Master of Science in Project Management

  • Uniquely designed for existing and aspiring project, program, and portfolio managers. Learn to master the science of leading projects of all sizes and across all disciplines.

Managing Tomorrow’s Business Model

The reality of doing business today is that project management plays a considerable role in many industries. As more companies adopt the model of “projectizing” their operations, business leaders are being challenged with the task of effectively managing these projects. That’s why our students learn to manage multiple initiatives and understand how corporate projects integrate at an operational level. BU’s interdisciplinary Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) online program is adaptable to any business environment, empowering students to prosper regardless of organization type or industry.

Our expert faculty incorporates project management courses into the core curriculum for each of the specialized master’s degrees that make up the suite of Graduate Programs in Management. Students learn from internationally regarded and research-focused instructors who are recognized as world-leading authorities on project improvisation, mega projects, e-commerce, and earned value analysis. Check out the degree requirements, course descriptions and course waivers below.


Why Choose the MS in Project Management?

Career-oriented professionals choose this specialized master’s program in confidence, knowing that it’s accredited by the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

This interdisciplinary program goes beyond the standard project management body of knowledge in course design and instruction. We teach you how to think critically, induce performance, manage ethical and cultural challenges, and respond to unforeseen obstacles that arise during the project life cycle. Anyone can learn how to manage projects on time and within budget. The difference at BU is that students learn how to manage multiple projects and the way they integrate at an enterprise level.

Get prepared with Boston University’s MS in Project Management online program and learn to think differently about the new realities of doing business today.

*As of July 1, 2014, the Project Management Institute (PMI) will no longer grant the 1,500 hours of credit toward the 4,500 work experience hours for new applicants to PMI-GAC accredited programs.

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Interdisciplinary Curriculum

  • Focus on 1 course at a time and complete the program in as few as 24 months.
  • Enjoy a break between each semester.
  • Choose from 6 start dates per year in spring, summer, or fall.
  • Learn anywhere, anytime with tech support available 7 days a week.

Degree Requirements
A total of 12 courses (48 credits) are required as follows:

Core Courses (6 courses/24 credits)

  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

Specialization Courses (4 courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
  • MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
  • MET AD 646 Program Management

Additional Courses (2 courses/8 credits)

