Project Management M.S.


The Master of Science in Project Management degree is a specialized program designed to provide professionals with skills in management, communication and leadership needed to manage complex projects and teams in achieving strategic organizational goals. Curriculum emphasizes strategies for maximizing and coordinating human and operational resources, budgeting, scheduling, and scope management. 

Project Managers plan and execute diverse projects within a wide variety of corporations and industries, including information technolgy, research and development, engineering, construction, telecommunications, health care services, manufacturing, educational services and more.

Unique Preparation for the PMP® Exam

All MS Project Management courses and seminars are approved as Professional Development Units for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. This qualifies students to take the PMP® Exam, a highly regarded credential, awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI® ), the world's leading association for the project management profession.



Graduates of the Master of Science in Project Management program are expected to be prepared to:

  • Complete projects under budget.
  • Deliver projects ahead of schedule.
  • Effectively organize project resources.
  • Control project deliverables.
  • Maximize human resource potential.
  • Avoid common project management mistakes.
  • Prepare students for PMP®  Exam.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted for admission into the program, a student must present the following credentials:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. An application for graduate admission, including a non-refundable fee. The online application is available at
  3. Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. (Not required for Alumni.)
  4. Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 or GMAT ≥ 550 (conditional admission available to those with GPA < 3.0)*.
  5. Provide two recommendation forms, available from the Graduate School of Management online at or by phone at (815) 836-5348  (One required for Alumni.) Letters of recommendation are also accepted.
  6. Professional resume.
  7. Complete orientation checklist with a member from the Graduate School of Management.

*Conditional Admission Status

Students with an undergraduate GPA < 3.0 will be allowed to begin the MSPM program on a conditional basis. In order to attain full degree-seeking status, students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.33 in the first 3 classes. A student who fails to meet this standard will not be permitted to register for further classes. Students may petition the MSPM Program Director to review their status. The decision of the Program Director is final.

Visiting Student

An applicant with an undergraduate bachelor’s degree may enroll in MSPM courses and seminars as a visiting student with the approval of the MSPM program director.

A visiting student may take a maximum of six graduate credit hours and must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Submitted a completed application form with the appropriate non-refundable application fee. Apply online by visiting
  3. An official transcript from each college/university attended sent directly to the MSPM Admissions Committee of the Graduate School of Management.
  4. Complete the orientation checklist with a member of the Graduate School of Management.
  5. An undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0 or GMAT ≥ 550.

Students Educated Outside of the United States

International applicants must satisfy specific requirements before the application will be considered, and before an I-20 will be issued. The requirements include:

  1. U.S. bachelor’s equivalent if a bachelor’s degree was obtained outside the U.S., and official transcript evaluation by One Earth Evaluations, W.E.S. ,E.C.E or Educational Perspectives.
  2. A minimum score of 550 on the paper based TOEFL or 79 on Internet-based, or IELTS score of 6.0.
  3. Students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must fulfill the admission criteria required for full degree candidacy (see Student-at-Large/Conditional). Students who are educated outside of the U.S. who have obtained U.S. citizenship or resident alien status are not required to fulfill full degree candidacy prior to beginning the program, but may be required to show English proficiency.
  4. Submission of all financial documentation and requirements of issuance of I-20.


MSPM students must achieve a 3.0 GPA (B average) overall for MSPM coursework. If a grade of D is received for any MSPM course, the grade will not count toward degree requirements and the course must be repeated.

If the GPA is below the acceptable 3.0 minimum after three courses, or one 8-week session (whichever occurs first) the student will be placed on probation for the following 8-week session. Students who do not increase their GPA to 3.0 in the following 8-week session may be dismissed from the MSPM Program.

Transfer of Graduate Credit

A student entering the Lewis MSPM program with appropriate prior graduate coursework in project management may have a maximum of six credit hours  applied to Lewis MSPM course requirements.

Course credits eligible for transfer consideration must meet the following criteria:

  1. All transfer credit must have been earned within an eight-year period prior to matriculation in the Lewis MSPM program.
  2. The coursework must have been completed at an accredited graduate school.
  3. A minimum grade of B must have been earned for the course.
  4. The coursework must have an equivalent in the Lewis MSPM curriculum.

Time Commitment

Graduate level study requires a significant commitment of time. Because of the concentrated, eight-week course schedule, it is crucial that students attend all class meetings. Students should expect two to three hours of homework for every class hour. Thus, a three-credit-hour class may result in a substantial number of study hours.

Assignments must be submitted on time, or a course grade could be jeopardized. Although most instructors will try to make arrangements for a student whose work demands travel, this may not be possible in all cases. Students are responsible for informing instructors in advance of known absences and as soon as possible in the case of emergencies. Two or more unexcused absences in an 8-week session can result in a grade of F .

