Project Management

Major: Project Management
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0 (MS); 90.0 (PhD)
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0211
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9199

About the Program

Modern project management is a field that began in the 1950s in the defense industry. In the 1980s, the field gained critical mass in a broad range of industries, including, but not limited to building/construction, IT/systems development, defense, engineering, film and video, financial services, healthcare, and government contracting. Organizations are using project management concepts, tools, and techniques to achieve their objectives and gain a competitive advantage.

Master of Science in Project Management

The Master of Science (MS) in Project Management, a part-time online program, is designed to equip professionals with the knowledge and skills expected of project managers in any field. The course content is mapped to the internationally-recognized Project Management Institute's (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Interested candidates should visit Drexel University Online for admissions requirements and more information about how to apply.

Doctor of Philosophy in Project Management

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Project Management is designed to support the growing need for project management researchers and educators with PhD degrees. It provides students with the skills necessary for successful academic, research, teaching, training, and consulting careers in the rapidly expanding field of project management. It builds upon the highly-successful MS in Project Management, which has grown rapidly in global stature, internal and external reputation, and student enrollment. The PhD in Project Management is open to individuals of all disciplines.

Interested candidates should visit the Graduate Admissions website for a full list of the requirements and more information about how to apply.

Questions about the MS in Project Management and the PhD in Project Management should be directed to:
 

Mercedes Moultrie
Program Manager
Project Management Program
Tel: 215.571.3939
E-mail:  mm342@drexel.edu

CAPM, PMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Project Management requires completion of 45 credit hours (quarter) of study. The curriculum includes a core of 10 required courses (30 credits), a culminating capstone project experience (PROJ 695) integrating the knowledge and skills acquired during the program (3.0 credits) and 12.0 credits of electives.

Electives
Students should use electives to increase project management, creativity, communication, or leadership skills or to develop areas of specialization. Any appropriate graduate course offered in the University can serve as an elective if the student has sufficient background to take the course. In addition, the program will offer its own elective courses including special topics (PROJ T580; PROJ T680; or PROJ T780). Qualified students may also pursue independent study (PROJ I599; PROJ I699; or PROJ I799) for elective credit in special cases.

Curriculum
Core Courses
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
PROJ 510Project Quality Management3.0
PROJ 515Project Estimation & Cost Management3.0
PROJ 520Project Risk Assessment & Management3.0
PROJ 530Managing Multiple Projects3.0
PROJ 535International Project Management3.0
PROJ 540Project Procurement Management3.0
PROJ 603Project Leadership & Teamwork3.0
PROJ 645Project Management Tools3.0
Free Electives12.0
Capstone Project
PROJ 695Capstone Project in Project Management3.0
Total Credits45.0

Degree Requirements

The following general requirements must be satisfied to complete the PhD in Project Management:

  • 90.0 quarter credit hours total (or 45 credit hours post-MS)
  • Plan of study established with Advisor
  • Qualifying courses
  • Candidacy exam
  • Approval of dissertation proposal
  • Defense of dissertation
  • Full-time residency is desired for the PhD degree to ensure students the opportunity for intellectual association with other scholars.

Students entering with a master’s degree may be exempted from some or all of the courses in the breadth requirement; however, they are still required to meet all milestones of the program. Individual courses may also be transferred with approval of the Project Management program. The total credit amount, candidacy exam, and dissertation are University Requirements. Additional requirements are determined by the Project Management program.

To be enrolled into the PhD in Project Management program, students must be accepted by the program and the faculty member with whom they will be working.

Required Qualifying Project Management Courses33.0
Introduction to Project Management
Project Planning & Scheduling
Project Quality Management
Project Estimation & Cost Management
Project Risk Assessment & Management
Managing Multiple Projects
International Project Management
Project Procurement Management
Project Leadership & Teamwork
Project Management Tools
Capstone Project in Project Management
Free Electives12.0
Research and Candidacy Courses15.0
Students must complete 15.0 credit hours of research courses as approved by their faculty/research advisor. Courses will include study in research methodologies, research design, data analysis; and writing for research, publication, and funding.
Required Candidacy Courses21.0
Students must complete 21.0 credit hours of courses in consultation with their faculty/research advisor/committee. Courses will include study in applied research and dissertation research.
Professional Electives9.0
Project Stakeholder Management
Managing Project Knowledge
Project Management Methodologies: Managing Project Lifecycles
Other electives approved by faculty advisor and the Project Management program (must be 6XX or higher)
Total Credits90.0


