Project Description

The Master of Project Management program at the Business Champions School is designed for anyone with a bachelor’s degree who wishes to aid organizations in realizing opportunities to develop their business. You’ll gain the leadership, project management, and business skills needed to be effective project managers or project team members.

Program Duration: Three Semesters.

Program Overview:

The Master of Project Management degree reaches beyond typical project management fundamentals and will provide you with sufficient insights for real-world problems. Our mission is to provide the knowledge, skills, and insights required to manage programs and projects in a variety of business applications and industries. You’ll work jointly with a faculty of experts in the project management field to enable learning as a community of professionals.

You will benefit from the practical, tangible skills needed for the leadership of the project’s activities in an organizational setting. This includes building a high-quality portfolio of projects based on organizational strategy and then managing and developing the planning, budgeting, scheduling, controlling, and monitoring activities to ensure that the maximum benefit is achieved through project execution.

Additionally, the integration of multiple projects with external and internal stakeholders is addressed, as well as communication, negotiation, and managing work across culturally different distributed teams.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon graduation from the Master of Project Management, students will learn to:

  • Align program and project outcomes to business goals
  • Develop efficient solutions to solve problems
  • Able to lead internal and global teams
  • Apply project management tools and techniques based

Master of Project Management

Projects are everywhere – in companies, industries, health sectors, governments, small businesses, etc. Projects play a significant role in organizational success and the discovery of new technologies, helping to achieve and maintain competitive advantage and, in effect, sustainable infrastructure development.

The Master of Project Management is a very good choice for you if you

  • want to be prepared for a career at the interface between organizations and management
  • want to plan and implement demanding project management environments
  • want to expand your international network during your studies

The demand for project managers is huge. Companies have a considerable need for experts who can implement sophisticated project plans and master the handling of complex projects.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Master’s Degree in Project Management, the student must complete a minimum of 31 credit hours of credit towards graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of current requirements and to frequently consult with your advisor about your progress toward completing them.

Course Credit Hours
PMG506 Advanced Project Management 4 Hours
PMG510 Project Risk Management 3 Hours
PMG511 Project Leadership 3 Hours
PMG605 Project Resources and Time Management 3 Hours
PMG615 Project Financial Management 3 Hours
PMG622 Agile Project Management 3 Hours
MGM660 Supply Chain Management 3 Hours
PMG661 Global Project Management 3 Hours
PMG665 Program and Portfolio Management 3 Hours
PMG697 Final Project 3 Hours