  • Choose two additional Administrative Sciences courses with the advice of the department coordinator. Enhance your management education focus or pursue a graduate certificate in a separate academic area.
  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
    This overview course examines the management issues involved with assessing the security and risk environments in both the private and public sectors in order to assure continuous system-wide operations. The course studies the elements of risk assessment and operational continuity using the project management framework of planning, organizing, and control. Students are exposed to the role of the firm in crisis response and management as well as the terms, systems, and interactions necessary to assure continuous operations. Topics include: the role and need for comprehensive assurance strategy and planning; the security aspects of the firm; an overview of the system-wide structure—as well as the organizations within that structure—designed to plan for and respond to local national crisis; the social and emotional impact on the workforce as well as its effect on productivity; and the organizational infrastructure relating to national, regional, and international compliance. 4 cr
  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
    Introduction to the concepts, methods and problems of accounting and financial analysis. Includes accounting principles, measurement and disclosure issues, financial statement analysis, time value of money, cash flow projection and analysis, capital budgeting and project evaluation, bond and equity valuation, cost of capital and capital structure. 4 cr
  • MET AD 642 Project Management
    The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost-effective management of projects. Project management principles and methodology are introduced. Key topics of focus include developing a project plan and scheduling resources, work breakdown structures, and project networks. 4 cr
  • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
    To succeed in project management, you must be a strong leader and an effective communicator. This course examines the current philosophies of leadership as applied to project management and identifies various styles of communication and conflict resolution. Through case studies and various exercises, you will develop enhanced leadership, communication, conflict management, and negotiation skills. 4 cr
  • MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
    This course introduces the art and science of project risk as well as continuity management and cost management. Managing the risk of a project as it relates to a three-part systematic process of identifying, analyzing, and responding is examined using actual case studies. Students learn the process of cost management, early cost estimation, detailed cost estimation, and cost control using earned value method. Students study the issues of project procurement management and the different types of contracts. 4 cr
  • MET AD 646 Program Management
    This course will provide a detailed understanding of program management and the concepts that promote efficient and effective communication and coordination among various groups. Students will study PMI® program management processes and use tools that automate and enforce processes for managing scope changes, risk, quality issues, schedules, resources, releases, and costs. You will learn how to design a program and manage program costs, risks, and communications within the context of project portfolios. 4 cr
  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
    Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet, wireless, and enhanced web technologies throughout the business structure to improve operations and communications with business partners and consumers. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, supply chain issues, and business-to-business relationships. Students design a business-grade website using commercial application programs such as Dreamweaver and Fireworks. 4 cr
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
    This course considers macroeconomic factors of relevance to the firm: aggregate economic activity, cyclical movements, and fiscal and monetary policies. Students will review the problems of decision-making related to demand, production, costs, market structure, and price; as well as analyze the interplay between governments, economic systems, labor, and multinational corporations (MNCs). Topics include the basis for the existence, organization, and growth of MNCs, and a comparison of major economic and government systems. Areas include the impact on the firm’s business transactions and trade due to taxation, regulation, legal environments, and labor influences. This course also investigates the relationship between the interaction of national culture and development. Topics range from rain forest and species management in developing nations to pollution generated by these countries. Culture, policy, and development are also discussed in relation to the impact of the business interactions (agriculture, fishing, technology transfer, etc.) on developing and developed nations. 4 cr
  • MET AD 715 Quantitative and Qualitative Decision-Making
    The course exposes the student to practical quantitative approaches to mathematical decision-making, as well as a wide variety of qualitative approaches for both the service and product industries. Emphasis is placed on the definition of the problem, analysis of the approaches available to solve the problem, and an understanding of the limitations and strengths of these approaches as well as the necessary resources. The course also prepares the student with the design and presentation skills necessary to communicate the problem and the different solutions or outcome possibilities. 4 cr
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
    Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality. 4 cr

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“We are proud that BU is among the top five universities in the project management field—both in education and research,” says Vijay Kanabar, associate professor and director of MET’s project management programs.

Full-Time Faculty

Benefit from our real-world experience. Metropolitan College’s Administrative Sciences department designed the master’s in project management to cover all knowledge areas with insight from internationally respected, full-time faculty members.

Stephen A. LeybourneInternationally recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on improvised work in project management, Dr. Leybourne’s research activities focus on the use and abuse of improvisational working practices, particularly in project-based work, and the location of project management within the wider academic landscape.
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A well-known lecturer in human resource studies, innovation, and project and change management, Leybourne has presented at conferences such as the PMI® Research Conference and the Academy of Management, winning a “best paper” award at AoM2006 in Atlanta. See Full Bio


  • MET AD 740 – Program & Project Management
  • MET AD 742 – Managing Employees in Professional Teams
  • MET AD 743 – Business in a Changing Society
  • MET MG 503 – Planning and Operating New Ventures
Virginia GreimanAssistant Professor Greiman has published and lectured extensively on international law, economic development, project management and finance, and international business transactions.
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She is a recognized expert internationally on megaproject management and infrastructure development, privatization and project finance, corporate reorganizations, cybertrafficking and international commercial transactions. See Full Bio


  • MET AD 646 – Project Management
  • MET AD 746 – Business Law and Regulation in a Global Environment
Roger WarburtonDr. Warburton’s research focuses on the practical challenge of inventory control. He publishes and lectures internationally about domestic manufacturing, challenging the obsession with manufacturing everything offshore.
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Before joining Metropolitan College, Dr. Warburton was the MIS Director for Griffin Manufacturing, helping turn an apparel manufacturer from a simple cut-and-sew facility to a twenty-first-century operation with a global supply chain and domestic manufacturing supported by international outsourcing. Previous to that he was vice president of the Software Technology Division of Jaycor, directing the technical analysis of very large information systems.See Full Bio


  • MET AD 642 – Project Management (Online and in the classroom) – Graduate
  • MET AD 682 – Global Services and Supply Chain Strategy – Graduate
  • MET MG 415 – Project Management – Undergraduate
Vijay KanabarDr. Kanabar has unique expertise spanning both business practices and computer science. A certified Project Management Professional, he has advised numerous organizations on training and technology needs, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Staples, United Way, and Fidelity Investments.
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Kanabar is an internationally published scholar and is recognized by local and national media as an authority on IT project management, electronic commerce, and information security. See Full Bio


  • MET CS 632 – IT Project Management
  • MET CS 693 – Digital Forensics
  • MET AD 737 – Innovative Online Marketing

Learn more about the distinguished Metropolitan College faculty.

