Master of Science in Project Management
Professional Program Fee
A professional program fee is required of all students taking Master of Science in Project Management (MS PM) courses in addition to published graduate tuition fees, course material fees, general support and student activity fees. The professional program fee is assessed for each course at a sum equal to the current level of resident graduate level tuition. Therefore, this fee is applied to either resident or non-resident tuition equally and is charged upon enrollment in Project Management (PM) courses. The fee contributes directly to program support.
Licensure and/or Certification
Graduates of the Master of Science in Project Management meet the educational hours required to sit through the Project Management Profession (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.
Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.
Complete the Admissions Requirements for Graduate Degrees.
Acceptance to the Master of Science in Project Management (MS PM) is offered to applicants who provide sufficient evidence that they meet the requirements for study at an advanced level. Applicants must meet the minimum UAA graduate admissions requirements. In addition, an entering master’s degree student will have:
- Earned at least a bachelor’s degree.
- Submitted three letters of recommendation from professors or former or current employers or supervisors who are familiar with the candidate’s work experience.
- Provided a statement of professional career objectives related to the study of project management including a description of relevant project management experience.
The faculty reserves the right, where warranted by evaluation of a student’s progress and demonstrated knowledge, to require additional coursework or other preparation to ensure the degree candidate possesses adequate professional skills and capabilities. This includes the ability to reason and communicate both effectively and quantitatively, orally and in writing.
Any requirements stipulated in the Graduate Admission Recommendation Form (GARF) associated with a student’s acceptance to the MS PM must be completed within one year for a full-time student, and two years for a part-time graduate student. Failure to satisfy any requirement listed in the GARF will result in a formal departmental review and potential removal from the program.
Application of Undergraduate Courses to MS PM Credit Requirements
Students seeking admission into the MS PM are not eligible to enroll in PM A401 and PM A402. Students that have completed PM A401 and PM A402 during undergraduate studies with a minimum grade of B prior to seeking admission to the MS PM may petition to apply the courses to the graduate degree if the courses were not used to satisfy baccalaureate degree requirements. If those courses were used to complete baccalaureate degree requirements, the student will not be required to repeat PM A601 and PM A602. However, other graduate-level elective courses will be substituted to meet the 33 credit requirement for the MS PM.
Students enrolled in the MS PM must receive a 3.00 (B) or better in all core required classes.
Noncompliance with academic progress expectations will result in probation and possible removal from the program. See Academic Standing in the Graduate Degree Policies for more information.
Advancement to Candidacy
Advancement to Candidacy to the MS PM will be granted to students who have:
- Previously been accepted fully or in provisional status and satisfied the specified requirements stated in the GARF.
- Earned a grade of 3.00 (B) or higher in an undergraduate or graduate research methods course or demonstrated evidence of competency in scholarly research.
- Earned a grade of 3.00 (B) or higher in an undergraduate or graduate statistics course that covers descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Completed the first three core Project Management (PM) courses with a minimum grade of B in each and with a successful Phase Gate 1 review. This review is conducted to evaluate a student’s grade performance and completion of requirements. At the discretion of the program, a student may be eligible to repeat courses to satisfy requirements or be removed from the program.
- A Phase Gate 2 review is conducted after completion of PM A686A. Students must receive department approval prior to enrollment in PM A686B after they have successfully completed an advisory committee-approved project management plan and Institutional Review Board review (as appropriate).
PM Continuous Registration Policy
Graduate students must demonstrate continuous progress toward program completion. Students pursuing the MS PM must complete at least one approved program course during any consecutive 12-month period to maintain active status in the program. Students not making continuous progress and not on a Graduate School approved leave of absence will be removed from master’s degree-seeking status. See Leave of Absence in the Graduate Degrees Policies for additional information.
Program Course Delivery Modality and Technology Requirements and Fees
Course Delivery Modality
Students in the MS PM can attend courses in the classroom and/or by state-of-the-art, real-time video capabilities. This format allows students from across the state and around the world to join local students and faculty in real time, in the classroom, as an active course participant using readily available off-the-shelf technology. This real-time capability also enables students who must travel or work remotely during the semester to join the class via adhoc connections from wherever they may be located (connection speed permitting). Additionally, all class sessions are recorded and posted to the UAA learning management system after the class session is completed so that students can review the material in the event that a class session is missed. This approach provides flexibility for students to begin and complete the program from wherever their work assignments or personal situations may take them.