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Each student of the program will have a well-balanced foundation in project management. They will know the importance of the strategies and cultures for each component of the project management system that make up each project no matter the discipline. Each student will be able to create the right strategy for a project that will meet the stakeholders’ needs.
  2. Each graduate will also know and understand the project life cycle and what project management process that is relevant to each step. Students will be expected to describe in detail each of the project phases and what processes are expected to happen in each of them. Graduates from the program will also be able to discuss the common documentation that is required in the various project phases.
  3. Throughout the course, the student will also learn how to identify the expectations of the stakeholders and implement them into the project. Once students are able to recognize the stakeholder’s expectations, they will also be able to implement organizational context, the project objectives while recommending the appropriate strategies. They will also be able to create a project management process that will reflect the stakeholder’s expectations. Students will also learn how to use a project charter with each of the primary parts which include the statement of business requirements that is expected on the project.
  4. Each graduate of the course will know how to create a project plan. This plan will include the documentation of each activity that will need to take place in order to control the project’s objectives and the costs involved. There will also be a part that will detail actions if there are any changes that develop during a project. Each student will also learn the processes of a project plan and be able to describe their function in each part of the project management system.
  5. Each student will also learn how to work and manage a team while interacting with the stakeholders. This will include how to incorporate certain communication tools with the stakeholders such as templates for status reports, tracking, change controls, and overall project reviews. They will also be able to identify potential conflicts and learn how to manage and solve conflict through conflict resolution processes.
  6. Students from the program will also be able to make plans and monitor the schedule and budget for a project. Students will have learned how to identify the needs of labor, materials, and expectations that are needed for the project. This will include an understanding of the approaches to time/cost estimation when dealing with the project timelines. They will also be able to identify additional information as the project progresses such as requirements, activities, and risks.
  7. Each student will also know the tools and methods of managing a project’s quality and associated risks. No matter what the context or plan, students will be able to see the potential risks or opportunities and other criteria which impact the project. Students will also be able to document these appropriately in prioritized risk registers. Each graduate from the program will have to show their knowledge and ability to plan and manage a project with the core quality processes.
  8. Students must also be familiar with developing, identifying, and managing resources in a project. They will also know how to assign and create teams while developing them through the stages. They must also be able to manage the development of the team by enhancing their abilities and skills in how to manage and lead others.
  9. Students will be competent in the navigation of the project through the scope, resource and scheduling with effective communication techniques. They will be able to show their ability of resource allocation and schedule optimization to achieve maximum efficiency.
  10. Each student will learn the ability of project control when it applies to the human element. They will know how changes in the project can cause a change in schedules, quality, and cost. Students will be able to identify and describe each control and monitoring technique as well as how to communicate the change to the stakeholder.
  11. Students will know the relationship of the project and the host of the project. Students will also be expected to use matrix organizational structures and show what to do when project management has limited power on a project. Graduates will also be able to understand the links to project issues such as decision making, roles, and motivations.
  12. Each graduate will also have a good understanding of the ethical norms of the project operation. Students will be able to take a case study and show ethical issues while offering the correct standard of acceptable practices. They will know what actions to take if such issues are involved to include whistleblowing and decision making.
  1. PMG506 Advanced Project Management
    • The Course in Advanced Project Management is the continuation of the Course in Introduction to Project Management. It introduces advanced topics related to project execution and managing project changes. Students will get an integrative vision of Resources, Purchasing, Quality, Communication, Stakeholders and Risk. This course also covers project risk management, including project risk planning, roles and responsibilities, risk definitions and categories, opportunity and risk identification, risk analysis, risk response or risk treatment, and risk monitoring and control.
    • Course Objectives:
      • Give students the knowledge about project management processes.
      • Describe activities such as comparing actual performance with planned performance, and analyzing variances as they pertain to project scope, quality, schedule, and cost.
      • Describes how to take corrective actions when needed, and how to formally communicate project status to stakeholders.
      • Students will also learn about Monitoring, Control and Closing of the projects in detail and be able to choose the techniques to be applied in each moment to have a greater control of the project.
      • Students will also learn to make more effective communication with the team and the project environment, through scheduling control tools, costs and uncertainties.
      • Covering tools and techniques for qualitative and quantitative risk analysis.
