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M.S. in Project Management FAQs

Are there any special entry requirements for the online project management degree program?
Yes, beyond the standard admission criteria requiring that you earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, maintained an overall GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale, and can demonstrate language proficiency, the MS in Project Management program also requires that you have had at least one formal or informal experience as a project manager or as a member of a project team.

When can I start?
You may apply for admission to Saint Mary’s online MS in Project Management at any time. After you are admitted, you may begin taking classes at the start of any semester—Spring, Summer, or Fall.

How long does the program take?
To earn your degree, you will complete 12 graduate level classes equaling 36 credit hours of program work. At two courses per consecutive semester, you will complete your course work in 24 months.

How much time does it take to complete coursework each week?
Although the time it takes each student to complete coursework varies, the general rule of thumb is to allocate 15 hours per week for each 3-credit class.

Will Saint Mary’s project management degree program help me to prepare for the PMP exam?
Yes. The MS in Project Management curriculum is based on the Project Management Book of Knowledge Guide, which you will need to master to successfully pass the exam and includes PMP preparation coursework throughout the program.

What if I already have my PMP Certificate?
Students who hold PMP Certification at the time they are admitted to the program may waive the PRM600 Fundamentals of Project Management and substitute it with the PRM620 Agile Methods course. All PRM degree seeking students must complete 36 transcripted credits.

What will my classmates be like?
The majority of students attending Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs are working adults balancing the demands of career, family, and civic responsibilities. Most students in the project management degree program are practicing project managers who realize that they need the master’s to advance. Other students within the program are in middle managers who want to add valuable project management skills to their resumes. Another segment of student, recognizing that project management is a new role with much growth potential, seeks career change.

Can I transfer credits from another university and graduate program?
You may transfer a maximum of six semester credits earned before admittance upon recommendation of your program director and with the approval of the dean. Your transfer credits are subject to both graduate school and programmatic criteria.

Is there a campus residency requirement, or is the program entirely online?
The program is fully online. You do not need to attend Saint Mary’s ground campuses.

Will I be required to attend online classes during set times?
No, courses are entirely asynchronous, as long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work on them when it is most convenient to you.

Is the online project management degree program accredited?
Saint Mary’s University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) www.pmi.org.

Where do students work who get accepted into the program?
Students accepted into the M.S. in Project Management online program are from a variety of industries. We find that incorporating a variety of industries brings additional perspectives as well as unique learning experiences to the classroom. Some of the more common industries where students are coming from include healthcare, information technology, sales, military, construction, manufacturing, large public companies and non-profit organizations.

Is there a thesis or comprehensive exam at the end of the MSPM program?
Your capstone is completed using project simulation technology

What types of courses are in this program?
The 36 credit hour program is a blend of both Program Management specific and General Management courses. You will gain knowledge around leadership, employee development, human resource management, project communications, and project planning and estimating to name a few. Our program offers a competitive skill set that hiring managers are seeking.

Does this program incorporate the Project Management Body of Knowledge at all?
Yes, Coursework mirrors the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)

Do you have more questions about the online Master's in Project Management Program at Saint Mary’s? Call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor, or request more information today.