Project Management Specialization

Create ambitious goals and get results. With a specialization in Project Management at Ashford University, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to plan and execute successful projects. If you choose to specialize in project management, you will be able to support your degree with courses that include topics like quality assurance, procurement management, and integrated cost and schedule control. Expand your degree today with a specialization in Project Management through Ashford University. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Program Disclosures

Project Management Specialization for Undergraduate Degrees

Build on your undergraduate degree with the four (4), three (3) credit courses for the specialization in Project Management. You will be well-equipped to seize new opportunities in an active industry.

Degrees Offering the Project Management Specialization

Undergraduate Project Management Specialization Courses

BUS 445 Total Quality Management

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course presents quality procedures and concepts for enhancing goods, services and the entire business environment. Students learn various methods of process control and acceptance sampling, including using control charts and sampling plans. Quality planning, assurance and control are covered as parts of a total quality system. Probability and statistical concepts are further explored as related to process control.

INF 336 Project Procurement Management

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Designed to develop the basic knowledge base of project managers and project procurement managers, this course emphasizes partnering between buyers and sellers to create a single culture with one set of goals and objectives. Students will discover the key areas in procuring outside services and products— from the initial decision to buy through final contract closeout. They will recognize what must be done for success in the six key project procurement management processes: procurement planning, solicitation planning, solicitation, source selection, contract administration, and contract closeout. They will also formulate the make-or-buy decision, prepare an effective procurement management plan to guide the team, and use outsourcing for maximum benefit. Lessons and best practices from procurement theory and experience are also presented. This course can be used as a substitute for BUS 309.

INF 337 Integrated Cost & Schedule Control

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Effective cost and schedule management are cornerstone activities of each project. Students will determine how best to plan the execution of a project scope, to consider stakeholder budget and schedule constraints, to use different methodologies, and to establish the performance measurement baseline. They will also discover keys to identify potential cost and schedule overruns and master the tools and techniques to compare actual work accomplished against established plans, as well as work accomplished against actual expenditures. By identifying early warning indicators, students will gain greater insight into potential risk areas and take the necessary corrective action to keep the project in control. 

INF 410 Project Management

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides the foundational principles and techniques to plan, execute, and manage complex projects. Topics include workflow analysis, quality control, and performance evaluation.

Project Management Specialization for Graduate Degrees

The three (3), three (3) credit courses of the Project Management Specialization combined with a master’s degree helps graduates realistically achieve even their biggest goals. Topics like project planning and life-cycle management, procurement, operations management, scheduling, and financial analysis are taught often including the latest in project management software and technology. Common career prospects for individuals with a specialization in Project Management may include corporate managers, business developers, and project managers in industries like information technology and manufacturing.

Degrees Offering the Project Management Specialization

Graduate Project Management Specialization Courses

BUS 611 Project Planning & Management

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course introduces students to the art and science of project management as applied to different types of project situations. Topics such as project life-cycle management, project organizations and leadership, project team building, RFPs, proposals and contracts, techniques for project scope definition, work definition, estimating, scheduling, risk management, control and closeout, the project management methodology, and PM software are covered.

BUS 612 Advanced Project Procurement

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to using project management knowledge areas to facilitate scheduling, estimating, tracking and controlling the schedule and costs of the project. A project baseline will be set so that actual schedule and cost variances can be compared to the project baseline and corrective actions can be developed to address the variances. In this course students will learn about the legal, ethical, and fiscal considerations in procurement and contracts. Students will examine ways of identifying, evaluating and mitigating risk in scheduling, cost control, contracting and procurement.

BUS 697 Project Management Strategy

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course focuses on application of managerial approaches necessary to align significant projects with organizational strategy. It examines and discusses how firms determine business benefits and project feasibility, report progress, and measure project quality while communicating with key organizational stakeholders. Emphasis is placed on Earned Value Management techniques and achieving project progress and technical performance of the project.