The 25 Best Master’s Degrees in Project Management Online Programs for 2018

Project Management MastersAs the world continues to become more complex, so too does business. To the untrained eye, problem-solving in such an often unpredictable climate can seem like a perpetual game of Whack-a-mole. A Master’s in Project Management will teach business professionals both how to approach complex problems and, better yet, how to solve them in an organized, strategic, and cost-efficient manner. Pursuing the furthering of education online makes attaining a Master’s degree a much easier prospect for people already working in their chosen field.

Featured Online Master’s In Project Management Degree Programs

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Here are the top 25 Master’s programs in Project Management, according to our methodology, which can be viewed following the ranking.

1. Colorado State University—Global Campus

Online Master’s Degree in Project Management

Colorado State Master's Project Management OnlineColorado State University’s online program consists of 8 three-credit core courses as part of a 36-credit master’s degree. (If students earned less than 3.0 undergraduate GPA, they might be required to take an additional three credits.) The program also boasts 12 specialization options, including Information Technology, Fraud Management, Strategic Innovation and Change Management, Business Intelligence, and Healthcare Administration, among others. In particular, CSU emphasizes practical, real-world application, and all students must complete a capstone course in which they develop a comprehensive plan for a major project in an industry of their choice. For those interested, 8-week accelerated courses are available.

2 (tied). Northeastern University

MSc in Project Management

Northeastern University Online Master of Science in Project ManagementNortheastern University’s MS in Project Management runs between 45-57 hours, and is available for both full- and part-time students, with full-time students completing their degrees in just one year. (Part-time students typically finish in two.) Northeastern offers seven specializations, including Clinical Trial Design, Geographic Information Systems, Construction Management, and Organizational Communication, among others. Classes often draw from real-world case studies to demonstrate actionable methods and tools to manage complex projects. This program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading association for project management professionals.

2 (tied). Colorado Technical University

Master of Science in Project Management Online

Colorado Technical University offers a 48-credit track with seven concentrations that is typically completed in 36 months. However, the school’s Fast Trackprogram can cut graduation time by 30% by allowing students to earn college credit for what they already know. In addition, Intellipath, CTU’s proprietary educational technology, gives students the opportunity to tailor their coursework specifically according to their strengths and weaknesses, resulting in a more efficient, effective learning experience. CTU is accredited by PMI.

4. Granite State College

Online Master of Science in Project Management

Granite State College Online MSc Project ManagementGranite State College’s MS in Project Management is 30-credit track (with 9 transferable credits) that emphasizes experiential learning and civic engagement. In particular, the program is aimed at individuals looking to change careers and current project managers who want to expand and update their knowledge to advance their careers. Students who earn a 3.5 GPA through their initial few semesters can apply for a full load term, accelerating their coursework.

5 (tied). Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

MSc in Project Management Online

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Master of Science Project Management OnlineEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s online program consists of 36 credits. A variety of concentrations are offered, including Information Technology, Health Care Administration, Aviation Operations, and Marketing and Advertising, among others. For students’ capstones projects, they will build an e-portfolio that will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of both theory and practice. Embry-Riddle’s program was designed entirely by certified PMPS and has received accreditation by PMI.

5 (tied). Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Online Master of Science in Project Management

Saint Mary Minnesota MSc Project Management OnlineThe program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a 42 credit-hour track that breaks down as such: 21 hours in project management classes; 15 hours in management coursework; 3-hour capstone course; 3-hour elective course. The curriculum closely follows PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide, preparing students to take the official PMP examination. For students’ convenience, graduation rates vary on chosen course load, and students may start studying any semester. This program is PMI accredited.

7 (tied). Capella University

MSc in Information Systems and Technology Management Online

Capella University offers an MS in Information Systems and Technology Management, with a specialization in Project Management. This concentration is a 48-credit track, with 12 credits potentially transferable upon taking a prior learning assessment, accelerating coursework. (Note, however, with no prior PM experience may have to take 60 credits for foundation coursework.) Classes are taught in 10-week blocks and designed around PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). In particular, this program covers the fundamentals of IT project management and analyzes current technology, including its organizational, legal, ethical, and professional aspects. This program is PMI accredited.

7 (tied). Brandeis University

Master of Science in Project and Program Management Online

Brandeis University Online Master of Science Project and Program ManagementBrandeis University’s online MS in Project and Program Management is a 30 credit-hour, asynchronous program, with three points of entry spread throughout the year. While the program was designed by experienced PMI advisers and is consistent with the PMBOK, Brandeis has deliberately deferred accreditation from PMI to provide students with a broader, unique curriculum not limited by an external party’s guidelines. All of Brandeis’ distinguished professors are also working professionals, giving students a valuable real-world perspective into their studies. Graduates have gone on to work at numerous prestigious companies, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, AstraZeneca, Cisco Systems, and Oracle Corporation, among others.

