Program and Project Management

The program may be completed entirely on campus, entirely online, or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.


Admission to the program as a regular student requires a BS in engineering, business, economics, math, computer science or other physical sciences and at least two years of practical work experience. The prerequisite for the program is the course work in probability and statistics that can be satisfied by completing IMSE 510 as part of approved electives within the first two semesters of the admission into the program. Two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a person familiar with the candidate’s academic performance, are also required.

The undergraduate cumulative GPA is a large factor in master’s admission consideration and typically 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) is expected.

Advanced Standing

Up to six graduate credit hours (grade of B or better) may be transferred from another accredited institution.

Students may transfer up to one-half (1/2) the minimum number of credit hours required for their master's or professional degree from another University of Michigan program.

Graduate Academic Policies can be found below:

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Program and Project Management requires a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours.

Minimum Grade Requirement in addition to maintaining a  minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher every semester:

  • Courses in which grades of C- or below are earned cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA  or higher is required at the time of graduation.

Program Requirements

The program of study must satisfy the following distribution and course requirements:

Core (21 credit hours)
IMSE 515Fundamentals of Program Mgt3
IMSE 516Project Management and Control3
IMSE 517Managing Global Programs3
IMSE 5205Eng Risk-Benefit Analysis3
IMSE 5215Program Budget, Cost Est & Con3
EMGT 590Capstone Project3
OB 510Organization Behavior3
Electives (9 credit hours)
Approved electives:9
Devel & Interp Financial Info
Automobile: An Integrated Syst
Software Quality Assurance
Software Engineering Mgmt
Management for Engineers
Tot Qua Mgmt and Six Sigma
Prod & Oper Engineering I
Mgt of Prod and Proc Design
Human Factors and Ergonomics
Foundation of HCDE
Research Methods in HCDE
Information Visualization
Human Resource Management
Human Factors & Ergonomics
Probability & Statistical Mod
Multivariate Statistics
Quan Meth in Quality Engin
Applied Data Analytics and Modeling for Enterprise Systems
Supply Chain Management
Reliability Analysis
Enterprise Information Systems
Human-Computer Interaction
Modeling of Int Info Syst
Object Oriented System Design
Bus Proc Int using Entrpr Tech
Bldg High Perf Learning Org
Vehicle Package Engineering
Legal Environment for Managers
Marketing Management
Supply Chain Management
Intro to Public Admin
Govt & Nonprofit Leadership
Total Credit Hours30

Additional elective courses from other units in UM-Dearborn  could also be considered with advisor’s approval.

Thesis option may be elected with the approval of the graduate advisor which will count for six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework replacing capstone project (EMGT 590) and three (3) credit hours of elective coursework. Students electing a thesis option must elect at least one more graduate level cognate course in the place of EMGT 590 for a minimum of three credit hours from departments other than IMSE to satisfy.

This certificate provides practical knowledge in program and project management fundamentals. Topics include planning and organizing resources so that programs and projects are completed on schedule, on budget, and produce high-quality outcomes. The certificate is ideal for professionals who want to enhance their capabilities in managing complex projects and achieving cost-effective results. (12 credit hours) 

Admission Requirements: Students who apply to this certificate program should have completed an undergraduate B.S. degree in Engineering, Business, Economics, Math, Computer Science or another physical science from an accredited institution and have at least two years of practical work experience. A probability & statistics course is a prerequisite for this certification program.

Program Requirements

Required Core Course

IMSE 515Fundamentals of Program Mgt3
IMSE 516Project Management and Control3

Additional Coursework

Complete 2 courses from the following (6 credits):
IMSE 517Managing Global Programs3
IMSE 5205Eng Risk-Benefit Analysis3
IMSE 5215Program Budget, Cost Est & Con3

Learning Goals

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive, theoretical, and practical knowledge of the foundation of program and project management.
  2. Students will be able to describe advanced issues in the program management field.
  3. Students will be able to apply concepts, theories, methodologies, analytical techniques and skills necessary for successful leadership of programs within complex organizations.
  4. Students will develop an understanding of global issues on managing programs and projects.