Project Management

About the Project Management Program

The mission for Project Management Program is: “We combine contemporary research and established practice to instill in our diverse student population the personal and intellectual skills needed to excel in changing, globally ambiguous, culturally diverse and uncertain environments. Our goal is to produce critical thinkers and innovative leaders with the skills, knowledge, andagility to excel in the realm of project, program, and portfolio management”. The programs and certificates in Project Management (PM) at Boston University Metropolitan College attract high-achieving candidates from all over the world, representing major project-driven industries such as financial services, manufacturing, construction, information technology, business, life sciences, and health care. We are uniquely positioned in Boston – a center for academic excellence as well as an innovation hub for healthcare and high tech – and our faculty and student community reflect this high-energy environment. We are proud to be one of the first educational institutions in the country to offer project management courses, and to craft them into respected certificate and degree programs. Our Project Management (PM) Programs have since evolved and today deliver a variety of graduate certificates and degrees. We offer one of the few programs that is accredited by both AACSB International and the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). U.S. News & World Report and other independent entities such as CollegeChoice.net and OnlineMasters.com have ranked the MSPM program at or near the very top of the class in Project Management Master’s Degrees.

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PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management

The MSPM is accredited by the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International―The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

You can choose between Certificate and Master’s Degree programs, and you can participate in them via face-to-face classrooms or via online platforms, which we’ve enhanced to give a nearly in-person experience. Our graduates are successful and speak highly of their experience with our PM programs and upon graduation continue to play a leadership role in this area.

Academics

Successful PM candidates have at least two years of working experience, a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, and an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are substantial case study and project discussions in class. We welcome early – or mid-career professionals who want to advance up the job ladder, mid-career project managers who want to reinforce their knowledge of PM and advance into fields like program and portfolio management and agile project management.

Competencies

Our program provides competencies in a wide range of domains. The PMI TalentTriangle is widely recognized today – please study the Talent Triangle by clicking here. Our courses are GAC certified and provide PDU’s for all Technical, Leadership and Strategic/Business domains. It’s essential for us to understand this, so we research and write about this ourselves (see for example, Bridging the PM Competency Gap by our faculty members Maltzman and Abramo).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MS PM, our graduates:

  1. Become proficient in developing an appropriate project management life cycle, and in the practice of planning, organizing and controlling projects.
  2. Acquire proficiency in key basic PM tools and techniques with an emphasis on project and program value, communications, risk, cost and quality management.
  3. Have obtained an in-depth knowledge of tools for project, program and portfolio resourcing and scheduling.
  4. Understand the importance of behaving ethically in their professional lives.
  5. Be effective leaders and communicators.
  6. Demonstrate problem solving skills, supported by appropriate analytical qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Specialize by Taking Electives The assignments, discussions, and deliverables in the elective courses give students ample opportunity to develop a wide range of innovative and specialized skill sets. Our students have expressed interest in the following focused areas of study historically:

  • Project Leadership
  • Program & Portfolio Management
  • Agile Project Management
  • IT Project Management
  • Project Analytics
  • Supply Chain Project Management
  • Project and Program Risk Management
  • Marketing Project Managers

Program Overview

Project Management Program

Projects: they’re any unique endeavor which has a definitive start and end date and consumes resources – so they run the gamut from making a home improvement to introducing a new app or line of clothing – to the construction of a major international airport. Owing to their uniqueness, projects require innovation, and their complexity demands a structured methodology to deliver results. Projects exist in every organization and are becoming increasingly popular today in The Project Economy. Our Project Management program prepares you to align organizational projects with strategy, communicate effectively with stakeholders, complete work on time and budget. You master the business basics for the real world in our program. You acquire technical skills , leadership skills and strategic business management skills. We cover a range of methodologies including agile project management. Our program is grounded in international standards and we prepare students both for PMP® and Agile certifications.

Curriculum

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.

Application Deadlines

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Core Courses

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. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.

[4 credits]

METAD680 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 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

METAD642 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, which will help students identify, analyze, and develop practical proposals to real-world issues. 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, actionable 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 so as to provide lasting, triple-bottom-line value. The course is aligned with the latest PMBOK? Guide from the Project Management Institute.

[4 credits]

METAD643 Project Communications and Leadership

This course examines the increasing importance of leadership and communications in projects. Since project outcomes and the delivery of value are accomplished through teams of people, the course aims to improve the capability of a project manager to become a project leader and to excel at motivating and inspiring their teams. Students begin by gaining a better understanding of their own social, leadership, and communications styles. Self-awareness is key to the course. We investigate motivation, conflict management, negotiation skills, and the Agile principles of stewardship and servant leadership. Grounded in the use of tools, the course will provide students with templates to enhance team collaboration and communication. 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 credits]

METAD644 Project Risk and Cost Management

Prereq: MET AD642
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 credits]

METAD646 Portfolio and Program Management

The course focuses on the relationship among portfolios, programs, and projects, and the important strategic objectives of each endeavor. The course is designed to assist students in developing a program management framework, policy, and organizational structure. Students will develop skills and techniques for chartering constituent projects, directing and managing program execution, and managing the program team and stakeholders. The global legal, economic, cultural, and political environments in which projects operate will be contrasted, and mechanisms for resolving conflicts will be addressed.

[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]

Elective Courses

Select two additional AdministrativeScience 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 anadvisor’s approval.

Class Schedule

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Academic Services

The Administrative Sciences department faculty and staff provides academic support and development opportunities to you throughout your career as a student in our program. The College offers a wide range of services that are focused on helping you to be successful in the classroom and prepare you for a career after college.   You will have an opportunity to participate in:

  • Orientation
  • Communication with your program advisor
  • Registering for classes at orientation
  • Techology support for your computer
  • I-20 and Student Visa for international students
  • Health and Well being support

PM Career Explorer

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