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Meet the growing demand for project leaders with the Master of Business Administration in Project Management from Southern New Hampshire University. Learn what it takes to plan, monitor, measure and adapt a project from start to finish.
The field of project management is growing as more companies move to project team-based business models. The project management MBA builds a strong foundation of management skills. You can apply these skills to leadership roles across a variety of industries, including construction, healthcare, IT development, manufacturing and more.
SNHU is also a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. PMI is the world's largest project management member association, certifying more than 1 million project managers worldwide. Students who take QSO-645: Project Management for Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification course can satisfy the educational requirement of the PMP exam. This industry-recognized credential demonstrates proven project management skills and could help boost career growth and earning potential.
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SNHU’s MBA in Project Management is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation and can be completed in just over a year.
With an MBA in Project Management online from SNHU, you can develop the skills and experience you need to capitalize on the growing demand for qualified project managers.
PMI® expects project management jobs to grow by more than 31% through 2027, creating a total of 22 million new project management jobs.1 Earning potential for project management workers is also strong – particularly for workers with the PMP certification. A 2020 PMI survey found that PMP-certified workers earned 22% more than those without certification.2
The project management MBA offers a unique mix of project management skills and broad-based business knowledge that can help you stand out in this growing field.
This degree will not only prepare you to carry a project management certification but it provides you the business acumen to put those project skills to work with any industry and any project model environment,” said Gina Cravedi '18, SNHU’s director of marketing operations, an MBA graduate and certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Project managers can work in a variety of industries, including:
Throughout these fields, project managers play an important role in the process of moving projects, organizations and entire industries forward. Supply chain management, for example, relies on the expertise of project managers to run its processes smoothly and maintain availability of essential goods and services.
A project management MBA can teach you the in-demand skills needed to succeed in one of these critical project management jobs:
Job growth and earning potential for project management careers will vary depending on the career you pursue with your project management MBA.
Construction managers, for example, earned a median salary of $95,260 in May 2019. Jobs for construction managers are projected to grow 10% by 2028. General and operations management jobs are projected to grow 7% through 2028. The median annual wage for these positions was $100,780 in 2019.3
Your project management MBA can also help you prepare for a career as an operations research analyst, using data to drive better business decisions. Jobs in this field are projected to grow 26% through 2028 with a reported median salary of $84,810 in 2019.3
Not sure you want to work as a project manager? The skills gained in a project management MBA can help you develop key leadership and career skills that enhance any business management position.
Earning an MBA in Project Management gave Dara Edge '15 new tools to support her career in social media. As a social media community manager for SNHU, Edge manages engagement on the university’s social media channels and works with teams from across the organization to analyze community engagement data.
Edge said her MBA program helped develop the strong critical analysis and communication skills needed for this role.
“You have the ability to use the degree in so many different ways,” said Edge. “Whether you want to work in the project management field, work in management, or if you want to learn how to manage projects in general. You’ll always be able to use the skills and knowledge that you’ll learn in the program.”
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 12 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.
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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.
SNHU's online student clubs and professional organizations can supplement your coursework learning. You can connect virtually with other students from around the world and grow your personal network.
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Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions, and walk you through the application process, which includes:
The MBA in Project Management online combines theory with practical application. You can graduate with a set of tools that complement today's tech-intensive workplace.
Taught by professors with many years of business experience, your courses will focus on how to lead a project from start to finish – smoothly. You’ll learn how to define the scope of a project, develop a project timeline, and identify costs and resources.
Project management learning will be supported by the MBA core curriculum, which focuses on all aspects of business leadership, including:
Your project management degree courses will focus on the tools, processes and strategies used to successfully hit the goals of any big project.
You’ll learn how factors like scope, time, cost, quality, risk, resources and communication impact a project. You can apply this learning to real-world case studies to offer key decision-making experience. And you’ll get hands-on practice using manual and technology-based tools to start, plan and control projects.
If you’re interested in seeking the PMP certification, you have the option to take QSO-645: Project Management for PMP Certification as part of your MBA program. In this course, you'll explore the professional and social responsibilities of project management. You can also get a deeper understanding of the tools and techniques you can use to plan and manage projects.
This course satisfies the education requirement of 35 hours needed to take the PMP exam. It does not guarantee certification or passage of the certification exam, but does get you closer to earning this key credential. You must meet all other PMP requirements, including work experience hours, in order to sit for the exam.
The project management MBA program culminates in a capstone project. Through this project, you will develop and present a business plan. This process offers a real-world application for the skills and strategies learned throughout your degree program.
No matter what your goals are, an MBA in Project Management offers key leadership and career skills you can use to be successful as a project manager or business leader. These skills include:
Students with non-business academic backgrounds may be required to take foundation courses. For students seeking the certification from PMI, you must take the QSO-645: Project Management for PMP Certification course in order to satisfy the educational requirement needed to take the PMP exam. MBA students can also pursue a graduate certificate beyond the standard degree program, including a project management graduate certificate. This allows you to list another significant credential on your resume with minimal additional coursework.
Total Credits: 36
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% 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.
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
It depends on your career goals. One of the benefits of a project management MBA is that there is demand for project management skills in just about every industry. Even if your career doesn't lead you directly to the job title of project manager, you’ll gain key management and career skills that can enhance any business leadership role.
