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This 36 semester hour graduate program in Project Management provides each student with a focused, applied and rigorous experience in creating, implementing and assessing projects.


In support of this mission, the degree program provides innovative academic and experiential learning opportunities that require students to understand, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate projects, teams, and leaders in enterprise environment.

To produce a high-quality product or service on time, on-budget and to the defined specifications, subject matter expertise is not enough. The complexities of modern product development and project management require a professional with specific technical, project management and leadership skills. This program leads to a Master of Science degree that prepares the student for career advancement in the field of project management and for positions such as program manager, project manager, project coordinator, lead project engineer, Agile project manager, or ScrumMaster.

Student Thank You Note

“Professor, I am so glad I chose you for this class. You have constantly aimed at connecting with each of us at our individual industry involvement in regards to the class material. I am writing because yesterday’s class was very, very relevant to what I do and am grateful that I get to take some skills from the class to improve my involvement in the project am working on.”

Rhinah Ondiso

Program Accreditation

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Accredited by Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

The Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) is an independent academic accreditation body with policies, procedures, and standards for project, program, portfolio management and related programs at the bachelor’s, postgraduate and doctoral degree levels. HU’s M.S. program in Project Management is one of only 110 programs around the world to achieve this accreditation.

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Registered Education Provider (REP®) through the Project Management Institute (PMI®)

Harrisburg University provides preparation for the nationally recognized Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. The PMP credential is recognized as the most important certification for project managers. It is globally acknowledged, in heavy demand, and highly sought after by corporations and individuals alike. A Project Management Professional designation demonstrates that a project manager has not only the experience but also the education to successfully lead and direct projects.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Project Management Program are able to:

Program Concentrations

Program Certificates

Project Management Certificate

This 18-semester hour program is designed for an individual with a goal of a certificate in Project Management and an industry certification from the Project Management Institute [either Project Management Professional (PMP), or Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)]. The certificate in Project Management program requires 18 semester hours in Project Management, a non-credit PMP preparation course, and the successful completion of the PMP exam or CAPM exam. A student may complete this program as a non-degree graduate student or as a Master of Science degree seeking student. The student has one year following the completion of the coursework to take the PMP exam.

Agile Lean Certificate

This 12-semester hour certificate program is designed for the student with a desire to understand the principles and practices of Agile Lean. The student will be provided with a thorough understanding and application of Agile Lean frameworks used in the project management and product development domains. Starting with an Agile Project Management with Scrum course, the certificate then expands to include an experiential course of applying Scrum to actual projects, conducting new product development with Agile Lean, and leading Agile Lean transformations in organizations. The certificate in Agile Lean requires 12 semester hours in Agile Lean and successfully complete (pass) one or more industry certifications (i.e., PSM I – Professional Scrum Master or PSPO – Professional Scrum Product Owner from, or similar certification). A student may complete this program as a non-degree graduate student or as a Master of Science degree-seeking student.

Program Lead

 Scott  Rainey, MA, MPA

Scott Rainey, MA, MPA Instructor of Strategic Leadership & Management

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Full Time Faculty

Joe Malak, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Project Management

Philip Mann

Assistant Professor of Organization & Management

Jennifer Mowery, M.Ed.

Instructor of Agile Methodologies & Project Management

Thomas Wise

Assistant Professor of Project Management

Joseph Marc Zagerman, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Project Management

Corporate Faculty

Michael Pierorazio, MPM

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Nicole Reigelman

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Robert Roadcap

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Gerald Robinson

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Albert Sarvis, PMP, GISP

Assistant Professor of Geospatial Technology & Director HU Geospatial Technology Center

Carolyn Shaw, PMP

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

James Souders, III

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Paraminder Talwar, PMP

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Ikwukananne Udechukwu

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Satish Upadhyay

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Brenda Webber, PMP

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Philip Sedhom

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Valery Taboh

Corporate Faculty (Project Management)

Program Courses

Master of Science in Project Management program is a 36-semester hour program that consists of required core courses (18 semester hours), required project or thesis courses (6 semester hours), and electives from a wide range of management and technology courses (12 semester hours). The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

MGMT 520 – Professional Communication (3 credits)

This course provides training in business writing, interpersonal communication and oral communication to prepare the student to be a more effective professional communicator. The student works on projects in the classroom that offer practical applications of concepts covered in the textbook, including case study examples of poorly executed business communication that the student revises and improves. The student also writes a proposal and a report, and prepares a plan to manage a project team kickoff meeting.

