Specialization Overview

Project management skills are essential to anyone seeking a career in professional leadership. From departmental managers to corporate executives to business owners, the expertise of a good project manager is valued in virtually every industry. At Amberton University, we provide an opportunity to attain these skills through our graduate-level Specialization in Project Management. This project management graduate course—or rather, this collection of four project management courses—will give you the tools necessary to lead a team toward the successful completion of a project. 

What Is the Project Management Specialization?

The Specialization in Project Management is a certification program that provides high-level training in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Established by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the PMBOK is a set of standards that dictate which skills and knowledge a project management professional should have. The PMBOK outlines vital best practices, guidelines, professional terminology, and accepted practices that project managers can use to achieve effective leadership results. While every project manager has a slightly different leadership style—and is encouraged to develop his or her leadership strategy and methodology by tailoring the PMBOK to suit the project at hand—successful project managers should certainly have a detailed understanding of these standards. 

Above all, our project management graduate course specialization program will give students a comprehensive knowledge of the PMBOK. Students will learn how to apply these practices to real-life situations in ways that promote strong teamwork, unite teams around a shared vision or mission, drive quality control on every level of the project, emphasize project completion on a deadline-driven basis, and more.

What Types of Courses Are Included in the Specialization in Project Management?

This specialization includes four project management graduate course curriculums, for a total of 12 graduate-level credit hours. The courses include the following:

  • MGT6151 Project Initiating and Planning: This course trains future project managers on the first steps of any project. Students will learn how to conduct or evaluate research that is relevant to project goals, how to identify targets or missions for the project, how to develop a comprehensive project plan and more.

  • MGT6152 Project Execution and Closing: Where the first project management graduate course is aimed at laying the groundwork for strong project initiation, this course focuses on the execution and ultimate conclusion of the project. Students will learn how to get projects in motion, how to manage the resources of the project (including employee resources), how to monitor and control key project processes, and how to guide the project to an on-time closure and on-spec delivery.

  • MGT6153 Project Risk, Cost, Schedule – Estimation & Control: How can you manage risk, cost, and time in a project environment to avoid costly mistakes or delays? This course trains students on pre-project research, evaluation, and estimation of likely project risks, costs, and timelines. From there, it explores theories, procedures, and practices for monitoring and controlling the relationships between project risk, cost, time, quality, and reliability of estimates, throughout the project lifecycle.

  • MGT6154 Project Management Applications: As the final course in the Graduate Project Management Specialization, this course gives students opportunities to apply and demonstrate the skills and concepts they have learned in a real-life project management scenario. The course centers around the selection and completion of a course project. Students must develop and present project justifications, draft a detailed project management plan, and map out a strategy for how to manage and complete the project on time and according to project goals.

What Are the Requirements for the PMBOK/Project Management Specialization at Amberton?

Our specializations at Amberton can typically be undertaken either as standalone paths of study or in conjunction with specific degrees. Because project management skills are so valuable in such a broad range of industries, we encourage anyone interested in this program to contact us. However, the program tends to be most popular among students who are already pursuing full graduate-level degrees at Amberton. This fact is in part because all 12 hours of credit obtained through this specialization may be applied toward many of our full degree programs. Our degree courses include the MBA in Project Management, the Master of Science in Human Relations and Business, the Master of Science in Managerial Science, the MBA in Management, the MBA in General Business, or the MBA in Strategic Leadership.

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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