The College of Business Administration offers a unique perspective on project management through the online Master of Science in Project Management degree, a program committed to positioning students to launch new products and services into rapidly changing environments.
Pamela Zelbst, Ph.D., PMP, associate professor of Management and director of the Center for Innovation & Technology, says the College of Business Administration took their time to ensure the online program would prepare their students to make an immediate impact in the workplace.
“Developing the online M.S. in Project Management is something we’ve been working on for a very long time; five years ago we began meeting to determine what would most benefit our online students,” she says. “The nice thing about this degree is most project management degrees will be in Information Technology, whereas our degree is offered through the College of Business Administration. There are very few programs in the country with that emphasis, and we feel we bring a unique perspective to the table.”
One of the requirements for admission into the program is three years of significant managerial and professional experience. Zelbst says this requirement allows for students to contribute to meaningful class discussions as well as act as a facilitator for personal experience amongst peers.
The program emphasizes student preparation for certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the premier certifying organization for the project management discipline.
Zelbst says she consistently receives feedback from her students throughout the semester regarding how quickly students are able to incorporate their coursework into their professional settings.
“The program is practical in nature, which allows for students to assess situations quickly and incorporate change when necessary,” she says. “Our faculty work very hard to develop our curriculum for the program and a whole team of people are working to push the program forward. Project management is a passion, and companies are looking for people who can make things happen”
The program’s thinking outside of the box philosophy has led students to working alongside top businesses across the world, including a recent project with NASA.