Information Technology Master's Degree with Project Management Specialization

Earn your master’s degree in information technology with a specialization in project management to successfully lead large projects and grow your career advancement opportunities.

The project management specialization allows you to gain advanced IT management skills while building expertise for project management certification. Your specialization courses include project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods, while your core IT courses give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles in today’s technology-based work environments.

About the Project Management Specialization

The project management curriculum features a project in an industry you select, so you can gain real-world experience. The curriculum covers project risk management, project procurement management, and quantitative methods in project management. You’ll learn career-relevant skills you can apply immediately in the workplace.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
  • Manage the schedule of a complex project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
  • Perform quantitative analyses and manage risks involved in a complex project
  • Apply advanced knowledge in computer systems architecture
  • Analyze, design, and implement information systems
  • Plan projects, build teams, and create and modify effective control mechanisms

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
  • Complete a team project using cash flow analysis, scheduling projects based on resource availability, resource leveling, expediting projects, quantitative risk analysis, and techniques for estimating actual versus expected project duration and cost
  • Proactively manage issues that adversely impact the successful scope, scheduling, control, and completion of a project

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:

Project Management Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Specialization Courses

  • PMAN 634 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • ITEC 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) must be taken before PMAN 635.
  • PMAN 635 must be taken before PMAN 637, PMAN 639, and PMAN 650.

Core Courses

  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
  • ITEC 610 must be taken in the first term of coursework.
  • You must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning specialized coursework.
  • ITEC 640 (or an approved course in finance) and MGMT 650 (or an approved course in statistics) must be taken before PMAN 635.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in project coordination and management and, potentially, program management.

Preparation Recommended for Success

Recommendations

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Recognition

UMUC master's degree programs with project management specializations are recognized by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Academic Relationship

If you are certified as a Project Management Professional by PMI, you may receive credit for PMAN 634 Foundations of Project Management if you begin study for the master’s degree within five years of earning certification. Graduate advisors can provide more information.