Master of Science in Project Management

Campus Locations Boston, Online, Charlotte, Seattle, Toronto
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 45
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Now offered in hybrid format at Northeastern's Charlotte campus.

Companies succeed or fail based on their ability to bring quality products and services to market in a timely manner. Without skilled project managers in place, companies are challenged to deliver projects on time, on budget, and according to specifications. From inception to completion, project managers are responsible for every step in the process: project definition, cost and risk estimation, schedule planning and monitoring, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, project leadership, and project presentation and evaluation.

The Master of Science in Project Management is designed to provide you the practical skills and theoretical concepts you need to lead complex projects. Featuring real-world case studies, this project management degree presents techniques and tools for managing long- and short-term projects, successfully and cost effectively. Augmenting the core project management courses are concentrations that provide you with content-specific expertise—enabling you to deepen your knowledge in your field of interest.

Program Objectives

  • Effectively lead and manage sometimes interrelated, complex projects in a mature manner while avoiding common project management pitfalls.
  • Manage project scope, risk, quality, and performance metrics while effectively communicating with all project stakeholders.
  • Integrate project management best practices and tools through experiential-learning opportunities.
  • Understand the need for ethics and social responsibility in the practice of project management as outlined in the PMI Code of Ethics.
  • Develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary to lead projects in a complex and dynamic project environment.
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In September of 2009, the Master of Science in Project Management received accreditation by the Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (GAC), the world's leading association for project management professionals. Accreditation is achieved by meeting the GAC’s rigorous standards, which include an assessment of program objectives and outcomes, a review of onsite and online resources, evaluations of faculty and students, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management.

Career Outlook

As companies seek to improve productivity and effectiveness, project managers are in high demand—not only in the U.S., but also around the world. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), a shortage of 6 million skilled project professionals is expected in the Persian Gulf and China Sea regions alone by the year 2013. Pay is also on the rise. According to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey, the average compensation for a U.S. project management practitioner is $101,505.

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Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses (24-25 q.h.)

PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management
(This course is required for students who do not have at least two years of professional experience working on projects. This course is only intended for those who are not familiar with professional project work. Students with two years or more of professional project experience should not take this course.)
4 q.h.
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices  (prerequisite) 3 q.h.
PJM 6005 Project Scope Management  3 q.h. 
PJM 6015  Risk Management 3 q.h. 
PJM 6025 Project Scheduling and Cost Planning 3 q.h. 
PJM 6135 Project Quality Management  3 q.h. 
PJM 6910 Capstone (recommended as last course) 3 q.h.

Choose two* of the following courses:

PJM 6125 Project Evaluation and Assessment 3 q.h.
PJM 6140 Managing Troubled Projects 3 q.h.
PJM 6145 Global Project Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6705 Portfolio Management in the Enterprise Environment  3 q.h. 

*Students who take PJM 5900 are only required to take one course in this section.

Elective Courses (6-7 q.h.)

Choose two of the following courses:

CMN 6060 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation 3 q.h.
CMN 6090 Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication  3 q.h. 
CMN 6110 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management 3 q.h.
LDR 6135 Ethical Leadership 3 q.h.
COP 6940 Personal and Career Development (enrollment into this course requires participation in the cooperative  education program) 3 q.h.
INT 6943 Integrative Experiential Learning 3 q.h.
NEW Experiential Learning Projects for Professionals 3 q.h.
PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h. 
PJM 6210  Communication Skills for Project Managers 3 q.h.
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h. 

Concentrations (15-16 q.h.)

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Clinical Trial Design Concentration*

BTC 6211 Validation and Auditing of Clinical Trial Information   4 q.h.
BTC 6213 Clinical Trial Design Optimization and Problem Solving 4 q.h.
PMC 6212 Clinical Drug Development Data Analysis: Concepts  4 q.h.
RGA 6210 Strategic Planning and Project Management for Regulatory Affairs 4 q.h.

Construction Management Concentration (online only)*

CMG 6400 Introduction to Construction Management (prerequisite) 4 q.h.
CMG 6402 Alternative Project Delivery Methods and Project Controls 4 q.h.
CMG 6403 Safety, Project Risk, and Quality Management 4 q.h.
CMG 6405 Construction Law 4 q.h.

Geographic Information Systems Concentration (online only)*

GIS 5101 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 q.h.
GIS 5102 Fundamentals of GIS Analysis 3 q.h.
RMS 5105 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 q.h.
GIS 5201 Advanced Spatial Analysis 3 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

GIS 6340 GIS Customization 3 q.h.
GIS 6350 GIS Management and Implementation   3 q.h.
GIS 6370 Internet-Based GIS 3 q.h.
GIS 6360 Spatial Databases 3 q.h.

Information Security Management Concentration*

ITC 6300 Foundations of Information Security 3 q.h.
ITC 6315 Information Security Risk Management 3 q.h.
ITC 6310 Information Security Governance  3 q.h.
ITC 6320 Information Security Technology 3 q.h.

 Choose one of the following courses:

ITC 6020 Information Systems Design & Development 3 q.h. 
ITC 6305 IT Infrastructure (Systems, Networks, Telecom) 3 q.h.
ITC 6335 Data Warehousing and Data Mining 3 q.h. 
ITC 6345 Systems and Network Administration 3 q.h.

Leadership Concentration

LDR 6100 Developing Your Leadership Capability (prerequisite) 3 q.h.
LDR 6110 Leading Teams 3 q.h.
LDR 6120 Organizational Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6150 Transforming Organizations 3 q.h.

 Choose one of the following courses:

LDR 6125 Managing Organizational Culture  3 q.h. 
LDR 6135 Ethical Leadership 3 q.h.
LDR 6140 Strategic Leadership 3 q.h.


Leading & Managing Technical Projects Concentration*

PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h.
PJM 6210 Communication Skills for Project Managers 3 q.h.
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h.
PJM 6220 Planning and Scheduling Technical Projects 3 q.h.
ITC 6035 Information Technology Project Management  3 q.h. 

Organizational Communication Concentration

CMN 6000/
INT 6000
Introduction to Organizational Communication/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Choose four of the following courses:

CMN 6020 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6050 Crisis Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6060 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation  3 q.h. 
CMN 6080  Intercultural Communication  3 q.h. 
CMN 6090 Organizational Culture, Climate, and Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6110 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict 3 q.h.


Program and Portfolio Management Concentration*

PJM 6710 Introduction to Program and Portfolio Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6715 Advanced Program Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6720 Advanced Portfolio Management 3 q.h.
PJM 6725 Program and Portfolio Leadership 3 q.h.
PJM 6730 Program and Portfolio Evaluation 3 q.h. 
PJM 6735 Program and Portfolio Management Capstone  3 q.h. 

(Students who take this concentration will have only one required 3-q.h. elective course.)

Required minimum credit hours: between 45-48 q.h. depending on the selected concentration

Tuition rates, all fees, rules and regulations, courses, and course content are subject to revision by the president and the Board of Trustees at any time.

*These concentrations are not available at the Charlotte, NC, campus at this time.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $29,070.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, students will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill necessary to:

  1. Effectively lead and manage multiple, sometimes interrelated, complex projects while avoiding common project management pitfalls.
  2. Manage project risk, quality, and performance while effectively communicating with all project stakeholders.
  3. Implement an enterprise-level project portfolio management (PPM) program based upon an organization’s strategic business goals
  4. Understand the need for ethics and social responsibility in the practice of project management as outlined in the PMI Code of Ethics.

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