Management Major - Project Management Career Track

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. Elon's Project Management Career Track provides students with a strong foundation in a professionally recognized project management body of knowledge, opportunities for skill development as project managers, and experience with the tools and techniques essential to effective project work.

Organizations succeed or fail in today’s dynamic environment based on the ability to bring quality products and services to market in a timely manner. Without skilled project managers leading these efforts, organizations are challenged to deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope. Regardless of the industry or mission, project management is the value driver that helps organizations maximize the use of their resources and achieve strategic goals.

Project Management Career Track students are eligible to achieve certification as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® credential is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams.

  • 1.6 million jobs will open in project management annually for the next decade (Anderson Economic Group study)
  • US $62,000 average salary (US) of project managers with under 3 years of experience
  • US $144,000 average salary (US) of experienced project managers
  • The CAPM is ranked on annual lists of “most valued certifications.”
  • 95% of executives identify project management as the single most important skill for their companies’ current and future success (Economist Intelligence Unit study)*

*Source: PMI

Aligning the Project Management Career Track with Industry Guidelines

In today’s increasingly complex and competitive global marketplace, technical skills are simply not enough. Companies are seeking added skills in leadership and business intelligence to support longer-range strategic objectives that contribute to the bottom line.

The ideal skill set – the Talent Triangle – is a combination of technical, leadership and strategic and business management expertise. To stay relevant and competitive, you must develop these employer-demanded skills. The coursework associated with the Project Management Career Track has been developed using guidance from the Project Management Institute and other industry sources to provide technical, leadership and strategic management expertise to aspiring project managers.

Technical Project Management

Technical Project Management is the skill that includes knowledge and behaviors related to specific domains of project, program and portfolio management. This area will be developed in the MGT 410 Project Management course.

Technical Project Management examples:

  • Requirements gathering techniques
  • Project scheduling and costing
  • Risk management
  • Scope management
  • Project planning
  • Project control

Leadership

Leadership is the knowledge, skills and behaviors specific to leadership-oriented skills that help an organization achieve its business goals. This area will be developed in the MGT 412 Advanced Organizational Behavior course.

Leadership examples:

  • Negotiation
  • Conflict management
  • Motivation
  • Giving/receiving feedback
  • Influencing
  • Problem solving
  • Team building
  • Leading groups and teams

Strategic and Business Management

Strategic and Business Management is the knowledge of and expertise in the industry or organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes. This area will be developed in the MGT 430 Seminar in Project Management course. 

Strategic & Business Management examples:

  • Business and environmental analysis
  • Finance
  • Operational functions – e.g. marketing, legal
  • Strategic planning/alignment
  • Contract management
  • Complexity management
  • Innovation

As part of the MGT 430 Seminar, which serves as the capstone experience in the Project Management Career Track, students will take the CAPM® certification exam offered by PMI.

Project Management Career Track Required and Elective Courses

Required courses:
ECO 301 BUSINESS ECONOMICS 4 sh
MGT 410 PROJECT MANAGEMENT 4 sh
MGT 412 ADVANCED ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR 4 sh
MGT 430 SEMINAR IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT 4 sh

Choose one elective:
MGT 411 PROCESS, SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY 4 sh
MGT 423 INNOVATION DYNAMICS 4 sh

For more information about the Project Management Career Track, contact Dr. Matt Valle at mvalle@elon.edu.