MGMT 560 – Organizational Leadership (3 credits)

Successful project managers are adept at leading. Leadership, however, is a complex undertaking that requires knowledge and understanding of a number of competencies. This course builds these competencies. Focusing on organizational leadership, the course explores and develops skills and knowledge needed to lead organizational transformation and change, negotiate conflict resolution, build relationships and human capital, and instill business ethics and professional codes of conduct.

PMGT 510 – Principles of Project Management (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to project management knowledge areas and processes used by project managers to successfully deliver their project on time, within budget and to the expectations of project stakeholders. The student will work on real-world examples, problems and case studies as individuals in groups. An emphasis is placed on hard and soft skills, and the tools and techniques used by project managers to initiate, plan, execute, monitor/control, and successfully close projects in typical project environments associated with waterfall and agile methodologies.

PMGT 530 – Procurement, Contracts and Risk Mgt (3 credits)

Each project from conception of an idea to the bidding and implementation process has both risk and reward. The basics of procurement, contract negotiations, and risk management are covered. Through experiences, readings and case study analysis, the fundamental tenets of procurement and contract sourcing for success are explored in real world scenarios. Project risk is reviewed and investigated for its role in the process of overall project management. The student is shown how to minimize risk and increase project success through risk management strategies.

PMGT 540 – Planning and Executing Projects (3 credits)

This course uses Microsoft Project software to schedule and control projects. The student is introduced to, and practices with, the most widely-used project management software system available. Functions, monitoring alternative usages and maintaining data are developed as the student builds a project from the ground up. This is a comprehensive, semester-long project budgeting, scheduling and control course where practiced theory is the platform for learning.

PMGT 570 – Agile Prj Mgmt w/Scrum Methodology (3 credits)

This course covers the features, benefits and methodology of Agile Project Management with Scrum and how Agile Project Managfement with Scrum differs from traditional Project Management Institute-related project management.

GRAD 695 – Research Methodology & Writing (3 credits)

This course guides the student to develop and finalize a selected research problem and to construct a proposal that effectively establishes the basis for either writing a thesis or launching an experiential capstone project. The course provides an overview of strategies for effective problem investigation and solution proposal. Research methodology is studies and applied as part of suggesting a solution to a problem. Writing and formatting techniques are also explored and applied as a communication tool for cataloging the investigation and recommending the solution.

PMGT 699 – Applied Project Management (3 credits)

This course allows the student to pursue an area of interest that is within the broad scope of project management. A faculty member will supervise this study.

PMGT 572 – Agile Scrum Applied Projects (3 credits)

This course provides the student with hands on experiential learning using Agile Scrum as a member of a team. The team develops a vision statement and user stories for a real application. The team then implements the product that is specified using Agile Scrum Framework and all of the standard Agile Scrum ceremonies such as Product Backlog, Sprints, Sprint Planning, Release Planning, Daily Standups, Sprint Review, and Sprint Retrospectives. Team members play the actual roles of Product Owner, ScrumMaster, Developers, Testers, etc. The course produces an actual working viable product that can be demonstrated to stakeholders. The teams consists of a mix of graduate students from Project Management, ISEM, Computer Science, Analytics, and Learning Technologies.

PMGT 574 – Agile Lean Product Development (3 credits)

This level course provides the student with key strategies in agile lean product development that will help the student streamline new product development processes that will decrease time-tomarket, reduce waste, enhance product quality, and fully integrate new product designs into a lean production environment. This course uses principles rooted in the iconic Toyota Production system.

PMGT 576 – Agile Lean Transformational Leaders (3 credits)

This course provides the student with innovative practices that need to be followed in order to transform a company or organization form a traditional waterfall mindset to more of an Agile Lean mindset and culture. Agile Lean Change management (not the typical change management talked about in project management relative to scope, budget, etc.) and Lean IT are two methods that are being used successfully in the industry to move organizations from a more traditional mindset to Agile. Both of these methods rely significantly on the leaders in the organizations to facilitate the change. In conjunction with this course, the student learns the responsibilities and techniques of the Agile Coach role, which has become a key role in the industry to facilitate change. The student studies change resistance, change adoption, change planning tools, transformation frameworks, and methods for leading change from any level in an organization.

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