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Master's in Project Management Online MS in Operations Program

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Register By: March 19 Classes Start: March 21

Earn your MS in Project Management

  • $627/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Meets educational requirement to sit for PMP® exam
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Receive credit for prior learning
  • Complete in as few as 15 months

Online Master's in Project Management Program Overview

Develop the skills necessary to link operations and projects with relevant activities in almost all areas of business with the Master of Science in Project Management and Operations from Southern New Hampshire University.

You'll receive broad exposure to leading-edge topics and skill development in operations management, project management, supply chain management, logistics, quality control and management science. This exposure and your participation in several team projects will provide you with the concepts, language, insights, tools and leadership skills you'll need for success in operations and project management.

You'll enjoy access to authentic market-relevant content and projects. In the process, you'll be further prepared for a professional career relating to analysis, design, implementation and management of operations and projects in manufacturing and service organizations.

The MS operations degree program explores the contemporary issues that make almost any business run smoothly. Areas of study include supply chain management, international supply chain management, project management for PMP® certification, management of service operations and Six Sigma quality management.

Learn how to:

  1. Recommend strategies for optimizing production of goods and services
  2. Identify total quality management (TQM) principles
  3. Create, evaluate and assess project plans to ensure outcomes
  4. Recommend strategies for improving the supply chain
  5. Evaluate operational and project management environments
  6. Manage cross-functional environments to ensure project goals

Becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)®

Through SNHU’s relationship with the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, this program is designed to give students the education, experience and guidance needed to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. The content provided in this program satisfies the 35 hours of project management education required to apply for the PMP® exam. In addition, we require all instructors to complete the PMI® Authorized Training Partner Train the Trainer – PMP exam Prep Program, which equips our faculty with the authority to deliver PMP® exam prep and training content to PMI’s quality standards for the revised exam, which went into effect in January 2021.

Students who choose to pursue their PMP certification will find that this in-demand, industry-recognized credential adds significant value to their skillset and job prospect potential, helping to boost their career growth and earning potential.

Program Mission

The MS in Project Management and Operations is designed to fulfill the university’s mission of training intellectually and culturally enriched individuals to be successful in their careers and contribute to their communities. In addition, the program responds to the university’s purpose of preparing students for an ever-changing and increasingly interconnected world.

Receive Credit for Prior Learning

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

  • Active CPSM Certification can be substituted for QSO-635: International Supply Chain Management
  • Active CSCP APICS Certification can be substituted for QSO-630: Supply Chain Management
  • Active Six Sigma Black Belt can be substituted for QSO-625: Six Sigma for Black Belt Certification

Career Outlook

Kurt Mithoefer with the text Kurt Mithoefer"There are a lot of benefits to project management," said Kurt Mithoefer, assistant vice president of planning and value creation at Southern New Hampshire University. "A lot of businesses are seeing value in having a structured focus in an endeavor, having a lead person to really drive it – start to finish – and hopefully achieve the vision of that project."

As employers find more value in these roles, job opportunities are set to grow in the coming years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of general and operations managers is projected to grow 9% through 2030.1 In addition, the median annual wage for these positions was reportedly $103,650 in May 2020.1

For those interested in research and data that can help drive better business decisions, this MS program can also help prepare you for a career as an operations research analyst. This is another promising career track, according to the BLS – with 25% job growth projected through 2030 and an annual median salary of $86,200 in 2020.1

The outlook looks good for graduates like Jill McCamant '21.

"The degree I have earned has given me a chance to apply for positions that I am now qualified for," she said.

