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About the program
Courses taught by industry experts bring to life the key capabilities that make a project manager successful. Students learn how to select and use the most appropriate agile and traditional project management techniques for any project. Students learn to anticipate and manage risks, as well as identify and handle issues at the earliest signs. Students learn to build teams, manage conflict and communicate effectively. Students learn to lead. Leveraging program management best practices, experiential learning and WashU excellence, a WashU masters in Project Management is an unparalleled investment in your future success!
The 30-unit part-time master of project management degree is designed for working professionals in business, technology or other related fields. The newly revamped curriculum now includes (optional) emphasis areas in data analytics, technology, organizational development & management, and operational excellence.
The 15-unit graduate certificate in project management is also offered and can be transferred into the degree program at any time.
*These courses are required to earn a Graduate Certificate in Project Management.
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Qualified veterans: WashU McKelvey School of Engineering and the VA will cover 100 percent of your graduate tuition.
- Required Courses (8 courses)
Project Planning Methodologies (T54-523)*
3 Units (Should be completed in the initial semester)
This course exposes the student to the wide array of both fundamental and emerging tools and techniques to manage successful projects of various sizes and complexity - managing cost, schedule, quality, risk, solution and requirements - while adapting to today's fast-paced and uncertain business environment.
Intro to Agile Project Management (T55-525)*
Agile, SCRUM, Kanban, ScrumBan, SAFe – these are some of the key concepts covered in this course. Agile as a mindset, a skillset, and a toolset are all critical in our fast-paced world. This course uses texts, case studies, and varying practical assignments. Students will come away with a solid understanding of the core agile concepts, frameworks and practices that are shown to deliver great business value and are taking the industry by storm.
The Art & Science of Risk Management (T55-526)*
This course focuses on why many project managers miss requirements for schedule, budget or even both. The course concentrates on key Risk Management techniques practiced by leading Project and Program Managers and taught through fact filled lecture, case work and project execution as applied to information systems, engineering, financial, product/process and design projects/programs in today's fast-moving environment. Students will take away key value propositions including Risk Identification, Risk Quantification, Risk Monitoring, Risk Control and Risk Mitigation. This course will enable the student to address common Scope, Schedule, Quality and Cost risk events that occur on complex projects. Project Risk Management examines the types of risk, with a focus on understanding the process of risk identification, assessment, prevention, mitigation, and recovery; governance, auditing, and control of the confidentiality; integrity; and availability of data. Using common operational, strategic, tactical, and technological scenarios, the coursework provides a comprehensive approach to the challenges faced by managers where global data is readily available, risk is pervasive, regulations are ever-increasing, and the threat of disruption from potential crises is real.
Strategies of Projects, Programs and Portfolios (T55-527)*
This course addresses the strategic alignment and prioritization of projects, programs and portfolios – both alignment with an organization's business objectives, as well as across multiple projects of a portfolio. This includes the alignment and management of project resources, project schedules, as well as management attention. Included is a team-based project simulation offering practical exposure to negotiating and assigning project resources – a key success factor in project management.
Advanced Topics in Agile Project Management (T54-528)*
DevOps, Scaling Agile, Product Funding, Enterprise Transformation are just a few of the advanced topics which will be covered in this course. Enterprise Agile Transformation is a highly sought-after capability for today's organizations. This course will use books and case studies from industry recognized experts in DevOps, Dual Systems, Value Chain, Agile Center of Excellence, and Agile Maturity Models focused on Advancing and Transforming an organization to an Agile Mindset. Students will come away with a solid understanding of how to build, coach, and measure an organizations Agile Transformation with the use of a Maturity model. Students will also be exposed to Finance changes as organizations transition from project to product funding where value is the focus.
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Full-time status for Master’s Students is defined as: Enrolled in 9 units or more OR Enrolled in any “883” placeholder course (Masters Continuing Student)
Full-time status for DSc Students is defined as: Enrolled in 9 units or more OR Enrolled in any “884” placeholder course (Doctoral Continuing Student)
Full-time status for PhD Students is defined as: Enrolled in 9 or more units OR Enrolled in any "LGS 9XXX" placeholder course. PhD students are required to maintain full-time status.
- Tuition is based on the number of enrolled course units. When a student takes 9 or more units, a flat-rate tuition is applied. A per unit rate is applied if a student is enrolled in 8 or less units.
- Tuition for full-time students is determined by each student’s prime division, not by the division that teaches the course. Students should check with their department before enrolling in courses outside their division.
- International graduate students are not permitted to register for fewer than 9 units without special permission from the Office of International Students and Scholars.