Candidacy Exam
After approximately one year of study beyond the master’s degree, doctoral students will take a candidacy examination, consisting of written and oral parts. The Project Management candidacy examination serves to define the student’s research domain and to evaluate the student’s knowledge and understanding of various fundamental and seminal results in that domain. At this point the student is expected to be able to read, understand, analyze, and explain advanced results in a specialized area of Project Management at an adequate level of detail. The candidacy examination will evaluate those abilities using a defined set of published manuscripts. The student will prepare a written summary of the contents of the material, present the summary orally, and answer questions about the material. The examination committee will evaluate the written summary, the oral presentation, and the student’s answers.

Thesis Proposal
After successfully completing the candidacy examination, the PhD candidate must prepare a thesis proposal that outlines, in detail, the specific problems that will be solved in the PhD dissertation. The quality of the research proposal should be at the level of, for example, a peer-reviewed proposal to a federal funding agency, or a publishable scientific paper. The candidate is responsible for sending the research proposal to the PhD committee two weeks before the oral presentation. The PhD committee need not be the same as the candidacy exam committee, but it follows the same requirements and must be approved by the Graduate College. The oral presentation involves a 30-40-minute presentation by the candidate followed by an unspecified period during which the committee will ask questions.

After the question and answer period, the candidate will be asked to leave the room and the committee will determine if the research proposal has been accepted. The research proposal can be repeated at most once. A thesis proposal must be approved within two years of becoming a PhD candidate.

After approval of the proposal, the committee meets from time to time to review the progress of the research.

Thesis Defense
After completing the research proposal successfully, the PhD candidate must conduct the necessary research and publish the results in a PhD dissertation. The dissertation must be submitted to the PhD committee two weeks prior to the oral defense and at least 90 days before the graduation date. The oral presentation involves a 45-minute presentation by the candidate, open to the public, followed by an unspecified period during which the committee will ask questions. The question and answer period is not open to the public.

After the question and answer period, the candidate will be asked to leave the room and the committee will determine if the candidate has passed or failed the examination. If the candidate fails the defense the first time, he or she will be granted one more chance to pass the final defense. Paperwork selecting the thesis committee and indicating the results of the thesis defense must be filed with the Department of Engineering Management Studies and the Graduate College.

The PhD in Project Management degree will be awarded for original research on a significant Project Management issue. Graduate students who have an MS degree or who have completed work equivalent to that required for an MS degree will continue to work closely with individual faculty members to pursue the PhD in Project Management degree. Dissertation research for the PhD in Project Management degree may be supported by a research grant from a government agency or an industrial contract.

Sample Plan of Study (MS)

First Year
FallCredits
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
PROJ 510Project Quality Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
PROJ 515Project Estimation & Cost Management3.0
PROJ 520Project Risk Assessment & Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
PROJ 535International Project Management3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Second Year
Fall
PROJ 530Managing Multiple Projects3.0
PROJ 540Project Procurement Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Winter
PROJ 603Project Leadership & Teamwork3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Spring
PROJ 645Project Management Tools3.0
PROJ 695Capstone Project in Project Management3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Summer
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Sample Plan of Study (PhD)

Upon entering the PhD in Project Management program, each student will be assigned an advisor, and with the help of the advisor will develop and file a plan of study (which can be brought up to date when necessary). The plan of study must be filed with the Project Management program; the student's advisor; and Graduate College no later than the end of the student's first term in the program.

BS (in any discipline)/MS in Project Management

Note: Effective Fall term, September 2017, and until further notice, the Project Management program will not be accepting applications to this program.

Motivated Drexel undergraduate students from any discipline considering the BS/MS option have the opportunity to add the MS in Project Management to their curriculum. Students approved to pursue this option will work with advisors to develop a plan of study that will allow them to graduate with a BS in their undergraduate field of study and an MS in Project Management.

BS/MS students who complete an MS in Project Management will be equipped with the fundamental competencies expected of project managers in virtually any field. They will also be prepared to pursue the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)® credentials from the Project Management Institute (PMI). Course content, which is the same as that of the MS in Project Management degree, is aligned with the internationally recognized Project Management Institute’s (PMI)® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

Eligible Students

Current Drexel undergraduate students who have completed between 90.0 and 120.0 credits of their respective undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and who have successfully completed at least 1 co-op experience or have at least 1 year of professional experience should contact their undergraduate advisor about this option.