Upon completion of SNHU's master's in project management, you'll find career options in a variety of industries, including:

  • Business continuity managers. Develop response systems to successfully mitigate damage in the face of crises such as natural disasters or cyber threats.
  • Director of inventory control. Oversee all aspects of inventory control, from supplier relations and deployment to supply-and-demand forecasts and process improvement.
  • Director for strategy & operations. Work with executive leadership to create and implement successful business strategies.
  • Operational strategy consultant. Lead companies through all aspects of the operational change lifecycle, from strategy to implementation.
  • Operations planner. Develop operations strategies – such as budgeting, process improvement and risk mitigation – to overcome business challenges and achieve company goals.
  • Operations research analyst. Apply mathematical and analytical methods to help solve key business challenges and present findings to stakeholders.
  • Process improvement manager. Help improve your company's most crucial business practices – including cost, resource allocation and productivity.
  • Program analyst. Use research, data and reports to assess and provide expert guidance to improve an organization's programs, policies and procedures.
  • Project director. Manage teams to ensure the successful completion of a project, from creating schedules to facilitating collaboration across departments.
  • Purchasing director. Negotiate with vendors to purchase essential goods or services for your organization.
  • Quality assurance manager. Assist in the successful planning, control and improvement of a quality management system.
  • Supply chain manager. Promote the design and implementation of warehouse, distribution and logistics solutions.

Michelle Hahn with the text Michelle HahnFor Michelle Hahn '20, her degree started out as a personal interest, but she quickly could see how she could apply the skills to her current job.

"I am an external resource for some projects at work, and what I learned made their shortcomings really obvious," she said. "Though my focus was on the project management side of the degree more than the operations management side, what I learned also made me notice a lot more about how the operations at my workplace could improve."

Project management and operations management are departmental segments that span across virtually any type of industry.

In healthcare, for example, you might work as an operations director, where you'd oversee and manage the inner workings of a healthcare facility. This may involve any number of tasks, from working to ensure quality patient care and employee safety, to leading cross-functional clinical teams, to managing budgets and finances.

You may break into the blue-collar world of construction, where you could direct hard-hat workers, order worksite materials and review blueprints to assess scope and manpower. There's also the white-collar world of a law firm or legal department, where you could help in-house attorneys work smarter through improved automation software, data and legal analytics and litigation support.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Project Management and Operations Degree

Courses & Curriculum

This 36-credit interdisciplinary program gives you the knowledge, skills and education you need to pursue or accelerate a career in operations management and project management. The master's in project management can be completed in as few as 15 months and provides a market-relevant combination of comprehensive business education and real-world applications.

The program's technology-integrated coursework is continually adjusted to reflect the latest topics, technology and tactics in the field.

As an MS in Project Management and Operations student, you’ll take 6 required courses, an additional 4 elective courses in your area of interest and 2 graduate-level business courses. Of your 36 credits, 24 credit hours must be QSO (Quantitative Studies & Operations Management) courses.

Jill McCamant with the text Jill McCamantWhile Jill McCamant '21 says each course gave her new information she can apply to her career, she uses the takeaways from one class frequently.

"I enjoyed Managing Difficult Conversations," she said. "No one wants to have difficult conversations with team members. I learned that I need to listen better and actually hear what the team member is saying. Then I can address the situation based on what is being told to me. I use this technique when I am working with my customers."

Michelle Hahn '20 also had great experiences with her courses.

"I am an educator in my existing field," she said. "One thing I tell my students is that you know you are in the right place when every class is the best class you've taken. That's how it was for my first graduate degree, and that's how it was for this graduate degree from SNHU."

Top-tier faculty boasts advanced academic qualifications and many years of practical experience in operations and project management.

"Having these practitioners teaching about their practice surely made a world of difference in how well I understood the concepts," Hahn said.

"All of the instructors had a wide range of experience," McCamant agreed. "I loved hearing about their current and past careers.... They provided great feedback and I was able to use that feedback to improve my grades."

Overall, it was a positive experience for both graduates.

"Learning about operations has changed my outlook on what I am capable of achieving," McCamant said. "I love operations. I enjoy improving processes and setting goals."

Note: Students who take QSO 645: Project Management for PMP Certification as part of their MS in Project Management will meet the 35 hours of project management education required in order to take the PMP exam.

Tuition & Fees

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.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
Degree/Certificates
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ 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.

This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.

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The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI Authorized Training Partner seal is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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