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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 that clearly define scope and requirements, and identify all stakeholders.
    1. Analyze the competing demands for scope, time, cost, and quality.
    2. Evaluate social, economic and environmental factors that impact the project.
    3. Evaluate project proposals using cost-benefit and business case analysis tools.
    4. Evaluate relevant information and its sources. (CT)
  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. Manage and incorporate change throughout the planning process.
    4. Use basic statistical models for planning purposes.
    5. Design integrated change control procedures.
  3. Implement quality control processes throughout project phases.
    1. Identify quality standards relevant to the project.
    2. Evaluate overall project performance regularly to satisfy the relevant quality standards.
    3. Evaluate project human resource needs.
    4. 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. Manage project costs including procurement process for project resources.
    1. Identify problems and issues in project procurement and project cost management.
    2. Design effective strategies and processes in overcoming problems and issues.
    3. Implement system and organizational changes that lower risk and increase effectiveness in procurement and cost management.
  6. Incorporate a global perspective into projects.
    1. Identify critical success factors for managing international projects.
    2. Address cross-cultural, social, and political issues which impact projects.
    3. Evaluate the infrastructure and technical capabilities of a country.
  7. 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)
    4. Develop strategies to manage diverse groups.
  8. Lead 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 techniques.
    4. Synthesize by putting together parts to create a new whole.
    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)
  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)
  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.

CT refers to the critical thinking/core learning items.

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