Project Management Emphasis
Increasingly, employers in many fields are seeking workers who have a proficiency in project management. Skills like time management, the ability to implement strategic change, and cost management, among others, are in great demand (US News & World Report, 2011).
Viterbo's MBA program offers an optional emphasis in project management. To meet the requirements of this emphasis, students choose electives in project management and focus their capstone project on a topic related to project management.
Students choosing the MBA with Project Management Emphasis begin and end the program with a cohort of professionals from a variety of industries. During the summer and in their last semester, students choosing this emphasis area focus their study on project management.
Project Management Emphasis Elective Options:
- Strategic Project Management (3 credits)
This course is primarily based on Project Management Institute's PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and also addresses the agile methodology. Students will demonstrate the ability to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, as well as close a project. Students will develop skills in managing project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement. Topics include the value of project management, roles in a project, qualities of a successful project manager, servant leadership, scrum, and the use of tools such as work breakdown structures, stakeholder analysis, and earned value management.
- Program and Portfolio Management (3 credits)
This course examines both the project investment portfolio and the execution of programs within the portfolio. Students will focus on determining which projects should be funded, aligning projects with corporate strategy, aligning resources with projects, and monitoring project portfolio performance. Program management content will prepare students to identify and manage cross-project dependencies, as well as oversee multiple related projects. Students will also demonstrate the ability to effectively provide program level communication to the project manager.
- Aligning Information Technology with Organizational Strategy (3 credits)
This course focuses on aligning information systems with organizational goals and leveraging technology to gain or sustain competitive advantage. Students gain executive level understanding of infrastructure and technology pertaining to strategic uses of information. Additional topics include outsourcing, globalization, project management, systems integration, security, and ethics.
A sample schedule for a student choosing the MBA with a Project Management Emphasis is shown below. Students may begin this program in May, August or January and graduate in two years while attending class one night per week from 6–10 p.m. or in one year while taking classes two evenings per week.
Year 1 Semester 1:
MGMT 512 Leadership Skills in Organizations
MGMT 550 Business Strategies for Sustainable Enterprise
Year 1 Semester 2:
MGMT 525 Complex Systems Change Strategies
MGMT 565 Methods of Inquiry and Analysis
Year 1 Summer:
MGMT 6XX Strategic Project Management
MGMT 6XX Program and Portfolio Management
Year 2 Semester 1:
FINA 510 Socially Responsible Financial Management
MGMT 584 Advanced Business Communications
Year 2 Semester 2: Capstone project—three options:
MGMT 683 Integrated Case Study (project management topic)
MGMT 685 Research Project (project management topic)
MGMT 681 Field Study (project management topic)
Year 2 Summer:
3 credit elective course