USC launches online master’s program in project management

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Student-centered degree is geared toward career advancement in this dynamic profession.

October 2, 2017

To meet the rapidly growing demand for effective project managers, USC has launched an online graduate degree enabling students to immediately apply key concepts to improve organizational success. The MS in Project Management emphasizes the strategic role project management plays in the performance of global organizations, providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders.

“The global need for project management professionals is actually urgent,” says Anthony Bailey, dean of USC Bovard College. “Our new MS in Project Management hones the skills necessary for rapid career advancement in this high-powered area.”

Demand for project managers outpaces all other occupations, according to the Project Management Institute. Around the globe, a widening gap exists between the need for project management professionals and the available workforce to fill these roles. Some 2.2 million project-oriented jobs will need to be filled annually through 2027, when demand is expected to reach 87.7 million, globally.

The MS in Project Management degree can be completed in 12 months, and students have the convenience of multiple enrollment dates each year.

The flexible program enables students — no matter where they live — to attend USC, rated the number 15 U.S. university by the Wall Street Journal. After graduation, they will also benefit from the university’s vast alumni network, which, like job opportunities in project management, spans the globe.

In addition to core project management principles, students in the program will master the full spectrum of concepts and methodologies relevant to the profession, including portfolio and program management, technical project delivery, agile methodologies and change management. Leadership elements — including effective communication, negotiation, organizational culture and conflict resolution — are also covered in the curriculum.

Essential management processes such as high performance, quality, risk, cost and budgeting are applied to real-world projects. Students will gain knowledge of practical topics that are increasingly important to the profession, including managing in a global context, ethical and principled leadership and social responsibility. A capstone course allows students to develop a plan for a major real-world project in an industry or organizational environment of their choice.

The MS in Project Management is offered through USC Bovard College, which fosters professional advancement by combining rigorous, up-to-date training in a supportive learning environment. The degree joins USC Bovard College’s MS in Human Resource Management in developing leaders who can meet the demands of the fast-paced global economy.

For more information about the Master of Science in Project Management, visit https://bovardcollege.usc.edu/pm.

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