Course Schedule for Fall 2017

Note: We are not currently accepting applications for the Executive Master of Professional Studies in Program & Portfolio Management. If you’re interested in applying for Fall 2017, we are still accepting applications for our Master of Professional Studies in Project Management.


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MPPP-700-101

Global Portfolio Management

This course provides an introduction to global portfolio management. Students examine proven approaches for ensuring that an organization is investing in the right projects and programs, providing the right resources, and completing those projects and programs at the right time. Additionally, students learn how to utilize a strategic framework, encompassing clearly identified and agreed upon success metrics to align projects and programs with business strategies. This includes benefits identification and realization by effectively managing resources and delivering the strategic intent through effective risk management and investment optimization. Class discussions and exercises illustrate that the depth, quality, and flexibility of a strategy provide competitive advantage. Students learn how to use frameworks for benefits and value identification, assessment, validation, and realization through theory and technique discussions and applied exercises, which incorporate real-world industry examples. Resource optimization is taught through group discussion and exercises designed to provide insight and methodology to optimize time, money, and work hours available to run portfolio components in order to obtain the maximum benefits and value in return. Students learn and apply tools and techniques through industry standard software applications. Discussion and exercises include selecting projects through formalized portfolio management processes and facilitating the successful execution of projects and programs.

Note: This course provides an introduction to global portfolio management. Students examine proven approaches for ensuring that an organization is investing in the right projects and programs, providing the right resources, and completing those projects and programs at the right time. Additionally, students learn how to utilize a strategic framework, encompassing clearly identified and agreed upon success metrics to align projects and programs with business strategies. This includes benefits identification and realization by effectively managing resources and delivering the strategic intent through effective risk management and investment optimization. Class discussions and exercises illustrate that the depth, quality, and flexibility of a strategy provide competitive advantage. Students learn how to use frameworks for benefits and value identification, assessment, validation, and realization through theory and technique discussions and applied exercises, which incorporate real-world industry examples. Resource optimization is taught through group discussion and exercises designed to provide insight and methodology to optimize time, money, and work hours available to run portfolio components in order to obtain the maximum benefits and value in return. Students learn and apply tools and techniques through industry standard software applications. Discussion and exercises include selecting projects through formalized portfolio management processes and facilitating the successful execution of projects and programs.

  • Course #: MPPP-700-101
  • CRN: 33490
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Moschoglou, G.
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017

MPPP-500-01   Canceled

Leadership Development

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 audiences. 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.

Note: This 6-credit course includes one five-day on-site intensive in Washington DC

  • Course #: MPPP-500-01
  • CRN: 30934
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Oct 24, 2017
  • Class Meetings:

MPPP-650-201

Program Evaluation

This course examines key decision-making elements for evaluation of complex projects and programs. Learning objectives for this course include providing students with the tools to analyze and take action to resolve program problems and concerns; critique strengths and weaknesses of evaluations conducted by others; select data sources and data collection and analysis techniques to be used for a program evaluation; and evaluate program risk and develop plans or take action to mitigate the identified risks. Students learn about and utilize qualitative and quantitative tools in order to determine how portfolio managers would make a decision using a trade-off analysis and cost-benefit analysis for complex projects and program decision-making.

Note: Co-requisite or pre-requisite is MPPP 600

  • Course #: MPPP-650-201
  • CRN: 30936
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Blochberger, S.
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017

MPPP-600-201   Canceled

Program Management Lifecycle

This course introduces students to program management and its lifecycle. Learning objectives for this course include an in-depth examination of the program lifecycle and identification of success factors at each step in the process. Students learn how to describe the relationship between program requirements and overall success criteria, including recognition of the benefits of maintaining continuous alignment of program scope with strategic objectives by realizing the stated program benefits. Through the use of real-world scenarios and case studies, students examine various program management tools and techniques and ensure the quality of deliverables and their impact on program-level management. This includes the ability to distinguish between program risks and project risks and maintain communication with internal and external stakeholders at multiple levels. The coursework aligns with the Project Management Institute’s Standard for Program Management.

Note: Prerequisite: PMP certification or MPPM 520: PM Fundamentals

  • Course #: MPPP-600-201
  • CRN: 30935
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Oct 25 – Dec 20, 2017