MBA: Project Management Concentration
“As one of a limited number of schools worldwide to be accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the Project Management Institute®, we meet the standards of the leading association for project management professionals.”
MBA in Project Management
With business problems growing more complex and companies implementing projects that span the globe, there is an increased need for effective project management. To help you meet this demand, Keller's MBA in Project Management allows you to tailor your courses to match your interests and career goals in this field, and it's just one of 19 concentrations that can enhance your MBA degree program. In addition, you can gain practical experience that can be applied to the demands of a business setting, including professional communication, corporate team building and business analysis competencies.
You could earn an MBA in Project Management accredited by the Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (GAC), the world's leading association for project management professionals. DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management is among a limited number of U.S. educational institutions and schools worldwide with this designation.
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For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
MBA with a Project Management Concentration1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 48
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 16
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $2,800
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2014.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
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Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
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MBA in Project Management Graduation Requirements
Total program length varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your degree program in as few as 32 months.
- Total credit hours: 48
- Required program: 30
- Project Management concentration: 12
- Elective: 6
MBA in Project Management Coursework
Required program courses (30 credit hours)
We've designed the core program courses in our MBA to provide you with the fundamentals to make an impact in the business world. See MBA Required Program Courses for a list of required coursework.
Project Management concentration courses (12 credit hours)
The concentration coursework is designed to further focus your MBA curriculum to better prepare you for success in a specific field or industry. To add a concentration to your MBA degree program, you may choose courses totaling 12 credit hours from the following list:
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- Managing Quality (GSCM588) - 3 credit hours
- This course focuses on implementation, cost and management of the quality function in manufacturing as well as service industries. Coursework addresses quality concepts and tools, as well as knowledge required for their application in quality planning, improvement and control in both parent organizations and supplier relationships. No prerequisite
- Managing Software Development Projects (PROJ584) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines knowledge, strategies and techniques needed to manage software product development. The course helps students develop skills managers need to create - and successfully execute - plans for software development. Topics include software project development processes; software development standards; project planning, scheduling and control strategies; risk assessment and mitigation; team building and managing technical personnel. Prerequisites: MIS525 (or equivalent) or MIS535, and PROJ586
- Project Management Systems (PROJ586) - 3 credit hours
- With an emphasis on planning, this course introduces project management fundamentals and principles from the standpoint of the manager who must organize, plan, implement and control nonroutine activities to achieve schedule, budget and performance objectives. Topics include project life cycles, organization and charters; work breakdown structures; responsibility matrixes; as well as planning, budgeting and scheduling systems. Planning and control methods such as PERT/CPM, Gantt charts, earned value systems, project management software applications and project audits are introduced. No prerequisite
- Advanced Program Management (PROJ587) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines how managers plan, budget, schedule and control multi-project programs within an organizational context. The importance of project teams and human resource management in the process is addressed. Topics include the role of projects in organizations; alternative organizational systems; program planning, budgeting, monitoring, control and management methodologies; team management and leadership; legal and ethical issues; conflict identification and resolution; and advanced applications of project management software. Prerequisite: PROJ586
- Sustainability Project Management (PROJ591) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces the concept of infusing business projects with a sustainability dimension. Processes, tools and techniques for sustainability project management are explored in the contexts of general management and project management. No prerequisite
- Project Cost and Schedule Control (PROJ592) - 3 credit hours
- This course stresses the need for project managers to understand and apply advanced tools and techniques to developing and managing project financial plans. Topics include cost and benefit estimation; project financial analysis; budgeting; resource allocation; sensitivity analysis; project metrics; and project cost and schedule control using earned value management systems. Prerequisites: ACCT505 or ACCT504, and MIS581 or PROJ586
- Project Risk Management (PROJ595) - 3 credit hours
- This course explores various ways to identify, analyze and mitigate the full range of project risks. Coursework also explores the six risk management processes outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide: risk management planning, risk identification, qualitative risk analysis, quantitative risk analysis, risk response planning, and risk monitoring and control. Using a practitioner approach, students learn risk management techniques by applying them to problems in case studies Prerequisites: MATH533 and PROJ586
- Contract and Procurement Management (PROJ598) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines processes through which goods and services are acquired in the project management environment. Topics include contract and procurement strategies; legal issues; contract pricing alternatives; technical, management and commercial requirements; RFP development; source selection; invitations to bid; bid evaluation; risk assessment; and contract negotiation and administration. No prerequisite
- Advanced Project Management Practices and Professional Exam Preparation (PROJ605) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines current topics in the project management field and provides a comprehensive review of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Topics include global project management, leadership, virtual teams and project information systems. In addition, the PMBOK knowledge areas and process groups are covered in preparation for the Project Management Professional certification exam, administered by the Project Management Institute. Prerequisite: PROJ587
*This comprehensive PMP review course enhances the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) with topics that include global project management, leadership, virtual teams and project management systems, and has helped many Keller alumni prepare for the Project Management Professional certification exam.
The PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) distinction confirms that our Project Management curriculum meets the Project Management Institute's rigorous standards, which includes an assessment of the program's objectives and outcomes, faculty and student evaluations, on campus and online resources and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.
Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
What's the benefit of the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) accreditation?
Keller's Master of Project Management (MPM) degree program has been awarded accreditation by the Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (GAC). As a GAC-accredited program, Keller's Master of Project Management (MPM) curriculum allows students to accelerate their path and provides opportunities for ongoing professional development.
What's a concentration?
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to further focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration."
Do I need to choose a concentration/emphasis for my MBA or Specialized Master's Degree?
To help you focus your MBA or Specialized Master's Degree, and take coursework that matches your interests and goals, you can choose one of 19 concentrations, but it is not a requirement to graduate. For our Specialized Master's Degree programs that have emphases, you will be required to select one that best aligns with your career goals.