Online Master of Science in Project Management Degree

As the logistical complexity and technical requirements of today’s projects become more sophisticated, the demand for skilled project managers cannot be underestimated. In fact, a recent Project Management Institute study (Make Reality Global Survey 2020–2021) cited project management as one of the top-five areas business leaders would like to prioritize in 2021. Yet, a talent shortage persists. According to the PMI 2021 Talent Gap Report, the global economy will need 25 million new project professionals by 2030, filling about 2.3 million job openings per year. To counteract this shortage, we need to ensure that the project management workforce has the skills necessary to navigate a rapidly evolving profession

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. The MS in Project Management curriculum enables you to choose required courses and electives that match your personal academic and career interests. You also have the option of pursuing a more specialized approach by selecting an optional degree concentration:

As reflected in the seventh edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the global standards of project management are changing radically across industry, including a shift from processes toward principles and best practices for carrying out projects successfully. That means less emphasis on predictive plan-based methodology and more focus on leadership and agile methodologies that can result in faster delivery time and higher success due to collaboration and the ability to respond to market trends.

To meet these evolving needs—including corresponding adjustments to professional certification exams—the Project Management master’s provides a strong foundational core in project management technical knowledge, leadership principles, and awareness of the context of projects in the business environment. Along with developing the technical expertise to manage projects in accordance with professional standards, you will be able to demonstrate ethical and culturally aware stakeholder engagement, communication, leadership, and teamwork. Additionally, the program will ensure that you possess the strategic awareness to make informed decisions and deliver a sustained competitive advantage.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Project Management will be able to:

  • Construct a project plan and demonstrate knowledge of key subsidiary plans such as scope, schedule, cost, quality, communications, resources, and procurement; and demonstrate proficiency in developing an agile or plan-based project management life cycle for projects relevant to their professional domain.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of project delivery principles—such as value, stewardship, team, stakeholders, risk management, communications, and leadership. Students will build and enhance team capability after assessing personal strengths and weaknesses and develop skills to manage a team and lead others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strategic planning, portfolio and program management, project analytics, and governance applicable to large projects and programs. Apply key drivers for project success—such as value delivery systems, change management, complexity management, investing in actively engaged sponsors, and social responsibility and ethics.

Awards & Accreditations

PMI GAC Accredited Program

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

The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.

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

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

  • US News & World Report Best Online Programs - Graduate Business 2022In 2022, Metropolitan College’s online master’s degrees in management were ranked #10 among the Best Online Master's in 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 mega-projects, program and project portfolios, agile principles, 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, earned value analysis, and communication.
  • Project Management students have free access to hands-on, noncredit preparatory laboratories offered through the Department of Administrative Sciences, including Project Management Essentials (PM 100) and Introduction to Project, Program, and Portfolio Management (PM 200).
  • A capstone course provides the benefit of a hands-on, experiential research project under the guidance of faculty and industry mentors.

Meet Dr. Stephen Leybourne, one of the faculty members you’ll work with in the Project Management program.

Career Outlook

Construction Managers

8% increase in jobs through 2029

$97,180 median annual pay in 2020

Management Analysts

11% increase in jobs through 2029

$87,660 median annual pay in 2020

Operations Research Analysts

25% increase in jobs through 2029

$86,200 median annual pay in 2020

Business Continuity Planners

5–10% increase in jobs through 2029

$77,420 median annual pay in 2020

Emergency Management Directors

4% increase in jobs through 2029

$76,250 median annual pay in 2020

Software Developers

22% increase in jobs through 2029

$110,140 median annual pay in 2020

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, August 2021

The total GDP of projectized industries is estimated to increase from US$24.7 trillion in 2019 to US$34.5 trillion in 2030.

The global economy needs 25 million new project management professionals by 2030.

Globally, a gap between the demand for project management skills and the availability of talent continues to persist.

Project Management Institute
Project Management Talent Gap Report, June 2021

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 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.

Curriculum

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 two core courses, two specialization courses, and two electives.

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.

Core Faculty

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

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

Richard Maltzman

Richard Maltzman

Senior Lecturer
MS, Purdue University; BSEE, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


James Hannon

James Hannon

PhD, Capella University; MBA, Framingham State University; BS, Suffolk University

Getting Started

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