“Because the role of the project manager differs in an organization, it's important to have a well-rounded business background to understand how you fit into that particular organization and how their business functions around you and your project,” said Gina Cravedi '18, SNHU’s director of marketing operations.
Demand for project managers is high. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI®), there will be 22 million new project management job openings through 2027.1
Project management jobs can be found across many industries, including transportation, retail, military, e-commerce, healthcare, financial services, higher education, insurance, food service, manufacturing and hospitality.
You could find yourself leading a team of engineers to work toward a common goal, like the creation of a new product. Or you could focus on boosting the efficiency of a construction project, keeping an eye on the bottom line and working to minimize waste. You could even work as a project management consultant, helping businesses set up better project management systems.
Jobs for project managers include:
With the knowledge gained in an MBA, project management skills can also be applied to other business leadership roles across many industries.
If you want a rewarding career leading a team or department, then yes. An MBA in project management can give you the communication, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills you need to succeed in a leadership position.
“In many organizations the project manager works with team members who don’t report to them, which really calls on leadership skills and understanding human behavior to inspire and motivate a team to accomplish a project goal,” said Gina Cravedi '18, SNHU’s director of marketing operations.
Project managers are in high demand, and advanced education for project leaders is also common. According to a survey by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), 46% of project managers have their master’s degree, compared to 43% of respondents with a bachelor’s degree.1
Across many industries, demand for MBA graduates is also high. According to a 2019 survey of business leaders from the Graduate Management Advisory Council (GMAC), 77% of US employers planned to hire MBA graduates in 2019.5
With an MBA in project management, you’ll develop key career and leadership skills taught in the core MBA business courses. You can also benefit from advanced project management courses designed to prepare you to lead a project from start to finish.
With a project management MBA, you could find work across virtually any industry. Project management jobs are available in:
A PMP and an MBA can both help to advance a project management career. Which one is right for you depends on your career goals. For some project managers, earning both credentials may be the best move.
A PMP, or Project Management Professional certification, is a specialized credential for workers interested in operational and project management. Often recognized as the gold standard for project management certification, the PMP can prepare you to lead teams and manage projects across virtually any industry. Earning a PMP certification demonstrates proven skill and experience in project management and can lead to higher earning potential.2
An MBA is a graduate-level degree program designed to give you a strong foundation of business and leadership skills. With a project management MBA concentration, you’ll also explore the tools, practices and processes used to keep projects and organizations running smoothly.
At SNHU, you have many other online MBA concentrations that may also support a project management career, including an MBA in Operations and Supply Chain Management.
It depends on the career you want to pursue. Project managers need strong organizational, communication and problem solving skills. Strong leadership skills are also key. There are many degree options that can help you gain these critical skills and start – or advance – a project management career.
Most project management jobs will require at least a bachelor’s, whether it be an online degree or a campus major. Southern New Hampshire University offers two project management bachelor’s degree options.
An online operations management degree can prepare you for a career developing, improving and managing the processes used to produce and transport goods or services. With an optional degree concentration in project management, you could gain the knowledge and skills you need to manage projects on time, on budget and within scope in almost every industry.
An online project management degree concentration under the BS in Business Administration program also offers project management learning, supported by a broad based business education. You’ll explore how to successfully plan, execute and close a variety of projects. And you can gain a strong foundation in the strategies and principles used by successful organizations to get more done.
If you want to advance your career even further, a project management master’s degree can help. At SNHU, you have two options for graduate degrees in project management.
With a master’s degree in project management, you’ll explore operations management, project management, supply chain management, logistics, quality control and management science. You can gain the tools and leadership skills needed for success in an advanced project management position.
The MBA in Project Management also explores the ins and outs of project management. But this program also provides a deep understanding of what makes a business work. You’ll study business law, ethics, marketing, economics and decision-making. The skills you learn in a project management MBA program can be applied to project manager jobs and other business leadership positions.
Project management is a growing field with opportunities in virtually every industry. Do you have a passion for engineering and product creation? Do you want to work in the field at a construction site or healthcare facility? A project management degree can help you get there.
Project managers are in high demand. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI®), jobs for project managers are projected to grow by over 31% – or nearly 22 million jobs – through 2027.1
Demand for project managers is expected to continue to grow, as more businesses move toward project team-based models and supply chains continue to grow more complex. Skilled managers are critical to the success of these complex processes that keep organizations – and entire industries – running smoothly.
Project managers also have strong career and salary potential. With an MBA in project management, you could boost your career prospects even higher.
A survey from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) found that 77% of employers planned to hire recent MBA graduates in 2019. Additionally, it found that most employers plan to increase the starting salaries in 2019 for those new hires.5
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1Project Management Institute, Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017-2027, on the internet, at: https://www.pmi.org/learning/careers/job-growth (viewed May 22, 2020)
2Project Management Institute, 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 22, 2020)
3Bureau 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.
4According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.
5Graduate Management Advisory Council, MBA Salaries in the US Highest On Record, on the internet, at: https://www.gmac.com/news-center/gmac-press-releases/mba-salaries-in-the-us-highest-on-record (viewed May 22, 2020)