Project Management

Graduate programs

Master of Science in Project Management

Nebil Buyurgan, Program Director
Glass Hall, Room 200; 
Phone 417-836-5121
http://build/missouristate.edu/pm/

Program description  

The Master of Science in Project Management is an interdisciplinary and applied program which provides STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to project management professionals from all disciplines.  The program is intended for individuals 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 program equips individuals with 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 individuals with the knowledge and expertise to meet the intense global competition demands that new projects and business development require. It may be completed 100% online.

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

Admission requirements

The Master of Science in Project Management  program is designed for mature individuals who are highly motivated to pursue an advanced degree.  Admission is competitive.  To be considered for admission, candidates are required to submit the following documents*:

  1. Official undergraduate degree documentation (official transcripts).
  2. Official GMAT or GRE scores**.
  3. Completed statement of purpose form.
  4. Professional resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and educational history.

*Additional documents may be required for international candidates (view admission requirements for international candidates at https://international.missouristate.edu/services/70306.htm).

**The GMAT/GRE may be waived for candidates with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made based on a variety of criteria that measure a candidate's potential for being successful in the program including but not limited to:

  • Admissibility to the Graduate College (view Graduate College admission requirements at http://graduate.missouristate.edu/futurestudents/Admissions.htm)
  • Past academic performance
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • Professional work experience

Computer application competency

Students in the Master of Science in Project Management program are expected to be proficient in the use of software that are specified by course instructors.  No course work is required to fulfill this criterion.  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 Master of Science in Project Management program offers two options for the students:  Seminar option and Thesis option.

As admitted to the program, each student will be advised by the Program Director or the Student Support Specialist. Students who choose to pursue the Seminar option will be advised and supervised by them for the remainder of the program. Students who choose to pursue the Thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor in accordance with Graduate College procedures by selecting a graduate faculty member from the Technology and Construction Management Department as soon as possible. They must also select a minimum of two other faculty members to serve on their graduate advisory committee.

Students must be aware of the Graduate College degree requirements (view Graduate College degree requirements at http://graduate.missouristate.edu/currentstudents/degreerequirements.htm).

The Master of Science in Project Management program requires completion of 36 hours for the Seminar option or 33 hours for the Thesis option. The coursework includes core courses, cognate elective courses, and other requirements based on program on program option.  No more than 50% of the course work completed for the program may be at the 600-level.

Seminar Option36 hrs
Core Courses 18 hrs
Cognate Elective Courses 15 hrs
Seminar 3 hrs
Thesis Option33 hrs
Core Courses 18 hrs
Cognate Elective Courses  9 hrs
Research/Thesis 6 hrs

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
  2. Cognate Elective Courses    (15 hrs for Seminar Option; 9 hrs for Thesis Option)

    Approved cognate elective 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 elective courses should be selected which supports the degree program and the student’s career goals.                                        

  3. Research requirements

    Seminar Option  3 hrs

The research requirement is satisfied by completing TCM 726.  Students must prepare a significant graduate-level research paper 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.       

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.  A minimum of 3 hours of TCM 798 – Research, must be completed prior to the semester of graduation and in any semester the student is working on research.  Students must also register for TCM 799 in their final semester to complete their thesis requirements that includes a final oral presentation.  No more than a total of 6 hours combined of TCM 798 and TCM 799 may be counted towards their degree course requirements.                  

Comprehensive Examination.   A comprehensive examination must be passed with a minimum of 70 on a 100 scale before the degree is granted. Students must take this examination in their final semester. See the program website for more information.

 

Accelerated Master of Project Management option

Exceptional Missouri State University undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science in Project Management program in their junior year after admission requirements for the accelerated program have been satisfied.  Candidates for this option must be in junior standing and have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.  If approved, up to 12 hours of 600-level or 700-level courses may be designated as “mixed credit” and counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

To be considered for admission, candidates are required to submit the following documents:

1. Official undergraduate degree documentations (official transcripts).

2. A supportive recommendation letter from the applicant’s undergraduate advisor, program director, or department head.

3. Completed statement of purpose form,

4. Professional resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history.

Applications are reviewed and admission decisions are made based on variety of criteria that measure a candidate's potential for being a successful student including but not limited to:

 Admissibility to the Graduate College (view Graduate College admission requirements at http://graduate.missouristate.edu/futurestudents/Admissions.htm)

 Past academic performance and courses taken

 Statement of purpose

 Professional work experience