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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. Southern New Hampshire University is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, and graduates of this program meet the educational requirement needed to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.
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.
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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.
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.
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"There are a lot of benefits to project management," said Kurt Mithoefer, senior director of project management and strategic initiatives 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 7% through 2028.1 In addition, the median annual wage for these positions was reportedly $100,780 in May 2019.1
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 26% job growth projected through 2028 and an annual median salary of $84,810 in 2019.1
Upon completion of Southern New Hampshire University's master's in project management, you'll find career options in a variety of industries, including:
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 – or 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.
Note: SNHU is an R.E.P. of PMI. Project managers are increasingly turning to R.E.P.s for certification training and maintenance. PMI is the world's largest project management member association, representing more than 600,000 practitioners in more than 185 countries. Students who take QSO 645: Project Management for PMP® Certification will have satisfied the educational requirement of 35 hours of project management education needed to sit for the PMP exam.
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.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University 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 your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
Education is about empowering you to advance your career. That's why, at SNHU, we offer a number of experiential learning opportunities, all built to position you for success long after you complete your degree. Some of our operations management students, for example, have competed in the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) Case Competition – a global event in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting LLP that challenges teams of participants to engage in real-world supply chain problem solving. Student teams from universities across the globe compete for the chance to win cash prizes up to $5,000. The competition not only helps students flex both technical knowledge and soft skills, it offers valuable opportunities for networking that could lead to mentorships, internships and more.
SNHU is a proud military supporter. In fact, we first launched our online programs in 1995 to give active-duty military service members a pathway to education. Today, we continue that tradition by offering 30% tuition discounts for service members and their families, college credits for military training and the support of academic and career advisors with military backgrounds.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
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 — with no GRE or GMAT required.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms.
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:
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 a 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. Top-tier faculty boasts advanced academic qualifications and many years of practical experience in operations and project management.
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 courses.
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)
The opportunities are endless. That might sound like an overstatement, but it really is true. One of the most exciting things about a career in operations management is that there's demand for it in just about every industry imaginable.
Operations managers are needed in a number of high-demand industries, including transportation, retail, military, e-commerce, healthcare, financial services, higher education, insurance, food service, manufacturing and hospitality.
The work environments will vary by industry, too. For example, you could work in an office doing engineering project management, where you'd help lead the creation of products like machines or software applications. Alternatively, you may work in resource project management, where you'll work outdoors and on job sites to help optimize the use of natural resources and minimize waste. If you thrive on variety, you could also work in consultant project management, where you can hop from industry to industry serving clients with a host of different needs.
No matter where you choose to go or what kind of projects you want to lead, an MS in project management will help you hone the skills you need to prepare you for what's next.
To earn and maintain your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, you'll need to:
It's important to note that some prerequisites are required before you can sit for the PMP exam. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI) website, these prerequisites will vary depending on your highest level of education.
If, for example, you have a secondary degree – such as a high school diploma, associate degree or the global equivalent – you will also need:
On the other hand, if you earn a 4-year degree, you would then need:
Not necessarily, but an advanced degree can give you the boost of confidence you need to reach your goals – and even help open doors to new career opportunities. In fact, according to a survey by the Project Management Institute (PMI), 46% of project managers have their master's (by comparison, 43% of respondents reported having a bachelor's).3
Dianne Swanciger, adjunct faculty member at Southern Hampshire University, can attest to this as she is one of many professionals who are opting for a master's to help them get where they want to go. . “Earning my graduate degree established my level of expertise in the field,” she said. "It gave me the confidence to sit for my PMP® certification exam and the knowledge to pass it with ease."
A graduate degree also helped her rise through the ranks of her industry – ultimately resulting in a high-impact leadership role. "It gave me the expertise to create a project management office – a new endeavor for my employer – and standardize our project management practices to align with industry best practices."
Beyond professional advancement, there is some research to suggest that graduate degrees could lead to higher earning potential throughout various fields and industries. In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that individuals with a master's degree earned a median weekly pay of $1,434.1 By comparison, those with a bachelor's earned $1,198.1
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Not better, just different. Let's compare, to help you figure out which option would be a better fit for you.
That all depends on what you'd like to do.
If you've earned your bachelor's in project management or a related field, you may qualify for a number of entry-level jobs, including:
A master's degree, on the other hand, could open up opportunities to a number of leadership roles, including:
In addition to proficiency with some of or all these skills, as well as knowledge of common project management methodologies, you'll need a handful of key soft skills, including:
It's worth noting that many of these soft skills are essential to military service members and veterans, making this a particularly well-suited master's program for those looking to transition back into civilian life.
SNHU proudly supports military service members and their families with 30% tuition discounts, career and academic advisors with military experience, and transfer-friendly programs that awards college credits for military training.
If you’re a military service member, or the family member of someone who serves, and you’re interested in a bachelor’s-level program, consider our online bachelor's in operations management.
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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.
1 Bureau 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.
2 According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.
3 Project 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