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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 the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's largest project management member association, half of all organizations have moved to project-based work.3 Why? Working in teams led by skilled, educated project managers is more effective.
Develop the fundamental skills employers are looking for in a project manager with our bachelor’s in project management degree. 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.” As more and more organizations define work by what needs to get done and how to do it, our economy is being driven by project work.4
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:
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:
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.
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.5
In 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported employment of 1,279,390 of project management specialists, business operation specialists and other related project management occupations.2 The BLS also reported a median annual salary of $73,570 for project management-oriented jobs.2
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:5
“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 senior director of project management and strategic initiatives.
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?
“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.”
According to a survey by PMI, 43% of project managers in the U.S. have a bachelor’s degree and 46% have a master’s degree.6 Most project managers also hold one or more PMI certifications – an achievement that SNHU can help set you up for. Read on to the curriculum section of this page to learn more.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
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Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
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:
The concentration consists of 5 courses. You’ll get to choose from the first two courses listed below and complete the four remaining.
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.
Some of those principles 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 senior director of project management and strategic initiatives. 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.
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.
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Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We 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.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
While it’s possible to transition to project management from another field, most employers look for an undergraduate degree at a minimum. Earning your project management degree sets you on the right path toward a successful career in this growing field.
SNHU's undergraduate business administration degree equips you with the business acumen to understand how organizations run. The online project management degree concentration exposes you to the methodologies and standard tools and practices for creating and completing organizational projects. It also lays a solid foundation to develop project management skills like production planning, inventory control, logistics, supply chain management and quality control.
In addition to earning a project management degree, gaining professional project management qualifications can help you stand out among a crowded field of applicants. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification from PMI, for example, tells employers you have a strong background of educational and professional experience.
The CAPM® is a global standard that not only enhances your professional credibility. It improves your effectiveness as a project manager, whether working on or with project teams. Combined with a project manager degree, CAPM® certification can give you the skills you need to succeed as a project manager and help you find work in today’s fastest-growing industries.
A business administration degree with a project management concentration prepares you for a number of entry-level positions, including project coordinator or program manager. These positions are critical roles in professional, scientific and technical services, as well as manufacturing, finance and insurance.
Combined with your project management degree, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification can expand your opportunities and boost your salary.
An online master's in project management coupled with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification opens the door to an even wider range of career options, including:
Several leading industry sectors may offer your best career options. In a recent report from PMI, the following industries show the highest potential for job growth:5
Project managers need to be able to think strategically, lead teams of varying sizes and work through the challenges of complex environments.
The most effective project managers have great people skills. They know how to communicate well with every stakeholder from the C-suite to the factory floor, as well as clients and vendors.
They’re organized and efficient. They’re also creative, adaptable and comfortable thinking on their feet.
SNHU’s online project management degree can help you hone a fundamental set of soft skills for any project management role that includes:
In addition to enhancing soft skills, the project management degree will help you develop a strong set of practical skills. You’ll learn how to plan, execute and close projects and gain an understanding of industry-leading tools and methodologies.
In a recent report, the Project Management Institute looked at the project management job market in 11 countries and found that project-oriented jobs would likely skyrocket in the coming years.5
Why is the job market for project managers growing so quickly? The PMI report points to baby boomers. As boomers age out of the job market, vast numbers of seasoned project managers are retiring.5
And there’s another reason – the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented global event placed a spotlight on the challenges of getting supplies from point A to point B in the face of huge obstacles. The supply chain and efficient project management became crucial during this time. And where they failed, employers identified gaps they’ll need to fill to avoid falling short in the future. Should abrupt shifts in the supply chain occur again, project managers will need to step in to problem solve and help keep it moving.
Those two trends and others are creating project-related job openings in nearly every industry. PMI predicts an especially strong need in sectors such as:5
And for the most part, those positions pay well. In 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an median annual salary of $73,570 for project management-oriented jobs.2 By comparison, the median annual wage for all occupations in that same period was reportedly $39,810.2
Absolutely! Besides being in very high demand, project management is versatile and constantly evolving.
Why are project managers in such high demand? Simple. They make things happen. Project managers help organizations in every industry build in process, routine and some level of predictability. They find better ways to do business. They help companies hit both short-term and long-term revenue targets. They serve a critical role wherever efficient operational function is crucial (and that’s everywhere).
What makes project management a versatile career path? Project managers hone a skill set that applies to work-related scenarios across every industry. It also carries over into everyday life. From planning large social gatherings to running a household, a project management degree helps you sharpen an indispensable set of life skills.
How is the field evolving? According to a recent Project Management Institute report, the world’s fastest-growing industries will create new project management positions every year through 2027.5 In fact, it’s not uncommon to find an organization that starts with one project management team to have multiple teams just a few years later. And it’s little wonder. Companies in every industry rely on project managers to drive large, complex projects over months or even years.
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*According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
3Project Management Institute, “Tomorrow's Teams Today/The Future of Teaming: Creative, Collaborative and Agile,” on the internet, at: https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/pulse-indepth-tomorrows-teams-today-11941 (viewed May 7, 2020).
4Project Management Institute, “Powering the Project EconomyTM: Identifying New Ways of Working,” on the internet, at: https://www.pmi.org/the-project-economy (viewed online May 28P, 2020).
5Project Management Institute, “Project Management: Job Growth and Talent Gap, 2017-2027,” on the internet, at: https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/ pdf/learning/job-growth-report.pdf (viewed May 7, 2020).
6Project Management Institute, “Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, 10th Edition,” on the internet, at: https://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/public/ pdf/learning/salary-survey-10th-edition.pdf (viewed May 7, 2020).