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Online Project Management Degree BS in Business Administration Concentration

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Register By: October 22 Classes Start: October 24

Learn to Lead in Project Management

  • $320/credit (120 total credits)
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Median annual salary of $84,290 for project managers1
  • Prepares graduates to take the CAPM®
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Online Project Management Degree Concentration Overview

Technology keeps advancing. Consumer demands keep growing. The global marketplace gets more competitive every day. That’s the reality of today’s ever-evolving business world. And it’s radically changing the way companies get work done.

According to a study conducted by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2021, business leaders cited project management as one of the top five areas they would like their organization to prioritize.2 With more and more industries becoming project-oriented, PMI estimates that the workforce will need 25 million new project management professionals by 2030 to meet growing demand.2

With a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management, you can develop the fundamental skills employers are looking for. As a PMI Registered Education Provider, SNHU provides the solid foundation you’ll need to thrive in “The Project Economy.”

PMI coined the term “Project Economy” to describe the shift in the way “people do what they do and how organizations achieve their goals, create change, and deliver value.” Organizations define work by what needs to get done and how to do it, which means our economy is being driven by project work.3

Project managers are integral to The Project Economy. They coordinate schedules, estimate costs, create budgets, analyze risk and report progress. They need some degree of technical aptitude to accomplish these tasks. To be truly effective, they also need several essential soft skills, including:

  • Communication: Organizations have internal stakeholders, clients and vendors. Good project managers interact well with all of them.
  • Critical thinking: Every new project comes with unknowns. Project managers know how to ask questions and solve problems.
  • Leadership: Project management means team management. And that means coaching, motivating and leading.
  • Negotiation: Skillful diplomacy helps resolve issues. It also helps get projects done on time and on budget.
  • Organization: As priorities shift, project managers need to coordinate schedules and adjust timelines on the fly.
  • Self-motivation: Good project managers have the inner drive to see a project through to its successful completion.

In addition to enhancing your soft skills, the 120-credit online project management degree can help you develop a career-ready set of job skills. You’ll learn how to plan, execute and close projects. You’ll gain an understanding of industry-leading tools and methodologies, including Waterfall and Agile. And you'll come away grounded in key strategies and principles designed to solve business problems.

No matter which methodologies or strategies you use, you can learn to manage risks, resources and people through every project phase. Upon completion of your project management degree, you’ll know what it takes to be a strong project manager.

Learn how to:

  • Plan, execute and close projects on time and on budget
  • Apply industry-leading tools and methodologies
  • Set timelines, estimate costs and create budgets
  • Allocate resources, analyze risk and report progress
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Develop critical-thinking and organizational skills

After earning her degree in project management, Andi Axline '21 felt confident she had what she needed to make a career change.

"I feel that the knowledge I gained was so well rounded and relevant to my career aspirations," said Axline.

For those interested in furthering their education in project management, SNHU offers the fully online MBA in Project Management as well as the MS in Project Management and Operations.

Become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®

Want to earn a certification that can help position you for success in the job market? This online project management bachelor’s degree offers the QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification course. This elective course prepares you to take the PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management® exam. Already have your CAPM®? You’re a step ahead. As a PMI registered education provider, Southern New Hampshire University allows you to transfer it in for credit.

Receive Credit for Prior Learning

You've earned it. Now take advantage of it. If you have the following certifications, you may be eligible to waive certain courses, helping you save time and tuition.

  • Active Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Certification for QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification

Career Outlook

In a recent report, the Project Management Institute noted that as “the global economy has become more project-oriented,” demand for skilled project managers has skyrocketed.4

In 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported employment of 1,444,420 of project management specialists, business operation specialists and other related project management occupations.1 The BLS also reported a median annual salary of $84,290 for project management-oriented jobs.1

SNHU’s online project management degree helps open career opportunities in this growing field across a wide range of industries. The PMI report lists the following leading industry sectors:4

  • Finance and insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Information services and publishing
  • Management and professional services
  • Manufacturing and construction
  • Oil and gas
  • Utilities

“Businesses are seeing a lot of value in having a lead person drive a project – start to finish – and hopefully achieve the vision of that project,” said Kurt Mithoefer, SNHU’s assistant vice president of planning and value creation.