7 (tied). Avila University

Online Master’s in Management with a concentration in Project Management

Avila University Master's in Management, Concentration in Project ManagementAvila University’s program consists of 37 credits. For credentialed PMPs, for whom the program is partially aimed at, prior experience can waive 10 credit hours. This program offers students flexible schedule offerings, including accelerated 8-week intensives. Avilla also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, waiving all tuition and fees for eligible veterans and family members. This program is PMI accredited.

10 (tied). Lasell College

MSc in Management with a Project Management Concentration Online

Lasell College Online MSc Management Project Management ConcentrationLasell College offers an MS in Management with a Project Management concentration, which is a 36 credit curriculum—21 credits of the core, 9 of PM concentration, 6 elective, and either an internship or capstone project. Lasell uses Moodle to provide students with 24/7 access to study materials, a help desk, and the ability to explore at their own pace. The program focuses on fundamentals, instilling in students the skills and knowledge to create a project plan, define project goals and objectives, specify the tasks required to achieve these aims.

10 (tied). Florida Institute of Technology

Online Master of Science in Project Management

Florida Institute of Technology Online MSc Project ManagementFlorida Institute of Technology offers an MS in Project Management that delivers courses in 15-week blocks. FIT also offers degrees in three related fields: MS in Management, MS in Project Management—Information Systems, MS in Project Management—Operations Research. While online, the program emphasizes a collaborative learning philosophy and real-world application. All professors have doctorates in the field, and many have been certified by PMI. A capstone course is required to graduate.

10 (tied). Penn State University

Online MBA in Project Management

9. Penn State MBA Project Management OnlinePenn State University is an interdisciplinary, 30-credit program with asynchronous classes for maximum flexibility. Students typically graduate in two years. Also, for students eager to add credentials to their resume as soon as possible, the first required 12 credits culminate in a Certificate in Project Management. The program also allows students to choose a specific career track to tailor their curriculum. Tracks include enterprise architecture, enterprise architecture, supply chain management, or an independent field of study. Penn State is accredited by PMI.

13. Regis University

MSc in Organization Leadership with a Project Leadership and Management Concentration Online

Regis-University Online MSc Organization Leadership Project Leadership and Management ConcentrationRegis University offers an MS in Organization Leadership with a concentration in Project Leadership and Management. The program consists of 30-33 credit hours—15 core, 12-15 in a specialization, and a 3-credit capstone course. Note that students may choose to pursue a dual specialization. In addition to the eventual MS, Regis also offers certificates in Executive Leadership, Executive Project Management, and Strategic Human Resource Integration. An accelerated track is available for interested students.

14. George Washington University

Online Master of Science in Project Management

George WashingtonThe prestigious program at George Washington University consists of 36 total credit hours, 6 of which are electives. GW offers a graduation schedule for full- and part-time students, with full-time students completing their degrees in 18-24 months and part-time in 30-48 months. Though cognizant of the PMBOK, GW’s nuanced curriculum goes beyond that framework, emphasizing international methodologies, decision sciences, and advanced project management application. For career prospects, it should be noted that GW has strong relationships with several government and industry institutions, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, U.S. State Department, and many other influential organizations.

15 (tied). Bellevue University

Online Master of Project Management

Bellevue University’s online program consists of 36 credit hours, culminating in a final practicum that serves as a comprehensive demonstration of PM theory and practice. Integrating real-world, practical application, in addition to theory, this program is especially fit for industry professionals looking to expand their knowledge and advance their careers. Due to a generous transfer policy, students can accelerate their coursework. Bellevue’s curriculum, taught and designed by PMI-certified professors, follows PMBOK standards and is also accredited by PMI.

15 (tied). Walden University

MSc in Project Management Online

Walden-University Online Master of Science Project ManagementWalden University is a 30-credit program, with a required capstone project. Typical graduation time is 24 months, after which an accelerated Ph.D. track is available for students interested in further mastery of the subject. While in enrolled, students have the opportunity to earn project management certificates in Advanced Project Management and Applied Project Managementto bolster their resumes. Walden follows the PMBOK closely and is accredited by PMI.

