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Develop Your Skills into Your Dream Career with An Online Masters in Project Management

As projects become increasingly complex, organizations across industries seek effective and efficient project managers to take the reins. Some typical project management responsibilities include the following:

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ESTABLISH AND Achieve Project Objectives using effective project management techniques.

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Minimize time and cost overruns and manage resources effectively.

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ANALYZE project records to effectively monitor and control projects.

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Utilize best practices during the planning and execution of projects.

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What will I learn with a Project Management Master’s degree online?

Excel in high-performing global organizations with your Master's in Project Management. This program integrates the study of core business disciplines and project management, with advanced leadership and decision-making skills, to get you the career you deserve.

Gain the business and management skills necessary to evaluate, synthesize, analyze, and apply concepts when leading unique projects on a multi-national scale. Project management best practices are acknowledged and applied throughout the program in planning and execution, managing contracts and asset procurement, and when leading complex projects and teams. Advanced topics include…

  • Decision sciences
  • Risk management
  • Project control and monitoring
  • Financial metrics

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Mission Statement

The Master of Project Management program provides a professional, advanced degree to prepare students for success within our 21st century’s global, technology-rich, and multicultural economy. Utilizing a scholar-practitioner model, this academically accredited and rigorous learning experience is facilitated in an internet-based, technology-enabled, yet personally-interactive environment. Students acquire advanced professional project management practices beyond core project management knowledge, and they develop the technical, leadership, and critical-thinking and analysis skills that are required to create and successfully lead project teams.


Core Degree Courses (24 Credits)

  • RES501* Fundamentals of Research and Writing
    This course is only required for students who are accepted into this program with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. The primary purpose of this course is to help students entering graduate level programs at CSU-Global develop awareness of current and effective research and writing practices with the goal of implementing such practices into their writing and research projects. Students will learn what constitutes graduate level writing and research as well as how to communicate with colleagues in online professional forums. Students will also learn to effectively integrate writing and research skills into the writing projects they will pursue throughout their graduate level programs.
  • ORG502 Effective Organizations—Theory and Practice
    In this course, students gain an understanding of leading operational and strategic issues in public and private organizations facing accelerated social, economic, and technological changes. Students will examine organizational theory, strategic thinking, and theories guiding decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and change management.
  • OPS510 Operations Management
    This course helps students develop an understanding of the various functions and responsibilities of the operations department in regards to today's competitive environment and market demands. The course examines quality management, the design and production of goods and services, effective supply chains and virtual chains, product life cycles, and the design and management of processes to develop and improve production and resource planning. Students analyze tools that make manufacturing, planning, and logistics of different supply chain strategies, including forecasting, system design, quality, supply chain management, and inventory management.
  • PJM500 Project Management
    This course introduces the tasks and challenges fundamental to project management. Topics include how to manage teams, schedules, risks, and resources in order to produce a desired outcome. Case studies are incorporated into the course, allowing students to apply knowledge and skills associated with selecting, managing, organizing, planning, negotiating, budgeting, scheduling, controlling, and terminating a project.
  • PJM525 Business Analysis
    This course emphasizes assessing and integrating project requirements in relation to user needs and organizational goals. Topics include requirements gathering, business analysis, and project planning. Case studies allow students to apply knowledge and skills associated with analyzing business situations, developing requirements, and translating user needs into technology and engineering specifications for development teams.
  • PJM530 Contracts, Procurement, and Risk Management
    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the procurement-and risk-management processes in projects. The course also helps students evaluate and synthesize concepts within the domains of contract management and risk management, and helps students identify and assess recommended practices in contract management and purchasing. Topics primarily include risk-management planning, risk identification, risk analysis, risk-response strategies, risk monitoring, and risk control. In addition, the course covers the project manager's responsibilities in identifying and obtaining resources from vendors, as well as the legal requirements and contracting processes involved. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM535 Project Metrics, Monitoring, and Control
    Selecting, evaluating, and communicating performance metrics plays a critical role in successful monitoring and control of projects. This course provides an in-depth discussion of project management metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), and it explores related topics such as value-based project management metrics, dashboards, and measurement-driven project management. The course discusses the role of metrics in effective monitoring and control of projects, and provides an overview of the most important considerations in proper use and communication of project performance metrics. Prerequisite: PJM500
  • PJM560 Project Management Office (PMO)
    This course emphasizes the Project Management Office (PMO). Students will learn the elements of a PMO, which includes defining and maintaining standards, policies, processes, and methods for project management within the organization. Learners will also identify the responsibilities of the Project Management Professional (PMP) to include guidance, documentation, and metrics related to the practices involved in managing and implementing projects within the organization. A PMO may also get involved in project-related tasks and follow up on project activities through completion. The office may report on project activities, problems, and requirements to executive management as a strategic tool in keeping implementers and decision-makers moving toward consistent, business- or mission-focused goals and objectives. Organizations around the globe are defining, borrowing, and collecting best practices in the process of project management and are increasingly assigning the PMO to exert overall influence and evolution of thought to continual organizational improvement. Prerequisite: PJM535
  • PJM580 Capstone — Project Management
    The capstone course allows students to develop a plan for a major project in an industry or business of choice. Students will be required to analyze project goals, objectives, and scope in relationship to budget, schedule, and resources to propose a project with a full plan of implementation. The proposed plan must address strategies for overcoming challenges faced by similar projects, including a risk management plan, resource plan, monitoring plan, an evaluation plan, and a reporting plan. Students will utilize skills gained throughout the program to demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a project from conception to conclusion.
  • PJM595** Project Management Practicum
    The PJM595 Project Management Internship provides students with practical experience in project management. Each student will work under the direct supervision of a master's level project management professional at the organization that serves as the Internship site. The purpose of the Internship is for students to demonstrate by practical application what they have learned during their core courses in the Master's in Project Management program. Students will be required to participate in discussions and assignments for the course while assuming an active role in the workplace, working with project management professionals to demonstrate program-related knowledge and skills. A minimum of 80 hours of Internship fieldwork must be completed during the eight weeks of the course.

