Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee
Date of First Reading: August 30, 2021
Date of Second Reading: September 27, 2021
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MPM in Project Management
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: The Master of Project Management (MPM) will provide students the expertise and credentials needed for advanced positions as project managers and project leaders in a wide range of public, private and nonprofit settings. Students will learn to plan and execute complex projects by applying advanced project management skills like project risk management, project quality management, project schedule management, project cost management, project resource management, project procurement management, project scope management, project stakeholder management, project integration management, and project leadership. Students will learn multiple approaches to project management including waterfall, agile, and scrum. Students will complete coursework in project management and organizational leadership to better prepare them to build and lead project teams.
The MPM will appeal to both recent graduates and working professionals. Project management is a highly marketable skillset with broad applications. Recent graduates in engineering, sustainability, the performing arts, healthcare and many other professional fields will benefit by building an advanced, applied skillset upon their disciplinary expertise. Working professionals will benefit by gaining advanced skills to systematically approach their organization’s complex projects and achieve better outcomes.