Master of Science in Project Management

As the logistical complexity and technical requirements of today’s projects evolve to be more sophisticated, the demand for skilled project managers cannot be underestimated. In fact, many top executives are acquiring advanced skills in project management to gain a competitive advantage.

The Master of Science in Project Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College is a unique opportunity to combine a broad knowledge of business and management principles with a specific knowledge of successful project-based strategies.

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.

BU’s Master of Science in Project Management will enable students to achieve success at the highest levels of management by preparing graduates to manage complex projects, facilitate communication between the project team and clients, and balance competing demands among scope, time, cost, and quality.

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.

Awards & Accreditations

usnews-gradbusiness-2016#6, Best Online Business Programs, U.S. News & World Report 2016


PMI GAC AccreditationAccredited by the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)


EPAS AccreditedAccredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS)


AACSB AccreditationAccredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Why Choose BU’s Master of Science in Project Management?

  • In 2016, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #6 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBAs) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • MET’s online management programs are accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS), and Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • The MS in Project Management is also accredited by the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
  • Students learn from internationally recognized and research-focused instructors who are also practitioners and leading authorities on topics such as project governance, agile project management, project improvisation, mega projects, complex project management, and earned value analysis.

Meet Dr. Stephen Leybourne, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Project Management program.

Career Outlook

Construction Managers

5% increase in jobs through 2024

$87,400 median annual pay in 2015

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2024

$81,320 median annual pay in 2015

Operations Research Analysts

30% increase in jobs through 2024

$78,630 median annual pay in 2015

Business Continuity Planners

8% increase in jobs through 2024

$68,170 median annual pay in 2015

Emergency Management Directors

6% increase in jobs through 2024

$67,330 median annual pay in 2015

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


Between 2010 and 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles will be created globally across seven project-intensive industries. Along with job growth, there will be a significant increase in the economic footprint of the profession; the project management profession is slated to grow by USD $6.61 trillion.

Double-digit growth (more than 12 percent) in demand for project management professionals is expected between 2010 and 2020, resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs in 2020.

Project Management Institute
Project Management Talent Gap Report



Curriculum

The Boston University Metropolitan College Master of Science in Project Management consists of twelve required online courses(48 credits).* Students with PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course.

Students who have earned BU’s Graduate Certificate in Project Management may transfer their credits directly to the MS in Project Management, earning the master’s degree by completing just the six core courses and two additional courses.

With appropriate advanced planning, you can use degree electives from your online master’s 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.

*Degree requirements may vary for those students transferring credits from previous coursework at Boston University or receiving course waivers due to professional designations.

Students must complete the six core management courses in addition to the four Project Management specialization courses, and two additional courses.

Core Courses

(Six courses/24 credits)

METAD610 Enterprise Risk Management

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 credits]

METAD632 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 credits]

METAD648 Ecommerce

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 credits]

METAD655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures

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 credits]

METAD715 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 credits]

METAD741 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 credits]

Specialization Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

METAD642 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 credits]

METAD643 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 credits]

And two additional courses chosen from the following*:

METAD644 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 credits]

METAD646 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 credits]

METAD647 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 credits]

METAD649 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 credits]

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

Additional Courses

(Two courses/8 credits)

Choose two additional Administrative Sciences graduate-level courses, with the advice of the Administrative Sciences department coordinator.

The following courses offered by other Metropolitan College departments are allowed with advisor approval:

METCJ610 Cybercrime

This course is designed to help students understand and apply the nature of computer crime in the criminal justice field. Several theories (both micro-level and macro-level) will be presented and will be analyzed in depth and applied to computer crime cases both past and present. Students will see how major theories have been re-developed to be applied to computer crime, and by using these theories, students will both develop and explore different strategies for future law enforcement. Students will be presented with common types of fraudulent schemes, as well as several laws that have been enacted and developed specifically for computer crime. In addition, causes, victimization, legal issues, control strategies, and societal costs regarding the "computer-crime" problem will be explored and evaluated. [4 credits]

METCJ650 Terrorism

This course will include a general introduction to the overt as well as underlying ideology, history, reasons and causes of terrorism. Both domestic and international terrorism will be discussed. Domestic hate groups will also receive particular attention. The roles of politics and the media will be discussed. Students will be exposed to the philosophies of terrorists and terrorism. Counter terrorism will also be discussed at length. Students are expected to participate actively in the course. There will be written assignments, a midterm, a class presentation, and a final paper. [4 credits]

METCS634 Agile Software Development

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile software development. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning and executing on software development projects using agile methodologies. Students will obtain practical knowledge of agile development frameworks and be able to distinguish between agile and traditional project management methodologies. Students will learn how to apply agile tools and techniques in the software development lifecycle from project ideation to deployment, including establishing an agile team environment, roles and responsibilities, communication and reporting methods, and embracing change. We also leverage the guidelines outlined by the Project Management Institute for agile project development as a framework in this course. [4 credits]

METCS684 IT Security Policies and Procedures

This course enables IT professional leaders to identify emerging security risks and implement highly secure networks to support organizational goals. Discussion of methodologies for identifying, quantifying, mitigating and controlling risks. Students implement a comprehensive IT risk management plans (RMP) that identify alternate sites for processing mission-critical applications, and techniques to recover infrastructure, systems, networks, data and user access. The course also discusses related topics such as: disaster recovery, handling information security; protection of property, personnel and facilities; protection of sensitive and classified information, privacy issues, and criminal terrorist and hostile activities. [4 credits]

METCS688 Web Analytics and Mining

The Web Analytics and Mining course covers the areas of web analytics, text mining, web mining, and practical application domains. The web analytics part of the course studies the metrics of web sites, their content, user behavior, and reporting. Google analytics tool is used for collection of web site data and doing the analysis. The text mining module covers the analysis of text including content extraction, string matching, clustering, classification, and recommendation systems. The web mining module studies how web crawlers process and index the content of web sites, how search works, and how results are ranked. Application areas mining the social web and game metrics will be extensively investigated. Laboratory Course. Prerequisites: MET CS 544, or MET CS 555 or equivalent knowledge, or instructor's consent. [4 credits]

Faculty

Virginia Greiman

Virginia A. Greiman

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences

JD, Suffolk University Law School; LLM, Boston University School of Law; MEd, Boston University; BS, Pennsylvania State University; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Vijay Kanabar

Vijay Kanabar

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Administrative Sciences; Director of Project Management Programs

PhD, University of Manitoba; MS, Florida Institute of Technology; MBA, Webber College; BS, University of Madras, India; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Stephen Leybourne

Stephen A. Leybourne

Assistant Professor of Administrative Sciences; Faculty Coordinator for Online Master of Science Programs in Management

PhD, BSc, Cardiff Business School

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Roger D. H. Warburton

Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences; Academic Coordinator for Project Management Programs

PhD, MS, University of Pennsylvania; BSc, Sussex University; PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

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