Master of Project Management (MPM)

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 

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. 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
  • Minimum of 10 points on admissions criteria

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018 Admits: July 31st

Spring 2019 Admits: November 15th

Admission Criteria

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


Criterion Points
Work Experience:
2 years project experience
2-5 years project experience
5+ years project experience
Point Value:
3
4
5
Overall Undergraduate GPA:
3.0 GPA
3.2 GPA
3.5 GPA
Point Value:
3
4
5
GMAT/GRE* or a Graduate Degree (GMAT/GRE not required for program):
Combined Score of 400
Combined Score of 500 or above
Or a Graduate Degree
Point
Value:
3
5
5
Military Service:
2 years military service
2-5 years military service
5+ years military service
Point Value:
3
4
5
Additional Qualifications:
Academic/Merit Honor Society Member**
Academic/Merit/Achievement Awards***
Recognition for Service****
Point Value:
1
1
1

*GMAT/GRE score comparison tool
**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 

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 - 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. 

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.

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