Greg Capps – Senior Project Planner
Janet Bivens – Finance Officer
Wayne Steffey – Senior Project Controls Analyst
Employer:  U.S. ITER Project, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

This program is beneficial for even the most seasoned project management professionals.  The courses cover all aspects of the project management lifecycle and we found it beneficial in expanding our individual disciplines, providing a total picture of project processes.”


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Project Management – Graduate Degree and Graduate Certificate

Degree Offered: Master of Project Management (M.P.M.)

Degree Program Description: The online Internet-based M.P.M. program is designed to bring the benefits of modern technology and high quality, graduate-level instruction to project management professionals in a form that parallels their fast-paced working world. View the MPM program curriculum here.

The Master of Project Management (MPM) Degree Program at Western Carolina University was the first such master’s degree in the United States at a nationally accredited institution and the first one to be accredited by PMI (1983).   The MPM Program was initiated with the active sponsorship, cooperation and support of the Project Management Institute, the premiere, world-wide, non-profit professional organization for professional project managers. The program is part of the Global Management and Strategy Department within the College of Business.  MPM strives to be the pre-eminent comprehensive educational program for project management professionals, to advance the project management profession through teaching, research and service, and to develop leaders in the project management profession.

Fully accredited at the national level, the goal of the program is to fit into the project management professional's busy work schedule. The program provides flexible, direct access to work-related graduate education from any location that has a communications link, at any time, and by making the best use of the latest advances in educational technology.

The MPM Program has accreditations at three levels: 
-The program is accredited by Project Management Institute (PMI)
-The College of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
-The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SAC)

These accreditations represent the assurance to each MPM student that their graduate degree will be one of the most respected degrees in the field.                      

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Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • A goal statement which includes your professional goals and aspirations, your motivation for applying to the program, and any relevant formal or informal experiences
    • One recommendation letter from a current or past employer
    • Current resume 
    • Relevant work experience of at least 2-3 years in projects and project management
    • GRE/GMAT is optional
  • Applicants will score based on work experience, undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (or equivalent) and additional qualifications.  Full details are available on the program’s web page.

Prerequisites: At the time of the admission decision the program director will evaluate the need for prerequisite courses needed by students with little experience in project management in order to provide an adequate background for the M.P.M. program.

Application Deadline: You can begin the program in January or August. The earlier you can get your application to us, the greater the chance of reserving a place in the program.

Certificate Offered: Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Certificate Program Description: The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is awarded to students who successfully complete four 3-credit courses: PMC 610 (Project Planning and Estimating), PMC 620 (Project Schedule, Risks, and Contracts), PMC 630 (Project Change Management), PMC 640 (Managing Enterprise Projects).  If a student desires to continue study in the M.P.M. degree program after completing the certificate program, and the student meets the admission requirements for the M.P.M. program, and at the discretion of the Program Director, the student will be given credit for the PM 650 introductory core course in MPM program. View the Project Management Certificate program curriculum here.

*** Courses MUST be taken in sequence **

Certificate Admission Requirements: An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited instruction of higher education, with a 3.0 GPA average on the last 60 hours (GPA calculator). 

Number of Graduate Faculty: 5

Number of Students: 120  

Location of Course Offerings: Online for degree program, Online and Asheville for certificate program

*Out of state admission restrictions apply. For more information, click here

College of Business Coordinator
Kelly McIntyre
WCU programs at Biltmore Park

Graduate Program Director:
Vittal Anantatmula, D.Sc., MBA
Global Management and Strategy Department
Forsyth 315B


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