2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Project Management

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Project Management, BS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Project Management?

Project management is a profession that consists of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing projects within an organization.  Project management is needed in many types of industries including information technology, construction, health care, finance, marketing, supply chain, manufacturing, and government.  The Project Management major is designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a Certified Project Management Professional in technical and non-technical disciplines. 

The courses in the Project Management major are aligned to best practices as defined by the Project Management Institute, which is considered the global standard for project management and is the certifying organization for the Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) designations. 

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the PMI Agile Framework are the guiding principles for the coursework.  An in-depth examination of project management practices, processes, tools and techniques, and knowledge areas are explored.  The initial courses in the Project Management major will lay a foundation for students to be successful project managers.  

Following the initial courses, the core project management courses focus on the specific aspects of project scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, stakeholder, and procurement management.  Agile practices and visual management systems are introduced as emerging project management frameworks with emphasis on SCRUM. 

The final project management courses focus on preparing for the PMP and CAPM exams by taking practice exams and completing a project management internship or completing a capstone project.  Completion of the project management major satisfies the contact hours required to take the CAPM and PMP exams.

Career Opportunities 

Project managers add business value to organizations by delivering projects on time and on budget. Through 2027, the project management-oriented labor force is expected to grow by 33%, or nearly 22 million new jobs.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), certified project managers earn an average annual salary of $135,800.  The Project Management major is designed to serve one of the fastest growing and largest job classifications in technical and non-technical fields.  According to the BLS, employment as a project manager is expected to continue increasing at a fast rate for the near future. Several job outlook surveys have rated project management in the top five career paths today and into the future.  Certified project managers earn an average of 15.6% more than their non-credentialed colleagues with similar experience.

For More Information

Accountancy, Finance, & Info Systems
119 South Street, BUS 212
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2284

The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).  The next accreditation review is February 2028.

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