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Master of Science in project management
Luck is not a strategy

Understanding the logistical complexity and technical requirements of today’s projects,Azure University have designed this master degree with you in mind. Our Master’s in Project Management emphasizes the strategic role that project management plays in the performance of global organizations, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders.
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Program Overview

For better accountability in its Master’s in Project Management program, Azure will seek accreditation from the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, the world’s leading association for project management professionals.

This master’s program from Azure will see you gain technical project management, leadership and impetus business management skills, the type needed to run projects whose participants are diverse and whose potential impact is organization-wide.

A degree that is PMI GAC–accredited has immense benefits to business professionals in that:

It provides the individual with the detailed, goal-oriented project management training that meets internationally recognized standards set forth in PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, a guide that ensures you hav the requisite skills an knack to succeed in the high-demand contemporary workplace.

It has the potential to enhance your marketability, especially to employers who recognize the rigor that PMI GAC–accredited program graduates go through.

Finally, it thoroughly prepares one for the certified Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam offered through PMI. *

Highlights of Azure’s MS in Project Management

This program will expose you to:

Integral learning activities under the guidance of project management field specialists, in addition to diverse peer interactions, most of which will have exceptional project management experiences from different industries and organizations.

Skill set necessary for self-marketing and for advancing individual projects for improved organizational exposure.

Translate the skills learnt to an actual project management environment through a capstone project. Also, you will have an exclusive opportunity to be part of a study where you will practically apply the learned project management concepts.

You will be a beneficiary of courses whose scope cover all the six domains of Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® Guide and align with PMI’s PMP® exam. *

Study such courses as Stakeholder Management and Organizational Behavior, Enterprise and Project Risk Management, and Budgeting and Management of Operations, all geared to sharpen your management and technical expertise, in addition to preparing yo for project management leadership in your organization.

Learning Outcomes

Expectations from Graduates of this hybrid MS in Project Management program include:

  1. A demonstrated capacity to produce quality project management outputs while relying on organizational standards that guide such projects.
  2. Craft and deliver project-based solutions to emerging problems in the business world, in addition to being able to objectively pursue and deliver on organizational goals.
  3. Successfully run a project through its entire life cycle, meeting stakeholder needs at every phase of the project.
  4. Design project- and enterprise-level risk management plans by synthesizing threats and opportunities as dictated by environmental factors.
  5. Assess the sustainability potential of project management initiatives by evaluating impacts of change on the social, economic and environmental factors of the organization.
  6. Champion for professionalism, both ethically and socially, among project management practitioners.
Career Impact

As a successful graduate of Azure’s MS in Project Management, you automatically enhance your chances for career mobility in project management, and can fit and thrive in a host of industries and organizations, including:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Information technology
  • Communication systems deployment
  • Chemicals, oil, gas, and public utilities
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • International development
  • Commercial and defense aviation
  • Financial services
  • Product and service development
  • Event planning
A Growth Industry

Prevailing economic conditions notwithstanding, project manager earnings remain incrementally higher than they were 2 years ago.*

In fact, project management ranks 11th among the top 25 job categories cited by recruiters.†

Projections from a study show that about 1.2 million job openings in project-oriented occupations will emerge globally between 2008 and 2016.‡

Also, projections show that demand for project management professionals will far exceed supply, putting about $123 billion of the $194 billion “projectized” global gross domestic product at risk by 2016.†

*Project Management Institute, Research Shows Project Management Salaries are Growing, Despite Recession, on the Internet at http://www.pmi.org/AboutUs/Pages/Research-Shows-Project-Management-Salaries-are-Growing-Despite-Recession.aspx (viewed on May 25, 2010)

Higham, L. (2009, June). New Opportunities for Business School Growth. [PowerPoint]. PMI Global Accreditation Center. ACBSP Annual Conference. Retrieved from: www.pmi.org/PDF/2009 06-25 Higham ACBSP San Antonio Rev 2.ppt

MS in Project Management Vision

To establish and foster an integrated community of scholars and project managers who will leverage project management initiatives to benefit both the scholastic and professional communities, and their global clients.

Curriculum

Requisites for successful completion

  1. 30 total semester credits
  2. Core courses (27 sem. cr.)
  3. Capstone course (3 sem. cr.)

The above sequence presents the minimum time required to completion. However, this will vary from one student to another, based on such outcomes as credit transfers (where applicable), and individual progress. You can reach us on XXXXXX for personalized advice on a more accurate estimate time to completion.

Course CodeCourseCredits
MSPM 6102 Practices in Project Management (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6125 Project Scheduling (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6130 Budgeting and Management of Operations (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6140 Enterprise and Project Risk Management (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6150 Planning and Administering Project Contracts (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6010 Managing People and Promoting Collaboration (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6160 Stakeholder Management and Organizational Behavior (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6180 Business Process Management and Systems (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6170 Sustainability in Project, Portfolio, and Program Management (3 sem. cr.)
MSPM 6900 Capstone: Social Impact in Project Management (3 sem. cr.)

