The Center for Multidisciplinary Studies currently offers a graduate level certificate in Project Management. The certificate consists of three required graduate level courses: BUSI 710; BUSI 711; BUSI 712 and two graduate level electives chosen from a list approved choices. All candidates for the Advanced Certificate in Project Management must meet with a CMS graduate advisor to devise an approved certificate plan of study before starting to work on the certificate.
A project is like a machine. In order to be successful, it needs to be well-oiled, maintained, and correctly assembled in order for it to perform up to its potential. Just as a mechanic meticulously tweaks and supervises the construction of a machine, a Project Manager must take this same approach when challenged with a project. From initiation to termination, a project must be well-oiled & managed in the areas of organization, control, personnel, and time-management. Without success in these crucial areas a project, like a machine, will falter. Encountering the challenges of cultural and social differences, along with dealing with an assortment of industrial focuses, the Project Manager must be aware of his or her goals of a project on a daily and even hourly basis. This certificate will give you the background that you need to become an effective project manager.
Addresses project management from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering the fundamental nature of and techniques for managing a broad range of projects—public, commercial, and non-profit. Topics include Project Environment, Planning, Conflict Resolution, Budgeting, Scheduling, Resource Allocation, Monitoring /Controlling, and Project Termination. Addresses the behavioral and quantitative facets of project management. Incorporates the use of spreadsheets, project management software, and simulation for risk analysis software. Introduces the Framework and 9 Knowledge Areas of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide) as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students should have elementary management experience.
Pre-requisite: MGMT-160 World of Business or MGMT-215 Organizational Behavior; STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I or MTSC-311 Business Statistics; or permission of instructor.
Advanced Project Management
Course covers the advanced project management topics necessary for implementation of and excellence in project management. It deals with turning the principles and theory of project management into practice. Addresses the best practices for project management in the world; project portfolio management and ROI; the project office and Six Sigma; project risk management and integrated projects; corporate cultures, behavior, and cultural failures; informal, adaptive, and extreme project management; and critical chain project management. Integrates aspects of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Pre-requisite: Project Management (BUSI-710); or permission of the instructor.
International Project Management
With the increasing frequency of globalization, mergers, and acquisitions, international projects are becoming more prevalent and approaching the norm for many organizations. This course addresses a wide range of international projects—based in different industries and multiple countries. It deals with cultural and social differences within firms; cultural and social differences among countries and within countries; languages and dialect variations; different management practices and structures; religious practices; legal, regulatory, and reporting requirements; technology and infrastructure differences in different regions; and time zone differences. Incorporates aspects of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Pre-requisite: Advanced Project Management (BUSI-711); or permission of the instructor.