Project Management Concentration

Project Management Concentration 2018-03-26T23:55:19+00:00

Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Project Management

The demand for project managers is booming. Project-intensive industries, such as manufacturing, construction, business, healthcare, energy, and information technology, need managers who can keep projects on time and on budget.

Our fully online master’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Project Management provides skills that are in demand from leading companies, non-profits, and government entities. In addition to traditional project management, our curriculum focuses on interpersonal aspects of project management, managing outsourced projects, agile project management methodologies, and prepares you to engage with finance, IT, logistics, and other business divisions.

You’ll gain a strong set of practical skills using current project management software and learn the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and other International Standards. Completion of our programs also supplies the educational requirements to apply for Project Management Professional (PMP®) status from the Project Management Institute.

Our programs are:

  • Convenient – study when and where you want; it’s 100% Online.
  • Fast-paced – earn your graduate certificate in 1 year or a master’s in under 2 years.
  • Collaborative – learn beside professionals from the largest companies in the region.
  • Relevant – IT project management is one of the fastest growing professions.

Core Courses (21 credit hours)

MBA 7063 – Project Management

INT 6113 – Database Modeling and Administration

INT 6123 – Systems Analysis and Design

INT 6143 – Enterprise IT Infrastructure

INT 7213 – Business Analytics & Intelligence

INT 7223 – Enterprise Systems Security

INT 7593 – Information Technology Integration

Concentration Courses (9 credit hours)

Choose three courses from the list below.

MBA 6043 – Global Leadership

The course is designed to provide professionals and managers with a broad understanding of leadership concepts, theories, and skills necessary for practicing leadership in the global economy. The course focuses on a variety of techniques and applications for assessing leadership competencies and generating action plans for applying leadership skills. The course emphasizes the requirements for effective leadership in multi-cultural organizations and the development of personal leadership skills.

MBA 7053 – Managing a Global Workforce

This course studies principles, techniques and strategies to manage a global workforce in a multi-cultural organization. The course explores differences in cultures, the origins of cultural differences, and the multiple and diverse impacts culture has on the management of human resources and performance of global organizations. Issues encountered in recruiting, selection, training, and retaining a skilled global workforce are addressed. The course also examines differences in ethical systems, values and beliefs, and their impacts on the practice of management, and on individual and organizational performance.

MBA 7103 – Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management

This course aims to develop and nourish an entrepreneurial mindset, foster innovation & encourage out of the box thinking, by exposing the students to practical tools and techniques. The need for entrepreneurial thinking to differentiate yourself, is perhaps equally important whether you are interested in excelling as an intrapreneur in the corporate world or you are interested in starting/growing a successful business as an entrepreneur. Topics covered in this course include: Ideation and opportunities assessment; taking calculated risks; business plans that adapt; business structure; funding and business development.

INT 6253 – Managing Outsourced Projects

In today’s world of global business management, most companies outsource their projects where much of the project management is being partially or completely performed at domestic and foreign suppliers or service providers. Most outsourced projects contain either an IT component or they may have to do with the creation of IT Service Management (ITSM) processes. This course is designed to achieve satisfactory outsourced projects outputs in helping with the management and leadership of outsourced (international) projects that are carried out in a complex environment. The three main areas that are covered in this course are outsourcing, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), and the foundation of international project management. The course starts with the coverage of outsourcing and its variants first, then it discusses the historical development and basics of ITIL as the most widely and globally-adopted framework of best practices for developing IT services followed by the application of project management to international projects. Here the course deals with the leadership of projects that are conducted in multiple countries and cultures introducing the many ways that a collaborative project enterprise (CPE) can be structured in alignment with the statutes, laws, or policies of the organizations that are buying and providing services. Also, the cross-cultural leadership intelligence (XQL) model is introduced and applied to manage the CPE which increases the leadership stature of the lead project manager. The Microsoft Project software will be utilized in this course.

INT 7563 – Agile Project Management

Organizations around the world have been switching to agile development for faster delivery, quicker response to customer feedback, iterative product improvements and frequent releases. Portfolio management which can help bridge the gap between agile teams and management to create a winning agile enterprise will be a key element of this course. Specific topics covered in this course are: Understanding Agile; Forming the Agile Team; The Agile Coach; Agile Planning, Customer Focus; Creating and Prioritizing the Product Backlog; Estimating; Release Planning; Building Cadence; Iteration Planning and Execution; Measuring and Communicating Progress; and Adopting Agile Project Management.