Application Requirements

  • Signed Accelerated Degree Program Application (approved by the student’s primary academic advisor)
  • Current resume
  • Personal essay discussing the following:
    • Why you are pursuing a BS in your chosen discipline/the MS in Project Management
    • How you feel having a BS in your chosen discipline/the MS in Project Management will set you apart from your peers

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
PROJ 510Project Quality Management3.0
PROJ 515Project Estimation & Cost Management3.0
PROJ 520Project Risk Assessment & Management3.0
PROJ 530Managing Multiple Projects3.0
PROJ 535International Project Management3.0
PROJ 540Project Procurement Management3.0
PROJ 603Project Leadership & Teamwork3.0
PROJ 645Project Management Tools3.0
Free Electives12.0
Project Stakeholder Management
Managing Project Knowledge
Other graduate-level courses with approval of Project Management program (must be 5XX or higher)
Capstone Project
PROJ 695Capstone Project in Project Management3.0
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

The plan of study above is a sample plan.  It is the responsibility of students to satisfy all prerequisites. Students approved to pursue the BS/MS option must work with their primary academic advisor and the Project Management program to develop a plan of study that fits their respective degree requirements.

First Year
FallCredits
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGR 101Engineering Design Laboratory I2.0
ENGR 121Computation Lab I2.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (ENGR Math Assistance)1.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (Computer Lab I)2.0
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits18.5
Winter
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGR 102Engineering Design Laboratory II2.0
ENGR 122Computation Lab II1.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (Computer Lab II)1.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits20.0
Spring
BIO 141Essential Biology4.5
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENGR 103Engineering Design Laboratory III2.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (MATH Practicum)1.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
UNIV E101The Drexel Experience0.5
 Term Credits19.0
Second Year
Fall
ECE 200Digital Logic Design3.0
ENGR 201Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data I3.0
ENGR 220Fundamentals of Materials4.0
ENGR 231Linear Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (Mentorship)1.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Winter
MATH 221Discrete Mathematics3.0
ECE 201Foundations of Electric Circuits3.0
ECE 203Programming for Engineers3.0
ENGR 202Evaluation & Presentation of Experimental Data II3.0
ENGR 232Dynamic Engineering Systems3.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (Leadership)1.0
ENGR T180Special Topics in ENGR (Engineering Edu)1.0
Gen Ed Elective3.0
 Term Credits20.0
Spring
Co-op #1 
 Term Credits0.0
Summer
Co-op #1 
 Term Credits0.0
Third Year
Fall
ECE 361Probability for Engineers3.0
ECEC 301Advanced Programming for Engineers3.0
ECEC 302Digital Systems Projects4.0
ECEL 301 [WI] Electrical Engineering Laboratory2.0
ECES 301Signals and Systems I4.0
Gen Ed Elective3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Winter
ECEC 304Design with Microcontrollers4.0
ECEC 355Computer Organization & Architecture4.0
ECEL 302ECE Laboratory II2.0
PHIL 315Engineering Ethics3.0
Free Elective3.0
Gen Ed Elective3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Spring
Co-op #2 
 Term Credits0.0
Summer
Co-op #2 
 Term Credits0.0
Fourth Year
Fall
CS 265Advanced Programming Tools and Techniques3.0
ECEC 356Embedded Systems4.0
ECEC 357Introduction to Computer Networks4.0
ECEL 303ECE Laboratory III2.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Graduate-Level Elective*3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Winter
CS 260Data Structures3.0
ECE 391Introduction to Engineering Design Methods1.0
ECEC 353Systems Programming3.0
ECEL 304ECE Laboratory IV2.0
PROJ 502Project Planning & Scheduling3.0
PROJ 645Project Management Tools3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Spring
Co-op #3 
PROJ 515Project Estimation & Cost Management3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Summer
Co-op #3 
PROJ 510Project Quality Management3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Fifth Year
Fall
ECE 491 [WI] Senior Design Project I2.0
PROJ 520Project Risk Assessment & Management3.0
PROJ 535International Project Management3.0
ECEC 4XX (CS Elective)3.0
Graduate-Level Electives*6.0
 Term Credits17.0
Winter
ECE 492 [WI] Senior Design Project II2.0
PROJ 530Managing Multiple Projects3.0
PROJ 540Project Procurement Management3.0
ECEC 4XX (CE Elective)3.0
Free Elective3.0
Graduate-Level Elective*3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Spring
ECE 493Senior Design Project III4.0
PROJ 603Project Leadership & Teamwork3.0
PROJ 695Capstone Project in Project Management3.0
ECEC 4XX (CE Elective)3.0
Gen Ed Elective3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits19.0
Total Credit: 226.5
*