Mithoefer’s passion for project management began when he found a way to automate his work in compliance for a pharmaceutical company. After going back to school part time to earn his project management degree, he began managing the company’s construction and IT infrastructure projects.

You may be wondering: Why not simply learn project management on the job?

Online Project Management faculty lead Anthony Allen with the text Anthony Allen

“Learning and mastering project management in that way takes a lot of trial and error, which is expensive,” said Anthony Allen, SNHU’s business faculty lead. “A company or organization's stakeholders and shareholders don't want to hear that you're experimenting. They want results. A project management certification or concentration on your resume signals you have the training and education to get results. And that puts you a notch above the competition.”

That was certainly true for Andi Axline '21, who enrolled in the project management program at SNHU after realizing it was time for her to switch professions.

Online project management degree student Andi Axline smiling.

"My main goal was to make a career change, and I got my foot in the door at one of the largest logistics companies in the U.S. before totally completing the program," said Axline.

According to a survey by PMI, 38% of project managers in the U.S. have a bachelor’s degree and 43% have a master’s degree.5 Most project managers also hold one or more PMI certifications – an achievement that SNHU can help set you up for.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Project Management Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

In a project management degree program, you'll explore project management methodologies and learn tools and practices for creating and completing organizational projects. You'll also lay a solid foundation of business knowledge.

In addition to the online business degree core, this project management concentration focuses on such key areas as:

  • Inventory control
  • Logistics
  • Management of demand forecasting
  • Production planning
  • Quality control
  • Supply chain management

The concentration consists of 5 courses. You’ll get to choose one of the first two courses listed and then complete the four remaining classes.

  • Project Management. Learn to use a basic project management framework that breaks the project life cycle into four phases: organizing, planning, monitoring and controlling. Dive into the methodologies and tools required to manage time, cost, quality, risk and resources.
  • Project Management for CAPM® Certification. Learn the industry-standard five process groups and nine knowledge areas and prepare for the CAPM® certification exam.
  • Project Contracting and Procurement. Explore the process of acquiring products, resources, services or results from outside the project team. The course covers how to plan procurement management, as well as conduct, control and close procurements.
  • Resource Estimating and Scheduling. Learn how to keep projects on time, on budget and within scope. The course reviews the critical processes of activity definition, resource estimating and scheduling.
  • Integrated Cost and Schedule Control. Learn the cost and schedule control techniques used to manage project scope and how to oversee a cost and schedule plan. The course reviews the importance of measuring a project's performance using Earned Value Management (EVM).
  • Adaptive Project Management. Processes and goals inevitably change over time. Iterative techniques help businesses adapt to change and achieve results. The course reviews Agile frameworks including Scrum.

Core courses in our online project management degree are taught by highly regarded, accomplished faculty. SNHU’s online instructors reflect the advanced academic qualifications and practical experience of a top-ranked, accredited university. The expertise in project management they bring to the classroom helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Under their expert instruction, you’ll study leading-edge techniques as well as principles that have stood the test of time.

Jerald Ray Reich Jr. smiling."All my instructors were a wealth of information concerning the classes they taught," said Jerald Ray Reich Jr. '21. "And all my classes have provided takeaways that I use in my everyday work and personal life."

Some of those lessons date to the 1950s when project management became a recognized field, forged by the likes of Walt Disney.

“One of the greatest project managers was the late, great Walt Disney,” said Kurt Mithoefer, SNHU’s assistant vice president of planning and value creation.

Kurt Mithoefer with the text Kurt Mithoefer

Mithoefer credits Disney with one of the best definitions of project management: “Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them at a common goal.”

Identifying required skill sets. Juggling shifting priorities. Unifying a diverse group of individuals toward a common goal. This project management bachelor’s degree online provides the education you’ll need to fulfill these responsibilities and more – and succeed in this increasingly vital and rewarding field.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Business core: Business programs require learners to complete the business core, which includes a variety of business-specific courses. These courses focus on 10 core competencies to prepare you for success wherever you go.
  • General education courses: All online bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI logo is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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