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About Project Management

The project management concentration teaches effective leadership and communication. In this program, you will learn critical thinking, how to manage a project budget and how to motivate team members. You will understand how to manage complex projects from beginning to end.

This concentration prepares you to work in a range of industries in the public, private and non-profit sector. This program offers you a practical curriculum that covers setting goals, managing stakeholder relationships and integration. By following the PMBOK (Project Management Book of Knowledge), it prepares you to manage project scope, schedule, cost, risk and quality.

The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) core curriculum provides you with the skills you need to succeed in today’s global economy. Students who are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree will receive both foundational knowledge and profession-specific skills.

Where can Project Management take me?

A Bachelor of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in project management will strengthen your skills in leadership, communicating with stakeholders and creative problem solving. The strategies you learn in the BPS core classes and in the concentration classes will help you enter into a new field or advance your career.

According to the 2017 Project Management Salary Survey, the median annual salary for project managers in the United States was $112,000. Those with less than three years of experience earned a median annual salary of $75,000 while those with more than 10 years of experience earned a median annual salary of $115,000.

The Bureau of Labors Statistics (BLS) considers project managers as cost estimators and predicts that jobs in this field will increase by 11 percent by 2026. In South Carolina, cost estimators are predicted to increase by 13 percent.

By staying within the budget and on schedule, businesses can maximize their costs and resources. As businesses and organizations expand into the global market and face increased competition, project managers are expected to be in high demand.

Project Management Career Opportunities

  • specialized industries like aerospace, construction and manufacturing
  • consulting
  • financial services
  • government projects
  • information technology
  • operations manager

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Certificate Milestone Option: The School of Professional Studies designed a milestone option for project management by creating a certificate in project management. The certificate consists of the six courses in the project management concentration. These courses can always be added to a bachelor of professional studies degree in the future. To learn more, click here.


Required Coursework

The Bachelor of Professional Studies is a four-year degree program at the College of Charleston. Most students come to this program with some college credit; however, if you are interested in this program and do not have college credit, please speak with an advisor to discuss your options.

Because most students enter the program with some college credit, the BPS program requires that students complete a core curriculum of 20-22 hours. The BPS Core includes professionally oriented courses like Leading Oneself and Others in the 21st Century, Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century, and Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability in the 21st Century.

Then, each student is required to complete 18 credit hours within a concentration. The courses in the project management concentration include

  • PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management
  • PMGT 311 Managing Project, Scope, Schedule and Cost
  • PMGT 321 Managing Risk
  • PMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in Projects
  • PMGT 341 Managing Project Quality
  • PMGT 401 Project Management Capstone Simulation

  • Finally, students will need to complete 12 additional credit hours. There are over 35 electives that students can choose from.


    What you will learn

    Core CompetencyDescriptionConcentration CoursesInstructor
    Systemic and Integrated Perspective of the Project Management ProcessYou will understand the beginning-to-end process of evaluating and executing projects using scope.PMGT Introduction to Project ManagementDebby Marindin and Shaniqua Green
    Establish Project Goals, Scope, Schedule and CostYou will learn:
  • to establish project goals and scope
  • map out and integrate and schedule of activities
  • assign resources and establish costs
  • allocate completion times
  • use critical pathways to determine the estimated completion time
  • shape project activities, costs and duration
  • PMGT 311 Managing Project Scope, Schedule and CostDebby Marindin
    Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Resource ProcurementYou will learn to identify and engage the key project stakeholders. You will learn to establish relationships and procurement processes with suppliers.PMGT 331 Managing Stakeholder Engagement and Resource Procurement in ProjectsShaniqua Green
    Manage Project QualityYou will understand the total quality management practices and implement these concepts within the project.PMGT 341 Managing Project QualityDebby Marindin
    Manage Project RiskYou will understand risk management as it applies to the project management process.PMGT 321 Managing Project RiskDebby Marindin
    Integration and ApplicationYou will integrate the project management concepts you have learned and apply those skills to a process.PMGT 401 Project Management CapstoneDan Furlong

    Note:By completing the PMGT 301 Introduction to Project Management Course, you will be prepared to take the initial project management certification offered by the Project Management Institute.

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