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Top 5 Masters in Project Management Schools

Top Five Master of Project Management Schools

The schools listed here are universities with fully accredited and respected graduate programs in business and management. All operate campuses and offer these degrees online as well. Project management is often a specialization option in information technology, as network and database design and installation has become a critical specialization for businesses of all types. Other options for the degree usually stem from a business school or a graduate program in management. Those masters in project management degrees that aren't offered as business or management specializations nevertheless include a strong core of graduate level business courses because at some point, a project manager will be working with business executives whether the project is construction of a new building, a freeway interchange or a corporate intranet.

1. University of Maryland University College is one of the Maryland State University System's eleven degree granting institutions. Aside from the campus installations in the state, UMUC also operates the largest online education program of any traditional university in the nation. The Master of Science in Management with Project Management specialization includes courses in project quality management, project procurement management, and project risk management. There is also a Master of Science in Information Technology with Project Management concentration, and a Master of Technology Management with Project Management specialization.

2. Southern New Hampshire University has its main campus located in Manchester, New Hampshire and operates satellite campuses in adjacent states. There is also an excellent online campus that offers many of the graduate programs found on campus. The project management program at Southern New Hampshire is a MBA specialization option folded into the definitive graduate degree in business. The specialization curriculum includes courses in several important areas for graduates seeking job opportunities in the project management field. Those classes include Management Science through Spreadsheets, Six Sigma Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, and Project Management for PMP Certification.

3. Boston University offers a Master of Science in Project Management degree on the metropolitan campus and as an online option. The curriculum consists of twelve courses, six devoted to core courses in management and six to the field of specialization. Among the core courses are some valuable training classes in Electronic Commerce, Systems & Web Design, Quantitative & Qualitative Decision Making, and Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management. This degree is an excellent choice for project management training in both the business sector and it information technology. It's a well designed program that can be completed in one year of full time study or eighteen months to two years of part time enrollment.

4. Keller Graduate School of Management has a MBA program with Project Management specialization along with fourteen other areas of concentration. They also offer a Master of Project Management degree that is fully accredited by the Project Management Institute. Keller offers evening and weekend classes at its eighty locations nationwide and offers this degree online as well. There are six core courses in management that provide a business background for this degree with an additional six courses devoted to project management skills and procedures. There are also two elective courses and among those options are courses in Global Project Management, Managing Virtual Teams, and Leadership.

5. Colorado Technical University operates five campuses including Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo in Colorado, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Kansas City, Missouri. The Master of Science in Management with concentration in Project Management is available on the Colorado Springs campus or through the virtual campus that offers online degrees. Courses include time management, conflict management, HR management, risk analysis & management, and scheduling techniques. There is also a Master of Science in IT Management with concentration in Project Management, and a MBA program with Project Management specialization.

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