Be the One Who Gets it Done

Coordinate the planning, the people, the process and the product.

Every organization needs reliable managers who can take responsibility for a project’s success. That’s why at Elmhurst we help you develop a set of core competencies, so you can deliver projects on time, on budget and to specification—in a wide range of fields and occupations.

Learning to Lead in a Collaborative World

With a master’s in project management, you’ll learn to reach across disciplines and functions, speaking everyone’s language, to coordinate the team. We’ll teach you the tools and techniques you need to oversee a project: budgeting and monitoring, communications and team building, risk management and decision making.

You’ll also take business electives to broaden your knowledge base and give you a deeper of understanding of what makes a business run.

Flexible, to Fit Your Life

We understand busy—this is a graduate degree on your terms. Our EC Flex format is a combination of online and on-campus classes. These programs run simultaneously, and online students are welcome to visit campus for classes or meetings. In addition, all lectures are recorded and so you can customize your studies to your schedule and your priorities.

Energize Your Resume, Optimize Your Career

The Graduate Certificate. If now is not the right time for a full master’s degree, distinguish your credentials with a graduate certificate in project management.

PMP® Ready

Elmhurst’s project management program satisfies the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) educational requirement necessary to be eligible to take the PMP® exam. An optional PMP® review course is available to graduates of the program free of charge.

A Network for the Rest of Your Professional Life

Your classmates are business professionals who have been in the workplace for at least three years. So you gain more than a skill set at Elmhurst. You gain a large network of teachers and fellow graduates who will support you throughout your career and connect you with employers all over the Chicagoland area. You’ll hit the ground running—tested, proven and ready.

The Right People on Your Side

Elmhurst faculty are experienced industry leaders who are dedicated to expanding your reach, with fieldwork, connections and hands-on experience.


Curriculum and Course Sequence

Students in Elmhurst’s master in project management program are required to successfully complete 10 courses (eight core courses and two electives), for a total of 7.50 credits (30 semester hours).

Students who complete the MPM program are eligible to enroll in a complimentary PMP Exam Preparation Review Course to prepare for PMP certification.

Required Courses

  • MBA 500 Organizational Management
  • MBA 504 Financial Management
  • MBA 509 Project Management
  • MBA 558 Leadership and Change Management
  • MDS 561 Data Analysis for Project Management Maturity
  • MPM 501 Project Management Fundamentals in Practice I
  • MPM 502 Project Management Fundamentals in Practice II
  • MPM 503 Project Management Tools and Techniques
  • MPM 590 PMP Exam Preparation Review Course (optional)

Electives (choose two)

  • MBA 552 Leadership
  • MBA 553 Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 554 Human Resource Management
  • MBA 555 Negotiations
  • MBA 556 Operations Management
  • MDS 534 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MDS 560 Business Intelligence for Enterprise Value
  • MDS 562 Project Management and Data Analysis for Business Transformation Projects

Program Format

The master of project management is a part-time program that can be completed in as little as two years. Coursework is offered in the EC Flex format and students can attend onsite, online or both. Classroom-based activities allow participation onsite or by webinar. The webinars are recorded so students can view them anytime. Students complete coursework through eight-week sessions and may begin in the spring, summer or fall term. Electives may be taken any time during the program.

Individuals who are not enrolled in or do not complete the PMP® program may enroll in MPM 590 PMP® Exam Preparation Review Course for $800.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the master of project management must have a bachelor’s degree in business, computer science, engineering or a related field from a regionally accredited university or college.

Students must also have at least three years of general management or project management experience in areas of increasing responsibility.

Those who wish to take the PMP® exam are required by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to have a minimum of three years of project management experience consisting of at least 4,500 hours spent leading and directing projects.

Careers and Outcomes

According to the Project Management Institute, employment of project managers in the U.S. is expected to grow 12% from 2010 to 2020.

Employment growth will be driven by specific industries, such as construction, manufacturing, finance and insurance, business services, utilities, oil and gas, and information technology. Graduates of the project management program at Elmhurst will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a wide variety of settings.

Career opportunities in project management include, but are not limited to:

  • Director of Project Management
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Project Leader
  • Program Manager
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Executive

The U.S. Department of Labor classifies project management within a broader management occupation associated with a specific industry or function.

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Last updated February 7, 2019
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