Message from the Program Chair

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Welcome! I am pleased to invite you to explore the opportunities available through the Master of Science in Project and Program Management (MSPPM). For some history and context, the Brandeis MS degree in MPP was among the first credit-bearing graduate programs in project management to be offered by a major U.S. university.

Opened in 2003 and available completely online since 2008, the part-time degree program allows professionals to earn a master’s degree through the successful completion of 10 courses. The program and its courses have defined learning outcomes which indicate the skills that students can be expected to demonstrate upon course and program completion.

Guided by an advisory committee of senior project and program management professionals, the curriculum addresses a balance of technical skills required for successful planning, estimating and budgeting, and interpersonal skills essential for effective communication, leadership and negotiation. With a foundation in theory, our courses have a practical focus that allows students to explore techniques that are immediately applicable in their places of work. As an instructor in the program, I find it rewarding to hear feedback from my students that their efforts in the classroom have helped them succeed and advance within their organizations.

The program is designed to help working project management professionals with their career progression by increasing their competence in the practice of project management. The program also provides individuals interested in transitioning into the field with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete successfully for project management positions. Whether you are an experienced project or program manager, or someone who is starting out in the field, you will find opportunities to explore practical and cost effective techniques that are applicable to most industries and application areas.

In addition to the breadth and relevance of our curriculum, another distinguishing factor of the Brandeis MPP is the quality of our instructors. Our courses are taught by individuals who are working in project or program management and have extensive experience in applying best practices within corporations. All have been trained in online instruction, and all guide and participate in the rich discussions possible with our small class sizes and our diverse set of students.

Organizations embark on projects and programs to achieve strategic gains. Your selection of a master’s degree program may be viewed as a project, with time, cost, scope and quality trade-offs. For those of you considering the Brandeis MPP program, I hope that after comparing our program to others being offered you will conclude that we offer the best return on your investment and decide to join us! I encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about the program.

I hope that you will enjoy being part of the Brandeis community, and I look forward celebrating with you at commencement!

Leanne Bateman
Program Chair

M.S. in Project and Program Management
Division of Graduate Professional Studies
Rabb School of Continuing Studies
Brandeis University

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