The College of St. Scholastica has been granted accreditation by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.
FAST FACTS: M.S. Project Management
* Tuition rates are for the 2020-21 academic year. Additional fees and costs for course materials may apply. Total program cost and completion time varies depending on transfer credits and individual program plans. Tuition rates are subject to change.
As anyone with experience in the business world can attest, many projects take longer than planned, come in over budget, and deliver fewer benefits than promised. Researchers estimate that as many as 70 percent of projects fail in some critical way. Why is the project failure rate so high? Of course, there are many answers to this question, but one major difference between successful projects and those that fail is the presence of a skilled project manager.
A master's degree in Project Management offers a deeper, richer curriculum than other project management certificates available. Our program also focuses on the knowledge and skills required to be an effective leader with an emphasis in leading global and distributed teams. A major component of a project manager's role in any industry is to provide guidance and leadership for a given project. In an increasingly global work environment, an international perspective and an understanding of how to handle distributed teams are critical skills.
As a PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) accredited program, completing the CSS Master's in Project Management provides a 12-month reduction to the project management work experience required to seek the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. The coursework in the program will also prepare you for success on the exam.
St. Scholastica's online Master of Science in Project Management program builds on our experience in leadership, change management and technology. The successful track record of graduates from our MBA, M.A. in Management and IT Leadership programs positions us well to offer a project management degree that emphasizes ethical decision making, social responsibility, global awareness and professional excellence.
These days, project managers aren't just executing strategy, they are helping to determine business priorities. In fact, recent Project Management Institute (PMI) research shows the ability to manage projects is only one-third of the ideal skill set — coined the "Talent Triangle" — which includes technical ability, leadership, and strategic/business management expertise. In our coursework, we equip students for executive level decision-making by developing skills outside the traditional core.
Project Managers have opportunities across a variety of industries including construction management, computer and information systems management, engineering management or a number of other management roles. The master's in project management is designed to build on your current professional experience, providing you with the organizational, technical, and leadership skills necessary to bring large projects to completion.
"I was able to jumpstart my career in Project Management thanks to my time at CSS. I'll always be grateful for my experience both in my undergrad and graduate programs."
– Melissa Kitamura, '16
"I selected CSS again for my graduate program based on the high academic standards I followed throughout my undergraduate studies. I was highly impressed with the industry leaders that facilitated learning throughout my graduate program."
– Chris, '19
"Having worked in project management and leadership, I sought out a master’s degree program where I could advance my skills, and have the benefit of a degree from an accredited college. The St. Scholastica Project Management program’s exceptional instructors bring their experience to the courses, making the challenge interesting."
– Tom Nixon, '17