17. Southern New Hampshire University

Master of Science in Operations and Project Management Online

Southern New Hampshire University Online MSc Operations and Project ManagementSouthern New Hampshire University offers an MS in Operations and Project Management is—an interdisciplinary, 36-credit program that is available to complete within 15 months thanks to accelerated 10-week classes. Following the PMBOK closely, SNHU prepares students for a wide variety of postgraduate certifications, including the PMP, CAPM, and the Six Sigma Green Belt. For maximum flexibility, there are five separate entry points spread throughout the year. This program is accredited by PMI.

18 (tied). Boston University

Online Master of Science in Project Management

Boston MSc Project Management OnlineBoston University’s highly interactive online program consists of 6 core management courses, 4 specialization courses, and 2 electives. If planned properly, students may use their electives toward earning a graduate certificate in Project Management. In particular, BU focuses on teaching students to manage complex problems, facilitate relationships between the project team and customers, and balance competing for demands among scope, time, cost, and quality. This program is accredited by PMI.

18 (tied). Grantham University

Master of Science in Information Management – Project Management Online

Grantham University Online Master of Science Information Management - Project ManagementGrantham University offers an MS in Information Management – Project Management, which is a 36-credit curriculum, especially fit for active duty military, veterans, military spouses, military personnel, high school graduates, government employees, or any other full-time professionals. Classes start on a weekly basis for maximum schedule flexibility and convenience. Grantham closely follows PMBOK standards and is PMI accredited.

20 (tied). Sam Houston State University

Online MSc in Project Management

Sam Houston State Master of Science Project Management OnlineSam Houston State University offers a 36-credit hour program designed especially for current working professionals looking to further develop their skills in a rapidly changing management environment. In particular, the program is aimed at preparing students to receive their PMP accreditation. There are three separate entry points throughout the year to allow for flexibility for full-time professionals. A GMAT is required for admission unless students have earned a 3.5 undergraduate GPA.

20 (tied). Drexel University

Master of Science in Project Management Online

Drexel Online MSc Project ManagementDrexel University consists of 45 total credit hours, 12 of which are electives and 3 of which entail a mandatory capstone project. This program is primarily designed for mid-career professionals seeking to advance in their respective fields of interest. In particular, Drexel’s MS in Project Management trains students to effectively manage teams and projects in the current complex production environment, while incorporating an additional business, communication, and leadership lessons. The program closely follows the PMBOK to prepare students for PMP certification.

22. University of Mary

Online MSc, MBA, or MPA in Business or Finance with a Project Management Concentration

University of Mary MSc, MBA or MPA in Business or Finance with Project Management Concentration OnlineThe University of Mary offers a hybrid online/on-site program with a curriculum that aims to provide students with the knowledge, resources, and skills necessary to execute projects on time and on budget. Also, communication, business ethics, risk management, and strategy are other areas of emphasis. Note that the school also incorporates Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values to prepare students for success both in career and in personal life. This program is PMI-accredited to prepare students to become certified.

23. Western Carolina University

Master of Science in Project Management Online

Western Carolina Online MSc Project ManagementWestern Carolina University’s online MS in Project Management boasts being the first PMI-accredited program in the country. Upon completing the curriculum’s four core courses—Project Planning and Estimating; Project Schedule, Risk and Contracts; Project Change Management; and Managing Enterprise Projects—students will receive a graduate certificate. For this, and because of flexible scheduling and transferable credits, WCU is especially suited to working professionals and military personnel. Each faculty member holds a Ph.D. in and PMP certification.

24. University of Wisconsin—Platteville

Online MSc in Project Management

Wisconsin Platteville Master of Science Project Management OnlineThe University of Wisconsin—Platteville is a 30-36 credit curriculum (with transfer options), including a capstone course. For maximum flexibility for current working professionals, students may take up to 7 years to complete the program. Following the PMBOK, UW-Platteville has a broad-based curriculum and a wide variety of electives, including Supply Chain Management, Advanced Production and Operations Analysis, Project Risk Management, and Consumer Behavior, among others. Also, the program offers students graduate assistantships to further expand and apply their studies. This program is accredited by PMI.

25. University of Maryland, University College

Online Master of Science in Management with a Project Management Specialization

University-of-Maryland – University-College Online MSc in Management, Project Management SpecializationUniversity of Maryland, University College offers an interdisciplinary MS in Management with a Project Management Specialization. For working professionals looking to bolster their resumes, a graduate certification can also be earned after the completion of 15 credit hours. Due to a broad-based and specialize-able course load, students can tailor their studies according to their current or desired field of work. This program is accredited by PMI.

Project Management Methodology:

  • Affordability (1/3): the average out-of-state tuition per credit hour.
  • Flexibility (1/3): if the program offers additional specializations and/or an accelerated track
  • Academic Reputation (1/3): the rank of the school’s parent institution according to other prominent rankings such as US News

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