SUU MBA Program Launches New Emphasis in Project Management

Published: September 21, 2023 | Author: Mary Amateis | Read Time: 3 minutes

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Students within the MBA program at SUU now have a leg up to edge out the competition with the launch of a new emphasis in Project Management. Project Management is defined as “the use of specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to deliver something of value to people.” Professionals in this industry, or project managers, are invaluable to every kind of organization. This emphasis better positions SUU’s MBA graduates with a possible project management certification to acquire more gainful and high-status future opportunities

Professor Travis Simkins, who holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, will be teaching the new emphasis. “As an instructor, I’m extremely excited about the new Project Management emphasis. Project management principles provide a structured approach to planning, executing, and controlling projects, which is crucial for effective leadership and decision-making in any organization,” said Professor Simkins. 

Why this Program?

Because the program is focused on practical, adaptable, and insightful knowledge, the skills learned in class can be applied on the job immediately, while remaining relevant and useful to career growth for years to come. Even if you are not yet sold on the idea of working as a project manager, the emphasis can still be the right choice. The courses are designed to help develop key leadership and career skills that are relevant and useful in any business management position.

The required courses for the new emphasis satisfy the educational requirements for other certifications through the Project Management Institute–from the entry level Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), to the globally recognized Project Manager Professional certification (PMP). These certifications significantly increase hiring potential, as well as earning potential. The PMI found that workers who had the PMP certification, made 22% more than those who did not–and with this program, there are no extra classes to earn the certification. 

There is no shortage of job security when it comes to project management. The Project Management Institution is expecting the industry to grow by over 31% through 2027. That is 22 million more jobs, and $6.61 trillion more dollars. Even better; there’s room for everyone. The PMI also reports that the global economy will need 25 million new project professionals entering the field by 2030. 

You can be one of them by declaring your emphasis in project management today.

Who are Project Managers?

Essentially, a project manager oversees a project from start to finish. These projects can be anything from developing software to constructing a new building. A project manager’s responsibility is to initiate, execute, and complete projects using their unique skill set–learned in our classroom–to leverage their teams’ ability to succeed. Project managers can be found in virtually every kind of organization, and the work ethic learned in project management is indispensable in any business career.

There is no better time than now to declare an emphasis in project management. The need for project professionals is growing, and the pool of professionals in the industry is shrinking. Join an industry with job security, competitive salaries, and plenty of career advancement opportunities. 

Come find out about an MBA with an emphasis in Project management at SUU! 

For more information, talk to your advisor or email  prodev@suu.ed

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