Master of Project Management (MPM)

Project Management


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. 12, 2016 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 

The MPM Degree Program is a two-year program designed for project management professionals with a minimum of two years’ work experience. Students can begin the program in August or January.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. 

  • Relevant work experience of at least 2 years in projects or project management. 

  • A current 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.

  • A recommendation letter from a current or past employer.

  • GMAT score (min 400) or GRE score (min 150 verbal/140 quantitative).

  • GMAT not required for applicants with a graduate degree, or those who meet admission criteria shown below.

Admission Criteria

Admission is based on scoring 10 points or more using the following criteria:  



Work experience

No project experience
2 years project experience
3-5 years project experience 


Undergraduate GPA

3.0 GPA in last 60 hours 
3.2 GPA (overall) 
3.5 GPA (overall)  


GMAT/GRE Equiv (max. 5 pts) 

No test score 
Combined score of 400 
Combined score of 500 or above 
OR a Graduate Degree  


Additional Qualifications 
(max 2 pts) 

Academic/Merit Honor Society Member* 
Academic Merit/Achievement Awards** 
Recognition for Service***  


*Examples include Beta Gamma Sigma, Motor Board, Phi Beta Kappa, etc. 
**Examples include Dean's List, Academic Performance-based scholarship, etc. 
***Examples include Employee of the Month, professional certifications, etc.   

Application Deadline 

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 

Visit Graduate Admissions page.  

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 - Fundamentals of Project Management Credits: 6 
    An overview of the project management discipline, project phases, and knowledge areas; the strategic context of projects. Introduction to project management tools and techniques. 
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: Acceptance to the MPM program or approval from the program director. 

  • PM 652 - Project Selection and Initiation Credits: 6 
    Strategic context for selection. Issues involved in project initiation. Selection of appropriate contracts for managing identical risks; principles of negotiations for procurement and contracting. 
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650. 

  • PM 654 - Project Planning Credits: 6 
    Preparation of a team project plan by defining the WBS, interdependencies, allocating resources, estimating costs; planning risk, quality and integrated change control and Critical Chain. 
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650. 

  • PM 656 - Project Plan and Implementation Credits: 6 
    Interpersonal and group skills for project execution. Leadership and management roles and project team development. Project audit and quality assurance. Project closeout and lesson learned. 
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650. 

  • PM 658 - Project Execution and Closeout Credits: 6 
    Interpersonal and group skills for project execution. Leadership and management roles and project team development. Project audit and quality assurance. Project closeout and lesson learned. 
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: 650. 

  • PM 660 - Advanced Project Management Practices Credits: 6 
    Design, development and the role of the Project Management; portfolio management and project management maturity. Scholarly pursuit of research on advanced topics of PM. 
    Prerequisites & Notes 
    PREQ: PM 650, PM 652, PM 654, PM 656 and PM 658. 

Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Project Management Required Courses


MPM Vision Statement

The Project Management Program at WCU strives to be the pre-eminent comprehensive educational program for professional project managers, to advance the project management profession through teaching, research, and service, and to develop leaders in the project management profession.

MPM Mission

The MPM Program mission is to provide individuals worldwide with skills and knowledge to become leaders in the practice of project management by:

  1. Providing online education for the global business environment
  2. Linking theory and practice to create real world applications and value
  3. Advancing careers and enhancing professionalism in project management
  4. Having a significant impact on the practice of project management through research to extend the knowledge and application of best practices, and
  5. Serving the needs of the project management community

Tuition and Fees

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017 Distance Learning Tuition and Fees - Graduate Business Tuition

In-state: $286.43 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $840.69 per credit hour
Military*: $250 per credit hour

Fees for Distance Education include Education and Technology, Association of Student Government, Security and Document. More information on Required Fees.

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

*For any student enrolled in a distance learning program using Department of Defense or Veterans Administration education benefits.

MPM Faculty
Vittal Anantatmula D.Sc.; Professor, MPM Program Director
Todd Creasy Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Yang Fan Ph.D.; Associate Professor
Nathan Johnson Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
Thomas Rogers Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
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