    • Credit Hours: 4 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • Initial project strategy
      • Quality, procurement, communication and team management
      • Project progress and performance
      • Change control
      • Project tracking and monitoring
      • Configuration management
      • Closure and transfer
      • Identifying risks and sources of risk
      • Creating a risk‐management plan
      • The roles and responsibilities in risk management
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Evaluate variances as they pertain to project scope, cost, and schedule, and demonstrate how to formally communicate such variances to the stakeholders.
      • Learn to communicate effectively with the team.
      • Given a specific project context and plan, classify the project risks and construct a prioritized risk register with a risk‐response plan.
      • Apply EVM techniques to assess the project cost and schedule.
      • Students can define a correct and efficient process of quality.
      • Correct cost control and deadline tracking.
      • Students will be able to manage the different changes that occur in the project.
      • Students will be able to assess project risks and preventive measures to minimize them.
      • Construct a qualitative risk assessment using tools such as a risk‐assessment matrix and a quantitative risk assessment using tools such as expected monetary value and decision trees.
      • Evaluate the nature of risk and opportunity and construct a prioritized risk register
  2. PMG510 Project Risk Management
    • Project risk management has evolved significantly over many years, but there are conflicting views about what constitutes best practice. This course provides an overview of best practice as outlined in the course text with a critical comparison of alternative views found in practice and discussed in the literature, including guidelines and standards.
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
      • How to discuss the usefulness of a variety of risk management frameworks.
      • How to explain the problems associated with estimating risk impacts and probabilities.
      • How to understand the motives for undertaking formal risk management processes.
      • How to describe the issues to be addressed in establishing a formal process.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • An overview of what best practice is about
      • A brief review of relevant historical background
      • A generic risk management process for planning a project at a strategic level on behalf of a client discussed in some detail
      • The impact of earlier and later life cycle positions and changes in other process drivers
      • An outline of comparable alternative generic processes
      • Examples of different kinds of processes in different contexts
  1. PMG511 Project Leadership
    • Project management occurs in a team setting. Successful projects depend on both the effectiveness of the project team and the leadership and management of that team. Therefore, a key skill set that a project leader must master is the understanding and application of a flexible management style that is reflective of the multidisciplinary and multicultural milieu of PM practice. The focus of this course is on the key topics required to be an effective project manager, manage stakeholders, and build trust. This course focuses on team formation and development and managing and motivating team members. Topics include assessing the abilities and effectiveness of team members, team building, leadership, motivation, and conflict resolution. Stages and effective actions for developing and utilizing teams and team members are also covered.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • Recognizing the roles of a manager and a leader in projects
      • Team‐building processes and challenges
      • Team decision‐making processes
      • Leadership styles and self‐assessment
      • Understanding the different types of power
      • Developing trust
      • Managing and negotiating conflicts
      • Managing stakeholders
      • Managing team dynamics
      • Principles of motivation, motivational theories, and leadership styles
      • The role of the project manager in team formation, development, and closeout
      • Best practices in project leadership—techniques to win over team members and stakeholders
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Describe the fundamental aspects of team structure, interpersonal dynamics, and the role of the project manager.
      • Given a project situation that may involve multicultural, intergenerational, hierarchical, and virtual teams, apply leadership techniques, and defend the use of appropriate practices for motivating teams and developing leadership abilities.
      • Reflect upon personal strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan for continuous improvement with respect to team‐management skills
      • Demonstrate how teams are assigned and formed and describe the stages of team development.
      • Plan and conduct a successful project kickoff meeting and reflect upon the formation and dynamics of teamwork and how to motivate teams.
      • Analyze sources of conflict and, given a specific challenge, apply a problem‐solving process that focuses on confronting and resolving the conflict.
  1. PMG605 Project Resources and Time Management
    • This course deals with acquiring and assigning resourcing to projects, and the management of those resources. It addresses establishing and coordinating a project team; estimating and quantifying the required resources; and building, developing, and managing the team. It covers resource planning: identifying resources, including subcontracted resources, and querying historical information regarding various types of resources. Finally, organizational policies and procedures are reviewed, and the plan is made consistent with them.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • Resource planning: estimating and balancing
      • Identifying and acquiring the required human resources, including supplier resources
      • Identifying and scheduling resources
      • Estimating durations
      • Documenting team roles and responsibilities
      • Identifying and acquiring the required equipment, materials, and resources
      • Managing resources, including equipment, materials, and the project team
      • Decision-making tradeoff when experiencing resource and schedule constraints
