Master of Professional Studies in Project Management

Required Courses

Core Courses (6 credits)

MPPM 500: Ethics (3 credits)

The Ethics course is the flagship course in all Georgetown-SCS MPS programs, taken at the beginning of the program. In the first part of this course, students are introduced to ethical methodologies, principles, values, and frameworks. In the second part of the course, students study discipline- and field-specific codes of ethics within the profession. The course explores the ethical responsibilities of all project 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. In the third part of the course, students are introduced to an ethical decision-making framework and applied ethical issues. Discussions include ethical situations based on past and current projects, with topic discussions focusing on the ethical and compliance situations faced by project managers, using practical examples from industry and government. During their final project, students codify an individual code of ethics in relation to professional codes of conduct.

MPPM 900: Capstone (3 credits) 

The Capstone course is to be completed in the final term of the program and 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 have the opportunity to present their work to industry professionals for review and feedback. Each student receives assistance in devising a strategy to support the topic of interest, consistent with the course goals, by semester’s end. Classroom assignments and lectures also focus on preparing students for successful project management careers after they graduate from the program.

Foundational Courses (15 credits)

MPPM 520: Project Management Fundamentals (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of the project management lifecycle and associated processes. Students gain a solid grounding in fundamental project management concepts and learn how to develop a project charter, components of a project management plan, a work breakdown structure (WBS), and a risk management plan. Assignments include the creation of a communications management plan, a realistic schedule, a change management plan, and an on-the-job action plan. Participants learn what is required to monitor and report project statuses, as well as how to successfully close out a project and capture the value of lessons learned. Note: Students who have a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in good standing have the option to waive the Project Management Fundamental course. Approved students will instead complete a three-credit elective course.

MPPM 550: Project Initiation & Development (3 credits)
(Prerequisite: MPPM 520: Project Management Fundamentals)

This course provides an in-depth examination of project initiation. Students are introduced to the requirements involved in completing a feasibility study, starting up the project, documenting a business case, and ultimately gaining project approval and funding. Students also learn how to effectively provide terms of reference, appoint the project team, and set up project procedures. The course also examines the importance of clearly defining the high-level project description or product requirements in order to ensure that the strategic and/or operational business needs are met during project execution. This includes what is necessary to meet the specific customer and other stakeholder project needs or expectations and what benefits need to be realized for the project to be deemed successful.

Topic discussions include organizational, environmental, and external assumptions, risks, and constraints. Upon completion of the course, students are able to determine what is needed within a business case to justify a project, including a return on investment (ROI), a preliminary budget, and a schedule summary. The coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

MPPM 600: Communication & Collaboration for Managers (3 credits)

This course teaches students the essential communication skills utilized by successful managers, including negotiation, persuasion and influencing, and presentation skills. 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 by leveraging the Strength Development Inventory for both the “normal behavior” and “conflict mode” of individuals. By the end of the course, students are able to identify and resolve conflicts by practicing different conflict resolution approaches. This course also includes an examination of the individual motivators that aid students in effectively negotiating and influencing discussions with others.

MPPM 620: Project Planning (3 credits)
(Prerequisite: MPPM 520: Project Management Fundamentals)

This course provides an in-depth look at project planning by defining what effective project planning consists of, including setting out the project roadmap and creating the following plans: project plan, resource plan, financial plan, quality plan, acceptance plan, risk management plan, and communications plan. Students learn how to construct a detailed project plan while examining case studies that teach them the essentials of project planning—including that successful project planning must be detailed and organized, and requires full team participation. In applications, plans and priorities always change with the evolving business environment, so students also learn the importance of adaptability in project planning.

MPPM 650: Project Execution & Delivery (3 credits)
(Prerequisite: MPPM 520: Project Management Fundamentals)

This course explores the last three phases of the project lifecycle—execution, monitor and control, and closing. Students gain a deeper understanding of project execution, including the monitor and control component. Students also learn how to utilize real-world scenarios and/or project management simulation software to build the project deliverables; control the project delivery, scope, costs, quality, and risks; and manage issues. The course also teaches students about successful project closure, including winding down the project by releasing staff, handing over deliverables to the customer, and completing a post-implementation review.  

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