Executive Master of Professional Studies in Program & Portfolio Management

Core Courses (12 credits)

MPPP 500: Leadership Development (6 credits)

This course is completed in an on-ground intensive session format, with pre- and post-session coursework and assignments. This intensive onsite component enhances the program by creating a format for executive-level peer-to-peer learning and a distinguishing leadership-coaching component to enhance the development of leadership abilities. The course also includes on-site visits to organizations in Washington, D.C.

This course provides an examination of essential skills needed for all strategic leaders, including communication, negotiation, persuasion, and influence. Learning objectives for this course include demonstrating leadership skills and applying proven techniques in leading teams; applying communication best practices in projects; and, evaluating communication needs for different motivational approaches through utilization of the Strength Development Inventory (SDI) for the normal behavior and conflict mode of individuals. Discussion and work sessions provide individuals with the ability to identify and resolve conflicts by practicing different conflict resolution approaches. This course component also includes an examination of individual motivators, which aid students in effectively negotiating and influencing discussions with others. Students work with an executive coach to identify areas of leadership development and create a personalized leadership development plan.

The SCS core curriculum includes Ethics. The Ethics curriculum for this program comprises a series of three modules built into the first and final courses and woven throughout the program of study, with the ultimate goal of producing ethical leaders. Leadership Development includes the first two of the three ethics modules within this program of study: (1) Ethical Leadership: Principles and Frameworks, and (2) Ethical Leadership: Professional Codes & Responsibilities. In the first module, students learn ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks. Students are also introduced to a journaling process that enables them to document their engagement with the material taught in the course and begin the process of developing their ability to apply principles and frameworks in practice. In the second module, students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. This module explores the ethical responsibilities of all management professionals to themselves, corporations, the government, and the public. Students contrast the roles and responsibilities of ethics versus compliance and their interdependencies. Weekly topics align with the Project Management Institute’s Code of Ethics. Students codify an individual code of ethics in relation to professional codes of conduct.

MPPP 900: Capstone (6 credits) 

The Capstone course is taken during the student’s final term. Students end the program with an onsite intensive session, which consists of five days of coursework. This course provides an opportunity for students to apply what they have learned in the program by producing a substantial piece of work under the tutelage of an industry advisor and program faculty. Projects are aligned with students’ chosen areas of interest. Students present their work for review and feedback from industry professionals. Each student receives assistance in devising a strategy to support the topic of interest, consistent with the course goals. The capstone project is presented formally in the final on-site intensive session. One-on-one preparatory and coaching sessions with program faculty and an industry sponsor occur remotely throughout the course, with the final discussion taking place during the onsite intensive session. Classroom assignments and lectures also include a focus on weaving together the concepts and learning from the program, a module on innovation, and preparing students for successful careers after they graduate from the program. The course module on innovation explores the business need for creativity and innovation. Students gain an understanding of the relationship between creativity and innovation while learning to apply generative strategies to identify and develop opportunities for workplace innovation; describe how failure and success impact the ability to innovate; develop strategies to overcome individual and organizational obstacles to creativity; and create an environment that continually fosters creativity and innovation.

The Capstone course includes a module on Ethical Leadership: Professional Codes & Responsibilities. This is the third module in a three-module series on ethics. Students work with an ethics coach and a subject matter expert to demonstrate their ability to apply ethical decision-making frameworks to applied ethical issues. Students explore ethical situations based on past and current projects, with topic discussions focusing on the ethical and compliance situations faced by professionals, using practical examples from industry and government. 

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