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Graduate Degree Programs

Project Management (PRMGT)

JEFFREY PINTO, Program Chair
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563


The Graduate Faculty


The Program

The Master of Project Management (MPM) is a 30-credit graduate degree program that emphasizes all aspects of project management theory and practice. The MPM is an interdisciplinary program that utilizes problem-based learning as well as Web-based instructional methods to transcend time and space, and to support effective teaching and learning. The key areas of the MPM include: planning, cost, and value management; project control; human issues in project management; strategic issues in project management; and commercial and procurement law as it relates to project management.

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students complete eight required courses (24 credits) in which they apply course concepts to project management scenarios through the use of cases, simulations or actual situations in their employing organizations. The required courses are:

510. Project Management (3)
515. Cost and Value Management (3)
520. Planning and Resource Management (3)
525. Commercial Law and Project Management (3)
531. Organizations (3)
535. Interpersonal and Group Behavior (3)
540. Strategy: Corporate, Business, and Project (3)
575. Management of Projects (3)

In addition, students take 6 credits of elective courses. Electives may include additional program-approved courses or an applied research project focusing on some aspect of project management completed as an independent study. All students must attend a minimum of one online orientation in order to complete the graduation requirements of the program. The program culminates with a capstone project, which is completed while enrolled in MANGT 575 (See the Course Scheduling Considerations section below for more information).

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Only candidates who demonstrate high promise of success for graduate work are admitted to the MPM program. Successful admission to the MPM Program can be achieved in one of the following three ways:

1. Applicants must achieve a minimum GMAT score of 450. Applicants must also submit a personal essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review.
2. Applicants have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average or major grade-point average of 3.0 or above and five or more years of relevant project management experience as approved by the program chair. Applicants must also submit a personal essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review.
3. Students may apply to enter the MPM Degree program upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The MPM program emphasizes application of course concepts to actual project management opportunities and problems. Therefore, students who currently are, or previously were, employed as project managers or project team members will derive the greatest benefit from the program. All applicants must provide evidence of sufficient current or previous work experience that will enable them to successfully complete course assignments requiring the application of course concepts to real project management situations. This evidence may be provided in either the form of two letters of recommendation from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity or through nomination to participate in the program by an appropriate official within the applicant's employing organization. Those who write letters of recommendation or submit nominations on behalf of the candidate will be asked to attest to the nominee's suitability for the program of study considering factors such as the applicant's length of employment, level and areas of work responsibility, personal qualities, career goals, maturity of purpose, and program requirements to apply course concepts to work-related issues. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the program chair concerning the suitability of their work experiences in relationship to program requirements.

All students must be computer literate and have ready and reliable access to a computer and the Internet to successfully complete the MPM program. They must know how to use word processing software, log on to an Internet provider, and use e-mail. Additionally, MPM students will use Microsoft Office in their coursework that will require they have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access. Access to fax facilities may be needed as an additional form of communications between student and instructor or between students.

Course Scheduling Considerations

The recommended maximum course load is 6 credits per semester for students working full-time. MANGT 510 must be taken in the first semester of study and is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all other courses in the program.  MANGT 575, Management of Projects, is a problem-based capstone course that integrates the themes necessary to appreciate the overall challenge of project management.  The course includes a final, integrative and comprehensive project based on the identification and analysis of real project management problems from the students’ work organizations.  This written assignment requires the integration of theory from previous courses along with significant library and literature searches to analyze and propose solutions to these problems. MANGT 575 must be taken following completion of at least 18 credits. No more than one of the required courses may be taken concurrently with MANGT 575.


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Session 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-06-000

Review Date: 04/5/2016

Faculty linked: 8/14/14



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