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2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 SGPP Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Project Management, M.S.

Program Description

Based on global project management standards, the program provides an interactive, comprehensive exploration of project management principles and performance domains. Interpersonal skills, leadership, and communication are emphasized both with individuals and teams.  General management courses provide core knowledge of financial and ethical business practices. Prior to admissions, applicants must have at least one experience as a project manager or as a member of a project team. This experience may be obtained on formal or informal projects and in a variety of industries. This program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center.


Transforming students into impactful project leaders with the knowledge and skills enabling them to be valued contributors to organizational objectives.


Develop lifelong learners to become strategically aligned project management professionals who can interpret organizational needs and apply leadership and practical skills.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Project Management program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate the business and project environment to apply the most effective project management approach that optimizes value.
  2. Analyze and implement appropriate project management principles and performance domains throughout a project.
  3. Tailor project management approaches, governance, and processes to align with project environments and to deliver business value.
  4. Develop and apply communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills in a variety of project management contexts.
  5. Incorporate an ethical perspective in all professional activities.
  6. Develop and apply skills and disposition to work with diverse populations. 

Program Structure and Delivery

The Master of Science in Project Management program is delivered in an online or blended format. Courses delivered in a blended format integrate face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner.

Graduate Certificate Credit Use Toward Degree

Students may use all 12 credits of the Project Management Certificate   toward completing the M.S. in Project Management.

Students may substitute 6 credits from any of the following completed SMUMN certificates to replace PRM625 Strategic Project and Program Manaement and GM675 Managerial Ethics and Issues. The substitutions allow these certificate students to complete the M.S. in Project Management with just 30 credits.

Digital Marketing Certificate  

Finance Certificate  

Healthcare Administration Certificate   

Human Resource Management Certificate  

Individual and Team Leadership Certificate  

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate  

International Human Resource Management Certificate  

Nonprofit Management Certificate  

Organizational and Change Leadership Certificate  

Supply Chain Analytics Certificate  

Degree Requirements

Required Project Management Courses 27 cr.
Required Elective Courses 3 cr.
Required Management Courses 3 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Total 36 cr.

 *Students who hold PMP Certification at the time they are admitted to the program may waive the PRM600 Foundations of Project Management and substitute another 3 credit course from the list provided. All PRM degree seeking students must complete 36 transcripted credits. Up to 6 credits may be transferred into the program at the time of admission if the course previously taken matches a required course.

Graduate Certificate to Master’s Degree

Students currently enrolled in a Saint Mary’s University graduate certificate program that can be used toward this degree are eligible to enroll in the master’s program through the Change/Add Program process. Students that have been withdrawn from the university must seek readmission through the Registrar’s office.


The faculty members for this program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master degree programs at any time during the year. Students can start the blended program at the beginning of fall or spring semester.  Students can start the online program at the beginning of fall, spring, or summer semester. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. All applicants must complete an interview with a program administrator.

Application Process

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family) and,
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted. 
  3. A personal statement which includes:
  • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience and,
  • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and,
  • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities and,
  • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  1. Names of two people (including title, organization, email, phone number) who could serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you in a professional capacity, such as current or former supervisors.
  2. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

See individual programs for additional application requirements.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404