Course Load

The Graduate School of Management strongly recommends that students who are employed full-time enroll in no more than one course each eight-week session, for a total of six credit hours per semester.

A course load of three classes (nine credit hours) each semester is considered full-time, and is only advised for students who are not employed or are only minimally employed.


All incoming students born after January 1, 1957, taking six or more credit hours per semester must have an updated immunization record sent to the University’s Center for Health and Counseling Services. This requirement refers to students receiving credit on the Romeoville campus.

Outcomes Assessment

The program reserves the right to require students to participate in institutional testing programs as part of ongoing assessment of student outcomes.

Course Meetings/Times

Classes usually meet once a week during weekday evenings. Some courses are offered online.

Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend scheduled classes regularly. This expectation presumes a mature student’s interest in maximizing the opportunity to profit from the instructor’s expertise, planned class activities, and the interchange with peers. It also presumes the student’s responsibility to contribute to the quality of intellectual interaction in the class. Each instructor specifies the class attendance policy in the course syllabus at the beginning of each course.

Time Frame for Completion of Degree Requirements

Attending classes part-time, an MSPM student generally completes all degree requirements in two to three years (including summers). A full-time student should be able to complete all degree requirements in one to two years. The maximum time allowed to complete all degree requirements is seven consecutive years from the date of matriculation.

Withdrawing from a Course

Students should consult with the GSM advisor and the course instructor when considering withdrawal from a course. The only way a student may officially withdraw from a course is to submit a completed withdrawal form to the Office of the Registrar on the Romeoville campus. Refunds are made in accordance with the stated refund policy. When students officially withdraw by the deadline set for each term , they will receive a grade of W , which has no effect on their GPA. A student who has not officially withdrawn from a course will receive a final grade of F .

Incomplete Grade

Incomplete work must be completed within the first six weeks of the following semester or the grade of F automatically will be assigned for the course. Consult the University’s policy on “Grading” for more information.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 36 graduate credits in the program to complete the Master of Science in Project Management degree. Each student is required to complete eleven courses and three professional seminars. Only six hours of previous applicable graduate coursework (grade of B or higher) can be transferred into the program. A total of 30 hours must be taken at Lewis University. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

Degree Offered: Master of Science

Total Credit Hours Required: 36


I. Foundation Courses (32)

65-520Fundamentals of the Business Enterprise


65-508Contemporary Management Practice


65-557Project Management


65-630Organizational Behavior and Development


65-558Human Resources Management


65-556Risk Management


65-561Cost Estimation and Control


65-560Principles of Six Sigma


65-562Project Portfolio Management


65-563Procurement Management


Advanced Business Ethics


Project Management - Certification Review


II. Weekend Seminars (1)

Select one of the following:

Advanced Oral Communication for Managers


Conflict Management / Negotiation


Critical Thinking for Managers


Developing High Performance Teams


III. Capstone

65-590Project Management Capstone


Professional Seminars

Advanced Oral Communication for Managers (1) This seminar will assist students in strengthening their oral communication skills for business. A balance of theory and practice will be provided.

Advanced Business Ethics (1) This is an introductory seminar in the area of business ethics: dilemmas which modern businesses face. Often individuals are caught with personal and organizational conflicts due to competing values. What is the source(s) upon which our values and behaviors are based? What are the differences between what is moral, legal and ethical behavior and codes of conduct? These are the questions this short seminar will address. Through the use of films, group discussions and presentations the seminar will be an exciting, thought-provoking learning experience.

Conflict Management / Negotiation (1) This seminar is a culmination of a variety of experts’ ideas on how to successfully negotiate. We will address a variety of topics. We will discuss, role-play and view video clips on dealing with conflict in negotiations. Each participant will also complete a self-assessment of his/her own personal style of negotiation and we will discuss the impact each style has on negotiations.

Critical Thinking for Managers (1) The purpose of this seminar is to help business students and professionals systematically analyze business situations and avoid the traps that lead to bad thinking. The seminar will also help the professional better assess the role of business in society, analyze the claims of “experts” and identify business opportunities. Among the diverse topics covered in the seminar are: how to identify flaws in business reasoning, analyzing the total cost of a business transaction from the business and the customer’s standpoint, a new way to look at pricing, how externalities and risk-sharing impact business decisions, and how to effectively analyze numerical information in business decisions.

Project Management: Certification Review (1) This seminar is designed to cover the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) areas tested in the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).  The nine PMBOK areas are:  Scope, Time, Cost, HR, Risk, Integration, Quality, Communication, and Procurement management. The focus is going to be on preparing students to pass the PMP certification exam. 

Developing High Performance Teams (1) The purpose of this training is to provide individuals and intact teams with useful concepts and practical tools for increasing team effectiveness.  Specifically, team members learn about team basis and the characteristics of effective teams as well as a model for team development.  In addition, they are given many opportunities to apply specific team development methods, tools and activities.