MBA in Project Management
Working professionals can prepare for future leadership positions in the area of project management with GCU’s Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Project Management. This modern curriculum explores technical, human and conceptual skills across the functional areas of business. It integrates the principles of efficient business practices with traditional and agile project management skills.
The Master’s in Project Management degree is offered by the Colangelo College of Business. MBA candidates will learn the core competencies necessary to become effective and ethical project managers. There is an emphasis on the role of innovation and interpersonal skills in maximizing productivity and business processes. The MBA in Project Management is an intense academic experience that helps candidates prepare for certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
Earn Your Project Management MBA and Prepare for Your PMI Certification
MBA candidates acquire the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to serve as effective project managers. The coursework aligns with the standards of PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This degree may prepare candidates for these PMI certifications:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
- Project Management Professional (PMP)®
- Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP)®
PMI certification, along with an MBA in Project Management, has long been considered the gold standard in credentialing for project analysts and managers.
Achieve an MBA in Project Management Online
GCU recognizes the needs of modern graduate students for degree programs that are flexible and convenient. You can earn your MBA in Project Management online with our robust digital platform. Connect with your professional peers and benefit from engaging discussions on the coursework and projects. Learn from anywhere, at a time that is convenient for you.
This MBA program requires a total of 54 credits for graduation. Most of the online classes are eight weeks in length. MBA courses are also offered on campus, including evening schedules.
Study a 21st century curriculum with courses such as:
- Strategic Management
- Applied Business Probability and Statistics
- Leadership and Organizations
- Marketing Management
- Managerial Finance
You will also complete an advanced course in Agile Project Management. This course is designed to prepare you for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) exam. Examine agile principles, best practices, tools and techniques of agile methodologies. Other learning objectives of the MBA in Project Management include the following:
- Core concepts in traditional project management as endorsed by the PMBOK® Guide
- Logistics of taking the CAPM and PMP certification exams
- The role of innovation and leadership in strategic management
- Microeconomics and macroeconomics, and the application of economic data in responsible decision-making
Project Management Careers
Graduates with an MBA in Project Management degree have demonstrated that they have the drive and dedication necessary to succeed in a senior-level position. A Master’s in Project Management can prepare future business leaders to pursue opportunities in private companies, non-profit organizations or government agencies. Some examples of careers that may be related to this degree include:
- Project analyst or manager
- Director of operations
- General manager
- Executive officer
GCU is a regionally accredited university. The core programs within the Colangelo College of Business have achieved additional approval from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Program Core Courses
This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the College of Business, key concepts of leadership, and an overview of how the science of organizational behavior contributes to effective leaders and managers.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and for students who have not had accounting in undergraduate work. Topics covered include the principles and practices of financial accounting and the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting. The course covers accounting theories using computational examples, and homework is problem solving.
This course is designed for individuals who are preparing for more advanced coursework in accounting and is designed for students who have not had finance in undergraduate work. Topics covered include financial analysis, financial planning, asset evaluation, capital structure, and working capital management.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students in mathematical, probability, and statistical concepts for their upcoming studies in quantitative methods. The course is intended for those students who have not had any prior statistical education, although students who have had statistics should also consider taking the course as a refresher.
This courses introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts that are relevant to contemporary business. Emphasis is placed on using economic data for business decision making.
This course is a study in the quantitative tools and techniques used to model business functions and applications. Emphasis is placed on how to set up models, and how to interpret and apply their results. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
Management of the marketing function, market environmental analysis, and marketing planning, strategy, and control are fundamentals of marketing management. The course examines the marketing process, marketing research, product development innovation and diffusion, pricing strategy, distribution value drain, advertising and promotion, and strategic marketing issues. Emphasis is placed on case study analysis and current academic research with a marketing plan as a significant curriculum component.
This course covers managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, including the study of cost behavior, cost systems, budgeting, and performance evaluation. Coursework includes case studies, group projects, and class discussion. Prerequisite: ACC-502.
Operations Management examines managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Emphasis is placed on methods to streamline and drive inefficiencies out of a firm’s internal processes to build a highly efficient organization. The course also focuses on external processes by examining ways to achieve greater supply chain integration with suppliers and customers. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: SYM-506.
This course discusses elements of business financial decisions, including financial forecasting and development of proformas, management of working capital, capital budgeting, capital structure, and raising funds in capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN-504.
This course examines the definition, formulation, and execution of strategy within organizations. There is specific emphasis on the role of innovation and leadership in strategic management and an organization’s ability to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. Prerequisites: MGT-605, MKT-607, ACC-650, and FIN-650.
This course covers fundamental aspects of traditional project management as delineated in the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). This course is designed to help prepare students for the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) exams. The course also covers the basic logistics of taking the CAPM and PMP certification exams.
This course covers agile aspects of project management including agile principles, best practices, and tools and techniques across major agile methodologies. This course is designed to help prepare students for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) exam. The course also covers the basic logistics of taking the ACP certification exam. Prerequisite: MGT-640.