Project Management

Graduate programs

Master of Science in Project Management

Nebil Buyurgan, Program Director
Glass Hall, Room  202; Phone 417-836-

Program description  

The Master of Science in Project Management degree provides relevant and timely graduate education to project management professionals from all disciplines.  The program is intended for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in Technology, Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Applied and Natural Sciences, or Engineering and who are in, or aspiring to, project management related positions.  The Project Management program equips individuals with the various skills, soft and hard, to mange projects and keep them within budget and on schedule, while meeting specifications and achieving customer satisfaction.  Built upon the widely recognized Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®), the program uses a combination of on-campus and distance learning resources to provide students with the knowledge and expertise to meet the intense global competition demands that new projects and business development require.  Students may choose to take the program 100% online.

The Master of Science in Project Management is accredited by the PMI (Project Management Institute) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education. 

Admission requirements

Persons with the following qualifications will be considered for the Master of Science in Project Management  program:

  1. The student must have received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. A GPA of at least 2.75 for the last 60 hours of academic work.  In addition, students must have attained a score of at least 400 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or a comparable percentage rank score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  3. A background in project management including industry experience.  These requirements will be waived if the student has an undergraduate or graduate degree in business administration, engineering, or similar curricula.  The Graduate Director will determine if the student has the necessary background.
  4. All of University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a degree program will also apply.  Qualified applicants may enter the program at the beginning of any semester.  For information on the GMAT or GRE, please contact the Graduate College (836-5335) or the Missouri State University Counseling and Testing Center (836-5116).

Students who do not meet the normal admission requirements, but who possess high promise (usually based upon a successful record of managerial performance at increasing levels of responsibility) will be considered for probationary admission.

Computer application competency

Students entering the MPM program are expected to be proficient in the use of word processing, database, and spreadsheet software.  No course work is required to fulfill this criteria.  Knowledge derived from professional or personal experience will qualify.  If a student feels that he or she does not have the necessary base of knowledge to fulfill this requirement, there are various resources available on campus, such as self-paced tutorials and hands-on programs that would be helpful to increase computer knowledge and experiences. 

Degree requirements (minimum of 33 hours)

The project management program requires 18 hours of Core Courses.  The Core Courses are comprised of six graduate-level courses which are designed to provide accelerated coverage of the project management body of knowledge.

With Core courses met, the degree Thesis Option requires 33 semester hours of total graduate credit while the Seminar Option requires 36 semester hours of total graduate credit.  No more than 50% of the coursework completed for the program may be at the 600-level. 

Thesis Option33 hrs
Core Courses 18 hrs
Free Electives 9 hrs
Research/Thesis 6 hrs
Seminar Option36 hrs
Core Courses 18 hrs
Free Electives 15 hrs
Seminar 3 hrs

The requirements are composed of the following:

  1. Advisor/Advisory Committee.  Initially, each student will be advised by the graduate studies Program Coordinator.  As soon as possible, the student will select a graduate faculty member from the Technology and Construction Management Department to serve as their program advisor.  Students electing to pursue the thesis option must also select two other faculty members to serve on their graduate advisory committee.  The student’s program advisor will chair the graduate advisory committee which must minimally consist of two additional faculty members including a faculty member from the student’s secondary emphasis area and a faculty member from outside the Technology and Construction Management department.  This committee will supervise the remainder of the student’s program.
  2. Course Requirement
    1. Core Courses                                                         18 hrs

      Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
      TCM 701 Project Management 3 hrs
      TCM 710 Project Leadership 3 hrs
      TCM 645 Project Control Systems 3 hrs
      TCM 651 Cost Analysis for Project Management 3 hrs
      TCM 740 Management of Innovation and Technology 3 hrs
      TCM 750 Advanced Project Management 3 hrs

      All of the Core Courses are now available at least once each year via the Internet.  These online courses do not have a campus component and can be completed entirely from the student’s location.

    2. Cognate Electives                                        9-15 hrs

      Approved cognate courses include both on-campus and online courses.  All cognate coursework must be approved by the student’s advisor prior to completion of the coursework.  Cognate coursework should be selected which supports the degree program and the student’s career goals.                                        

  3. Research

    For the thesis option, the student is required to give a final oral presentation of his/her work.

    Thesis Option.                                                                   6 hrs

    Completion of a satisfactory thesis in the candidate’s discipline is required.  The thesis is a complete document that describes the student’s work on a research topic.  TCM 798 – Research, is completed prior to the semester of graduation and in any semester the student is working on research.  A minimum of 3 hours of TCM 798 must be completed.  Students must register for TCM 799 in their final semester and may not count more than a total of 6 semester hours combined, TCM 798 and TCM 799 towards their degree course requirements.

    Seminar Option                                                                 3 hrs

    Completion of two significant graduate-level research papers based upon seminar work and directed research are required.  Seminar students must prepare at least one of these papers as part of the course requirements for TCM 726.  No more than 3 semester hours of TCM 726 shall be counted towards the degree requirements.                                   

GPA requirements

Students must attain a grade point average of at least 3.00 on all graduate course work at Missouri State University. 

Accelerated Master of Project Management option

Exceptional undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science in Project Management degree program their junior year after admission requirements for the accelerated program have been satisfied. If approved, up to 12 hours of 600-level or 700-level TCM courses may be designated as “mixed credit” and counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. See the Graduate Catalog or contact the program director for further information and guidelines.

For courses to be designated as Mixed Credit, the graduate advisor, undergraduate department head, and Graduate College dean must approve by signing the Permission for Mixed Credit form. This form must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in Carrington Hall, room 320 no later than the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Masters option:

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better;
  2. Acceptance of applicant by Masters of Project Management graduate advisor:
  3. A supportive recommendation from the student’s undergraduate advisor or undergraduate department head.