      • Tools and techniques for resource management, including organizational breakdown structures and responsibility assignment matrices
      • Staffing, training, and development of resources
      • Global teams and networks
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Identify necessary labor and material resources, including contracted resources, and estimate the units of each that are required to meet stakeholder expectations.
      • Apply appropriate resource management tools and methods in a given project context, including organizational breakdown structures, responsibility assignment matrices, and other means, to document and communicate project roles and responsibilities.
      • Evaluate and select commonly accepted methods for project managers to acquire, develop, and manage human resources that are appropriate in a specific project context and consistent with established policies.
  1. PMG615 Project Financial Management
    • This course provides comprehensive exposure to cost estimation in the project domain. Students will develop reliable estimates at an appropriate level of detail. Various estimating methods are covered, including analogous, parametric, and bottom‐up. Cost estimation methods are supported by specialized, computer‐based tools. This course also describes the processes that follow project pricing and how to construct a project budget and how to monitor and control it.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • Principles and concepts in estimating cost
      • The life‐cycle stages of project estimating
      • Estimating approaches and models
      • Managing estimates: continuously refining and improving estimates
      • Improving the estimation process
      • Understanding project costs: direct and indirect costs, overhead, and other expenses
      • Estimating contingency costs and management reserves
      • Estimating the impact of cost‐estimation changes on project duration and staffing
      • Managing changes to time and cost
      • Project‐budget process
      • Cost centers and cost metrics
      • Strategies to address cost escalation
      • Financial decision making
      • Capital and operational expenditure categories
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Analyze the project’s goals and select an appropriate cost‐estimation approach.
      • Prepare a cost estimate and analyze staff resources, cost drivers, contingency costs, and management reserves.
      • Evaluate types of resource costs necessary to draw up a complete cost estimate, and determine the accounting category of each, such as direct, indirect, capital, and operating.
      • Critique the concepts of responsibility‐center accounting and budgeting.
      • Apply best practices for project cost control to case problems and recommend specific approaches that can be taken by the project manager to ensure that the project meets its financial expectations.
  1. PMG622 Agile Project Management
    • This course provides students with the skills needed to master core concepts pertaining to agility and agile approaches to project management. Agility refers to the ability of an organization to rapidly react to unpredictable scenarios, and within the context of product development, to respond to unclear requirements. There are several industry domains where agility is being practiced, such as manufacturing, engineering, software development, and supply chain management. This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the principles, processes, and practices of agile approaches to project management. Students learn techniques for initiating, planning, and executing projects using agile practices. Knowledge of agile development frameworks and agile tools and techniques are introduced. This course covers agile approaches, processes, and roles in project management in addition to the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of the agile approach when compared with traditional methods.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • History, principles, and values of agile approaches and the Agile Manifesto
      • Understanding agile approaches: general practices
      • How agile is similar and how it is different from traditional PM life cycles
      • Strengths and weaknesses of the agile approach
      • Agile frameworks
      • Working with a framework such as Scrum
      • Managing agile projects
      • Hybrid life cycles: designing and customizing agile and traditional life cycles
      • Key metrics and resources for agile
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Distinguish the approaches, advantages, and disadvantages of both classic and agile project approaches, assess the deliverables and contexts best suited to each approach, and apply these principles to the development of an appropriate PM strategy.
      • Develop a workable PM approach that includes the typical steps, activities, and participant roles for an agile project, and evaluate how and when these agile characteristics can be integrated with steps from a traditional PM life cycle to achieve an effective hybrid approach.
      • Use appropriate tools and resources for agile projects, including specific or adapted metrics that can assist the project manager in defining, executing, and controlling projects that follow an agile, or hybrid, life cycle.
  2. PMG665 Program and Portfolio Management
    • This course addresses the fundamental principles of managing portfolios and programs. Portfolios translate an organization’s business strategy into a collection of activities that can be managed with desired benefits and results. Program management deals with managing several related projects in a cohesive, multi-project environment, and provides benefits that one might not get from managing the projects individually. Both portfolio and program management align projects with business objectives. This course also describes the processes that follow project cost estimation and pricing. Students master how to construct a project budget and how to monitor and control it.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • Identifying strategic opportunities and benefits that achieve the organization’s strategic objectives through program implementation
      • Program management life‐cycle activities
      • Understanding what happens in the initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing stages of a program
