Top 10 Graduate Project Management Schools

Students who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in project management are good leaders who understand the importance of efficiency and conservation of resources. Most graduate project management programs fall under the wider term of management. Whereas management incorporates a broader understanding of leadership and big picture functioning, as well as detailed analysis, project management normally refers to individual projects. This discipline and career appeals to those who can apply all of their strength and intellect to one goal in particular.

While it is difficult to compile a list of the best project management graduate programs, this list below contains the best management programs in the country, in which students may choose to concentrate on the study of project management in particular. This list is based on the list compiled by U.S. News and World Report and is supposed to act as a snapshot of some of the most prestigious and rigorous project management graduate schools in the country.

  1. Harvard University Considered to be the best business school for general study, the Harvard Business School also offers a number of great specialty programs for master's and PhD degree students. While the MBA offers a generalist education, students who are taking a PhD in management may focus on the needs and methods used by today's top project managers.
  2. Stanford University The Stanford Center for Professional Development is considered a major center for professional growth and network building. Project management students may follow the MBA path toward a more research driven degree, or may also opt for a professional certificate.
  3. Northwestern University The Master of Project Management is actually offered by Northwestern University's School of Engineering, which allows students to concentrate on a more hands-on education that will prepare them to become leaders in their fields.
  4. University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School of Business focuses on an international education so project management students will get a diverse education that allow them to study the field from different perspectives. Students may also enroll in part-time executive programs.
  5. Dartmouth College The Tuck School of Business offers an MBA that allows students maximum flexibility. This means that students who are interested in project management can direct the program in the direction that fits their needs.
  6. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor The Ross School of Business offers a number of MBA and PhD options for students who are interested in developing advanced understandings of the project management field. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged and often required in disciplines such as computer science and economics.
  7. University of Virginia (Darden) The Darden School of Business offers one of the best Executive MBA programs in the country, which allows students who are interested in professions in project management to study while they are in the workforce.
  8. Duke University (Fuqua) The Fuqua School of Business puts a special emphasis on the global marketplace. This means that project management students can count on learning about the importance of international communication.
  9. University of California--Berkeley (Haas) The Hass School of Business offers students one of the most prestigious management faculties in the country. Project management students can expect to concentrate on the needs of certain projects within certain populations and communities.
  10. Columbia University The Executive Master's in Technology Management allows students to take an Information Technology approach to project management while remaining in the workforce. Students have the option to take online classes, as well as evening and weekend lectures and seminars.
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