Project Management (M.S.)

Project Management (M.S.)
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  Online Program

The UNH online Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) degree aspires to expand access to quality project management education to working adults in New Hampshire and beyond.

 Credit Hours: 30  |   Program Length: Finish in 18 months or sooner  |   Tuition Cost

What is Project Management?

The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) is a practice-oriented program ideal for managers who want to enhance their ability to plan and lead complex projects, motivate people, and deliver the desired business value associated with the project. The program is accredited by the independent Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs.

Why study Project Management at UNH College of Professional Studies?

The College of Professional Studies' Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) aspires to provide access to quality project management education to working adults within the state of New Hampshire and beyond. It provides an accessible pathway for graduate education in project management by offering courses, infused with industry best practices and the real-world experiences of our faculty, in a flexible online or hybrid format and by aligning curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment with industry standards and workforce needs. This practice-oriented program is ideal for managers who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve cost-effective results. Available fully online with select blended course options, this ten-course program is built for working professionals and offers you the opportunity to apply what you learn in a workplace setting, integrating your studies with your professional goals.

Potential Careers

  • Project Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Project Controls Specialist

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GAC Accredited by the Project Management Institute

Smaller PMI Global Accreditation Center Badge for Project Management

The College of Professional Studies’ Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) and the Graduate Certificate in Project Management programs are fully certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center. Courses are fully aligned with the expectations of these globally recognized standards and cover all aspects of modern project management. The program is led and taught by dedicated and highly qualified faculty who bring years of hands-on experience and provide real-life context to your education.



Course Highlights

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Project Chartering and Planning
  • Delivering Business Value
  • Negotiation, Contracting, and Procurement
  • Total Quality Management
  • Managing Project Portfolios
  • Leading Teams
  • Project Management Capstone
Elective Options
  • Introduction to Lean Practices
  • Introduction to Theory of Constraints
  • Change Management and Communication
  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Building Diverse and Inclusive Organizations
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management




Our 30-credit master’s degree program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and its Global Accreditation Center, the industry standard for project management excellence.

  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE)
  • GAC Accredited by the Project Management Institute
  • Available fully online with select blended or hybrid courses
  • Affordable tuition
  • Career counseling is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, to help you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career

  • Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA average in the last 60 credit hours, or Graduate Degree completed from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA minimum overall.
  • Official transcripts for all previous college work
  • 500-1000 word statement which includes professional goals and aspirations, motivation for applying for the degree, and relevant formal or informal experiences. The statement is evaluated on applicant’s writing and its content alignment with the program’s purpose and outcomes
  • (2) professional or academic references
    Contact information for your references is submitted via the admission application. This will generate an email inviting your references to complete a short questionnaire to assess your candidacy. A formal letter of recommendation is not required; however, your references are welcome to upload one within the questionnaire.
  • Current resume

Earn a 12-credit graduate certificate in Project Management as you progress through your master’s degree program. Ask your advisor for details.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) is a practice-oriented program ideal for managers who want to enhance their ability to plan and lead complex projects, motivate people, and deliver the desired business value associated with the project.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 30 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Major in Project Management 1
PM 800Project Management Seminar3
PM 811Project Chartering and Planning3
PM 813Delivering Business Value3
PM 815Negotiation, Contracting, and Procurement3
PM 817Managing Project Portfolios3
PM 819Total Quality Management3
LD 804Leading Teams3
Elective Course(s)
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
LD 810
Change Management and Communication
LD 821
Ethical Decision-Making
LD 832
Building Diverse & Multicultural Organizations
OPS 800
Principles of Operations Management
PM 820
Introduction to Lean Management
PM 821
Introduction to Theory of Constraints
SCM 805
Supply Chain Management
Integrative Capstone:
PM 850Project Management Integrative Capstone3
Total Credits30

Graduate credit is only granted for courses completed with a grade of B-­ or higher.

Students will have the opportunity to:   

  • Effectively employ strategies for managing projects through the entire project cycle;
  • Acquire, deploy, and monitor resources to maximum benefit;
  • Determine and manage risk for strategic and ethical decision-making;
  • Manage changing project management environments including human resources, cost, timelines, and workflow;
  • Lead people and teams to excellence in projects and organizational settings;
  • Communicate effectively throughout the project management cycle;
  • Assess and evaluate project management processes to continuously improve;
  • Apply project management knowledge for quality assurance in real-world settings;
  • Attain competency in the components of project management required for certification as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) or Project Management Professional (PMP®).

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Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Term 1 - September 1; Term 2 - November 1
  • Spring: Term 3 - February 1; Term 4 - April 1
  • Summer: Term 5 - June 1
  • Special: N/A

Application Fee: Application fee waived for CPS Online applicants.

Campus: Online

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH or Granite State College (GSC) after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester, UNH Non-Degree work and GSC. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must upload a copy (PDF) of your transcript in the application form. International transcripts must be translated into English.

If admitted, you must then request an official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts from all previous post-secondary institutions must be submitted and applicants must disclose any previous academic or disciplinary sanctions that resulted in their temporary or permanent separation from a previous post-secondary institution. If it is found that previous academic or disciplinary separations were not disclosed, applicants may face denial and admitted students may face dismissal from their academic program.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.