How do you deal with students who enter the Project Management graduate program at different levels of experience and knowledge?

Our innovative laboratories (for example PM 100 and PM 200) provide a self-paced mechanism to bring everyone up to speed with the same vocabulary, framework, and capabilities to use the accompanying software for our courses, ensuring all students can be successful in the related coursework.

What is the learning structure of the courses in your program?

We have built our courses around you. Our experienced faculty employ a teaching style that emphasizes project teamwork (much as you would experience in a real project). Of course, there are lectures, but they are interspersed with videos, exercises, and time to work on team projects, with assistance from the faculty as you do so. It’s not uncommon to find students participating in games or role-plays as a way to actively learn project concepts such as estimation.

Are your courses aligned with industry standards?

Not only are our courses aligned with the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® Guide (always the latest edition), members of our faculty are involved with creating those standards. We also keep up with the latest from the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

How is your project management program accredited?

Boston University is accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, while Metropolitan College’s MS in Project Management has accreditation by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). Here is our annual student enrollment and graduation data that we use for reporting:

Academic Year MSPM Students Enrolled MSPM Students Graduated
2020–2021 141 135
2019–2020 115 101
2018–2019 120 105

How do you keep your courses current?

We are constantly revising cases and assignments to keep the material aligned with industry trends. We work with local industry and government to illustrate the learning with cases that come from recent project successes and failures, so that you can build from the successes and avoid project pitfalls.

How do you keep your students engaged with the program?

We have a PM Student Organization that sponsors social and learning events, games, and contests. MET’s PM Student Organization is Boston’s only official chapter of Enactus, a global non-profit organization which sponsors actual project launches of United Nations SDG initiatives.

Students also have the opportunity to work as Graduate Assistants on courses they have completed, or to assist in research. In addition, many students actively support BU MET’s annual Project Management in Practice conference.

I understand you provide CAPM® and PMP® exam preparation to students for free?
If you are a current student or alumni with evidence (such as your BU email), twice a year you can register into a seven-week Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam overview course. Email adminsc@bu.edu with subject header “PMP Prep.”