Master's Degree Curriculum
Brandeis University’s Master of Science in Project and Program Management is ten courses in length (30 credits total, seven required courses and three electives). Courses are ten weeks long and there are three entry points per year. The majority of students enroll in one or two courses per term.
The Foundations of Project Management course (RPJM 101), must be taken first and preferably alone. If necessary, it can be taken concurrently with Professional Communications (RCOM 102). Advanced Scheduling and Control (RPJM 103) must be taken no later than two semesters after Foundations of Project Management (RPJM 101). All required courses must be taken before the elective courses, although if necessary, the last required course may be taken concurrently with the first elective.
- RPJM101 Foundations of Project Management
- RCOM102 Professional Communications
- RPJM103 Advanced Scheduling and Control
- RPJM110 Risk Management in Projects and Programs
- RPJM113 Negotiating and Conflict Resolution
- RPJM117 Program Management: Theory and Practice
- RPJM119 The Human Side of Project Leadership
Elective Courses (Choose three):
- RPJM115 Challenges in Project Management
- RPJM118 Procurement and Contract Management
- RPJM130 Agile Project Management
- RPJM290 Special Topics in Project Management
- RVTM110 Management of Virtual and Global Teams
- RVTM115 Social Media and Collaboration Technology in Organizations
- RMGT110 Organizational Leadership and Decision Making
“There is a need for research in certain arenas. One is to look at Agile methods versus traditional. They’re in opposite camps and both have strong marketing engines to sell their approaches. There are companies that have a mandate from the top to use Agile, and those that have a mandate to do the more conventional project methodologies. I’ve tried to have my students look closely at the methods, trying to find ways to tailor elements out of both methods to get people where they need to be. There are a lot of myths out there about the methods and what they can and cannot do…The key is to find methods that are appropriately morphed to fit corporate needs.”Anne Marando, in an excerpt from “The State of PM Research in American Universities” Project Manager Today, 2011.