      • Understanding the critical success factors for portfolios and portfolio management, and the key metrics to value the performance of a portfolio
      • Overview of domains and tasks of portfolio management
      • Strategic alignment of portfolios, programs, and projects
      • Program maturity and governance issues
      • Measuring portfolio performance
      • Understanding issues specific to portfolio management: risks, communications, knowledge, and skills
      • Cost‐control and Project‐budget process
      • Financial decision making
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Evaluate critical success factors for projects and programs, 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 coordinate activities such as finance, procurement, and risk across programs.
      • Given a case consisting of a specific set of project contexts and plans within a project portfolio, recommend approaches for managing and balancing resource demands, allocations, and stakeholder expectations across the projects, programs, and the portfolio
      • Critique the concepts of responsibility‐center accounting and budgeting.
      • Given a specific project context, which includes a plan, cost, schedule, and deliverable metrics, analyze the project data, classify various project expenditures as capital or operational, and recommend approaches for funding the project.
  1. MGM660 Supply Chain Management
    • This course provides an understanding of fundamental concepts of supply chain management. All functional areas of supply chain management are explored in an integrated view of procurement, manufacturing and operations management, transportation and logistics, inventory and warehousing, demand planning, scheduling, network design, collaboration and performance measurement. Topics also cover supply chain financial metrics, strategy and risk management for demand driven value networks.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Learning Outcomes:
    • At the end of the course, the students will be able to
      • Understand the important role of supply chains in today’s business and economy
      • Understand a wide scope of functions and concepts in supply chains
      • Understand and apply conceptual decision-support to supply chain related decision problems
      • Understand the unique characteristics and issues of agribusiness supply chains
    • Topics:
      • Overview Supply Chain Management
      • Supply and Operations Issues
      • Purchasing and Supplier Relationship Management
      • Resource Planning
      • Inventory and Process Management
      • Distribution and Integration Issues
      • Domestic and Global Logistics
      • Customer Relationship Management
      • Supply Chain Integration
      • Performance Metrics in Supply Chains
  1. PMG661 Global Project Management
    • Global projects are inherently complex by nature; language, culture, and logistics are key issues. Global and megaprojects succeed if they are guided by leaders who can give the project team a clear vision, keep various stakeholders engaged, and communicate well with the entire global‐project team. Global PM leadership requires adapting the organization and projects to work effectively in a multicultural environment. Managing interorganizational relationships, constructing a budget, managing overly complex projects, program management, and related topics are covered here.
    • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
    • Topics:
      • Leading and managing global projects
      • Characteristics of large global projects
      • Identifying complexity factors and issues
      • Strategic alignment of portfolios, programs, and projects
      • Logistics, distance, time zone, and jurisdiction challenges
      • Communication and coordinating work
      • Challenges associated with language and culture
      • Working effectively in a multicultural environment
      • Project‐budget, Logistics, and governance challenges
      • Managing interorganizational relationships
      • Designing a project management solution: methods and tools for global projects
      • Managing megaprojects
      • Managing international development (ID) projects
      • Measuring performance
    • Learning Outcomes:
      • Evaluate the impact of contextual factors such as a client’s organizational culture, needs, risk tolerance, and project size on tools and methods of PM.
      • For projects with multiple cultures and languages in large‐scale, global environments across time zones, recommend appropriate approaches for managing communications, teams and their motivation, meetings, cross-functional teams, matrix management, and virtual team environments.
      • Given project objectives for certain projects of varying scale, geographic dispersion, and complexity, construct a PM plan that can achieve these objectives while mitigating the potential risks inherent in large, complex, widespread, and intercultural projects
      • Given a global project context, which includes a plan, cost, schedule, and deliverable metrics, analyze the project data, classify various project expenditures as capital or operational, and recommend approaches for funding the project.
      • Compare the communication and management tools, methods, and approaches that could be used in projects in which team members are co‐located versus those in which they are not.
    1. PMG697 Final Project
      • The Capstone course offers students an opportunity to increase their impact and effectiveness. Students incorporate knowledge gained from coursework to address a real problem within their selected field and develop an initiative for a real-life project that can be work, community, or university-based project. Students work with their major advisor on the completion of their capstone project phase one at the end of the degree program.
      • Credit Hours: 3 credit hours
      • Learning Outcomes:
        • At the final project, students demonstrate what they have learned with a project, research, or a product.
        • Analyze management theories and determine the best application to the capstone project.
        • Modify the use of selected management theories to apply to capstone project.
        • Synthesize the knowledge and experience gained through the program to implement a personal project.
        • Demonstrate mastery of program level competencies.