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Project Management


Project management programs prepare people to manage projects in a wide range of fields and occupations.

Project management programs teach students about a variety of topics.

Project management programs include topics such as:


In this program, students may be able to specialize in information technology project management.


A few community colleges offer an associate degree in project management. An associate degree usually takes about two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degree programs in project management. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in project management. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. It is possible to study a business specialization even though your undergraduate major is not business-related.

Prior work experience in the business world is helpful. Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate course work tends to vary from program to program. However, the outline of a typical graduate curriculum looks like the following:

Master’s degree programs typically cover many of the subjects listed above in the first year. In the second year, you choose subjects in the area where you want to specialize. Often you do an internship between the first and second years. A thesis also may be required.

Things to Know

Project management courses often focus on cases drawn from businesses. Students sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills by examining real-life situations.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in project management. However, your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

Cascadia College

City University of Seattle

Edmonds Community College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Everett Community College

Highline College

Northwest University

Shoreline Community College

TLG Learning

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Brandman University - Whidbey Island

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Spokane Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Spokane Community College

Whitworth University

Statewide and Distance Learning

Washington State University - Global Campus

Tacoma Area

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

Pierce College Puyallup

Tacoma Community College

Tri-Cities Area

Columbia Basin College

Vancouver Area

Charter College--Vancouver

West Side Area

Bellingham Technical College