Best Online Master’s in Project Management

Find top-ranked online master’s in project management degree programs for students wanting to gain employment as project managers, project administrators, and associate project managers.

Best Online Master’s in Project Management
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Frequently Asked Questions About Project Management Degrees

An MBA with concentration in Project Management is an excellent option for students needing a foundation in basic business knowledge. In an online MBA in Project Management, you’ll likely have 9-12 electives (3-4 courses) focused on project management, while the majority of your credits hours are spent on business essentials. A Master’s in Project Management is focused on the specialization of project management. The master’s in project management will give you more time to go deeper into a specialization. If you have a background in business, a focused master’s program in project management may be right for you.

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Recent graduates and professionals in the field can earn their master’s in project management online or on campus. This advanced degree program will prepare students to plan, manage, and execute plans in a variety of industries, including business, construction, technology, and engineering.

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Graduate students will take courses like Agile Fundamentals, Applying Project Management Principles in IT, Transforming Organizations, Analytical Tools for Strategic Decision-Making, and Six Sigma Quality Management.

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Most 30-credit programs can be completed in about two years, and graduates can then sit for the PMP certification exam.

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Most students will go on to gain employment as project managers, project administrators, and associate project managers.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

Best Online Master's in Project Management

How do we determine the best online business administration (MBA) degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 24
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    Boston University

    #48 institution's historical influence
    #56 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    32K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1425/32

    Boston, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    Brandeis University

    #98 institution's historical influence
    #167 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/31

    Waltham, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project and Program Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Saint Louis University

    #366 institution's historical influence
    #714 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    56%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/27

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Professional Studies

    Concentrations

    • Analytics
    • Cybersecurity
    • Evidence-Based Decision Making
    • Information Systems
    • Organizational Development
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Strategic Intelligence
    • Required Credits: 27-33
    • Completion time: 3 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    #353 institution's historical influence
    #213 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1420/32

    Hoboken, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Enterprise Project Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  6. #6

    Golden Gate University

    #1171 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Student body

    1K

    San Francisco, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Technology Management

    Concentrations

    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of Texas at Dallas

    #611 institution's historical influence
    #222 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1350/29

    Richardson, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management Science

    Concentrations

    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Project Management

    Concentrations

    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 53-68
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management and Operations
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Business Intelligence
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Resources
    • International Business
    • Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Operations And Supply Chain Management
    • Project Management
    • Public Administration
    • Sport Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Central Michigan University

    #1053 institution's historical influence
    #746 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/23

    Mount Pleasant, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Administration

    Concentrations

    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Missouri State University

    #1436 institution's historical influence
    #1219 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/24

    Springfield, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Morgan State University

    #1103 institution's historical influence
    #1063 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    705/18

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Liberty University

    #1070 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 1.5 years
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Northern Arizona University

    #1104 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Organizational Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Leadership in Criminal Justice Administration
    • Organizational Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Computer Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Data Analytics
    • Mobile and Web Application Development
    • Project Management
    • Information Security & Assurance
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Lamar University

    #1309 institution's historical influence
    #749 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Beaumont, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Construction Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Thomas Jefferson University

    #428 institution's historical influence
    #568 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Philadelphia, PA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management

    Concentrations

    • Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Marketing Management
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Acquisition
    • Business Data
    • Finance
    • Global Management*
    • Health Services Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • IT Security Management*
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Professional Studies
    • Project Management
    • Public Administration
    • Sales
    • Required Credits: 58.5
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Systems

    Concentrations

    • Computer Forensic Management
    • Computer Security Management
    • Enterprise Network Management
    • Information Systems Management
    • IT Project Management
    • Software Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Montclair State University

    #1069 institution's historical influence
    #1365 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    19K

    Montclair, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Business Analytics
    • Digital Marketing
    • Finance
    • Human Resource Management
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    New England College

    #2185 institution's historical influence
    #1273 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    21%

    Student body

    4K

    Henniker, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: 20 months
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    University of North Alabama

    #2115 institution's historical influence
    #726 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1097/23

    Florence, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Health care Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • Global Business
    • Project Management
    • and Sales and New Business Development
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Troy University

    #1714 institution's historical influence
    #720 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1010/21

    Troy, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management

    Concentrations

    • Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Talent Development and Training
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 1-2 years
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Lindenwood University

    #2487 institution's historical influence
    #1325 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    Saint Charles, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Management
    • Healthcare Administration
    • Marketing
    • Human Resource Management
    • International Business
    • Leadership
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Project Management
    • Non-Profit Administration
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 15-36 months
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Purdue University Global

    #3230 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    46K

    West Lafayette, IN

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    MS in Management and Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Human care Management
    • Human Resources
    • Information technology
    • Leadership
    • Organizational design and development
    • Project management
    • Required Credits: 56
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Finance
    • Health care Management
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Society for Human Resources Management Acknowledgment
    • Required Credits: 60-76
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Western Carolina University

    #1746 institution's historical influence
    #632 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    48%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    11K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1110/22

    Cullowhee, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MPM in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Maryville University

    #3588 institution's historical influence
    #991 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/22

    Saint Louis, MO

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    MA in Management and Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity
    • Health Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Software Development
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Required Credits: 36-39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Information Technology
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Management
    • Cybersecurity
    • Emerging and Digital Media
    • Financial Services
    • Health Administration
    • Human Resources Management
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Software Development
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
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    The Citadel

    #1306 institution's historical influence
    #1218 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/22

    Charleston, SC

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    MS in Project Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    Thomas College

    #3794 institution's historical influence
    #412 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    1K

    Waterville, ME

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    MBA in Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 1-2 years
    • Format: Online

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If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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