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How Does the MSPM Program
Compare to the MBA?

A standard MBA curriculum primarily focuses on building leadership skills. The reality of doing business in the 21stcentury is that projects are interdisciplinary by nature and simply knowing how to lead is not enough. If you’re ready to master the science of leading projects—regardless of size or industry—you need to actively develop your cross-functional knowledge.

Today’s most successful program and portfolio managers can quickly enter any situation and successfully orchestrate teamwork among diverse individuals from all operational areas, cultures, and perspectives. Working in such a fluid manner demands a range of management and leadership capabilities. This program teaches experienced professionals to be nimble and responsive, realizing that profitability often hinges on taking action.

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What’s Different About BU’s
Learning Model?

The MS in Project Management program is designed to be incredibly versatile and applicable to aspiring managers in every market. Students learn foundational management terminology, methods to communications management, project risk and cost management, mega project management, and the role of corporate governance frameworks. Become a student of the MSPM and learn to master complex topics, such as earned value analysis and parametric cost modeling. The intensive curriculum stretches experienced professionals to think beyond traditional solutions. The coursework opens up thought processes and builds technical, social, and cultural skills.

Students of the MS in Project Management online program are taught by internationally respected faculty members who have led some of the largest, most complex projects in the world, including the Big Dig in Boston. Our full-time faculty strives to give aspiring professionals practical tools that will be immediately valuable and yet simultaneously applicable years from now. It’s this level of agile thinking that’s expected of leadership in a global business world.

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Rankings & Accreditation

BU’s master’s degree program is accredited by the Project Management Institute® (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Boston University is an accredited member of AACSB International–the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Boston University’s master’s in project management program has received accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Program Accreditation System (EPAS).

Metropolitan College, as part of Boston University, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States.

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Here’s a brief overview of the admissions information for the MS in Project Management:

  • You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • While standardized test scores are not required for admission to programs at Metropolitan College, candidates can strengthen their applications by submitting results of the GRE or GMAT.

Learn more about the admissions requirements and application process.

Course Waivers
You may be entitled to waive courses based on your previous certification in project management. For some professional designations or certifications, you can earn one or more course waivers.

In order to take advantage of the course waiver option, you must supply proof of earning professional designations or certifications with your application packet and your original college transcripts. If you are eligible for this waiver option, verification will be sent to you when you are accepted to the Boston University MSPM online program. Here is the complete list of waivers:

One Elective

  • PMP® Certification
  • PRINCE2®
  • Boston University Corporate Ed—Online and Daytime Project Management
  • Boston University Corporate Ed—Evening and Applied Project Management
  • Six Sigma/Black Belt
  • DOE PMCDP—Project Management Career Development Program (Project Management Essentials or PM Systems & Practices in DOE)

Two Electives

  • GE PMLP Project Management Leadership Program
  • DOE PMCDP—Project Management Career Development Program (Project Leadership/ Supervision and Program Management & Portfolio Analysis or Advanced Leadership and Executive Communications)

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Choosing the right graduate school is a big project. As you think about tuition, keep in mind that nothing sabotages a project like sacrificing quality just to cut costs. It’s important to remember that while completing a project on time and within budget is good – what really matters is the quality of the work. Here at BU, you get what you pay for: One of the most progressive project management programs in the country.

