MS in Program and Project Management
About the Program
Nationwide, there is an increasing demand for skilled and experienced professionals who can develop, deploy, and manage locally and globally developed programs in a timely and efficient manner. The Master of Science in Program and Project Management is designed to address this growing need and targets technical professionals from various industries (i.e. engineering, information technology, military, government, healthcare, energy, transportation) who need to deepen their understanding of program and project management and would like to make a transition from team members to program managers.
The graduate program draws upon the expertise of the college’s faculty members and industry practitioners to provide a comprehensive and practical knowledge in program and project management. While principles and theories are examined, the emphasis of the program is on application. Students are equipped with strategies and tools to efficiently plan and organize resources so that programs and projects are completed on schedule, on budget, and with high-quality results. This program is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their ability to coordinate complex projects, motivate and manage people, and achieve cost-effective outcomes.
As in the cases of existing MS degree programs in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the course offerings for the MS (PPM) program are mainly in late afternoon and evening hours to enable students to earn the degree through part-time study. The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
The MS in Program and Project Management may be completed in 30 credit hours.
- Provide a students with a comprehensive, theoretical, and practical knowledge of the foundation of program and project management.
- Provide students with access to advances in the program management field.
- Provide students with concepts, theories, methodologies, analytical techniques and skills necessary for successful leadership of programs within complex organizations.
- Provide students with understanding of global issues in managing programs and projects.
Core courses are designed to provide graduates with a strong foundation to pursue certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Students entering the program should have a regionally accredited undergraduate degree in engineering, business, economics, math, computer science or other physical sciences. Two letters of recommendation are also required, with at least one from a person familiar with the candidate’s academic performance.
The undergraduate cumulative GPA is a large factor in master’s admission consideration and typically 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) is expected.
The program requires an course work in probability and statistics, that can be satisfied by completing IMSE 510 as an approved elective within the first two semesters of the program
The MS in PPM program consists of 30 graduate- level semester credit hours and includes the following course requirements:
- IMSE 515: Fundamentals of Program Management (3)
- IMSE 516: Project Management and Control (3)
- IMSE 517: Managing Global Programs (3)
- IMSE 5215: Program Budget, Cost Estimation and Control (3)
- IMSE 5205: Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis (3)
- OB 510: Organization Behavior (3)
- EMGT 590: Capstone Project (3)
- IMSE 510: Probability and Statistical Models (3)
- EMGT 500: Management for Engineers (3)
- EMGT 525: Total Quality Management and Six Sigma (3)
- EMGT 520: Production and Operations Engineering (3)
- IMSE 519: Quantitative Methods for Quality Engineering (3)
- IMSE 570: Enterprise Information Systems (3)
- EMGT 580: Product and Process Design (3)
- IMSE 5655: Supply Chain Management (3)
- IMSE 586: Big Data Analytics and Visualization (3)
- IMSE 588: Bldg High Perf Learning Org (3)
- HRM 561: Human Resource Management (3)
- ACC 505: Developing and Interpreting Financial Information (3)
- CIS 575 Software Engineering Management (3)
Additional elective courses from other units at UM-Dearborn may also be considered with advisor approval.
Thesis option may be elected with the approval of the graduate advisor. The thesis will count for six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework, replacing the capstone project (EM 590) and three (3) credit hours of elective coursework. Students electing a thesis option must elect at least one more graduate-level cognate course in place of EM 590 for a minimum of three credit hours from departments other than IMSE to satisfy the cognate requirements for graduation.