Master of Business Administration - Project Management

Combining current theory with real-world application, Colorado Technical University’s Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management degree can help professionals develop a competitive edge. While earning this degree you can develop capabilities in constructing plans, analyzing project scope, determining needs and budgets, performing quality audits, assessing and mitigating risk and more. The curriculum is designed to cover in detail the ten knowledge areas specified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) , the industry standard for project management.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcomission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
CTU's Master of Business Administration in Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (PMI-GAC).

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availbility

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

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  • Program Outline

    The following courses are specific to the Project Management concentration. To view courses that must be completed for all MBA degrees, visit the MBA overview page.

    • Project Management Processes in Organizations
    • Project Planning, Execution and Closure
    • Schedule and Cost Control Techniques
    • Contracting and Procurement in Project Management
    • Project Management Capstone

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  • Courses

    Degree Requirements
    Courses: Core
    ACCT614 Applied Managerial Accounting

    4

    ECON616 Applied Managerial Economics

    4

    MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments

    4

    FINC615 Applied Managerial Finance

    4

    INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making

    4

    MGMT600 Applied Managerial Decision-Making

    4

    HRMT620 Strategic Human Capital Management

    4

    Core Credit Hours: 28
    Courses: Concentration
    PM600 Project Management Processes in Organizations

    4

    PM610 Project Planning, Execution and Closure

    4

    PM620 Schedule and Cost Control Techniques

    4

    PM630 Contracting and Procurement in Project Management

    4

    PM665 Project Management Capstone

    4

    Concentration Credit Hours: 20
    TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 48

    MBA Foundation Requirements

    The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid business background to succeed in some of the core MBA courses. Therefore the MBA requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core business disciplines to be successful.

    Students entering in the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business will be required to successfully complete three MBA preparatory courses (MGMT501, MGMT502, and MGMT503) covering the following areas of business: accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.

    If the student can show evidence of a GMAT score of 500 or above or has evidence of significant professional experience in all of the business discipline areas, the preparatory requirements may be waived. Students that can show evidence of successfully completed business law and business ethics courses may have the MGMT501 requirement waived. Students continuing from any of CTUís non-business bachelor programs are exempt from MGMT501, but must complete the other MBA Foundation Requirements. The preparatory courses are also available to students with an undergraduate business degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.

    MBA preparatory courses must be completed prior to respective MBA required courses that hold MGMT501, MGMT502, or MGMT503 as a prerequisite. Students who do not meet the MBA preparatory requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MBA program. Students are encouraged to work with the Student Advising department if they have questions regarding these preparatory courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

    ACCT614 Applied Managerial Accounting

    This course focuses on using available accounting information to help managers of the firm make relevant decisions. Examines how the financial information developed for external users forms the basis for the managerial accounting system. Explores costing systems, cost behavior analysis, responsibility accounting and volume-profit relationships.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    ECON616 Applied Managerial Economics

    During this course the student will study the practical aspects of both micro- and macroeconomics and how they are applied to the managerial environment. The students investigate the role of economic principles in management analysis and decision making: the study of demand, cost, and supply concepts from a business viewpoint; and the application of national income measures to strategic planning and the future.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments

    Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT503  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    FINC615 Applied Managerial Finance

    Emphasizes management decision making utilizing accounting and finance concepts. The following subjects are addressed in the course: financial reports and metrics, financial analysis and planning, financial forecasting, financial markets, financial leverage, working capital management, capital budgeting processes, cost of capital and long term financing. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a financial strategy report and accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of financial analysis from either the academic or professional literature.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    INTD670 Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making

    Course will review and analyze the concepts of leadership versus managerial roles and responsibilities and examine how societal expectations for ethical behavior and regulatory scrutiny affect both leaders and managers in an organization setting. This course will differentiate among decision problems and ethical decision-making processes and differentiate among decision problems and address issues within a decision-making process. Students will also examine a variety of complex ethical issues confronting industry professionals as they work with various stakeholders of an organization. Additionally, students will explore the ‘Code of Conduct’ at work, issues related to managing conflicts of interest within a decision making process, and differentiate among decision problems and ethical decision making.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT501  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    MGMT600 Applied Managerial Decision-Making

    This course emphasizes the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics to decisions made in a managerial role. The following subjects are addressed in the course: data summarization and presentation, data analysis, test of hypotheses, discrete and continuous distributions, estimation theory, simple and multiple correlation and regression, analysis of variance, multivariate statistics and non parametric methods. The student will apply the knowledge learned by completing a data aggregation and reduction exercise report and by accomplishing a research report summarizing an application of applied statistics from either the academic or professional literature.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT502  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    HRMT620 Strategic Human Capital Management

