Online Accredited Project Management Schools
What is Project Management?
Project managers learn how to organize, motivate and move employees and projects toward a specific goal. When pursuing a degree in project management, it is important to know if your school is regionally or nationally accredited (meaning if the school is approved as academically sound in the region, such as in the Northeast, Southest, West, etc., or nationally, or through some other mechanism) or if you can complete the degree online. Another important issue is whether or not the school is recognized by the Project Management Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides certification for project managers. Fortunately, both regionally and nationally accredited options in project management are available for both bachelor's and master's degrees. See below for schools that offer this degree and the information you need to know to make your educational choices.
Ashford University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Project Management requiring 120 hours of coursework, all completed online. Ashford does not promise that students graduating from the program will necessarily be qualified to receive certifications offered by the Project Management Institute, though it does urge students to research necessary certifications for better chances of employment. Ashford is regionally accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, an international accrediting agency.
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Penn State Online
Penn State Online provides a Project Management master's degree that is unique in that it is Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider, which makes for easier to achieve certification through PMI and provides an extra level of legitimacy to the degree. Penn State Online is accredited through The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
The Project Management Process
St. Mary's University
St. Mary's University provides an online Project Management MS with curriculum based on the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide and is accredited by the Project Management Institute. Degree focus includes project evaluation from inception to completion as well as the addressing of cross-cultural issues in management. St. Mary's University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
ITT Technical Institute
ITT Technical Institute offers a Bachelor's of Science in Project Management in both on-ground (through several locations) and online format. This degree focuses on basic project management skills with a heavy focus on internet business and the various challenges and benefits this medium provides. ITT Technical Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and federal financial aid is offered to students who qualify. Although a bachelor's degree might not be your ultimate goal, this might be a good start for laying your foundation in project management. This degree does not indicate association with or approval by the Project Management Institute, so be sure to check out certification rules in your area to make sure that this degree will meet your educational and employment goals.
Finding a Project Management Degree
- Carefully review accreditation: what type of accreditation do you want? Which is the most prestigious? Study this carefully.
- Review online program requirements and how they compare to rules put forth by the Project Management Institute.
- Research schools to get ideas from former graduates about the legitimacy and possibilities of employment after graduation.
Brandeis University provides students with a Master's of Science in Project and Program Management. The curriculum is consistent with the rules of the Project Management Body of Knowledge, published by the Project Management Institute. The Degree is fully online, has a faculty that is well-known in the field, and is regionally accredited by the the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Brandeis has been ranked highly in the U.S. News and World Report college report as one of the "best colleges" and boasts highly experienced and qualified faculty.
When researching your educational choices, be sure to look beyond each college's claims; make sure that you know what particular certifications are required in your state and how you can work to become as qualified as possible in your field. Examine the accreditation credentials as well as student reviews before you definitely choose an online university.
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