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  • Hello, and welcome to an overview of the Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs here at the Rabb School’s Division of Graduate Professional Studies.
  • My name is Tom Carter, and I am the academic program chair of the Project and Program Management Program. By day I am a project and program management consultant, working in areas such as Project Office start-up, independent project audit, troubled project turnaround and coaching/mentoring project managers and project teams. At night I have been a faculty member with the Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies Program since 1998 and academic chair of the Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs since 2003. Over the next five minutes or so, I’ll talk about the project management field. We’ll explore how the project management program equips its graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage and deliver projects on time, within budget, and with the expected scope and quality.
  • Pick up almost any business magazine from the last several years and 9 times out of 10 there will be an article in it relating the story of a failed project. While numerous factors contribute to these failures, many of them are attributable to ineffective project management. Considering that an organization’s business strategy is implemented through projects and programs, it is essential that organizations develop strong competencies in effective project and program management practices in order to be successful. Individuals skilled in these practices are strong corporate assets, providing their organizations with competitive advantages. At the same time, project and program management have become recognized as disciplines to be studied and learned, not just something you do when you are not doing your real job.
  • To be successful in today's interdisciplinary and increasingly distributed and virtual environments, project and program managers must possess shared concepts and skills and a common language with which to communicate. The Management of Projects and Programs degree provides these skills through the study of management, leadership, and technology. The primary goal of the program is to equip students with the skills to analyze, organize, and manage projects and programs to successful completion, on budget, on time, and with the expected scope and quality. The Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs brings together the hard skills of planning, estimating and budgeting with the soft skills of negotiation, conflict management, influencing and effective communication.
  • Our masters of science degree in the management of projects and programs is a professionally oriented degree that has been designed to equip those in the field with the knowledge and skills necessary to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects and programs. Our courses cover a broad range of project and program management competencies in areas such as time, cost, risk, and scope management. Our program consists of ten courses, which are available on campus and through distance learning. We’ll walk through the required and elective courses in just a minute.
  • One of the key advantages of our masters of science degree in the management of projects and programs is that it equips our graduates with the skills needed to speak the language of business. Our graduates can not only manage projects and programs well, they can effectively communicate with the senior management of their company in the language executives understand. That language is the value of projects and programs in terms of alignment with corporate strategy, achievement of the intended benefits of the projects and measurement of the projects in terms of NPV and IRR.
  • Additional skills of our MSMPP graduates include the ability to: Understand projects and programs in their larger corporate context. Be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing the project/program status, issues and risks to senior management.
  • Our curriculum has been designed to provide a strong foundation in core project management concepts consistent with the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge, or PMBOK and current industry best practices. The PMI is the leading global association for the project management profession, with over a quarter of a million members from over 170 countries, defining standard processes and knowledge areas for project, program, and portfolio management. By integrating PMI processes and industry best practices with class readings, discussions, assignments, and use of case studies, the student will become familiar with project management theory and techniques and learn how to apply them to real projects. Additionally, our instructors are active in the field of project management and bring their experience to the classroom
  • Another advantage of the masters of science degree in the management of projects and programs is that it provides our graduates with a competitive edge. Students who are already working in the field will find that the degree provides knowledge and skills that position them for assignments of increasing complexity and responsibility. Students who are project team members or looking to make a career change into project management will find that the degree provides a significant advantage to their efforts to advance into the field.
  • Quality is important to us at GPS, as evidenced by the quality of our courses and instructors. Our courses are developed and taught by expert professionals who are currently working in the field. In addition, the program is monitored by an oversight body of senior industry professionals who provide recommendations on keeping the program and its courses current and relevant. This helps to ensure that the courses that we offer evolve along with the industry, as new tools and techniques in the field emerge. Also, all of our courses adhere to comprehensive standards for classroom distance learning delivery, and our instructors are trained in corresponding instructional methods.
  • The Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs degree, like all of our graduate degree programs at GPS, has considerable flexibility. Students take courses on a part-time basis, on an open enrollment basis. Courses of this program are offered through distance learning and on campus. This flexibility allows you to set your own pace when completing the program. We have three 10-week terms in the fall, spring, and summer. Students taking 2 courses per term can complete their degree in a year and a half, and the graduate certificate can be completed in a year. Finally, The curricula itself is flexible, with many options for relevant electives that students can apply toward their degrees. We’ll talk about the required and elective courses of the program next.
  • There are six courses that are required for both the Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs. Foundations of Project Management provides students with an understanding of the history, current practice, and future directions of project management. Students apply their skills through the creation of key project management deliverables and in class case studies. Business Perspectives for Project focuses on the role, use, and application of financial techniques in managerial decision-making. Concepts covered include risk and return, capital budgeting techniques, long term financial planning, and accounting methods used in financial analysis. Advanced Scheduling and Control focuses on how to employ scheduling and resourcing techniques on a multi-project basis to generate the maximum value across an organization’s portfolio. Risk Management covers a systematic, iterative approach to project and program risk management that encompasses Risk Planning, Identification, Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Response Planning, and Monitoring & Control. The course also addresses methods to implement risk management strategies within an organization. Leadership, Team-Building, and Decision Making looks at management and leadership issues within innovative organizations. Integrating leadership theory and day-to-day practice with case discussion and field interviews, the course places special emphasis on personal strategies for developing your leadership skills. Professional Communication course prepares professionals with communication skills necessary for success in their fields. Students have extensive practice writing and speaking on a variety of informative and persuasive topics. The Project Management Capstone develops an integrated understanding of overall program and project management practices and techniques, demonstrated through the completion of an individualized capstone project. The Capstone project requires students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their course work in order to evaluate the project management practices in an organization, undertake a research project in support of an organizational goal; or explore current developments within the profession at the graduate level.
