Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Programs Earn Accreditation in Project Management

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(Boston) — Boston University today announced that its Metropolitan College (MET) has earned accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) for three of its graduate programs. MET’s Master of Science in Project Management, Master of Science in Administrative Studies, and Master of Science in Computer Information Systems programs were all recognized for the project management portions of their curricula. Boston University’s Metropolitan College is one of only seven colleges and universities worldwide to receive the PMI Global Accreditation Center’s endorsement.

“I am proud that, through the innovative work of our faculty, Boston University is one of the first universities to receive this accreditation,” said Jay Halfond, Ph.D., dean, Metropolitan College. “BU’s Metropolitan College is uniquely positioned to create relevant certificate and degree programs. In fact, we see project management emerging as an important component of a specialized degree, which may be an alternative for those considering an MBA.”

PMI is the leading non-profit professional association dedicated to advancing project management programs. The PMI’s endorsement validates MET’s academic excellence in this content area and assists in the development and expansion of these programs. Programs meeting the organization’s standards provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become project managers and meet the current and anticipated needs of the industry and society.

“Project management cuts across all industries and is a growing field of great importance. Not a day goes by without poor project management being in the headlines,” said Vijay Kanabar, Ph.D., associate professor and faculty coordinator for the project management degree programs. “Our goal is to teach students proper project management skills and it is an honor to be recognized for our dedication to developing project management experts.”

During coursework in project management, students examine detailed case studies, conduct project simulations, and gain both theoretical and practical expertise in a variety of project management topics. MET faculty and industry thought leaders teach project management classes, guaranteeing expert instruction and rigorous study. Students have the flexibility of obtaining their certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP®), or using this specialized knowledge as part of a broader master’s degree. Additionally, many courses are offered in the online format to make these programs more accessible to working adults.

“The project management course material provided me with the necessary tools to improve the quality of my work in several ways. In particular, a heightened awareness of communications needs and techniques, along with core skills, like duration and cost estimating, have had an immediate impact on the job,” said Darrell Morrow, PMP®, quality assurance manager at Acambis, a biomedical company in Cambridge, MA.

“Our new connection to PMI will further our reputation and provide a wealth of educational resources to our students and corporate partners,” said Judith Marley, Ed.D., assistant dean, Boston University Metropolitan College and Extended Education. “Some of MET’s partners include United Technologies, GE, Kronos, RSA Security and other innovative companies. Companies can work with MET to design customized, on-site project management programs for their employees that meet their short- and long-term needs.”

To obtain accreditation, MET completed an extensive self-study report followed by an on-site evaluation that involved several days of project management curriculum review and interviews with faculty, students, and staff by the PMI. The self-study also included student interviews and evaluations.

“University programs are incubators of future project management theory, practice and practitioners,” said John H. Cable, RA, PMP, chair, PMI’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management. “I congratulate Boston University Metropolitan College for their demonstrated ability to make the cut in three of their graduate programs.”

As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, MET offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, and individual courses for the student who needs a more creative setting, whether that means part-time study, evening classes, or convenient locations. For more information on Metropolitan College visit http://www.bu.edu/met/about_boston_university_metropolitan_college/.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.