Enrolled students must have access to a computer and, if participating in a class remotely, an Internet connection speed the department finds acceptable. All students are expected to have basic computer and keyboarding skills prior to entry into the program, for example:
- Word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), presentation software (preferably Microsoft PowerPoint) and spreadsheet software (preferably Microsoft Excel).
- Sending and receiving e-mail with attachments.
- Accessing and navigating the Internet.
- Understanding how to use basic computer file formats, software and peripheral hardware.
Remote (distance) students, defined as those living and/or participating outside the Municipality of Anchorage, are additionally responsible for:
- Any incremental, individual long-distance or high-speed Internet connection costs (refer to the department webpage for details).
- Any additional hardware (such as webcams, headsets, etc.) necessary to facilitate class participation.
- Contacting the distance learning coordinator before classes start to set up and arrange for distance delivery.
The College of Engineering has a tuition surcharge for undergraduate and graduate courses. Please see Tuition and Fees for more information.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Graduate Degrees.
- Complete the following major requirements:
|PM A601||Project Management Fundamentals||3|
|PM A602||Application of Project Management Processes||3|
|PM Process Series:|
|PM A603||Project Initiation and Planning||3|
|PM A604||Project Executing, Monitoring and Control||3|
|PM A605||Operational Integration and Project Closure||3|
|Capstone Project Demonstration of PM Mastery:|
|PM A686A||Capstone Project: Initiating and Planning||3|
|PM A686B||Capstone Project: Executing, Controlling and Closing||3|
|Complete 12 credits of electives from the PM course list. 1||12|
A student may petition for a single elective 3-credit graduate-level course from outside the program.
A minimum of 33 credits is required for the degree.
All capstone project work must meet the following requirements:
- The work must contribute to the body of knowledge in the student’s graduate field of study.
- A literature search is required to demonstrate how the work is associated with the current state of the art in the student’s graduate field of study.
- The final capstone project report, as judged by the student’s graduate advisory committee, must be of sufficient quality to justify publication in either a peer-reviewed technical conference proceeding or a peer-reviewed journal. Publication of a manuscript in a journal or conference paper is not a requirement for graduation, but submissions are encouraged.
- The work must demonstrate command of knowledge and skills associated with the student’s graduate program of study.
- The project must have sufficient scope to clearly demonstrate the student’s advanced expertise in and mastery of project management.
- The work must require a level of effort consistent with 6 graduate-level credit hours.
- The student must satisfactorily present their capstone project and be evaluated by a panel of faculty and project management practitioners.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Student learning outcomes are based on the professional best practices of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC) standards and guidelines, and UAA paradigms. Students who successfully complete this program will:
- Demonstrate the capability to successfully manage projects across a broad range of scale, complexity, scope, environments and inherent risks.
- Demonstrate the ability to employ the full range of project management tools and techniques to best satisfy industry and agency stakeholder requirements.
- Conduct research that significantly contributes to and expands the diverse project management body of knowledge and produces a final project and product that demonstrates academic and project management success.
- Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute project management activities across a broad range of industry sectors and organizations, and to employ the appropriate project management tools and techniques across a wide spectrum of project types, technologies and requirements.
- Have the skills to determine the needs and balance the interests of project stakeholders in any organizational context and within cross-cultural business environments.
- Demonstrate effective project team leadership and team development throughout the project management life cycle.
- Effectively apply the principles of scope management, risk management, cost planning and control, quality planning and management, resource allocation and management, time management and project scheduling, and change management in the project environment.
- Demonstrate a facility for comprehensive and objective analysis, structured decision-making, process optimization, and problem solving in the project management environment.
- Understand and apply the principles of cost-benefit analysis, strategic alignment, project portfolio management and project performance analysis and metrics.
- Understand and apply project planning and execution optimization and control in the context of the triple constraint; project scope, schedule, and budget.
- Act with integrity and fairness in an ethical manner, understanding and demonstrating adherence to the principles of the Project Management Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
- Demonstrate effective project management communications and problem-solving techniques related to project team management, project status reporting, conflict management and project stakeholder management.