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Project Management Specialization Master of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Take the Lead in IT Project Management

Reach for your potential as an IT project manager with an online master's in information technology, project management degree from Capella. In this specialization, you can build a foundational understanding of both traditional and Agile project management methodologies. You’ll develop technical knowledge as well as an understanding of its practical implementation through work on a project with an actual company or organization.

This MS-IT degree is designed to help entry- and mid-level IT professionals enhance their technical expertise and abilities. 

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 7 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses
  • Applied IT Project

Classes Start May 6th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Drive Projects Forward

Lead and manage people and resources to achieve project objectives.

Build Your Communication Skills

Communicate effectively with project team members, stakeholders, and sponsors.

Use PM Methodologies in IT

Apply traditional and Agile methodology to plan, execute, and control project activities to ensure successful outcomes.

Connect Strategy with Execution

Demonstrate a strategic alignment between business needs and project outcomes.

Manage Project Risks

Adopt best practices for mitigating risks in developing and implementing successful projects.

Apply Standards of Practice

Demonstrate compliance with legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

PMI-GAC Accredited Program

This program is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC).

Applied IT Project

Work on solving a real-world problem faced by an actual organization to demonstrate what you’ve learned in your program.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$24,804$33,072* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$689 per credit, 48 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Reduce your tuition by $3K

Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the scholarship, meet eligibility requirements, and receive up to $3K.

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample courses

Topics covered in the MS in Information Technology, Project Management curriculum include the application of processes, techniques, and tools used to plan, initiate, execute, control, and close projects; project budgeting, procurement, and quality.

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PM5332 *
Project Management, Planning, Execution, and Control

This course covers the components of project management within the project planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling process groups. Learners identify project requirements and develop a project plan that considers project scope, time, and cost in managing competing project requirements. Learners also demonstrate the application of various project management tools including activity estimation, resource assignment, work breakdown structure (WBS) creation and the development of a project management schedule. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PM5331. 

4 quarter credits
PM5333 *
Project Budgeting, Procurement, and Quality

This course focuses on project cost, quality, and procurement in business or information technology (IT) project context. Learners examine the fundamental concepts and principles of the following project management knowledge areas: project cost management, project quality management, and project procurement management by demonstrating the application of tools, techniques, and methodologies within these areas of study. Learners apply various tools and techniques, in an integrative manner, to manage interdependencies among project management process groups. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PM5332.

4 quarter credits
PM5334 *
Project Risk Assessment and Control

Learners in this course examine and demonstrate their knowledge of the components of project risk management including assessing project risk identification and mitigation strategies; evaluation of risk impact analysis methods; and evaluation of risk analysis techniques to ensure project success. Learners also assess project risk management certifications and professional development activities to identify future project risk management professional opportunities.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PM5333.

4 quarter credits
PM5335 *
Project Leadership and Management

In this course, learners examine the role and skills required of project leaders across organizations by exploring a wide range of leadership roles, including manager, problem solver, facilitator, trainer, communicator, and advocate. Learners analyze how each of these roles affects the ability to create a cohesive project team, and synthesize a step-by-step approach to leadership and team-building. Finally, learners demonstrate an understanding of leadership ethics, leadership and project strategy, and the relationship between leadership and project management politics. Prerequisite(s): PM5334.

4 quarter credits
PM5336 *
Agile Project Management Theory and Practice

In this course, learners apply the Agile Project Management (APM) methodology, which emphasizes an iterative process and adaptation to change in a more flexible and timely manner, achieving higher stakeholder satisfaction, and increasing team morale, collaboration, and results ownership. Learners apply Agile practices to address business needs, project goals, and requirements and use Agile to anticipate and manage project risks to achieve successful projects. Prerequisite(s): PM5335.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant blog posts

Career Options in IT Project Management

Take a look at potential entry-level, mid-level, and advanced career options in IT project management.

The Importance of Project Management in IT

Discover two examples that highlight the importance of skilled IT project managers.

Going Above and Beyond: 5 Soft Skills for Every Project Manager

Five “soft skills” project managers need to be competitive in the field.

Move forward in your career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our master’s in information technology, project management degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Business analyst
  • Director of information technology
  • Information technology analyst
  • Information technology manager
  • Information technology project manager
  • Program manager
  • Project manager
  • Solutions architect

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Bank
  • Computer systems design
  • Consulting service
  • Engineering services
  • Financial services
  • Government – local, state, federal
  • Hospital
  • Insurance carrier
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Manufacturing
  • Scientific research and development
  • Telecommunications carrier

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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