Project Management MBA - Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration

Play a key role in business administration

In today’s fast-paced business world, project management experts drive teams to support the success of business initiatives. The Capella University online MBA in Program Management degree program can help by providing you with leadership and team-development skills, while you master project procurement, solicitation, planning, management, and control.

82% of MBA alumni agree that their program provided them with both foundational theory and real-world applicability.
Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2018

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 7 Core courses
  • 3 Specialization courses
  •  Capstone

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Classes Start February 8th

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MBA in Project Management program highlights

PMI® GAC accredited

Driven by business data

Learn to make data-driven decisions to guide others and shape organizational change.

Personalized leadership coaching

Receive personalized leadership coaching to develop a plan that helps you focus on the skills that inspire you.

Showcase problem-solving skills

Build an ePortfolio based on the real-world solutions that you develop in your coursework.

86% of MBA alumni are satisfied with Capella.

Source: Alumni Outcome Survey, 2018

Credit for your knowledge

Earn credit for knowledge you’ve gained—including the PMP®, SHRM®-CP/SCP, and more—with our Prior Learning Assessment.

*The FlexPath option for the project management specialization is not accredited by PMI-GAC.

Faculty & support

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Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. 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
$805 per credit, 45 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,750 per 12-week billing session, 23 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

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Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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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. 

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

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MBA in Project Management sample courses

Our MBA in Project Management core courses develop business skills and explore the fundamentals of management and leadership, while specialized courses focus on decision making during shifting situations and assessing their impact after project completion.

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MBA Leadership

This course covers contemporary models of leadership and examines behaviors and skills of effective leaders. Learners assess their own leadership strengths and how to lead effectively in their work settings. Learners also analyze ways in which leaders use their skills to support innovation, change, and collaboration within organizations. For MBA degree and certificate program learners and non-degree learners only. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MBA degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Project Management Foundations

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamentals of project management and gain an overview of project management standards and their applicability to managing projects. This course introduces and emphasizes management methodologies and frameworks, including those defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Learners focus on the aspects of effective project management leadership including project politics and ethics, and collaboration.

4 quarter credits
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): PM5018, or 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): PM5018, or 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): PM5018, or completion of or concurrent registration in PM5333.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

Earning your MBA can help prepare you to lead a dynamic field as you explore these and other critical areas of focus.

  • Apply administrative and organizational principles to the responsibilities of the team.
  • Develop project plans using the tools and practices defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
  • Coordinate projects while forecasting the time and budget required to meet objectives.
  • Assess and mitigate risks using techniques to evaluate elements surrounding a project.
  • Define customer and business requirements to stay within those project elements.
  • Develop skills necessary to inform stakeholders about project progress.

Project Management career insights

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Project Management professional paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MBA in Project Management degree.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Project manager
  • Senior project manager
  • Program manager
  • Consultant

Employment settings to explore

  • Insurance carrier
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Hospital
  • Bank
  • Consulting firm
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Architectural and/or engineering firm

*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.

Three career paths to explore with an MBA in Project Management

While the project management field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:

Provide advice and expertise to forecast time, resources, and budgeting requirements to coordinate the work within a project team and meet business objectives.

Job titles to explore may include working as a consultant for an insurance carrier, bank, government or nongovernment organizations, or health care organizations.

Be at the forefront of exciting endeavors by managing resources to complete all necessary aspects of a project from beginning to end.

Job titles to explore may include working as a program manager, project manager, or senior project manager for architectural or engineering firms.

Help a college or university execute its goals in alignment with its overall vision while managing complex projects with strategies for success.

Job titles to explore may include working as a program manager, project manager, or senior project manager in a land-based or online college or university within a public or private institution.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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