MS in Project Management

Offered both on the Charles River Campus and online, Metropolitan College’s Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree program provides comprehensive instruction on the world of project management. While learning the tools and techniques used 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 provides the skills to manage a complex project within a specific time frame and budget.

Students seeking a broad range of professional responsibilities will benefit from this detailed examination of a project’s conception, planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and implementation. The MSPM is beneficial to a wide array of students: those working on complex projects for global companies; those designing IT infrastructures; those working in biotechnology companies; and those completing consulting contracts.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Admissions Information

For current admissions information, please visit the Metropolitan College website.

Degree Requirements

All students must satisfy the degree core courses, specialization requirements, and electives as indicated. Waived courses from the core or specialization 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.

A total of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, as follows:

Degree Core Courses (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

Specialization Courses (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management

Plus select two courses from the following:

  • MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
  • MET AD 646 Program Management or MET AD 647 Project and Program Governance
  • MET AD 649 Agile Project Management

Degree Electives (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.

Good Standing

No grade lower than B– may be applied toward degree, certificate, or diploma requirements. Students earning below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) will be placed on academic probation status. 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 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 student 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 status after one semester for full-time status or three courses for part-time status will be dismissed from the program.