Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study you could follow to complete the MS in IT Project Management and Leadership in 22 months. This format includes two eight-week sessions each fall and spring and one eight-week session during the summer. Courses are offered in a rolling format, so you can start the program in either fall or spring. We'll work with you to establish your individual plan of study.

Semester 1

  • Project Management Essentials: Understand the application of a project management framework, select and apply the best practices, learn the necessary artifacts to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. Effective use of PM tools to manage projects. (3 credits)
  • Professional Research & Communication: Develop the ability to select and apply best practices in researching technical information, writing project-related documents and creating effective presentations. (1 credit)
  • Requirements Management Processes: Explore the requirements management lifecycle. Develop abilities to elicit and document user requirements in a manner to assure project success. Understand the processes of requirements validation, verification and traceability. Develop a knowledge of requirements management tools for effective use. (3 credits)

Semester 2

  • Quality Management: Understand maturity models such as CMMI and OPM3; quality assurance and its control and application; quality improvement methods and techniques such as Six Sigma, TQM and CPI; and application of quality management work products. Develop the ability to select and apply best practices and tools in quality management. (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal & Group Skills for Leaders: Develop skills necessary to be a strong leader, including understanding interpersonal behavior, managing conflicts, communication ability in many settings, building relationships in business and family, and problem solving and decision making in group and team processes. Understand the importance of diversity and cultural awareness. (3 credits)
  • Project Estimating, Scheduling & Control: Learn how to build a better business case, effectively using sound estimating strategies. Effectively perform cost management and develop project schedules using advanced project management techniques. Develop the ability to select and apply best practices for project estimating, scheduling and control. (3 credits)

Summer semester

  • Organizational & Project Change Management: Develop an understanding and the ability to apply change management, configuration management and formal change control processes. Understand process management and business process reengineering and develop a knowledge of change management work products. (3 credits)
  • Risk Management: Learn to understand and apply qualitative and quantitative risk management techniques and perform risk-based simulations. Understand disaster planning and business continuity and develop techniques to effectively accomplish both. (1 credit)

Semester 3

  • IT Economics & Procurement Management: Develop an understanding of contracts and the management of contractors and subcontractors. Gain the tools to effectively understand and use IT economic work products and select best practices in contract management and IT economics, leading to effective decision making. (3 credits)
  • Program & Portfolio Management: Learn program and portfolio management versus project management. Gain a knowledge of project governance. Understand the project management office (PMO) and strategies for implementation. Understand project management information systems (PMIS). (3 credits)

Semester 4

  • IT Policy, Law & Ethics: This is a review and explanation of current legislation affecting IT and a discussion of Green IT. Studies on IP, copyrights, policy statements, and employee and organizational liability. Emphasis on ethics and privacy issues. (3 credits)
  • IT Security Management: Understand current security technologies and the different types of security (operating system, network, database and information). Learn to develop and manage security policies and procedures and understand cryptographic and biometric security methods. Discuss computer crime and the importance of incident reporting and security auditing and training. (1 credit)
  • Advanced Topics in Project Management: Covers effective management of global and troubled projects. Understand importance of cultural awareness and diversity and contemporary issues that affect project management. Learn about the effective use of social media in project management. Select and apply best practices in virtual teaming. (3 credit)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Prep: Understand PMI's PMBOK and prepare for taking PMI's PMP certification. (1 credit)