MBA with a Concentration in Project Management
Take Advantage of a Business Trend With an MBA and a Concentration in Project Management
CalSouthern’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in project management is a versatile degree that’s perfectly suited to today’s business landscape. With more and more businesses organizing themselves along a project-based model, a comprehensive understanding of this discipline and an online project management degree can be valuable tools to set yourself apart in today’s competitive marketplace. Skilled project managers are increasingly in demand, across industries and across borders.
Factors like downsizing, outsourcing, and accelerated rates of change and product development are leading traditional businesses to transition into project-oriented organizations. CalSouthern can prepare you to take advantage of this trend. By supplementing your online MBA degree program with elective courses in areas such as project management organization, integration, and strategic design, among others, you can earn an MBA with a concentration in project management.
CalSouthern’s online MBA program is designed to provide the skills required by the 21st century business world, while meeting the demands and providing the necessary flexibility for today’s mature, working student. The university’s proprietary learning system is 100-percent online, so you can work at your own pace without compromising your family life or your work obligations.
When you pursue your online MBA degree at CalSouthern, you’ll be guided by Faculty Mentors who are not only talented and responsive online instructors, but who are also business leaders in their respective fields. They will combine the latest academic theory with real-world business experience to help you apply the concepts to actual business scenarios—developing the precise proficiencies you’ll need to succeed in today’s fast-moving marketplace, including project management skills such as new product development, project scope assessment, resource allocation, and team building and management. You’ll work with them on a one-to-one basis, which gives them an opportunity to get to know your individual learning style and to work with your specific interests and business experience.
In a competitive marketplace, you have to do everything you can to make sure that the skills and knowledge you develop correspond to real needs arising in today’s business landscape. With more and more companies following the trend toward project-focused business models, an online project management degree can give you every opportunity for success.
Project Management Courses
PM 86901 Project Management Strategic Design
This course explores the principal means by which operational and strategic changes are managed in contemporary organizations for both profit and not-for-profit enterprises. The course objectives illustrate the importance of project management as to its proper role and position in strategic management.Learning Outcomes:
- Evaluate the importance in learning and understanding the history of project management.
- Determine the kinds of projects to undertake and important questions to ask to estimate project importance.
- Illustrate how the various parameters of project management interact and the importance of “synergistic thinking.”
- Determine what types of information and project audit you would provide the board of directors.
- Explain the differences and importance of both strategic management and strategic planning.
- Explain what a PSM is and determine the necessary steps.
- Explain how you determine and address the impact of strategic and environmental issues, plus, assess the relevance of these issues.
- Determine why you would use project portfolio management and how to allocate organizational resources.
- Determine differences between the continuous improvement model and stage project management maturity model.
- Explain the importance of organizational design and matrix organizational forms, plus, the advantages and disadvantages of each form.
- Explain project planning and various modern planning practices used.
- Explain EVMS as to its side benefits, changes to be expected, and its ability to track costs and schedule data.
- Explain how you would determine your leadership style and research for improving your strengths and identifying your weaknesses.
- Differentiate between the various leadership roles in an organization, plus, how effectively interact with stakeholders.
- Determine what constitutes active listening and what management can do to improve communications in the organization.
- Determine what constructs make a quality project team from a self-directed and self-managed team perspective.
- Distinguish how to use projects to develop continuous improvement within your organization.
- Judge the importance of organizational culture for both your company and project success.
- Formulate alternative teams and determine how to gain acceptance by the organization of these new paradigmatic approaches in project management.
- Introduce self and explain course expectations.
- Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
- Assess information efficiently and effectively.
- Evaluate information critically and competently.