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MBA Project Management Specialization

Bringing Together Business and Collaboration

With business problems growing more complex and companies implementing multifaceted projects that span the globe, there is an increased need for effective project management and digital leadership skills that will support a diverse global workforce. An online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Specialization in Project Management from our Keller Graduate School of Management here at DeVry University can help you prepare to dive into this problem-solving profession by teaching you how to utilize business analytics technologies to solve real world business challenges.

Get to Know Our MBA with a Specialization in Project Management

Our online MBA Project Management Specialization can help you learn relevant interpersonal and leadership skills that will help you stay ahead of the curve in business settings. These skills include professional communication, corporate team building and business analysis competencies. In addition to the management theory practices taught in our online MBA program, our experienced faculty teach industry-specific skills like human resource management, risk management and business processes.

Our Project Management Mission Statement

The mission of our Keller Graduate School of Management Project Management specialization is to educate students with relevant project and program management knowledge, tools and techniques required to lead successful projects and programs within the global business environment.

Complimentary PMI® Student Membership

To support you along your professional development journey, students enrolled in select courses* receive a complimentary PMI student membership. Aspiring project managers can use this membership to:

  • Download a free PMBOK®Guide and other PMI resources

  • Access project management templates and tools

  • Receive discounts on certification exam fees and more

*A complimentary PMI® student membership is provided to students enrolled in PROJ585, PROJ586, PROJ592, PROJ595, PROJ598, PROJ601.

Classes Start October 23, 2023
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Are you eligible?

If you’ve earned an undergraduate degree in business, technology, or a degree with a technology specialization, you may be eligible to waive up to three courses (or nine credit hours). We call this our Master’s Advantage. With prior learning credit1, you can take fewer courses and put your master’s degree to work even sooner.

Accelerated Schedule*
1 year
8 months
Average 10 credits per semester
3 years
2 months
Average 6 credits per semester


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. With at least 9 credit hours*, of qualifying Prior Learning Credit and an accelerated pace, you can earn your Master’s Degree in as few as 1 year 8 months.


Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 3 years 2 months.

Assumes continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn (Outcomes)

Our MBA Project Management Specialization program here at Keller Graduate School of Management covers the following:

  • Advanced Understanding of PM
    Model an advanced, integrated and applied understanding of project management as a discipline.
  • Innovative Solutions Development
    Demonstrate the skills required to scope and solve complex problems and develop innovative solutions that minimize risks and optimize impacts for both projects and programs.
  • Management of Complex Activities
    Manage complex and technical activities within both predictable and unpredictable environments by integrating knowledge and solutions from practitioner and academic viewpoints.
  • Sociocultural Factors and Ethics
    Evaluate complex sociocultural factors, ethics issues and social responsiveness to maximize the management of resources, procedures and processes.
  • Leadership Skills
    Apply leadership skills to promote a positive environment, motivate team members and deliver a sustained competitive advantage.
  • Teamwork
    Collaborate with a project team to develop, execute, and communicate a comprehensive project management plan.

Accreditation and Recognition Matter

DeVry is proud to be accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Our Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.

Our MBA Project Management Specialization is accredited* by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Student Achievement

Our MBA with a specialization in Project Management is accredited** by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)


Embedded Programs

Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

Ready to earn an additional credential with our unique 2-in-1 design? Courses in our online Project Management certificate are embedded within the MBA Project Management Specialization2. Requesting this embedded option can allow you to obtain a graduate certificate on the way to your master's. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

Credit Hours*
Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours*

*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.


Job Opportunities with an MBA Project Management Specialization

Graduates of our MBA program with a Specialization in Project Management may consider careers such as:
  • Project Manager

  • Project Specialist

  • Operations and Supply Chain Manager

It's worth noting that earning an online MBA Project Management Specialization may not enable you to apply for all jobs with these job titles. Different companies may have different requirements for similarly named positions, as job titles are not standardized across the industry.
Program Courses

MBA in Project Management Courses

Program Core
Essentials in Accounting, Finance and Economics
Financial Accounting: Managerial Use and Analysis
Business Economics
Corporate Finance
Applied Managerial Statistics
Strategic Business
Innovation through Technology
Strategic Marketing

One Human Resource Course Selection:

Managing Organizational Change
Strategic Human Resource Management
Negotiation Skills

One International Course Selection:

