MS in IT Project Management Online

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR)

Program Description

MS in IT Project Management Online

Purdue Polytechnic Institute Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research (ProSTAR)

Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Manage your way to a better career

Learn tools and techniques you can apply to every phase of the project life cycle. The Purdue Polytechnic Professional Programs' Master of Science with a concentration in IT Project Management online program features material included in the Body of Knowledge developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) —including requirements discovery and management, schedule development and management, portfolio management, and management of outsourced resources.

As a 100% online MS program, you can get your degree at your own pace, from anywhere in the world, choosing times for class work and study that fit your lifestyle. Courses are offered in an eight-week format for greater flexibility, so you can complete the required 34 credit hours (30 if you’re already PMP certified) in 11 month to 5 years. Your Purdue professors will be available online or by phone to assist.

Program highlights

  • Ranked #4 Best Value Online Project Management Graduate Program (only program among the Top 25 specializing in the IT industry)
  • Enhance your knowledge in the areas of scope, time, cost, communications & risk management
  • Gain essential management skills related to quality, integration, human resources & procurement
  • Learn tools & techniques for successful IT leadership
  • Gather the information you need to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification exam

Sample course topics

  • Requirements management processes
  • Project estimating, scheduling & control
  • Organizational & project change management
  • Program & portfolio management
  • IT economics & procurement management
  • IT policy, law & ethics

This degree has been of interest to these professionals

  • Project Manager
  • Automation Manager
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Systems Analysis & Design Engineer
  • Lead Systems Engineer
  • Senior Application Analyst
  • Sales/Marketing Project Manager
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Software Team Manager
  • Senior Storage Administrator
  • Engineer Wireless Translation
  • Project Management Senior Consultant
  • Embedded Software Engineer
  • Computer Engineer

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to The Purdue Graduate School and Purdue Polytechnic Institute you are required to have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Your GPA for the last completed degree must be above a 3.00 on a scale of 4.00. (If you did not obtain a 3.00, please contact the Center for Professional Studies to discuss conditional admittance.)

Special Requirements:

  • A background (education and/or experience) in IT systems and architecture is required.
  • Two years of work experience is required.

How to Apply

Start by reviewing these application tips to walk through the process, then put together your application packet:

  • Completed electronic application form*
  • Statement of purpose (300-500 words) highlighting:
  • Your career objectives
  • Why you’re interested in graduate study
  • How a graduate degree will help you attain your career objectives
  • Your professional plans and applied research interest
  • Elaboration on any special abilities, awards, achievements, scholarly publications and professional history
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current employer if possible
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning**
  • Resume showing your work history***
  • All Purdue Polytechnic Center for Professional Studies' weekend and distance education programs are listed on the Graduate School website at the West Lafayette campus under (campus) West Lafayette >(major) Computer and Information Technology > (Area of Interest) IT Project Management (online). Choose "Distance (online or off-campus location)" as the COURSE DELIVERY.

** You must possess a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. (If you don’t have a 3.00 GPA, please contact us to discuss admission alternatives.)

Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study you could follow to complete the Master of Science with a concentration in IT Project Management in 22 months. This format includes two eight-week sessions each fall and spring and one eight-week session during the summer. Courses are offered in a rolling format, so you can start the program in either fall or spring. We'll work with you to establish your individual plan of study.

Semester 1

  • Project Management Essentials: Understand the application of a project management framework, select and apply the best practices, learn the necessary artifacts to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. Effective use of PM tools to manage projects. (3 credits)
  • Professional Research & Communication: Develop the ability to select and apply best practices in researching technical information, writing project-related documents and creating effective presentations. (1 credit)
  • Requirements Management Processes: Explore the requirements management lifecycle. Develop abilities to elicit and document user requirements in a manner to assure project success. Understand the processes of requirements validation, verification and traceability. Develop a knowledge of requirements management tools for effective use. (3 credits)

Semester 2

  • Quality Management: Understand maturity models such as CMMI and OPM3; quality assurance and its control and application; quality improvement methods and techniques such as Six Sigma, TQM and CPI; and application of quality management work products. Develop the ability to select and apply best practices and tools in quality management. (3 credits)
  • Interpersonal & Group Skills for Leaders: Develop skills necessary to be a strong leader, including understanding interpersonal behavior, managing conflicts, communication ability in many settings, building relationships in business and family, and problem solving and decision making in group and team processes. Understand the importance of diversity and cultural awareness. (3 credits)
  • Project Estimating, Scheduling & Control: Learn how to build a better business case, effectively using sound estimating strategies. Effectively perform cost management and develop project schedules using advanced project management techniques. Develop the ability to select and apply best practices for project estimating, scheduling and control. (3 credits)

Summer semester

  • Organizational & Project Change Management: Develop an understanding and the ability to apply change management, configuration management and formal change control processes. Understand process management and business process reengineering and develop a knowledge of change management work products. (3 credits)
  • Risk Management: Learn to understand and apply qualitative and quantitative risk management techniques and perform risk-based simulations. Understand disaster planning and business continuity and develop techniques to effectively accomplish both. (1 credit)

Semester 3

  • IT Economics & Procurement Management: Develop an understanding of contracts and the management of contractors and subcontractors. Gain the tools to effectively understand and use IT economic work products and select best practices in contract management and IT economics, leading to effective decision making. (3 credits)
  • Program & Portfolio Management: Learn program and portfolio management versus project management. Gain a knowledge of project governance. Understand the project management office (PMO) and strategies for implementation. Understand project management information systems (PMIS). (3 credits)

Semester 4

  • IT Policy, Law & Ethics: This is a review and explanation of current legislation affecting IT and a discussion of Green IT. Studies on IP, copyrights, policy statements, and employee and organizational liability. Emphasis on ethics and privacy issues. (3 credits)
  • IT Security Management: Understand current security technologies and the different types of security (operating system, network, database and information). Learn to develop and manage security policies and procedures and understand cryptographic and biometric security methods. Discuss computer crime and the importance of incident reporting and security auditing and training. (1 credit)
  • Advanced Topics in Project Management: Covers effective management of global and troubled projects. Understand importance of cultural awareness and diversity and contemporary issues that affect project management. Learn about the effective use of social media in project management. Select and apply best practices in virtual teaming. (3 credit)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Prep: Understand PMI's PMBOK and prepare for taking PMI's PMP certification. (1 credit)
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Last updated September 28, 2017
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11 months
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