* Master’s Plus - Some Master of Project Management students may also be required to take RES501 as part of their program if they have an undergraduate GPA below 3.00. In this case, the degree is 39 credits.

** The PJM595 Project Management Internship provides students with practical experience in project management. This course may not be available in all states; see the State Specific Authorization Policy  under Admissions Policies.

Degree Specialization (12 Credits)

When you earn your master's degree through CSU Global, you will customize it with a graduate specialization in a subject that matches your professional goals or personal interests. 

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Financial Aid

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The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc. CSU Global’s M.S. in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the world’s leading specialized accrediting body for project management.


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your degree comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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Online Course Report ranked CSU Global #7 in their top 10 online Masters in Project Managment 2019

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By Value Colleges in their Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Schools list.

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In Best Value Schools’ Best Colleges in Colorado, CSU Global stands at #3.

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Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.

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“I feel that my business and leadership experience has added value to the weekly discussions and exchanges of ideas with my classmates. But as importantly, I have learned from them through their diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The learning that comes from sharing ideas with others is one of the most valuable aspects of the online educational format.”



Why You Should Earn Your Online Master’s Degree

Earning your online master’s degree through CSU Global provides you with more than just the diploma you need to get noticed. With an emphasis on real world concepts and career-relevant skills, you get training and experience along with your credit hours. Additionally, CSU Global strives to make your education as affordable as possible. With our Tuition Guarantee, your tuition rate won’t increase over time! Instead, you’ll enjoy the same low rate for the duration of your enrollment at CSU Global.

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Learn Valuable Skills

After completing your Master's in Project Management degree online, you can apply advanced project management and organizational principles and skills to successfully implement projects. Earn the career you deserve in the global marketplace by achieving the following learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyze the environment in executing projects within a global marketplace.
  • Apply advanced project management and organizational principles and skills to successfully implement projects. 
  • Determine the primary professional traits and factors associated with successful project managers and leaders .
  • Execute effective planning and control strategies and best practices for time, cost, scope, quality, and risk management to ensure of project success.
  • Apply ethical principles and models to global business policies, practices, and trends via case studies and scenarios.

Career Outlook

PMI Aligned for PMP Certification

CSU Global’s graduate degree in project management is aligned with PMI’s Body of Knowledge and prepares students for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate exam.

98% of Alumni Working in Their Field

Master’s in Project Management alumni from CSU Global report exceptionally high rates of working in their field after completing the program.

$68,404 Estimated Starting Salary

According to the BLS, the average annual salary for project managers, portfolio managers, and project engineers is more than $68k.

Project Manager, Program Manager, Operations Manager

Top three job titles as reported by Master’s in Project Management alumni from CSU Global.

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