MBA - Project Management Emphasis

The UW-Whitewater MBA Emphasis in Project Management curriculum was developed by local project management experts and provides skills you can use to enhance your career and improve the productivity of your workplace. Program instructors have professional project management experience, PMP® certification, and demonstrated success to teach a variety of project management related topics. Individual classes in the curriculum include both theoretical knowledge and practical, real-world skills that are most in demand in today's workplace.

Students that complete the UW-Whitewater MBA Emphasis in Project Management can choose courses in project management to suit their individual career needs. Foundation courses offer tools and techniques for delivering quality products on time and within budget, as well as instruction on increasing leadership and team building skills. Specialized and applied courses provide advanced learning in special topics and/or hands-on experience working on and managing projects. 

The UW-Whitewater MBA Emphasis in Project Management is based on A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), UW-Whitewater has agreed to abide by PMI established quality assurance criteria. Classes included in the UW-Whitewater MBA Emphasis in Project Management count toward the 35-hour education requirements for earning PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential and the 23 education hours for PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification. Students also receive hands-on project experience toward earning the PMP®. For students that already hold PMP® certification, our classes count toward the professional development units (PDUs) required annually to maintain the certification.

PMBOK, PMI, PMP, CAPM and the PMI Registered Education Provider logo are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Below is a listing of courses currently offered in the program, with some considerations for current and aspiring project management professionals:

Project Management Emphasis Table

MBA students that would like to earn an emphasis in Project Management must complete nine credits of the following courses.

ITSCM 785 (REQUIRED): Applied Project Management

No Prerequisite

This course will provide students with pragmatic guidance in the management of IS projects by analyzing critical success factors, skills and techniques required to successfully organize, plan, schedule, monitor, and control projects. Cost and schedule estimation techniques are presented together with proposal writing, project planning, team building, negotiation/communication, risk management, alternative technology assessment, and quality measurement techniques.

ITSCM 765: Topics in Project Management

No Prerequisite

This course addresses emerging  or context specific project management concepts, techniques, and technologies. Topics may include new methodologies and technologies that implement them, or project management in a specific industry or work context.

ITSCM 769: Quality Issues in Operations

No Prerequisite

A course focusing on qualitative and quantitative techniques used to study and improve quality of operations in manufacturing and service organizations. It covers topics such as quality philosophy, statistical process control (SPC), acceptance sampling, tools for quality improvement, product and process design. The role of quality in the entire cycle including product/ service design, development, production, delivery, and customer support is emphasized. An individual research paper covering the topic of interest will be used.

ITSCM 780: Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

No Prerequisite

The course covers Business Continuity Planning, a methodology used to create and validate a plan for maintaining continuous business operations before, during, and after disasters or disruptive events. It also covers Disaster Recovery, which is aimed at stopping the effects of disasters as quickly as possible, and addressing the immediate aftermath.

ITSCM 782: Global Project Management

No Prerequisite

This course prepares students for global project management, effective teamwork and collaboration from theoretical and practical viewpoints. Students are prepared to understand key issues in systems lifecycle planning, managing and coordinating distributed project teams, organizing work products, implementing process and quality metrics, maintaining effective control and coordination, and risk management.

MANGEMENT 764: Sustainability Management

No Prerequisite

This course focuses on proving concept and methodologies relevant to ensuring businesses can sustainably manage their operations. Topics include an introduction to sustainable management, organizational response, redefining business models, product design, realigning supply chains, social sustainability, and the role of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs).