Bachelor of Science in Project Management
The Bachelor of Science in Project Management program at City University of Seattle prepares students to become leaders in today’s project-based business world. You’ll learn what it takes to plan and execute a broad range of business projects utilizing strong business knowledge along with leadership and team-development skills.
True to our values of flexibility and real-world application, CityU of Seattle’s project management degree program allows you to focus on information technology (IT) project management or create your own specialized course of study to fit your educational goals.
CityU is a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute® (PMI), which means that your project management training counts as professional development units (PDU) for your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
The Bachelor of Science in Project Management program is available completely online, which means you can use the tangible, practical skills you learn in class today in the real world tomorrow. We designed it to be as flexible as possible so you can incorporate project management elements into your degree plan regardless of your major. Contact our School of Management advisors to learn how you can become a project manager today.
In today’s business landscape, project management touches virtually every industry. Your undergraduate project management degree will equip you to become a project lead, project coordinator, program manager or business analyst in virtually any industry. Many of the following industries use project managers to structure and increase their productivity:
- video games
- online services
Lower-Division Requirements (90)
College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 15
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 15
IS 201 Fundamentals of Computing (5)
This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of computing. Emphasis is placed on the five basic areas of Information Technology (IT): applications, platforms, development, data, and communication. Students will develop their understanding of basic IT concepts, and delve into Information Technology planning and analysis through practical application of current techniques and tools for building a website.
Upper-Division Requirements (90)
BC 301 Critical Thinking (5)
The critical thinking process is used to analyze today's issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information.
BC 302 Professional Communications (5)
This course focuses on the fundamentals of communication in the workplace. Students build professional writing and speaking skills to inform, propose, and persuade. Students will also engage in analyzing a case study, developing PowerPoint slides, making an oral presentation and writing e-mail messages, announcements, memos, letters, and reports. Students will learn how to identify an issue, conduct research, organize research findings, and present an argument. Additional topics include formatting business documents and communicating with different audiences.
BSC 407 The Effective Organization (5)
This course investigates dilemmas that routinely plague organizations as well as possible solutions to these dilemmas. Topics include diversity within the organization; conflict and negotiation; perception, motivation and reinforcement; leadership roles throughout the organization; human resource management and team building.
PM 401 Introduction to Project Management (5)
Introduction to Project Management utilizes a real team project to manage a project's life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.
PM 404 Project Scheduling and Cost Management (5)
Project Scheduling and Cost Management exposes students to the techniques and tools for project scheduling and cost management. This course includes detailed discussions and a series of related learning exercises on the sequence of project activities, including creating work breakdown structures, creating integrated networks, scheduling, and project cost and schedule controls. Cost management introduces the basic approaches and methods associated with cost management, from the establishment of budgets and cost accounts to the monitoring, interpretation, and use of cost data throughout the life cycle of the project. Required prerequisites: PM 401. Recommended prerequisites: PM 409, PM 410.
PM 406 Project Risk and Change Management (5)
This course utilizes a simulated project to teach students how to manage risk and crisis occurrence through a project's life cycle. Strong emphasis is placed on integrating SWOT, Risk Breakdown Structure, and Risk Mitigation into the overarching project life cycle. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships, especially in times of uncertainty and crisis. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts related to identifying, classifying, and mitigating risk. Prerequisites: PM 404 and PM 408.
PM 408 People and Communication in Projects (5)
This course provides an overview of people and communication factors in managing projects. Topics include human resource planning; how teams work; managing conflict; social and relationship capital in the context of projects; managing behaviors; diversity; leadership pitfalls; and communication factors within a project environment. Required prerequisites: PM 401, PM 409. Recommended prerequisites: PM 404, PM 410, BC 302.
PM 409 Leadership and Teams (5)
In this course, students will explore techniques for effective leadership and team management. Students will examine how to lead and participate on teams and manage change. Special emphasis is placed on team development and the ability to lead and work on geographically distributed teams. This course focuses on how to build and sustain alignment among team members by focusing on improved coordination, communication, and collaboration among team members regardless of geographical location.
PM 410 Project Initiation, Scope, and Stakeholder Management (5)
This course expands on the foundation of project management by focusing in depth on the initiation process phase of a project. It will cover important topics such as the role of the project manager, company culture, identification of important stakeholders, and aligning project priority with the organizational portfolio. At the end of the course, students will be able to develop a project charter based on business goals and initiate a project.