PMI is a registered trademark and service mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

PMP is a registered certification mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Tuition & Fees
Curriculum ComponentRequirements CostTotal*
Courses30 total semester credit hours$300 per semester hour$9,000
Technology FeePer semester$200$1,000
Total with Transfer Credits$10,000

*The time showed for tuition is the approximate minimum time to completion. Note that the duration varies from one student to another, and is a factor of among other things, individual progress and transferred credits where applicable.  You may reach us on 123-456-5678 for a personalized estimate of your likely time to completion.

*The stated tuition rates and fees are subject to change. The figure does not include books and materials, which may cost between $1,000 to $1,400.

†Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time

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introduces students to the knowledge, skill, techniques and tools essential for successfully running a project through its entire life cycle. With such focus areas as project management Knowledge Areas and Process Groups, students will be able to make inferences on how these concepts interact during project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and finally, project closure.

The course introduces the student to a comprehensive framework used in building, managing and controlling the entire project life cycle. Specifically, students will be able to understand the need to define deliverables, outline project and product requirements, define the project scope and design a customized work breakdown structure. Also, it will enable students explore the challenges inherent in project scheduling, build their capacity to address resource constraints, and nurture their management and control scheduling skills.

Since project management is a highly dynamic field that requires interdisciplinary leadership skills, the need for a project manager to understand how business processes and product design factors relate remains a pertinent one. To this end, this course will see learners acquire knowledge on the mentioned relationship, in addition to learning more about project goals and how to attain them, project cash flow operations, strategies for mitigating risks, as well as means of aligning operations. Also to be explored are budgeting and operation management in relation to the business environment. To ensure success, practical exercise that touch on budgeting, operational planning, accounting and financial data, as well as project foals and plans. Students will also examine planning considerations in relation to global operations.

Project management is a field laden with recurring, often almost inevitable and widely varying risks that managers always have to be on the look out for. As such, this course will teach students the core aspects of planning, analysis, response, and control of both qualitative and quantitative risks that characterize projects. By building their capacity to examine associated risks, customer behavior risks, risks embedded in such activities as supply chain management, transportation and distribution, as well as risks due to natural occurrences, students will be able to design overall risk management strategies. Also, by exposing them to real world scenarios, students will gain exposure to varying ethical and legal standards based on the nature of stakeholder agreements.

In project management, the major task is the administration and planning for the project contract to procure the required resources. As such, the course will teach students the core tenets of resource planning, procurement, vendor selection, contract administration and closure, as well as miscellaneous acquisitions. To achieve this, the course will focus on outlining the role of the project manager in the procurement process, as well as how to handle buyer-seller relationships, assessing the performance of the vendor, controlling changes in the contract scope, and managing conflict resolution processes. Also, students will be able to reflect on the course deliverables, with a view of understanding the applicability of the constructs therein.

Managing People and Promoting Collaboration

A project manager must be one capable of providing team leadership in complex and diverse environments, specifically by embracing effective communication strategies. To that end, this course will see students examine the extent to which individual and group behaviors affect effectiveness within an organization. Through this, students will discover how influence, as opposed to power, is crucial to project success. Also to be learnt are project designs and the means of leveraging organization capital, the elements of which include intellectual, human, structural, financial and physical, for project success. Furthermore, the course will require students to learn how to use communication management as a tool for assessing both internal and external stakeholder, vendor, partner, and customer relationships.

Contemporary organizations tend to focus more on the means through which they can improve their business systems and processes for better efficiency and effectiveness. The goal of this course, therefore, is to enable students master the tools essential to deliver a competitive advantage. Among the course deliverables include strategies for managing information flow, enterprise resource planning concepts and how they impact business innovation, as well as technological knowhow integral to business automation and optimization.

For most organization, business sustainability and the promotion of positive change for environmental considerations is a key initiative that project managers must deliver. In line with the same, this course seeks to build the student’s capacity to manage projects at both portfolio and program levels. The key learning area include sustainability in project management, with such subsets as social equity, economic efficiency, and environmental performance. Also, the course will drive the students towards gaining a better understanding of real-world scenarios by focuses on case studies that illustrate sustainability in project management as well as overall product management process.

The goal of this course is to synthesize the knowledge gained during the program, and to enable the student demonstrate, through practice, the acquired capacity to replicate the competencies in real world situations. By undertaking an integrative project that involves multiple aspects of the program, the student will be able to synthesize the learned concepts to illustrate the extent to which ethics, culture, and external forces shape managerial behaviors during project life cycle. Also, students will be able to articulate the role of managers in driving social change and sustainability in an organization.