Online Master of Science in Project Management Degree

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 degree 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 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.

Awards & Accreditations

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

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

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

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs - Boston University MET Grad Business 2020In 2020, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #10 among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • 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

11% increase in jobs through 2026

$91,370 median annual pay in 2017

Management Analysts

14% increase in jobs through 2026

$82,450 median annual pay in 2017

Operations Research Analysts

27% increase in jobs through 2026

$81,390 median annual pay in 2017

Business Continuity Planners

5–9% increase in jobs through 2026

$70,010 median annual pay in 2017

Emergency Management Directors

8% increase in jobs through 2026

$72,760 median annual pay in 2017

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-18 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

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Money Matters

Boston University Metropolitan College (MET) offers competitive tuition rates that meet the needs of part-time students seeking an affordable education. These rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education. To learn more about current tuition rates, visit the MET website.

Financial Assistance

Comprehensive financial assistance services are available at MET, including graduate assistantships (up to $4,200 per semester), scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans. There is no cost to apply for financial assistance, and you may qualify for a student loan regardless of your income. Learn more.


The Boston University Metropolitan College Master of Science in Project Management consists of 10 required online courses (40 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 four 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.

Core Faculty

Virginia A. Greiman

Virginia A. Greiman, PMP

Assistant Professor, 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, PMP

Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences; Director, Project Management
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 A. Leybourne

Stephen A. Leybourne

Assistant Professor and Director for Student Admission, Administrative Sciences
PhD, BSc, Cardiff Business School

Getting Started

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