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Welcome to the University of Maryland’s Project Management Center for Excellence in the A. James Clark School of Engineering.  Our program has been designed for engineers, architects and any professional with a technical background.

The academic program is built around our signature program leading to a Masters of Engineering in Project Management (MEng) offered through the Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering office, but we also offer programs leading to:

  1. Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management (GECN) also offered thorough the Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering,
  2. Master of Professional Studies in Product Management (MPPM) offered jointly with Mtech,
  3. Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Civil Engineering with specialization in Project Management,
  4. Minor in Project Management for undergraduates, and a
  5. Minor in Construction Project Management for undergraduates offered jointly with the School of Architecture.

This robust academic program includes 11 undergraduate courses and 27 graduate courses. We are the first program in an engineering school to be accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center.

Our courses are delivered in two ways: in-person at our College Park campus or online.  You are more than welcome to take courses 100% in-person, 100% online or a combination of both.   You should note that our Master of Professional Studies in Product Management (MPPM) degree is our only exception to this as it is only offered online.

Our online program, which launched in 2006, is unique and has received accolades by peer institutions and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Course lectures are developed and delivered  in one of two ways:

  1. Recorded using Media Site digital technology in the Arnold E. Seigel Learning Center on the College Park campus using state-of-the-art technology enhanced classrooms.
  2. Recorded using advanced digital technology in an office or studio setting.

If a class is scheduled in-person, online students can choose to watch these classes live, stream the recorded lectures from engineering servers, or download them to watch asynchronously. The online courses are exactly the same as the campus courses and taught by the same instructors. The Learning Management System (LMS) used for all classes is Canvas™. We use this LMS for all course information, assignments, documents, schedules, and testing. Students are expected to review materials prior to a weekly video conference with the instructor and other students.  ZoomVideo™ Communications – used for the weekly video-conferences – combines video conferencing, online meetings, and mobile collaboration into one platform. These weekly conferences give the online student an opportunity to ask the instructor clarifying questions, to discuss course materials with other students and the instructor, and work on case studies or projects to apply the concepts learned in the weekly lectures and lessons. This concept is called active learning.  Center Director, John Cable, wrote an article What is Active Learning? that explains this concept in detail.

Our distinguished faculty includes two members of the National Academy of Engineering, one member of the Russian Academy of Engineering, and four senior research engineers. The management of projects, products, programs & portfolios is a discipline that is practice oriented and, as such, our faculty includes 15 working professionals who are experts in their field and exceptional instructors.

Based on our academic content, we are also building a robust offering of Online Professional Certificates through our ePM Program.  This program was specifically developed to deliver long term solutions to your toughest project management challenges.  To do this effectively, the program delivers on-demand education where and when you need it.

We are delighted that you are considering our curriculum of study in and encourage you to join us in our program.