The Project Management Program offers both academic graduate certificate and master’s degree programs and non-academic professional development programs for professionals to improve their ability to succeed in a global business environment that demands expertise and effectiveness not only in the technical aspects of project, program, and portfolio management, but also in leadership and strategic business management.
Our degree programs were among the first accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and, as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), we have been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for those participating in its Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program.
Graduate Program Levels
The graduate program is cohort-based and offers three levels of recognition:
- The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is awarded after successfully completing the four Project Management Core Courses (12 semester credit hours).
- The MS in Leadership and Organization Development degree with a concentration in project management is earned after the successful completion of the project management core courses and an additional 24 semester credit hours including four required LOD core courses and four elective supplemental courses.
- An MBA with project management emphasis is earned by successfully completing the four project management core courses, three courses in leadership or consulting and an additional 32 semester credit hours of required MBA core courses.
Project Management Program Details
The mission of the Project Management Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is to prepare professionals in the field of project management to apply the diverse realms of knowledge and skills by:
- Focusing on the multifaceted responsibilities of a project manager and imparting the knowledge to carry them out
- Enhancing leadership skills based on a strong sense of ethics
- Creating an environment that supports a confluence of faculty knowledge, student experience, and current industrial tools and techniques
- Fostering a strong relationship between a growing alumni and students of the program thereby producing highly skilled individuals with sound fundamental knowledge, improved analytical and critical thinking, and communication skills able to fulfill the needs of, and excel, in a global market subject to constant technological advancements.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
- Manage projects to meet stakeholder needs within constraints using tools and techniques aligned with professional standards and guides
- Apply organizational behavior theory to successfully engage with stakeholders and lead project teams in an ethical and professional manner
- Make informed decisions based on a fundamental understanding of business management strategic and operational principles
Most students choose to earn a master’s degree. Others start the program with a previously earned MBA or other advanced degree and opt for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. The chart to the right shows the proportion of students ending the program at each option and those not earning any award (DNF). Master’s degree graduates are also awarded the Graduate Certificate in Project Management upon successful completion of the Project Management Core courses.
Most students complete their desired program option within the planned time for their cohort; however, sometimes changes in their work and family environment necessitate taking time off and returning later or switching between the on-campus and online modes of the program. To earn an award, all program requirements must be completed within six years of starting the program.
Tuition and Fees
|Graduate Certificate in Project Management||$12,000|
|Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development||$33,600|
|Master of Business Administration||$52,100|
Jim Szot, PhD, PE, PMP
Director, Project Management Programjimszot@utdallas.edu | +1-972-883-5811 | JSOM 1.515
Many of us start our professional careers as individual contributors, then advance as a result of our performance working with others on project teams, first as project team members, then later as a project coordinators or project managers. Perhaps later we are successful and become program or business unit managers. Since we didn’t necessary aspire to these project roles when we started our undergraduate studies and professional careers, project management is often referred to as “the accidental profession.” And unless a strong project management culture exists in our organization, we may take an ad-hoc approach to project management with widely varying degrees of success.
The offerings of the Project Management Program at UT Dallas were designed in collaboration with local industry experts to develop the competencies of their practicing project managers. They offer a unique blend of technical and sociocultural skill development and will help you prepare be purposeful and successful, both as a project management practitioner and as an organizational leader and business manager.
On this web site you will find information about our executive academic programs leading to an academic graduate certificate and/or master’s degree, our highly-regarded annual symposium and our other on-campus and online professional development learning programs. Please contact us if you’d like more information and if you’re interested in graduate studies.
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