MS in Project Management

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by rtongue, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. rtongue

    rtongue New Member

    I have an undergraduate degree from a non-accredited school. I will soon be graduating with am MBA from a regionally accredited school. After graduation I would like to pursue a second Master’s in Project Management (MS). I am considering Brandeis, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Keller but am not sure they would be as accepting of the non-accredited bachelors. Would they accept me based on the RA Masters?

    I would also like to hear of others recommendations for the MS in Project Management. I am seeking a quality program with strong name recognition.
  2. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

  3. Rivers

    Rivers New Member

    Mississippi State offers a Master's in project management and is AACSB accrediated(and fairly cheap $374 a credit). I'm not sure if they will accept a non RA degree though. Your best bet is to contact the schools you are considering.
  4. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator

    A bit off topic but did you get into an RA grad program with an unaccredited undergrad degree?

    If so, what undergrad and grad school are they?
  5. J. Ayers

    J. Ayers New Member

    Good morning!

    Two strong programs come to mind immediately. George Washington University offers a well-regarded MS in Project Management, and you can see more details at on the web. Western Carolina University has a triple-accredited program (AACSB, SACS, PMI) in project management, and you can view information at on the web.

    The Project Management Institute web site lists various project management programs (both online and on-the-ground), and you can see details at and on the web.

    Good luck in your search for the right program!


    J. Ayers
  6. rtongue

    rtongue New Member

    Thank you all for your assistance. Out of the following programs how would you rate them in order of reputation?

    Brandeis Univerisy - MS in management of projects and programs
    Florida Institute of Technology - MS in project management
    George Washington University - MS in project management
    Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University - MS in project management
    Western Carolina University - MS in project management
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville - MS in project management
  7. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    Reputation ranking is really quite subjective. Since I don't have an MS in project management and I don’t have any experience with any of the universities except Florida Tech, I have no way to rate one university over another. You can go to U.S. News and use their rankings, but ultimately you will have to decide which university will suit your needs the best.

    My MS is in operations research (OR) from Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Scott Clary was my professor for my first two master’s courses. I can tell you that Florida Tech's OR program is excellent and that Dr. Clary is awesome! The OR program is a real b@tch to get through, but all the pain was well worth it in the end. The degree got me the job that I have today.

    If you decide to do Florida Tech's MS in project management with an OR concentration; you better be prepared to do some calculus. When you do a concentration in OR from Florida Tech, you will be required to take a couple OR courses. When I took probability, my class started with three people: two OR majors and one management major with a concentration in OR. During the third class of the semester, the professor was doing a problem on the board, stopped, put down his chalk, turned to the class, and said, "If you are not comfortable with this notation then I suggest you drop the class now." I came back the next week and the management major was gone.
  8. mrworkman

    mrworkman New Member

    I received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from a NA school. University of Management and Technology. I have a Master of Science degree in Management and, have not had a problem receiving calls from employers for HR, Adjunct Faculty,project manager, analyst, program management and general management positions. It has been difficult for me to see the merit in the argument of those who speak ill of NA schools. I’ve had plenty of interaction, professional and personal, with people who’ve graduated from RA schools. I’ve been surprised at their lack of post-secondary level acumen. Any education at its core, will manifest itself by what the student puts into it, and how they apply it in the field. Having the degree will get you an interview, but unless one can articulate the concepts of their specialty, and if hired, apply it to the firm to increase bottom line and add value, they will go back to the drawing board RA, or NA degree. This school is recognized by the U.S. Department of education, CHEA( Council for Higher Education Accreditation) and DETC(Distance Education and Training). They also have programs that have (program accreditation) from PMI(Project Management Institute) as well as AAPM(American Academy of Project Managers ). I am still active duty, (Air Force) and just to ensure I have future success, I have attended career fairs and job interviews and, as I stated earlier, haven't hard a problem, getting offers. It has helped me serve on boards, and help me get hired for an Adjunct Faculty position, so I'm experiencing the payback. :D .. Plus the military also, recognizes national accreditation for commissioning programs.

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