Fall 2014 to Summer 2015 Tuition and Fees

Tuition Fees
Application Fee*
Master of Science Degree
Total tuition based on twelve 4-credit courses
$800 per credit hour
12 x 4 x $800 = $38,400
Student Services Fee
Total student services fees based on taking 2 courses per semester
or 8 semesters to complete 12 courses (summer counts as 2 semesters)
$60 per semester
8 x $60 = $480
Technology Fee
Total technology fees based on twelve 4-credit courses
$60 per credit hour
12 x 4 x $60 = $2,880
Totals $38,400 $3,440
Total tuition & fees for 12-course degree based on 2014-2015 rates = $41,840

*Application Fee for a Graduate Certificate is $25
*Application Fee for a MS Degree and Certificate is $105
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Career Outlook

BU’s MS in Project Management is an interdisciplinary program that’s adaptable to any business environment. Whether you’re hoping to advance within a nonprofit organization or pursue leadership in a Fortune 500 company, mastering project management is fundamental to succeeding in every area of business.

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Continuous Professional Education Model
Earn More than a Master’s Degree

Boston University’s Graduate Programs in Management are designed for motivated professionals. Graduates have the opportunity to return within four years of graduation (subject to review) to enhance their BU credentials with a graduate certificate. Each of the four graduate certificates works with the curricular requirements of the Graduate Programs in Management. If you have completed two of four specialization courses as part of the master’s degree, then by completing just two additional specialization courses, you can earn a graduate certificate.

We believe in a model of continuous professional learning, because the speed of modern business demands that leaders frequently update their skills and broaden their understanding. Here at BU, our faculty exemplifies this type of agile leadership by actively participating in the field, researching, lecturing, and publishing their findings.

Click below to view the course requirements for each or contact an Enrollment Advisor and learn even more.

Online Graduate Certificates:

Financial Markets & Institutions

This graduate certificate is recommended for individuals currently enrolled in, or alumni of, the following master’s degree programs: International Marketing Management, Insurance Management, and Project Management.

Financial Markets & Institutions

Required Curriculum
(4 courses/16 credits)

MET AD 630 Financial and Managerial Accounting
MET AD 731 Corporate Finance

Plus one electives selected with advisor’s approval.

Contact your Enrollment Advisor to discuss your options and learn more about the advantages of pursuing graduate certificates at BU.

International Marketing

This graduate certificate is applicable to individuals enrolled in, or alumni of, any of the Graduate Programs in Management. Expand your knowledge of doing business in international markets by working in teams with students from several regions of the world and take courses offered by our foreign partners.

International Marketing

Required Curriculum
(4 courses/16 credits)

MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
MET AD 856 Market and Economic Research and Analysis

Plus select two of the following:
MET AD 773 International Business Simulation (intensive Boston University classroom option)
MET AD 752 Doing Business in Mexico & Latin America*
MET AD 895 Doing Business in and with India*
ITESM Integral Marketing Communications*

*Courses offered by our international partners.

Contact your Enrollment Advisor to discuss your options and learn more about the advantages of pursuing graduate certificates at BU.

Project Management

This graduate certificate is recommended for individuals enrolled in, or alumni of, any of the Graduate Programs in Management. Project managers are integral to the success of every company, in every industry. Learn a higher level of critical thinking to successfully deliver multiple projects on time and within budget. View the course requirements.

Project Management

Required Curriculum
(4 courses/16 credits)

MET AD 642 Project Management
MET AD 643 Project Communications Management
MET AD 644 Project Risk and Cost Management
MET AD 646 Program Management

Contact your Enrollment Advisor to discuss your options and learn more about the advantages of pursuing graduate certificates at BU.

Risk Management & Organizational Continuity

This graduate certificate is recommended for individuals currently enrolled in, or alumni of, the Master of Science in Project Management and Master of Science in Insurance Management online programs. Learn how to identify, mitigate, and respond to business disruptions –whether manmade or natural. Companies in every sector are looking for managers with this critical knowledge.

Risk Management & Organizational Continuity

Required Curriculum
(4 courses/16 credits)

MET AD 610 Introduction to Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management
MET AD 612 COO-Public Emergency Management
MET AD 613 System-Wide Risk Planning, Strategy and Compliance
MET AD 614 Incident Response and Disaster Recovery

Contact your Enrollment Advisor to discuss your options and learn more about the advantages of pursuing graduate certificates at BU.

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