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Project Management, MS

Program at a Glance

Program

Project Management, MS

Format

Hybrid

Total Units

33-36

Requirements

No GMAT or
GRE Required

Summer ’24 Early Application Deadline

March 17

Program Overview

Skills to Manage Global Projects

The Master’s Degree in Project Management is designed and taught by PMP®-certified faculty with real-world expertise in the field. Students will learn to manage projects in a fast-paced, global business environment using current techniques such as Agile Management and virtual teams. GGU will give you the tools to master the technical aspects of the field as well as skills in management & leadership, communication, and conflict resolution. Students will gain knowledge from faculty who are certified by PMI®, and who have significant real-world project management experience.

The Master of Science in Project Management is a STEM degree program that prepares students for careers in the growing discipline of project management. The curriculum includes courses specific to the project management profession, along with courses providing additional essential skills and knowledge to be a successful project leader. Students will graduate with project management skills emphasizing an integrated relationship with an organization’s functional areas. (Note: prior to the Fall 2023 Academic Period, only this program’s IT Management Concentration was designated as STEM.)

Our degree and certificate programs in project management provide formal training that prepares graduates to manage local, outsourced and global projects. Students’ improved communication skills will enable them to succeed in multiple diverse communities within an organization. Faculty with extensive practical experience and who have earned the PMP® designation teach all of our courses.

Course materials align with the current edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Project Management Institute, Inc. Students seeking PMI® certification, such as PMP® or CAPM®, are able to satisfy education requirements with just one 3-unit project management course, while current credential holders can earn PDUs (Professional Development Units).

PMP®, CAPM®, PMBOK® and PMI® are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and a resume.

Proficiency Requirements

Math Proficiency

Intermediate Algebra (Math 20); See Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement for more information.

Writing Proficiency

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they can be successful in their course of study. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Project Management requires completion of 3 units in the foundation program, 18 units of core courses, 9-12 units in the concentration area, and 3 units in the capstone, for a total of 33-36 units. Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in each course and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. Foundation program courses may be waived in accordance with university policy regarding course waivers.

The curriculum includes courses specific to the project management profession, along with courses providing additional essential skills and knowledge to be a successful project leader.

Course materials align with the Project Management Institute A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

The completion of just one GGU class fulfills PMI®‘s education requirement to apply for either the CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management) or PMP® (Project Management Professional) exams.

Select any three 3- or 4-unit 300/400-level courses with the following prefixes: EMPA, FI, HRM, ITM, LEAD, MGT, MKT, MSBA, OP, or PSYCH. (Note: any course prerequisites must also be satisfied.)

Instead of completing elective courses, students may complete one or more of the following concentrations:

  • IT Management
  • IT Security
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration

One of the following to be taken to complete the project management coursework:

Concentrations

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Project Management program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Managerial and leadership skills, e.g., leadership, planning, problem solving, communication, staffing and budgeting.
  • The ability to use technology to manage relationships across projects and with business function units, as well as analyze data.
  • Project-management skills, including planning, scope management, stakeholder analysis, quality assessment, risk management, team building and scheduling.
  • Program and portfolio management skills, including understanding issues in project selection, vendor relationships, outsourcing, finance, purchasing and contract negotiations, as well as regulatory and compliance issues.
  • The ability to integrate and apply the above understanding and knowledge into the development of a major applied capstone or internship project.
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