International Finance
Managing International Human Resources
Global Perspectives for International Business
Leadership and Technology
Organizational Structures and Business Processes
Project Management Systems

One Leadership Course Selection:

Digital Leadership
Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Project Management Concentration
Managing IT Projects
Program Management
Project Cost and Schedule Control
Project Risk Management
Contract and Procurement Management
MBA Capstone
Project Management Exam Preparation

*Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
^Students who hold an undergraduate business degree, a technology degree or a degree with a technology specialization may be eligible to waive up to three courses (nine credit hours). Students with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines may also be eligible to waive select courses upon review of their undergraduate transcript. Course waiver availability varies by location. See Course Waiver section of catalog for details.
As a Premier level Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Keller is proud to offer project management exam preparation course PROJ605. This course provides authorized content enabling students to meet education requirements for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. Faculty teaching PROJ605 have completed specialized training and have earned the ATP Instructor badge.
Project Management Professional (PMP) is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

FAQs: MBA in Project Management

Do you need an MBA to be a project manager?

No, you do not always need an MBA to become a project manager, though having an MBA in Project Management can help demonstrate that you’re willing to take the time to invest in your education and skillset. In many cases, it’s good to have additional credentials on your resume, as it may help you stand out to potential employers. However, having more credentials does not guarantee employment.

How long does it take to earn an MBA in Project Management?

You can earn your MBA PM in as little as 1 year and 8 months with an accelerated schedule* or 3 years and 2 months with a normal schedule —or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Accelerated time to complete Requires at least 9 credit hours of Prior Learning Credit. Per 12-month period, assumes completion of 3 semesters, enrollment in an average of 10 credit hours per semester and continuous, full-time year-round enrollment with no breaks. **Normal time assumes completion of 3 semesters per year, enrollment in an average of 6 credit hours per semester and continuous, year-round enrollment with no breaks..

What can I do with an MBA in Project Management?

An MBA in Project Management is an incredibly versatile degree that can be applied both in and out of the business world. The MBA component of the degree helps you develop high-level business skills, while the project management component can help you learn how to manage complex projects across a variety of industries.

MBA in Project Management vs. PMP

An MBA with a Specialization in Project Management is a graduate-level degree from an accredited university and helps you learn business principles and project management skills that can be applied across a variety of industries. A PMP, which stands for Project Management Professional, is a certification that is awarded by the Project Management Institute. This professional certification may help you stand out to employers but is different from a degree.

Can I earn and MBA Project Management Specialization online?

You certainly can. Online education programs here at DeVry and our Keller Graduate School of Management allow you to earn a graduate degree in a way that is tailored to your goals and your busy life. Our MBA degree can be completed as a 100% online program or, if you prefer, in a hybrid format that combines online education with an on-campus experience.3

What are the admissions requirements for a MBA Project Management Specialization?

To be admitted to this program, you must hold a valid bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, and provide evidence of English-language, math and verbal skills proficiency. MBA applicants need either a 2.5 or higher undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale or satisfactory scores on either the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), the GMAT (the Graduate Management Admission Test administered by the Graduate Management Admissions Council) or a Keller-administered admission exam. Visit our graduate school admissions page for more details.

Is Project Management a growing industry?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of project management specialists is projected to grow 6% from 2022 to 2032, about as fast as the average for all occupations, with more than 68,000 job openings each year, on average, over this period.4 This growth is projected on a national level and local growth will vary by location. This projection is not specific to DeVry University graduates and may include earners at all stages of their careers.

MBA vs. Master's in Project Management: What is the difference?

Both programs are graduate business degrees that can help you pursue career advancement opportunities. The differences lie in each program’s curriculum. While a specialized master’s degree program focuses primarily on topics that are directly related to project management, an MBA program covers a broader landscape of business administration-related subjects, such as leadership, technology and business strategy, that can help you apply your business education across a wider range of industries and career roles.

Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
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Program Guides
Program Overview

**ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATION DATA - GAC Student Achievement Results - Available for all of DeVry and Keller’s GAC® accredited programs. PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. The GAC seal is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
1Eligibility and application of course waivers varies based on the type of course waiver credit earned, the student’s enrolled location and/or the student’s state of residence. For more information, please refer to the Course Waiver section of the Keller academic catalog.
2For the Project Management certificate program, every course counts towards the MBA with a Specialization in Project Management program. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

3All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.