Learn to Manage Projects—From the Simple to the Complex

Available on campus and online, the Master of Science in Project Management degree at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) is a unique opportunity to combine a broad and industry-rooted knowledge of business and management principles with a mastery of successful project-based strategies.

While the logistical complexity and technical requirements of today’s projects have become more sophisticated, the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are adding new challenges that require agile innovation and sensitivity. In response to healthcare needs, contact tracing endeavors, organizational adjustment to remote work, supply chain disruptions, and the reinvention of business, retail, and hospitality practices, project management skills have been in the spotlight. According to Sunil Prashara, president and CEO of the Project Management Institute (PMI®), “All transformative change happens through projects. Project management as a skill and profession will be integral to businesses as they reboot and recover.”1

With its detailed and tool-based examination of a project’s conception, planning, budgeting, resource allocation, and implementation, BU MET’s Project Management program is beneficial to those with a broad range of professional responsibilities—from working on complex projects for global companies to designing IT infrastructure to completing consulting contracts. The group-oriented approach we take is closely aligned with how real-world projects are successfully completed.

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Program at a Glance

  • Top 10 Online Program
  • Online and On Campus
  • Part-Time Study
  • 40 Credits
  • 12–20 Months to Completion
  • 9 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
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Advance Your Career with a Master’s in Project Management

Increasingly, all work is becoming project work. BU MET’s MS in Project Management will prepare you to manage complex projects, facilitate communication between the project team and clients, and balance competing demands among scope, time, cost, and quality—providing the tools to achieve success at the highest levels of management. Coursework covers agile project management; project and program governance; project planning and control; project management life cycle; methodologies of effective leadership and motivation; cost and risk management; management of project quality and procurement; and communication.

Importantly, our program recognizes that to achieve project success, leadership competencies—at the strategic level—are, increasingly, the largest single differentiator. Along with teaching the mechanics for managing a project technically, we provide you with the capability to inspire, influence, negotiate, and communicate with appropriate authority.

Completion of the MSPM ensures that you have the knowledge to succeed on the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified Associate in Project Management Certification (CAPM™) exams offered by the Project Management Institute, as well as tests leading to a Scrum Master designation.

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BU MET’s MS in Project Management and MS in Computer Information Systems concentration in Project Management are accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

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“The coursework in the Project Management master’s degree program was not just challenging, it was extremely interesting. I really wanted to take the opportunity to make class assignments as pertinent to my real job as possible, so I was intrigued by learning how to look at what I do on a daily basis through a more analytical lens, to see how I was applying (or not applying) best practices in my work and trying to figure out how to do my work better based on what I was learning.”Anne Marie Kelly (MET’18), Program Director, Information Services & Technology, Boston University

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Why BU’s Project Management Degree is Ranked in the Top 10

  • Accreditation: The master’s degree in Project Management at BU MET is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
  • PMI® Exam Prep: BU MET’s optional, complimentary Project Management Professional (PMP®) and PMI-ACP® exam preparation courses are ideal for those who seek to pursue PMP® certification. Those who already hold PMI® certifications can earn up to 45 PDUs per course. The MSPM curriculum also prepares you for success on the exams leading to the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) designation. By earning a Project Management master’s from BU MET, you can waive one of the three years of experience required for PMI’s certification programs.
  • Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Project Management program focuses on practical, hands-on education, combining graduate-level theory with the core competencies and skills that underlie the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification—education you can apply on the job.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Project Management master’s program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as mega-projects, earned-value analysis, improvisation, risk management, project governance, cost estimation, enterprise architecture, IT projects, and agile project management.
  • Complementary Project Management Labs: Two self-paced laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone project management skills and technological proficiency using case studies.
  • OPT Designated: Eligible graduates on student visas have access to an Optional Practical Training (OPT) of 12 months.
  • Extensive Network: Study principles of project management alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
  • Project Management Student Club: Advance your practical knowledge of project management in fun and interesting ways with opportunities for individual leadership and group development through activities and real projects.
  • 15:1 Class Ratio: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus or fully online. Courses begin fall, spring, and summer; online courses have two starts per term.
  • Track Record: Learn from the best—since 2014, BU MET’s part-time master’s programs in business and management have been ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Merit Scholarships: All applicants are automatically considered, and admitted students are nominated based on eligibility.

Master the Tools to Manage Projects

Offered through BU MET’s Department of Administrative Sciences, the MS in Project Management (MSPM) attracts 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 healthcare. The mission of the Project Management master’s degree program is to 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, and agility to excel in the realm of project, program, and portfolio management.

Graduates of the MSPM are prepared to move forward in a wide variety of project management-related careers. Program alumni have been hired at organizations such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, State Street, Fidelity, Putnam, Exxon Mobil, Aramco, UnitedHealth Group, McKesson, CVS Health, Sony, Hitachi, Sprint, National Grid, Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Genzyme, Biogen, Pfizer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Vertex, Philips, Siemens, Huawei, Verizon, Comcast, Nokia, National Grid, and other major employers within the consulting, financial, construction, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and educational sectors.

Graduate with Project Management Expertise

Metropolitan College’s Project Management master’s degree will equip you with:

  • 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.
  • Enhanced competency in the all-important areas of negotiation, influence, and leadership.
  • The ability to apply contemporary areas of emotional intelligence, behavioral science, and motivational theory and practice; and the ability to manage in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world.

Access to Self-Paced Project Management Laboratories

As a student in BU MET’s Project Management program, you have free access to hands-on, noncredit preparatory laboratories offered through the Department of Administrative Sciences. Our self-paced laboratories (SPLs) are organized in two levels:

  • Project Management Essentials (PM 100) provides a foundation in basic project management concepts aligned with the latest project management standard—the PMBOK® Guide, 6th Edition—using a threaded, Boston-flavored, sustainability-oriented example case study. The lab introduces Microsoft Project Professional, as well as key Microsoft Excel add-ins for later use in project, program, and/or portfolio management.
  • Introduction to Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (PM 200) is an opportunity to master Microsoft PPM and make further progress in your journey as you transition from projects to programs and portfolios.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Project Management shares specific courses with the master’s in Project Management program, giving you the option to take the certificate on your path to a master’s degree. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about this option.

Second Master’s Degree Option

In appreciation of the converging nature of management skills and technology, the Administrative Sciences department collaborates with Metropolitan College’s departments of Actuarial Science and Computer Science. Degree candidates in either program may apply 8 credits from one degree toward a second degree in one of these disciplines, thereby reducing their work by two courses.

Interested students may apply for a second master’s degree program only after enrollment at MET. Students who apply for a second master’s degree are eligible to waive the application fee and may also request that their application materials (including references and transcripts) be forwarded from the first application to the second. Upon acceptance to the second master’s degree, credit transfer may be applied for up to 8 credits.


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