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 86902 Project Management Organization
This course is designed around the various organizational and managerial responsibilities and skills required for effective project management. The Learner is introduced to the concepts composing organizational structures and the paramount importance of obtaining skilled staff and team members from the parent organization. The Learner also explores the topics of managing conflict and interfacing with organizational executives and stakeholders to obtain their project objectives. Other areas discussed include managing the network, organizational scheduling, determining project variables, and identifying and implementing special organizational skills to accomplish project tasks and objectives.Learning Outcomes:
- Interpret the impact of various organizational structures on project management.
- Hypothesize the differences and impact of “project-driven” versus “non-project driven” organizational structures.
- Evaluate and assess issues concerning project management through formal case study analysis.
- Demonstrate your level of comprehension and mastery of the course learning objectives through case study analysis.
- Scrutinize the basic characteristics and tenets for determining who should be considered for project management.
- Explain the different roles and functioning processes that distinguish between organizational management and project management.
- Illustrate how human behavior and patterns relate to the Maslowian and McGregor theories.
- Recommend how to deal with the various characteristics that differentiate functional management from project management.
- Determine how to interpret the impact or intent of various communications pathways relative to project and functional team member interactions.
- Classify various types of conflict situations and alternative resolutions.
- Determine when confrontational approaches should be considered and when they should not be employed.
- Review intangible compensation structures for rewarding project team members.
- Determine the state of confidential information and how it should be appropriately handled, plus, managing projects in unionized environments.
- Determine methodologies to improve interact and interpersonal skills in working with both other project managers and functional managers.
- Demonstrate how to effectively engage upper-level management and develop a “win-win” relationship.
- Plan what “variables” the student needs to capitalize on, as in their project management strengths.
- Formulate the various reasons upper management and executives will either accept or reject the decision to establish project management within the organization.
- Determine what communications skills and styles work most effectively with various levels of management and customer interaction.
- Develop critical path charts and how to identify critical paths given specific project information.
- Determine the pros and cons of PERT versus WBS charts, plus, the proper integration and implementation of both tools.
- Provides the student an opportunity to research a project management area they need improvement on or expand their management skill-set.
- Introduce self and explain course expectations.
- Integrate the course concepts through interaction with other Learners and your Mentor.
- Access information efficiently and effectively.
- Evaluate information critically and competently.
- Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.