Explore Technical, Human and Conceptual Skills Across Business Functions
Curriculum in Grand Canyon University’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an Emphasis in Project Management explores technical, human and conceptual skills across the functional areas of business. This MBA program can help you position yourself for possible future leadership positions by teaching you critical project management skills and integrating the principles of efficient business practices with traditional and Agile project management skills.
Earn Your MBA: Project Management Emphasis From GCU
You will be taught the core competencies that effective and ethical project managers need. There is an emphasis on the role of innovation and interpersonal skills in maximizing productivity and business processes. The MBA with a project management emphasis is an academic experience intended to allow MBA candidates to prepare for certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.
This project management MBA requires a total of 54 credits for graduation. MBA courses are offered online and on campus, including evening schedules.
Project Management Skills and Courses You Will Be Taught
MBA with a project management emphasis candidates will be taught foundational knowledge and skills in project management. This degree program encompasses a comprehensive survey of project management methodologies and processes and is designed to graduate competent business leaders. In this program, you will complete a course in Agile Project Management — a flexible, iterative approach for managing both projects and teams. This course is designed to prepare students for the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) exams through a Collaborative Learning Community (CLC) case study project. Other learning objectives of the MBA with a project management emphasis 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
Work Toward Your PMI Certifications
This MBA: Project Management emphasis is designed to prepare you for these PMI certifications:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
- Project Management Professional (PMP)®
- Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP)®
Career Paths for MBA: Project Management Emphasis Graduates
By earning your project management MBA, you may have the opportunity to position yourself for possible career advancement. A master’s in project management can help prepare future business leaders to pursue opportunities across a diverse range of settings. Some examples of careers that may be related to this MBA degree include:
- Project management specialist
- Sales manager
- General and operations manager
- Human resources manager
GCU Offers ACBSP and Institutionally Accredited MBA Degrees
The MBA: Project Management Emphasis program has achieved approval from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In addition, GCU is proud to be an accredited university that prioritizes quality academics. Furthermore, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has continually accredited GCU since 1968. The Colangelo College of Business shares the university’s commitment to upholding the principles and standards established by our accrediting bodies.
MBA: Project Management Emphasis FAQs
Prior to enrolling in a project management MBA program, you may wish to do some background research on the field and your potential career outcomes. The following FAQs and answers are intended to provide a starting point.
Examine foundational skills and prepare to sit for project management certifications through earning your project management emphasis MBA at GCU. Fill out the form on this page to learn more.
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Project Management Specialists, as of May 2022, retrieved on Nov. 28, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 to 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as project management specialists, nor does it reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc., against a pool of candidates.
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Project Management Specialists, retrieved on Nov. 28, 2023.
3 Aston, B. (2023, Nov. 22). Why is project management important? 12 simple reasons. The Digital Project Manager. Retrieved Nov. 28, 2023.
4 Palmquist, K., PHR. (2023, July 18). How to get a project management job with no experience. Indeed. Retrieved Nov. 28, 2023.
5 Indeed. (2023, Feb. 2). 9 common project management industries to consider. Retrieved Nov. 28, 2023.
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