Master of Science in Project Management

The Master of Science in Project Management program (MS in PM) is targeted toward professionals engaged in managing the project life cycle in organizations and industries, who face challenges of introducing new products and services in rapidly changing environments.

These professionals must draw upon a host of knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as on sophisticated technological tools and techniques, to meet project requirements. The program will enable students to develop these competencies, and prepare them for effective project management, both functionally and strategically, and will address all aspects of the product life cycle from design to delivery and cash collection.

In addition, the program will prepare students for certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the premier certifying organization for the project management discipline.

The MS in PM degree requires completion of 36 graduate hours and can be completed online.

Additional information: Reference the Program Landing Page for additional information, such as cost, delivery format, contact information, or to schedule a visit.

Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in Project Management program must:

  1. Complete the online graduate application form.
  2. Pay the application fee.

Additionally, applicants must submit the following material directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Official transcript(s) from all previous college work (except SHSU graduates).
  2. An official GMAT score. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher allows for a comprehensive review of academic performance and consideration for a GMAT waiver.
  3. A current resume.
  4. An essay (please see "Admission Criteria" for more information about the essay). 

Graduate Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens

Fall - August 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 15

International Students

Fall - June 25
Spring - November 12
Summer - April 9

Admission Criteria

  1. Meet or exceed the following admission formula:
    1. 200 (Undergraduate GPA) + GMAT Score >= 12001
  2. Demonstrate a minimum of three (3) years' significant managerial and professional experience2
  3. Submit an essay about a project management experience and aspirations that clearly communicates why the student is pursuing this degree. (500 words or less, Times New Roman, 12 point font size). Essays should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  4. Additional Requirements (Applicants with Bachelor's Degree from Outside the U.S.)
    1. Official GMAT score of at least 500.
    2. TOEFL score of at least 79, IELTS score of at least 6.5, or Duolingo EPT score of at least 105.
    3. English translation and evaluation of Official transcripts.
  5. GMAT Waiver Requests
    1. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher allows for a comprehensive review of academic performance and consideration for a GMAT waiver.
    2. Seven (7) years significant managerial and professional experience allows for consideration for a GMAT waiver2
    3. Applicants who have an undergraduate degree granted by a non-U.S. institution will not be considered for a GMAT waiver.

The Undergraduate GPA is the GPA from courses taken at the degree granting institution. Transfer grades are not used in the computation.


Normally, the required experience is earned after completion of the undergraduate degree. A committee will assist, if needed, in determining if the applicant's experience meets the "significant managerial and professional experience" threshold.

Master of Science in Project Management
Specified Courses
MGMT 5315Seminar Operations Management3
MGMT 5318Quality Management3
MGMT 5323Tools of Project Management3
MGMT 5325Project Management3
MGMT 5330Operations Planning & Control3
MGMT 5338Project Management Capstone 13
MGMT 5345Seminar In Team Leadership3
MGIS 5360Project Management for Business Systems Development3
Electives (Choose 4 from below)12
Total Hours36

 MGMT 5338 is the capstone course that satisfies the comprehensive exam requirement.  A grade of B or better is required for graduation.  

Project Managment Electives
Select four from the following:12
Management of Innovation and Technology
Agile Project Management
Leading Organizational Change and Development
Seminar in Human Resource Management
Staffing Organizations

​​The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The MS in Project Management is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication, both oral and written.
  • Decision making.