  • The four elective courses for the Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs degree may be chosen from among several available within GPS. All electives supplement the foundational knowledge provided by the required Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs courses.
  • Professionals with a masters degree in project and program management will find that their skills are needed within a number of industries and application areas, from software to construction and finance. Titles of project management professionals vary across organizations and reflect a number of career options including: project manager project leader program manager portfolio manager And others, to name a few.
  • Thank you for listening to this overview of our Management of Projects and Program degree. For more information, you may contact the GPS office by phone or email, and you can continue your explorations of our web site. We welcome your questions and comments, and we look forward to hearing from you!
  • PJM Narration

    1. 1. BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY RABB SCHOOL OF CONTINUING STUDIES DIVISION OF GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL STUDIES Management of Projects and Programs
    2. 2. TOM CARTER ACADEMIC PROGRAM CHAIR MANAGEMENT OF PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS Introductions
    3. 3. Project and Program Management <ul><li>Projects and programs are the mechanisms for implementing business strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>An organization that wishes to be successful must be competent at managing projects and programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled project and program managers are competitive advantages and strong corporate assets. </li></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    4. 4. Master of Science in the Management of Projects and Programs (MSMPP) <ul><li>Study of management, leadership, and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Equip students with the abilities to analyze, organize, and manage projects to successful completion, on budget and on time </li></ul><ul><li>Brings together </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard skills of planning, estimating and budgeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Soft skills of negotiation, conflict management, influencing and effective communication </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    5. 5. MSMPP Overview <ul><li>Ten courses, available on campus and online </li></ul><ul><li>Professionally oriented degree </li></ul><ul><li>Broad range of project and program management competencies </li></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    6. 6. MSMPP Advantages: Skills <ul><li>Graduates from the Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs Program will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise management and leadership skills in the conduct of programs and projects that may be international in nature and effectively manage the challenges posed by acquisitions, mergers and downsizing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiate, plan, execute, control, and close out projects in a way that assures the delivery of the negotiated scope and quality level while meeting time and budget constraints. </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    7. 7. MSMPP Advantages: Skills, continued <ul><li>Graduates from the Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs Program will be able to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand projects and programs in their larger corporate context. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be able to effectively communicate both orally and in writing the project/program status, issues and risks to senior management. </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    8. 8. MSMPP Advantages: Curriculum <ul><li>Curriculum is consistent with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Published by the Project Management Institute (PMI) </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address] <ul><li>Curriculum incorporates industry best practices </li></ul>
    9. 9. MSMPP Advantages: Competitive Edge <ul><li>Master of Science Degree in the Management of Projects and Programs provides a competitive advantage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If students are already working in project management, the program provides knowledge and skills that position them for assignments of increasing complexity and responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If students are project team members, the program provides a significant advantage to their efforts to advance into the field of project management </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    10. 10. MSMPP Advantages: Quality <ul><li>Courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed by expert professionals in the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current and relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitored by an oversight body of industry professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evolves with the industry as new challenges emerge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adhere to comprehensive standards for campus and distance learning courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Instructors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert professionals in the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trained in distance learning and classroom instructional methods </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    11. 11. MSMPP Advantages: Flexibility <ul><li>Part-time, open course enrollment </li></ul><ul><li>Two available delivery mediums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distance learning courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participate from anywhere around the world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Asynchronous; no required meeting days/times </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-campus courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Master’s Degree in 1.5 years (2 courses per trimester) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Certificate in 1 year (1-2 courses per trimester) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible curricula </li></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    12. 12. MSMPP Required Courses <ul><li>Six Required Courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations of Project Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Perspectives for Project Managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Scheduling and Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Risk Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership, Team-building, and Decision-Making or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Management Capstone </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    13. 13. MSMPP Electives (Select Four) <ul><ul><li>Choice: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership, Team-building, and Decision-Making or </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiating and Conflict Resolution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing Projects Across Cultures and Geographies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges in Project Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Management: Theory and Practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procurement and Contract Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foundations of Virtual Team Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing New Product Development Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management and Leadership of Virtual and Global Teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Perspectives on Information Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Information Technology: Operational Strategy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic Information Technology: Organizational Strategy </li></ul></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    14. 14. MSMPP Careers <ul><li>Project Management Professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portfolio manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To name a few… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Industries and application areas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pharmaceuticals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aerospace/Defense </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-Profit </li></ul></ul>Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]
    15. 15. More Information <ul><li>Contact the GPS office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>781-736-8787 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explore our web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.brandeis.edu/gps </li></ul></ul>Thank you for your attention! Brandeis University, Rabb School, Division of Graduate Professional Studies 781.736.8787 [email_address]

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