Learn to Lead Projects and Teams

The Bachelor of Science in Project Management at City University of Seattle will prepare you to become a leader 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.

This bachelor’s degree is available completely online, so you can use the tangible, practical skills you learn in class today in the real world tomorrow. You’ll have the option to focus on information technology or create your own specialized course of study to fit specific educational goals.

The Bachelor of Science in Project Management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). This means your project management training counts as professional development units for your Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. (PMP is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

In this business-focused curriculum, you’ll gain fundamental knowledge to enhance management outcomes including scope management, time management, cost management, risk management, communications management, quality management, procurement management, human resource management, and project integration.

This GAC-accredited program will bring you together with experts in the field to enable learning as a community of project management professionals. Classroom work is based on a team environment to prepare you to manage and participate as a project team member.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Bachelor of Science in Project Management program, you’ll learn:

  • The leadership, business, and project management skills needed to become a well-skilled project manager or project team member
  • How to integrate a business foundation with the theory and practice of project management
  • Broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of the management of project discipline
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • How to construct and demonstrate communication practices to stakeholders
  • How to analyze business needs and determine appropriate project-based solutions
  • Evaluate the implications of organizations on the effectiveness of project management
  • The application of successful team development with management strategies in a global setting

Lower-Division Requirements (90)

College Composition: 5 credits
College Mathematics: 5 credits
Humanities: 15 credits
Social Science: 15 credits
Natural Science/Mathematics: 15 credits

Required Lower Division Courses

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)

Project Management Core

BC 301

Critical Thinking (5)

This course introduces the student to critical thinking processes used to analyze today's business issues and aid identifying rational solutions. This course focuses on building and analyzing arguments; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information. Students learn foundational skills that will serve them throughout the program and their business careers.

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; organizational cultures; design and information technology; and organizational change and development.

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

Project 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

Information Technology Emphasis

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.

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.

Specialized Study Emphasis

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.)

Your undergraduate project management degree will equip you to become a project lead, project coordinator, program manager, or business analyst in virtually any industry, including:

  • Video games
  • Online services
  • Health care
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Education

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

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Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.