The 5 Best Master’s in Project Management Online

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Master’s in Project Management Online

Project management is a bustling field with many in-demand jobs and online master’s in project management degree programs include diverse courses that can mold future leaders in business, technology, government, and other areas. With a master’s in project management, you will be ahead of the curve for earning the Project Management Professional Certification and you will stand out among job candidates in multiple fields. First, you’ll need to find the best master’s program for you. Here are the Top 5 Online Master’s in Project Management. For more general information regarding online learning, visit our ranking of the top online colleges.

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Under $25,000—1 point
Under $17,500—2 points
Under $15,000—3 points
Under $12,500—4 points
Under $10,000—5 points
Under $7,500—6 points
Under $5,000—7 points

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Top 5 Masters in Project Management

Our editors began the search for the top 25 online masters project management programs with an initial pool of 33 programs that focused on general project management. We then filtered this initial pool to the programs offering online master’s in project management degrees for less than $25,000 per year. After applying the rating and ranking methodology above, we were able to present the following ranking. In cases of a tie, the more affordable school appears higher in the ranking.

  • #1. Western Carolina University

    Cullowhee, North Carolina

    Online Master of Project Management in Project Management

    Points:10

    Western Carolina University’s Online Master of Project Management in Project Management earns the number spot for several reasons. This program is unequaled because Western Carolina University is the very first university to ever be recognized by the Project Management Institute PMI (1 point). It is also the first school to be accredited by PMI’s Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (1 point). In this program, students can approach project management with a unique, global focus under the instruction of professors who are Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professionals (PMPs). It costs less than $5,000 a year in tuition (7 points) to earn this degree online (1 point).

    Tuition: $4,435

  • #2. Missouri State University

    Springfield, Missouri

    Online Master of Science in Project Management

    Points: 8

    The Online Master of Science in Project Management program at Missouri State University is ideal for people who have a Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Applied and Natural Sciences, or Engineering. The program teaches the core project management skills to help students enhance their career in the subject areas mentioned. The program is accredited by the PMI (Project Management Institute) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education and is one of the most affordable project management program around (7 points). Students can complete this program on-campus if they wish. However, the program is offered completely online (1 point).

    Tuition: $4,824

  • #3. Sam Houston University

    Huntsvilles, Texas

    Online Master of Science in Project Management

    Points: 8

    The Online Master of Science in Project Management at Sam Houston University is a dream program for students who desire to lead organizations and manage intense projects as executives at those organizations. Students have flexible study option at Sam Houston University. For starters, the program is offered 100% online (1 point), and students can also begin in the fall, spring, or summer (1 points). For affordability, this project management program earns another six points.

    Tuition: $5,391

  • #4. University of Maryland – University College

    Adelphi, Maryland

    Online Master of Science in Project Management

    Points: 8

    The online master’s in project management program at the University of Maryland – University College teaches project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods in a way that aligns with the Project Management institute’s standards. There are three at in which students can study project management at this institution. These options are; on-campus, online (1 point), and a mixture of both through the hybrid program (1 point). It’s very affordable to study at the University of Maryland for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is well below $7.500 per year for Maryland students (6 points).

    Tuition: $7,296

  • #5. Granite State College

    Concord, New Hampshire

    Online Master of Science in Project Management

    Points: 8

    Granite State College is a U.S. News & World Report recognized institution (1 point) for its online business degrees. This includes the Online Master of Science in Project Management, which teaches students core project management skills like; project planning, scheduling, risk management, cost and budget management, quality management, and more. The school also has a remarkable 11 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, along with affordable tuition (5 points). The study options offered by Granite State College include a hybrid format (1 point), and a 100% online degree option (1 point).

    Tuition: $8,409

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