Project Management

Project management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. 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.

Outlook*

  • 1.6 million jobs will open in project management annually for the next decade (Anderson Economic Group study)
  • US $62,000 average salary (U.S.) of project managers with under 3 years of experience
  • US $144,000 average salary (U.S.) 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

The Project Management Major

Elon’s Project Management major will provide you 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.

Project Management 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.

Aligning the Project Management Major 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.

Heading says The PMI Talent Triangle is Evolving. A triangle with sides that say Ways of Working, Power Skills and Business Acumen. The coursework associated with the Project Management major has been developed using guidance from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and other industry sources. According to PMI, the ideal skill set – the Talent Triangle – is a combination of different ways of working (formerly technical project management), power skills (formerly leadership) and business acumen (formerly strategic and business management). To stay relevant and competitive, you must develop these employer-demanded skills.

The project management major will assist you in your development as a project team member, project manager, and organizational leader through required and elective coursework.

Ways of Working

(Previously Technical Project Management) Whether it’s predictive, agile, design thinking, or new practices still to be developed, it’s clear that there is more than one way that work gets done today. That’s why we encourage professionals to master as many ways of working as they can – so they can apply the right technique at the right time, delivering winning results.

  • Relevant Coursework (Major) – MGT 4100 Project Management (required); MGT 4700 Agile Project Management (elective)
  • Relevant Coursework (Business Core) – ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting; BUS 2110 Management Information Systems; BUS 2210 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business; BUS 3260 Operations and Supply Chain Management; ECO 2300 Statistics for Decision Making; FIN 3430 Principles of Finance; MKT 3110 Principles of Marketing

Power Skills

(Previously Leadership) These interpersonal skills include collaborative leadership, communication, an innovative mindset, for-purpose orientation, and empathy. Ensuring teams have these skills allows them to maintain influence with a variety of stakeholders – a critical component for making change.

  • Relevant Coursework (Major) – MGT 4120 Advanced Organizational Behavior (required)
  • Relevant Coursework (Business Core) – MGT 3230 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior

Business Acumen

(Previously Strategic and Business Management) Professionals with business acumen understand the macro and micro influences in their organization and industry and have the function- or domain-specific knowledge – to make good decisions. Professionals at all levels need to be able to cultivate effective decision-making and understand how their projects align with the big picture of broader organizational strategy and global trends.

  • Relevant Coursework (Major) – MGT 4300 Project Management Seminar (required)
  • Relevant Coursework (Business Core) – BUS 4970 Strategic Management

As part of the MGT 4300 Seminar, which serves as the capstone experience of the Project Management major, you will take the CAPM® certification exam offered by PMI. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to obtain certification as a Professional Scrum Master in the Agile Project Management course.

Outcomes

Recent graduates of our Project Management program are employed throughout the United States in the following organizations: PwC, Accenture, Wells Fargo, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Oracle, Truist, John Moriarty & Associates, Blomberg Industry Group, Epsilon, Spot Freight, MarineMax, and Clark Construction, among others. Our alumni are actively engaged with the program and often serve as guest speakers in PM classes or during PM Club events. Many of our program graduates maintain their PMI project management certifications (CAPM and PMP); in addition, many have pursued Agile/Scrum certifications.

Degree Requirements

Project Management Degree Requirements & Courses

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