Online Master of Science in Project Management Concentration in Program & Project Portfolio Management

The online MS in Project Management concentration in Program & Project Portfolio Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) provides an expanded enterprise view and focus on the collection of programs and portfolios. Learn to evaluate the critical success factors that align with strategic goals of the organization and describe best practices for managing such a portfolio. You will construct a program management plan that takes advantage of best practices for the creation and management of programs and coordination of resources, schedule, finance, and risk at the enterprise level. You will also acquire in-depth practical knowledge of enterprise tools used in organizations to plan and manage a portfolio of programs and projects, and learn how to leverage project analytics data to make well-informed decisions.

According to the Project Management Institute’s 2020 Pulse of the Profession®, “Organizations are undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift in which projects are no longer adjacent to operations but instead primary to how work gets done and problems get solved. In today’s C-suite—and tomorrow’s—it is the portfolio that disrupts, that innovates, that expands and thrives.” As projects continue to play a central role in how organizations conduct operations, more people will be hired to manage project portfolios. The need for employees with applicable skills will continue to grow as industries become more project-oriented—and those with the talent will find an abundance of roles in a global economy that will need 25 million new project professionals by 2030 (PMI 2021 Talent Gap Report).

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

  • Evaluate critical success factors for projects and programs across industries, use these factors to create project portfolios that align with strategic goals of the organization, and describe best practices for managing such a portfolio.
  • Construct a program management plan that describes best practices for the creation and management of programs and how to plan and coordinate resources, procurement, schedules, finance, risk, and change.
  • Acquire in-depth practical knowledge of sophisticated, powerful, and highly integrated enterprise tools used in organizations to plan and manage a portfolio of programs and projects, and learn how to leverage project analytics data to make well-informed decisions.

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.

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

5–9% increase in jobs through 2026

$70,010 median annual pay in 2017

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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