    Human capital management creates a paradigm to strategically look at people as the most valuable asset. This course provides a framework for students to integrate human capital management as part of the overall business strategy. By understanding, evaluating and integrating the human capital management model, the student will also be able to apply these approaches both domestically and globally.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT503  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    MKTG630 Applied Managerial Marketing

    This course emphasizes the application of marketing concepts, tools and decision-making processes middle managers use in developing marketing plans, programs and strategies. Within the marketing strategy framework, it also examines market analysis and measurement, profitability and productivity analysis, product development, promotion and pricing strategies, the logistics systems approach and the marketing plan. The student will apply the knowledge learned by structuring and presenting to the class a practical strategic marketing plan.

    Prerequisites

    MGMT503  for MBA program only

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    PM600 Project Management Processes in Organizations

    This course emphasizes the development and integration of project management in organizations. The following subjects are examined from the project management perspective: history and development of project management as a discipline, integrating project management into various organizational systems, strategic planning, competitive technology, joint ventures and human resources. This course provides a theoretical and conceptual foundation for the remainder of the project management courses.

    Prerequisites

    None

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    PM610 Project Planning, Execution and Closure

    Offers a practical approach emphasizing the project groups and processes presented by such organizations as the Project Management Institute (PMI) in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This course will provide an overview of aspects related to the project life cycle and project management techniques that are used to manage projects that are on schedule, within budget and meet performance criteria. The student will learn the basic project management framework as well as the preparation of a basic project plan. Subsequent courses will focus on project management processes such as scheduling, cost control, procurement and contracting, and risk management.

    Prerequisites

    PM600 or SE600

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    PM620 Schedule and Cost Control Techniques

    This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to using project management tools to facilitate scheduling, estimating, tracking and controlling the schedule, and costs of the project. A project baseline will be set so that actual schedule and cost variances can be compared to the project baseline, and corrective actions can be developed to address the variances. Specific topics include Gantt, PERT and milestone charts, critical path methods, earned value techniques, present value and internal rates of return. Topics include ways to communicate project status and to develop contingency plans. This course also covers incorporating risk and quality factors into project cost and schedules.

    Prerequisites

    PM600 or SE600

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    PM630 Contracting and Procurement in Project Management

    This course includes writing, negotiating and adhering to contracts, as well as legal and ethical considerations. Procurement, including writing, clarifying and communicating specifications, is covered. There is an emphasis on contract administration and dealing with subcontractors. Topics include bidding; types of bids (e.g., RFQs, IFBs, and RFPs); types of contracts (e.g., fixed price, cost plus, fixed fee, and time and materials), their respective purposes and their impact on risk; and project contract negotiation. Changes in contracts, methods to resolve disputes, and writing clear Statements of Work (SOW) are discussed.

    Prerequisites

    PM600

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×

    PM665 Project Management Capstone

    In the Project Management Capstone, students will demonstrate the application of content, concepts, and knowledge developed in previous core and concentration courses in their specific academic program. The course requires the completion of comprehensive research, analysis, and study in either a selected area of interest or a current business issue impacting the learner’s organization or company. Students will complete an in-depth project utilizing discipline-specific strategies. Research methodologies are used to prepare a formal report.

    Prerequisites

    Last Quarter

    Corequisites

    None

    Credits

    4

    Distribution

    Business
    ×
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  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity-- starting with the right MBA degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a MBA in Project Management include:3

    • General Manager
    • Regional Director
    • Business Analyst
    • Business Development Manager
    • Program Manager
    • Administrative Director
    • Director of Sales
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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about. 4

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    78%
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    77%
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    86%
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    60%
    My education has helped me advance my career
    56%
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    74%
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    75%
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    73%
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    76%
    Communicate effectively with my manager
    74%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency.

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.5,6

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    85%
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    99%
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job7
    100%

    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    95%
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    91%
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization7
    98%
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    98%
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    95%
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    91%
    Take direction well
    94%
    Work effectively in a team environment
    84%
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    83%
    Manage conflicts effectively
    81%
    Provide input on planning for business
    85%
    Take inititiative to lead projects7
    91%
    Think about how their projects will impact the business7
    88%

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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1Students may be required to complete some or all coursework for the program via Virtual Campus delivery.

2http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

3 Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

4 Employer Survey -2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

5 Employer Survey -2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

6 Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates

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