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M.S. in Project Management Program Outcomes

The online Master of Science in Project Management program from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will equip graduates with skills to perform the following:

  1. Initiate projects with clearly identified scope, requirements, and stakeholders.
    1. Analyze competing demands for scope, schedule, cost, risk, and quality.
    2. Analyze the environment in which projects operate.
    3. Evaluate project proposals using cost-benefit and business case analysis tools.
    4. Evaluate relevant information and its sources. (CT)
    5. Interpret the role of the project manager.
  2. Plan complex projects using appropriate planning tools.
    1. Select planning techniques appropriate to type of project.
    2. Evaluate alternative courses of action to attain project objectives.
    3. Develop tightly integrated project management plans and documents.
    4. Apply appropriate estimating techniques to scope, schedule, cost, and resources.
    5. Develop integrated change control procedures.
    6. Plan and estimate project scope, resources, and schedule.
  3. Develop plans to implement quality and resource management processes.
    1. Identify quality standards relevant to the project.
    2. Analyze dependencies between project requirements, specifications, and quality on product and project performance.
    3. Use qualitative and statistical tools to measure conformance to quality specifications.
  4. Manage project risk.
    1. Plan risk management activities throughout project.
    2. Evaluate the probability and consequences of risks and estimate their implications for project objectives.
    3. Develop procedures and techniques to enhance opportunities and reduce threats to the project objectives.
    4. Resolve issues based on evidence weighed against relevant criteria. (CT)
    5. Identify potential threats and opportunities for the project.
  5. Manage project costs including procurement process for project resources.
    1. Develop project procurement plan based on requirements and schedule.
    2. Develop proposal documentation from a buyer and seller perspective.
    3. Manage project contracts and vendor relationships.
    4. Develop evaluation criteria and selection process for bids.
  6. Manage stakeholders and communications for complex projects.
    1. Apply knowledge and understanding of principles, theories, and concepts to project situations.
    2. Evaluate project management decision making.
    3. Utilize conflict management and negotiations in a balanced approach.
    4. Demonstrate appropriate communications and leadership styles.  
    5. Evaluate organization design to facilitate project completion.
    6. Develop a climate for teamwork.
    7. Ask critical questions for ongoing project enhancement and improvement. (CT)
  7. Manage project cost and budget baselines.
    1. Evaluate various cost approaches for a project.
    2. Develop project cost baseline.
    3. Decompose project scope into measurable pieces.
    4. Assess project performance management strategies to baseline.
    5. Interpret project performance data.
  8. Evaluate project environment and select traditional and/or agile approaches.
    1. Evaluate key project environment factors.
    2. Identify key characteristics of each project management approach.
    3. Synthesize core practices and philosophies of each project management approach.
    4. Apply appropriate project management approach.
    5. Apply appropriate tools and techniques for each approach.
  9. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    1. Determine the information and communication needs of the stakeholders.
    2. Communicate status of project to appropriate stakeholders with clarity and coherence. (CT)
    3. Develop a subject, including relevance, logic, grasp of subject, and depth of discussion. (CT)
    4. Prepare professional documentation consistent with university and workplace standards.
  10. Incorporate an ethical perspective in all professional activities.
    1. Know the legal requirements and the code of ethics of their profession and workplace.
    2. Assess the congruence between personal norms and ethical principles. (CT)
    3. Communicate in an ethical manner.
  11. Work effectively with diverse populations.
    1. Willingly learn about self and others in regards to diversity.
    2. Demonstrate respectful engagement with others’ ideas, behaviors, and beliefs. (CT)
    3. Apply diverse frames of reference to decisions and actions. (CT)

CT refers to the critical thinking/core learning items.

Find out more about how the Master’s in Project Management degree from Saint Mary’s can benefit your career: call 877-308-9954 to speak to an enrollment counselor or request more information.