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Master of Project Management (MPM)



Program Overview

Location: Online

App Deadline: July 1, Dec. 1

Pre-Requisites: GRE/GMAT NOT required

Time to Complete: 36 hours, 24 months

PMI-GAC Accredited

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Western Carolina's fully accredited, online Master of Project Management (MPM) Program offers top quality graduate-level training for mid-career project managers as well as other professionals who aspire to management or project management careers. 

Western Carolina University is listed among the nation’s best providers of online degree programs in a collection of rankings released Jan. 15, 2019 by U.S. News & World Report, and the MPM program consistently earns recognition as a Top 5 "Best Buy" among U.S. graduate programs in business management.

Accredited by PMI-GAC, WCU's MPM courses are pre-approved to provide you with contact hours that count toward the requirements to sit for the PMI Credential as well PDUs to maintain a PMI credential. Each faculty member has a doctoral degree as well as the PMP certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Demonstrated academic accomplishment complemented by significant and diverse real-world experience is the foundation for the MPM Program’s success.

We also offer a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, designed for working professionals or military personnel who are looking for more experience through certification rather than pursuing a full degree.  

Unique Characteristics of  our MPM include:

  • First program to be accredited by PMI (1983)

  • First program accepted as a PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management 

  • Highly academically qualified and professionally experienced international faculty 

  • A broad project management perspective (not industry-specific) 

  • A global focus, with faculty from India, China, and the USA 

  • "Soft skills" for project management professionals 

  • Opportunity to learn about and work in virtual project teams 

MPM Vision Statement

The project management program at WCU strives to develop leaders in the project management profession through teaching, applied practice, and research within a preeminent, comprehensive educational program.

The MPM Program mission is to provide our students with the knowledge to lead in the practice of project management and:

  1. Advance careers towards senior leadership and enhance professionalism in project management 

  2. Link theory and practice to create applied value  

  3. Develop Business Ready® project leaders 

  4. Provide online education for the global business environment to serve the needs of the project management community 

  5. Impact the practice of project management through significant research to extend knowledge and best practices

The MPM Degree Program is a two-year program designed for project management professionals with a minimum of two years’ work experience. Additional criteria such as GPA, military service, GMAT/GRE scores and academic/merit/achievement honors and awards can serve to strengthen an applicant’s case. Students can begin the program in August or January. 

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree from nationally accredited institution of higher education
  • Relevant work experience, shown via submitted resume
  • A goal statement that includes the program to which you are applying, your professional goals and aspirations, your motivation for applying to the program, and any relevant formal or informal experiences.
  • Recommendation from a current or past employer

Application Deadlines

Fall Admits: July 1st
Spring Admits: December 1st

You can begin the program in January or August. The earlier you can get your application to us, the greater the chance of reserving a place in the program.

How to Apply 

Start your application process at Graduate Admissions 

MPM Degree Program Required Courses

The Master of Project Management degree program requires 36 semester hours, consisting of six 6-semester-hour courses, all of which are online and Web-based. A minimum average GPA of 3.0 must be met in all courses used to satisfy degree requirements. 

  • PM 650 - The Project Management Mindset and Project Teams:  An overview of the project management discipline, project phases, and PMBoK knowledge areas; project manager, leadership, and team dynamics; motivation, conflict, and empowerment.
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: Acceptance to the MPM program or approval from the program director. 

  • PM 652 - Project Selection, Initiation, and Legal Considerations: Organizational structure and project strategic alignment; decision analysis and financial tools for project selection; negotiation and influence, regulatory and legal environments in the project context.
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650. 

  • PM 654 - Project Planning: Preparation of the project plan; requirements, stakeholder and risk analysis; work breakdown structure, scope, quality, communication, cost planning; network diagram, critical path, and schedule development; resource allocation.
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650, 652. 

  • PM 656 - Project Execution: Project baseline and approval; project controls and integration management: change control, earned value management, quality assurance and control, resource leveling and schedule compression
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650, 652, 654. 

  • PM 658 - Project Closeout, Ethics, and Approaches: Termination of projects, administrative closeout and audit, lessons learned procedures; professional responsibility and ethics, information systems and projects; AGILE project management; alternative PM perspectives; managing global projects.
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650, 652, 654, 656. 

  • PM 660 - Advanced Topics in Project Management: Organizational politics; the Project Management Office - chair at the table; project management maturity - the competitive advantage; using project management to lead organizational change; portfolio and program management
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650, 652, 654, 656 and 658. 

See the Distance Learning Tuition and Fees for MPM

Students may also enroll using Department of Defense or Veterans Administration education benefits. Learn more about the education benefits available to you: Military and Veteran Student Services

Tuition rates are reviewed and set annually by the North Carolina legislature. The University reserves the right to alter any charges without prior notice.

Part-Time Graduate Degree Work: Western Carolina University's online MPM degree has been developed for the full-time employed project manager who wishes to study part-time. You will complete six semester hours of graduate credit in each 16-week term. Three terms are offered each year, enabling you to complete the degree in two years. Courses in this program must be taken one at a time in a specific course order. Courses must be completed in summer semesters to stay on track. All students begin the program with PM 650. Taking courses out of order or doubling up on courses is not permitted. See the plan of study below.

  1. PM 650 - The Project Management Mindset and Project Teams
  2. PM 652 - Project Selection, Initiation, and Legal Considerations
  3. PM 654 - Project Planning
  4. PM 656 - Project Execution
  5. PM 658 - Project Closeout, Ethics, and Approaches
  6. PM 660 - Advanced Topics in Project Management


MPM Faculty

Vittal Anantatmula

D.Sc.; Professor

Project Management

Todd Creasy

D.M.; Professor

Project Management

Yang Fan

Ph.D.; Professor

Project Management

Nathan Johnson

Ph.D.; Associate Professor

Project Management

Louis Kruger

D.B.A.; Associate Professor

Project Management

Michael Shick

D.B.A.; Assistant Professor

Project Management

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