 Graduate-level electives must be approved by the Project Management program.

Questions about the BS/MS option featuring a BS in any discipline and the MS in Project Management, as well as the materials requested for those wishing to pursue the option, should be directed to:

Mercedes Moultrie
Program Manager
Project Management Program
Tel: 215.571.3939
E-mail:  mm342@drexel.edu

CAPM, PMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

About the Graduate Minor

The Graduate Minor in Project Management is designed to enhance the studies of graduate students in any major throughout Drexel.  It provides students with the knowledge necessary for successful professional and leadership careers in the rapidly expanding field of project management. The Graduate Minor in Project Management will help interested students prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Project Management Professional (PMP)® credentials from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Requirements

  • Be a current Drexel student enrolled in a graduate-level or BS/MS program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • A minimum grade of "B" (3.0) must be earned in each course in the minor for the course to be counted

Application Requirements

  • Change of Curriculum/Status form (approved by the student's primary academic advisor)
  • Essay/Statement discussing your interest in project management and how the Graduate Minor in Project Management will help you in your studies and/or future career path
  • Current resume

Program Requirements

Required Courses9.0
Introduction to Project Management (Required Courses)
Project Planning & Scheduling
Project Estimation & Cost Management
Elective Courses3.0
Select 1 of the following:
Project Quality Management
Project Risk Assessment & Management
Managing Multiple Projects
International Project Management
Project Procurement Management
Project Leadership & Teamwork
Other graduate-level courses (must be 5XX or higher) with approval of student's academic advisor and the Project Management program.
Total Credits12.0

Additional Information

Questions about the Graduate Minor in Project Management and the materials requested for those wishing to add the Graduate Minor in Project Management, should be directed to:

Mercedes Moultrie
Program Manager
Project Management Program
Tel: 215.571.3939
E-mail: mm342@drexel.edu

CAPM, PMP, and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Project Management Faculty

Frank Anbari, PMP, PhD (Drexel University) Program Director, Project Management. Clinical Professor. Transportation engineering; project scheduling; project cost management; earned value management; project quality management; project leadership; project management education; Six Sigma.
Jon Boyle, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University). Adjunct Associate Professor. Cognitive neurosciences; Industrial/organizational psychology; Knowledge management; Group processes; Human resources and workforce development; Business strategy; Technology-enabled learning; Research and development; Process improvement
Xiaoyi "Christine" Dai, PhD (George Washington University). Adjunct Instructor. The Role of the Project Management Office in Achieving Project Sucess.
Marcos DeArruda, MBA (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Project risk; project management education; project cost management; project scheduling; project finance; project leadership.
James C. Deiner, MBA (Cornell University). Adjunct Instructor. IT projects in the pharmaceutical, logistics and financial services industries.
LTC (Ret.) Ronnie L. Prowell, PMP, MA (Webster University). Adjunct Instructor. Project Management; industrial engineering; capital project management; leadership development; software development project management; Project Management Profession (PMP#169;) certification instruction and coaching (boot camp instruction); pharmaceutical engineering; FDA Compliance management
Michael Scheuermann, PhD (Drexel University). Adjunct Instructor. Project management fundamentals; project leadership
Scott Serich, JD, PhD (University of Michigan). Adjunct Associate Professor. Procurement management; information technology project management
John Via, DEngr, P.E., P.E.M. (Southern Methodist University). Teaching Professor. Founding Director of the Vince & Judy Vidas Program in Systems Engineering. Former VP Global Manufacturing at Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Tiffani A. Worthy, PMP, EdD (George Washington University). Adjunct Instructor. Project management fundamentals; project leadership; project communications; cross cultural communications; project management education; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
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