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2020-2022 Graduate School Catalog 
2020-2022 Graduate School Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Project Management (MS), Program Information

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Program Faculty

Department Chair

Sanjay Bapna, M.B.A., Ph.D. 



Program Coordinator

Dr. Dennis Agboh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of INSS

Department of Information Science and Systems

Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, 508

Tel: (443) 885-4557; Fax: (443) 885-8255 



Program Faculty


Dennis K. Agboh, M.S., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor


Donald Buresh, M.S., Ph.D. 



Maxim Bushuev, M.S., Ph.D., Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor


Mary Dunaway, Ph.D., PMP

Assistant Professor


Lisa Harper, M.B.A., PMP 



Monica Kay, D.B.A., PMP



Thomas Ngniatedema, M.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Stephen Onu, Ph.D., PMP 



Marcus S. Parker, MSC, PMP



Abirami Radhakrishnan, M.B.A., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor 


Leslie James Sklenar, M.B.A., PMP 



Ziping Wang, M.S., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor


Jigish Zaveri, M.S., Ph.D. 


Program Description

The Master of Science in Project Management degree program (MSPM) is an interdisciplinary, 30-credit graduate program that provides a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of project management theory and practice. The objective of this program is to provide students with technical and soft skills to excel in challenging work environments. This program helps to meet the industry demand for project managers who can improve project performance. The program brings together courses in project management, business, city & regional planning, engineering, information technology, liberal arts, sciences, social sciences, transportation, and several other disciplines to offer a rich educational experience. The professionals can advance in their careers in the private and public sectors. It also provides a career change path for working professionals. We follow the Project Management Institute (PMI) standards. We use the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) extensively in our project management courses.

Program Objectives

The program learning outcomes of the MSPM program are:

  1. Demonstrate working knowledge of project management terminology, techniques, and analysis. 

  2. Integrate PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) knowledge areas

  3. Demonstrate an ability to develop a project management plan

  4. Develop strategies for the project team and stakeholder management

  5. Apply project management knowledge and skills to a real-life project.


General Requirements

Candidates for the MS in Project Management degree must complete a minimum of thirty (30) academic credit hours and pass the comprehensive exam. 

Students must complete all required prerequisites, mathematics and statistics proficiency (quantitative foundation prior to the start of the program or during the first semester), Core and Supporting courses, and the Comprehensive Exam in the requisite order.  

Math/Stat Proficiency must be established before commencing Project Management coursework.  Students must follow the course sequence as determined by the Program. The Project Management Application course and the comprehensive examination have to be taken in the last and graduating semester.  Students must follow application deadlines for graduation.

The comprehensive exam is an assessment of the student’s ability to exhibit mastery of project management knowledge areas. The comprehensive exam is given in the last semester of study. Students will be exempted from the comprehensive examination if they successfully pass either the CAPM® or the PMP® Certificate examinations offered by Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Students may repeat courses in which they have secured a grade of “C,” but must not receive any more than 20% of their program’s credit requirement in “C” grades


To be eligible for admission to the Master of Science Program in Project Management, an applicant must: 


  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 

  • Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or better to be considered for regular admission. Students who possess a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of between a 2.5 and less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission.  Post-bachelor’s undergraduate credits will not be used to enhance G.P.A. requirements for admission to graduate study. 

  • Submit an application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies.  All required documents must be submitted as directed by the School of Graduate Studies prior to program review and admission decision.

  • Use the application system to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be placed with the application.  Two letters must be from officials or faculty members of institutions previously attended who are acquainted with the applicant’s ability for graduate study. At least one letter must be from employment supervisors.

  • Submit a typed exposition regarding the candidate’s personal academic and professional plans and goals and the role that the MSPM program will play in reaching the goals.

  • Document(s) substantiating two years of full-time work experience.


Meeting the minimum eligibility requirements and submitting all the required documents does not guarantee that an offer of admission will be made to the applicant.  The decision of the Program Admissions Committee involves a review and analysis of all the elements of the application as well as the availability of positions in the program.  The committee then recommends to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies that an offer of admission should be made based on that review.


Students achieve candidacy by successfully passing the Comprehensive Examination.  Prior to achieving Candidacy, the student must enroll in the Comprehensive Examination, or demonstrate through official certificates that they have successfully obtained the CAPM® or the PMP® certificates, offered through PMI®. 

Once a student achieves candidacy, enrollment in any course is generally prohibited.  Students seeking additional skills, knowledge, or a certificate must seek approval through the program up to the School of Graduate Studies.  The request must be accompanied with a revised Plan of Study.

Additional Requirements

All MSPM Program core courses should be taken at Morgan.  A maximum of two supporting courses may be transferred in accordance with the School of Graduate Studies credit transfer policy and the INSS department approval. 

Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to remain in good academic standing. Students whose cumulative GPAs fall below a 3.0 are automatically placed on academic probation. Students who are on academic probation for two (2) consecutive semesters and who fail to raise their GPA to a satisfactory level at the conclusion of the two (2) consecutive terms of probation will be dismissed from the School of Graduate studies and the program. A course in which a grade of “C” has been earned may be repeated.

More information is available in the School of Graduate Studies Catalog under the Regulations and Procedures section.

Additional Notes

Students who wish to obtain additional professional certification known as Project Management Professional (PMP) or CAPM must meet additional conditions that are set by Project Management Institute (PMI).  PMI is a non-profit project management professional association that develops, administers, and maintains PMP certification standards.

Program Course Requirements

MS in Project Management 30 Credits, not including the Quantitative Foundation Course

Quantitative Foundation Course

Students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics and statistics before taking any core courses.  Students who have quantitative proficiency (as determined by their undergraduate or graduate coursework transcripts with a grade of “B” or better) prior to admission will have met the requirements. Students who have not met the requirements will need to register and take a Project Management Program recommended online class in Quantitative Methods, or pass a proficiency exam.

Supporting Courses 9 credits

Students select 3 courses (9 credits) from the graduate programs (600 level or higher) at Morgan State University based on their background and experience. For example, ACCT, BUAD, GEGR, COSC, CREP, EEGR, FIN, IEGR, INSS, MKTG, PROJ, PUBH, TRSP among others.  Students are required to obtain department/school/college approval before selecting and enrolling in supporting courses. Departments that offer supporting courses may substitute courses when appropriate.

Project Management Application 3 credits

PROJ 690  is a required course for all students in the last semester of the MSPM program. Students must complete the Project Management Application after completing all core courses.  This intensive course has a comprehensive project requirement that integrates all knowledge areas and processes.

Suggested Curriculum Sequence

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