cleary||U||8:30 am – 4:00 pm|
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
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. ]
|C1||IND||Unger||SHA 206||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|D1||IND||Unger||EPC 208||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
(Four courses/16 credits)
Choose four of the following courses*:
MET AD 642 Project Management
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. ]
|A1||IND||Cipriano||SHA 202||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|B1||IND||Russell||CAS 324||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|C1||IND||Keegan||FLR 134||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|D1||IND||Maltzman||CGS 515||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|BCL||IND||Kieffer||S||8:30 am – 4:00 pm|
|BCP||IND||Kieffer||U||8:00 am – 3:30 pm|
MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
Prereq: MET AD642
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. ]
|C1||IND||Leybourne||EPC 204||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
Prereq: MET AD642
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. ]
|BNR||IND||Watson||U||8:00 am – 3:30 pm|
MET AD 646 Program Management
Prereq: MET AD642
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. ]
|A1||IND||Greiman||CAS 204A||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|BHA||IND||Campbell||S||8:30 am – 4:00 pm|
MET AD 647 Project and Program Governance
Prereq: MET AD642
This is a comprehensive course on project and program monitoring, evaluation, and governance. Students will also understand enterprise wide-project interdependencies and determine the optimal pacing for a program to enable appropriate planning, scheduling, executing, monitoring, and controlling of the projects within a program in the future. It covers governance and evaluation methods that will be useful at various levels of large projects, including government and nonprofit organizations. This course will help project and program managers, analysts, consultants, educators, and managers in government, nonprofit, and private institutions to assess program results and identify ways to improve program performance. Other topics include: evaluation for small nonprofit organizations; assessing and improving planning, implementation and effectiveness; governance methodology and models; using evaluation tools and applications to assess factors linking projects under one program and provide the best allotment of resources between those projects; monitor complex, multi-project programs, and drill into current project details; enable collaboration and stakeholder alignment throughout a project life-cycle. Other topics include: creating a transparent and accountable organization with well-defined roles and one that is based on transparency, resource allocation and decision making and enterprise project management. [ 4 cr. ]
MET AD 649 Agile Project Management
Prereq: MET AD642
The course provides an understanding of how new Agile principles and practices are changing the landscape of project management. The course is designed to give project managers fresh new insight into how to successfully blend Agile and traditional project management principles and practices in the right proportions to fit any business and project situation. The course provides a deep understanding of Agile project management principles and practices in order to see them as complementary rather than competitive to traditional project management. Topics include: Agile fundamentals, principles, and practices; roots of Agile in TQM and Lean Manufacturing; adapting an Agile approach to fit a business environment; planning and managing an enterprise-level Agile transformation; scaling agile to an enterprise level using enterprise-level Agile frameworks and Agile Project Management tools. 4cr. [ 4 cr. ]
*Students may take MET AD 646 or MET AD 647, but not both.
(Two courses/8 credits)
Select two additional Administrative Sciences graduate-level courses (8 credits) with advisor’s approval. Graduate-level courses may also be selected from other Metropolitan College departments or other Boston University schools and colleges, with an advisor’s approval.
View all Administrative Sciences graduate courses.