Project Management is “the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to the project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholder needs and expectations from a project” (Duncan, 1996). A project is defined as “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service” (Duncan, 1996). This article provides an overview of the coverage of the project management discipline in academic graduate education.
Types Of Graduate Degree Programs
An analysis of universities currently offering graduate project management programs indicates several types of programs being offered:
A master’s level general degree program (such as an MBA) with a specialization in Project Management;
A full masters level (generally MS) program in project management; and
A “certification program” of several project management courses.
Some universities offer more than one of these program types. Also in some universities the program is offered in the School of Business (or Management) and in some schools the program is offered in the School of Engineering. In most universities, many of the courses appeared to be shared with other graduate degree programs; in other words, not all of the courses in the program are focused on project management.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Project Management: The application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholder needs and expectations of that project.
Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK): A consolidation and organization of information about project management including “best practices”.