FAQ's

Why a Master's in Project Management (MPM)?
  • You will be provided with a cutting edge skill set to become a technically oriented and highly skilled project manager
  • KU's program addresses the workforce needs to successfully bridge engineering, technology, people, and business
Why get an MPM if I already have my PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate?
  • The education provided in the program is more effective than a brief session, training, or exam and can complement your certificate
  • You learn theory, practice, as well as how to practically apply the knowledge
  • Courses are taught using terminology and techniques consistent with PMI
  • An advanced degree can increase salary earnings (Masters degree = $7,400 or 6.6% more than Bachelors), according to PMI's 2013 salary survey
If I already have my PMP, will I receive graduate credit towards the Project Management degree?
  • No, the University of Kansas does not accept professional certifications as credit towards degree completions
What is the advantage of the Project Management degree over an MBA?
  • If your career is in project management, then MBA coursework may be too broad
  • MPM coursework is more focused on Project Management topics with experts and colleagues in the industry
  • MPM is offered through the School of Engineering
  • Faculty have 20+ years of experience in the industry with project and engineering management
Is the program focused on a particular industry?
  • No, the program focuses on teaching fundamentals of project management, as well as key topics within project management but there is not a specific industry focus
  • Electives may be taken, with advisor approval, in different industry areas that may be more applicable to your professional and personal goals
Is the MPM accredited?
Where are your courses offered? Are they available online or for distance learning students?
  • Coursework is completed entirely at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park with accommodations made for those needing to travel for work
  • This program is not intended for distance learning students that are not able to attend class throughout the semester or the program
  • Courses are in person with recordings made of each class period for those not able to attend for a particular session due to travel requirements for professional reasons
  • Bus service (K10 Connector) is available on KU Edwards Campus that connects to the Lawrence campus for commuters
How often are courses offered?
  • Courses are offered on a rotational basis, with student interest and demand considered
  • The current University class schedule can he found here
  • A tentative rotation of courses can be found here
How much is tuition?
  • 2015-2016 Tuition = $605.35 per credit hour for in-state; $1,109.15 per credit hour for out-of-state.
  • MetroKC rates are available for Missouri students living within the 11 designated counties. Details can be found here
  • More information on tuition and fees can be found here
Are scholarships available?
  • Scholarships, grants, and loans are available but you must be degree seeking and complete a FAFSA in order to be eligible
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credits to be eligible for most aid and scholarships
  • Project Management is a JCERT program and therefore students are eligible for additional JCERT scholarships, if a FAFSA has been completed
  • KC - PMI offers a scholarship for members directly family members of a KC PMI member. June 1st is the typical deadline for an application to receive a scholarship for the following academic year
How many credits are required to complete the program? Approximately how long does it take to complete the degree?
  • The MPM can be completed in 33 credit hours and takes approximately 3 - 3.5 years for a part-time student or 2 years for a full-time student
How many credits can be transferred to the program?
  • The University of Kansas allows up to 6 graduate credits to be transferred
  • The Project Management review committee will accept up to 6 credits of relevant coursework, none of which will be accepted as any of the Fundamentals courses
  • All transferred coursework must be approved by your advisor(s) in Project Management
How long are test scores good for?
  • The GRE must have been completed no more than 5 years prior to admission
  • TOEFL scores are valid for 2 years
  • If test scores are older than the allowed time, you will need to retake the respective exam

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