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    May 24, 2024  
Draft 2024-2025 Catalog 
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Project Management, MS

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Program Information

The Master of Science in Project Management is a STEM degree program that prepares students for careers in the growing discipline of project management. The curriculum includes courses specific to the project management profession, along with courses providing additional essential skills and knowledge to be a successful project leader. Students will graduate with project management skills emphasizing an integrated relationship with an organization’s functional areas. (Note: prior to the Fall 2023 Academic Period, only this program’s IT Management Concentration was designated as STEM.)

Our degree and certificate programs in project management provide formal training that prepares graduates to manage local, outsourced and global projects. Students’ improved communication skills will enable them to succeed in multiple diverse communities within an organization. Faculty with extensive practical experience and who have earned the PMP® designation teach all of our courses.

Course materials align with the current edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Project Management Institute, Inc. Students seeking PMI® certification, such as PMP® or CAPM®, are able to satisfy education requirements with just one 3-unit project management course, while current credential holders can earn PDUs (Professional Development Units).

PMP®, CAPM®, PMBOK® and PMI® are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Project Management program will be able to demonstrate:

  • Managerial and leadership skills, e.g., leadership, team collaboration, planning, problem solving, communication, staffing and budgeting.
  • Project-management skills, including planning, scope management, stakeholder analysis, quality assessment, risk management, team building and scheduling.
  • Program and portfolio management skills, including understanding issues in project selection, vendor relationships, outsourcing, finance, purchasing and contract negotiations, as well as regulatory and compliance issues.
  • The ability to integrate and apply the above understanding and knowledge into the development of a major applied capstone or internship project.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Project Management

The Master of Science in Project Management requires completion of 3 units in the foundation program, 18 units of core courses, 9-12 units in the concentration area, and 3 units in the capstone, for a total of 33-36 units. Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in each course and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. Foundation program courses may be waived in accordance with university policy regarding course waivers. For further information regarding graduation requirements, see Academic Requirements for Graduate Programs .

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they can be successful in their course of study. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement .

Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement

Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to Intermediate Algebra (MATH 20 ). Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under the Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement .

Foundation Program - 3 units

The foundation program provides the groundwork for the advanced program courses and concentration courses.

Advanced Program - 21 units

Elective Courses/Concentrations - 9-12 units

Select any three 3- or 4-unit 300/400-level courses with the following prefixes: EMPA, FI, HRM, ITM, LEAD, MGT, MKT, MSBA, OP, or PSYCH. (Note: any course prerequisites must also be satisfied.)

Instead of completing elective courses, students may complete one or more of the following concentrations:

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