Master's Degree in Project Management


Am I qualified to get into an online project management master’s program?






3 Letters

3 from professors only

Writing Samples

Statement + Sample

Typically a statement of intent and one writing sample or essay between 2k and 5k words


Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The standard entrance examination for most project management programs.

  • Average Score: No specific scores available for project management students, but the average for all test-takers in 2013 was 545.6.

As reported by The Princeton Review, a growing number of business schools now accept a GRE score in lieu of a GMAT score.

Additional Requirements


Many programs require a resume that accounts for all of an applicant's relevant job experience.

What undergraduate degrees do project management master’s students typically hold?

  • Management
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Accounting
  • Construction Management

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program?

  • Take an internship under the supervision of an established project manager
  • Join on with a small business or non-profit, such as a grassroots organization, where proximity to management is built into the position
  • Volunteer at an organization carrying out a major event or campaign
  • Reach out to recent graduates from both MSPM programs and MBA Project Management programs to compare the outcomes and opportunities unique to each path

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online project management master’s students?

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online project management master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • A firm understanding of all aspects of project-management theory and practice.
  • Understand how to simultaneously manage multiple and interrelated projects
  • Address cross-cultural, social, and political issues that impact international projects
  • Understand commercial and procurement law

Once I’ve earned my online master’s, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Industrial Production Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Delaware — $125,360
    • City with Highest Pay

      Odessa, TX — $152,270
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Michigan — $104,940
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Elkhart-Goshen, IN — $77,200
  • Construction Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $122,520
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division — $137,860
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $114,950
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Victoria, TX — $66,620
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      California — $155,020
    • City with Highest Pay

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $183,870
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $140,210
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA — $183,870

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the field today?

  • Project Management Journal: This is a peer-monitored publication of the Project Management Institute; the articles are peer-reviewed discussions of management techniques, research, theories and applications.
  • Project Times: This publication offers articles on the industry’s best practices, requirements, risk management and trends in the field.
  • PM Network: This is a publication of the Project Management Institute, for members only; it covers a wide variety of topics in project management.
  • IPMA Journal: This journal is available to members of the International Project Management Association. Published eight times per year. The magazine includes Project, Program and Portfolio Management-related articles that have been reviewed by professionals and academics.

What RSS feeds related to the industry are worth subscribing to?

  • Shaw Project Management: Shaw Project Management’s RSS feed features tips and suggestions on how to improve skills.
  • Voices on Project Management: This RSS feed from the Project Management Institute’s Voices on Project Management blog features links to new and old blog posts of interest to professionals.
  • The Project Management Podcast: The Project Management Podcast is a weekly program that discusses best practices and new developments in the field.
  • The Project Management Network: This site offers RSS feeds about forum discussions, blogs and articles.
  • Association for Project Management: This UK-based organizations RSS feed includes discussion of topics like deceit in management and introductions to the field.
  • Baseline: Project Management RSS Feed includes discussion of industry successes and failures.


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