Specialization Overview

What You Will Learn at Amberton University 

We offer a Graduate Specialization in Project Management to provide students with a comprehensive review of relevant techniques and concepts. When you complete this specialization, you’ll have the project management tools you need to manage complex projects. You will also have 12 hours of college credit toward a graduate degree such as MBA in Project Management, Master of Science in Human Relations and Business, Master of Science in Managerial Science, MBA in Management, MBA in General Business, or MBA in Strategic Leadership.  

Why Project Management Is Essential

Why is project management certification so important in the first place? For one thing, running a project with good management can indeed save companies money. A project manager holds the team together and helps them navigate the ups and downs and the catastrophes and clashes of a given project. 

A great project manager also ensures on-time project delivery, budget, and scope observance. They work to unite teams and clients and create a vision for success by keeping everyone focused and on track. When projects are managed properly, the positive impact reverberates beyond just the delivery of the project at hand. That’s why it’s so vital that you possess the project management skills needed to fulfill all of the requirements of a given project, as defined by the PMBOK. The ability to lead, and a firm grasp of risk management, quality control, are also valuable skills that you can learn at Amberton. 

What Is the PMBOK and Why is it Important?

PMBOK stands for Project Management Body of Knowledge. It comprises the whole collection of accepted best practices, processes, guidelines, and terminologies, which are standards within the industry of project management. Because the PMBOK is always evolving, it must be updated continuously. This effort is overseen by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which is a not-for-profit global member association of project management professionals that publishes the well-known PMBOK Guide. 

As a project manager, it will be your job to develop the methodology you need by tailoring the best practices contained within the Guide to suit your specific requirements. It’s necessary to understand that you will need to be very familiar with the PMBOK Guide in order to obtain the certification you desire, and become a Project Manager. Amberton’s comprehensive Project Management specialization is a perfect way to kick start this journey. 

For more on the PMBOK Guide of Standards visit the link here: https://www.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards

Hours Required: 12

Courses:

MGT6151 Project Initiating and Planning

This course focuses on the project management methods necessary for initiating and planning successful enterprise projects. Students will identify and evaluate influential research in the project management areas of initiating and planning. Topics include the processes, tools, and techniques essential to the identification and definition of a new project or project phase and the development of a comprehensive project management plan.

MGT6152 Project Execution and Closing

This course focuses on the project management methods necessary for successful execution, monitoring, control, and closing of enterprise projects. Students will identify and evaluate influential research in the areas of project execution, resource management, and process control. Topics include the processes, tools, and techniques essential to the completion of project work defined in the project management plan to satisfy the project specifications.

MGT6153 Project Risk, Cost, Schedule – Estimation & Control

This course addresses the concepts, theories, procedures, and methods of risk, cost, and schedule estimation and control relevant to projects and project management. Students will identify and evaluate influential research in the areas of project risk, cost, and schedule estimating and control. The course covers the methods of developing project estimates during the planning stages and monitoring and controlling the relationships between project risk, cost, time, quality, and reliability of estimates, throughout the project lifecycle.

MGT6154 Project Management Applications

This course provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate that they have achieved the academic and practical knowledge of project management tools, techniques, and processes necessary for effective and efficient project management. In this course, students demonstrate their ability to integrate and utilize project management knowledge accumulated in prior coursework through the selection and completion of a course project. Students apply their knowledge by developing and presenting project justifications, a project management plan, and other project management artifacts that describe how to manage and complete the course project.

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