PM 413 Project Performance and Quality Assurance (5)
Project Performance and Quality Assurance focuses on providing the student with tools and techniques to ensure that a project achieves the desired level of quality outcome. Students will learn about quality, who defines it and how it is defined, and tools and techniques such as quality plans, control charts, peer review, check lists, and process mapping. The student will have an opportunity to practice managing a process improvement project where they define baseline measures, identify key performance indicators, and use tools like process mapping to improve an everyday activity. Prerequisites: PM 406.
PM 414 Project Resource and Procurement Management (5)
This course will focus on using a simulated project to teach students how to assess and proactively manage project resources and demonstrate project procurement practices. Project procurement addresses acquisition of resources which may include people, services, equipment, facilities, or funding. Students will explore obtaining goods and services from outside companies by understanding the procurement process, creating procurement documentation, and contract management. Strong emphasis is placed on effectively planning, scheduling, monitoring, and controlling project resources through the creation of a resource management plan. Prerequisites: PM 406.
PM 415 Agile/Scrum Methodologies (5)
This course provides an introduction and overview of agile methodologies as applied within project management. Topics include the development of a product backlog, determining how to calculate the optimal sprint capacity, determining priorities, building a sprint backlog, executing sprint development, reporting sprint progress to management, delivering value and retrospection. Students will learn and apply basic agile/scrum methodologies. Prerequisites: PM 406.
PM 480 Integration Action Learning Project (5)
This capstone course is a cumulative assessment of project management knowledge areas, skills, tools, and technology. The student will construct elements of a Project Management Notebook (PMNB/e-portfolio) as a final capstone project. Prerequisites: PM401, PM409, PM410, PM404, PM406, PM408, PM413, PM414.
Emphasis Requirements (25)
The Information Technology emphasis is designed for those students who are interested in learning more about how technology can be used in project management, and how to work effectively with technology organizations. This emphasis provides students with the broad technical basis needed to make management decisions related to technology.
IS 306 Data Management Communications and Networking (5)
This course develops student understanding of a model of Information Systems composed of data acquisition, data transport, data manipulation, data storage and data display. The use of data to develop business intelligence, competitive advantage, and support business operations through lean supply chains, delivery, and oversight has become an increasingly critical component in business success. Students will learn how modern computer systems work with data across multiple systems to deliver relevant time critical information to managers and workers. Students will gain an insight into networked communications in support of business operations. This course prepares the student for working with data in a modern highly connected organization anywhere in the world.
IS 330 Information Systems (5)
This course will cover information systems taxonomies and general applications such as CRM, SCM, eCommerce, ERP, business intelligence, knowledge management, finance and accounting, personal productivity, computer supported cooperative work (groupware), and global systems. Future trends and directions of information systems will conclude this course.
IS 350 Systems Analysis and Design (5)
This course covers systems analysis and design using the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) as a foundation. Data, process, and network modeling are covered along with frameworks such as the Zachman Framework and The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF). Object technologies will be built into the program along with design patterns. Students will complete the design of a system by the end of this course.
IS 450 Software Process Management (5)
This course covers software process improvement concepts including CQI, CMMI, and PCMM. These concepts illustrate how to assess the current state of software development and provide practice in how to systematically improve and manage the software development process using national and international standards. Both the improvement of the software development process as well as the improvement of the capability of software professionals is covered. Students will create a software process improvement plan by the end of this class. Prerequisites: IS 440.
IS 470 IT Service Management (5)
This course focuses on Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) best practices as defined by Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), Six Sigma, and Total Quality Management (TQM). Emphasis is placed on ITSM drivers of processes and strategies to create a viable Information Technology (IT) organization. Students will learn the foundation, values, strategies and operations of ITSM. Several exercises and hands on activities will focus on service support and service delivery. Prerequisites: IS 350.
The Specialized Study emphasis consists of five courses taken in a specific content area. Coursework may be completed through independent study, current course offerings, or developed for a specific industry or organizational setting. The Specialized Study emphasis is proposed by the student and approved by the Program Director/Sr. Faculty prior to registration. (Must be approved by Sr. Faculty.)