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 format:
The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by:
The Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)
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.
Dual Degree Option
In appreciation of the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Administrative Sciences department collaborates with Metropolitan College’s departments of Actuarial Science and Computer Science. Degree candidates in either program may apply 8 credits from one degree toward a second degree in one of these disciplines, thereby reducing their work by two courses.
Interested students apply for a second master’s degree after enrollment at MET. Students who apply for a second master’s degree are eligible for an application fee waiver, and may also request that applications materials (including references and transcripts) be forwarded from the first application to the second. Upon acceptance to the second master’s degree, credit transfer may be applied for up to 8 credits.
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.
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.
Transfer of Credits
A maximum of two graduate-level courses (8 credits), completed with a grade of B+ or better and not used toward another degree, may be transferred from an accredited university with approval from the Administrative Sciences department. The courses must have been completed no more than two years prior to matriculation. To request a transfer of credits to the MSPM, students must fill out a transfer of credit form and attach all pertinent information.
Part-time students who hold a bachelor’s degree, but have not yet applied as degree candidates, may enroll in a maximum of two courses on a space-available basis. Before registering in any of our graduate courses (600 level or higher) you will need to provide the department with an undergraduate transcript confirming your degree from an accredited university. Please note that only two courses taken prior to acceptance into the MSPM program will be counted toward the degree.
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.
International students studying on campus are required to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral English skills, and must complete the following course unless waived by the department:
MET AD 501 Business Communication for International Students
Techniques for effective written and verbal communications. This course is a special offering for students for whom English is a second language. Prerequisite course: credits can not be used toward the MSAS degree. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Mendlinger||CAS 213||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Mendlinger||CAS 213||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Visdomini||CGS 121||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
Prerequisites cannot be applied toward degree requirements. Students are expected to satisfy the program prerequisites in their first semester.
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. ]
|A1||IND||Mendlinger||EPC 209||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Mcgue||CAS 216||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Maroney||SHA 210||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A6||IND||Mcgue||EPC 209||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A8||IND||Sherman||CAS 228||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A9||IND||Mcgue||KCB 106||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|BHA||IND||Noorian||ROOM||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 the 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||Gunes Corlu||CAS 233||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A2||IND||Lynn||CAS 233||W||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. ]
|A1||IND||Maltzman||KCB 107||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Zlatev||MET 122||T||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A3||IND||Lechler||EPC 204||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A5||IND||Lechler||CAS 216||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
|A6||IND||Maltzman||EPC 204||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 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. ]
|A1||IND||Park||CAS 203||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Unger||EPC 208||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AD 642 Project Management
The course explores modern project management by providing an enterprise-level, experiential view of the discipline focused on connecting projects to the organization's mission, vision, and values. The theme of the course is applying key project management tools and techniques, through case-based group work. Groups select, plan, report, and then present on their project's scope, schedule, cost, risk, quality, and communications elements using tools such as the WBS, network diagram, PERT estimate, Gantt chart (including the use of MS Project), risk register, and heat map. Students also gain familiarity with important new concepts in project management: Agile frameworks, sustainability thinking, and Benefits Realization Management, all of which will be important for their success not only in other graduate courses, but as they lead projects for their organizations. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Greiman||CAS 426||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Cipriano||PSY B51||T||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A3||IND||Greiman||CGS 527||W||2:30 pm – 5:15 pm|
|A4||IND||Keegan||CGS 527||F||11:15 am – 2:00 pm|
|A5||IND||Maltzman||CAS 233||R||12:30 pm – 3:15 pm|
MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
This course examines the behavioral aspects of working effectively in the project domain. We examine current philosophies of work around enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills, and the ability to organize, manage, and to produce efficient delivery from teams. Good leadership is an important element when applied to project management, and this course identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution that leaders can use. The course also addresses more contemporary issues in PM, including resolving ambiguity and complexity, the use of improvised working styles, sustainable PM, and issues around power and politics within the project. [ 4 cr. ]
|A1||IND||Maltzman||KCB 104||W||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|BCP||IND||Watson||U||8:00 am – 3:30 pm|
Plus select two courses* from the following:
Prereq: MET AD642 Prereq: MET AD642 Prereq: MET AD642 Prereq: MET AD642
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
This course introduces students to macro and micro approaches to project cost estimation. Case studies of both pre-project and in- process estimating examine some of the more common perils of human irrationality associated with project estimation to help develop more sensible, achievable project outcomes. Students learn how to manage both project cost and schedule objectives throughout their projects using the Earned Value and Earned Schedule Measurement Systems. Students then study risk management through an examination of both individual and overall project risk and apply their learnings using advanced risk management software in an actual case study. Students also study project quality management, procurement/contract management, and project ethics and professional conduct using case study scenarios. [ 4 cr. ]
6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
MET AD 646 Program Management
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. ]
6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
MET AD 647 Project and Program Governance
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
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. ]
6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Prereq: MET AD642
Prereq: MET AD642
Prereq: MET AD642
Prereq: MET AD642
*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.