The Saint Mary’s University M.S. in Project Management has successfully completed the accreditation process through Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center (PMI GAC). The accreditation happens every five years and takes a little over a year to complete. Only 40-50 universities in the United States and 130 universities globally have this accreditation.

“PMI’s GAC accreditation is the gold standard of accreditation for project management programs. It ensures that the program aligns with PMI’s standards and practices and meets a high level of academic rigor,” said Bill Johnson, program director.

The accreditation is a comprehensive and detailed process involving a 16-month review of the program and university. The primary components of the process include a letter of intent, self assessment report, site visit, and approval by PMI’s GAC Board of Directors. GAC examines the program’s mission, learning outcomes, curriculum, assessment processes, program information in the public domain, faculty and staff, students and alumni relations, financial resources, university support, and program improvements during this comprehensive process.

“Our program provides students with a comprehensive education to manage projects in the United States and worldwide. Also, it prepares students to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam,” Johnson said. “With this degree and certification, students are ready to lead large and complex projects for organizations and businesses in any industry, including healthcare, manufacturing, IT, retail, and finance, to name a few. It significantly increases the employment opportunities and earning power of graduates.”

The program has been ranked in the top project management programs nationwide, including 8th in the ​​Top Master’s in Project Management Online Degree Programs for 2021 by BestColleges.com. Digital badges and graduate certificates in project management are also available at Saint Mary’s.

Upcoming webinars

Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) virtual session
Thursday, Sept. 23, noon to 1 p.m.
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Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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On Aug. 1, PMI released the 7th edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide. The new edition is a significant change from its predecessors moving from a processed-based to a principle-based guide. Alumni and students are invited to join either of these webinars as Bill Johnson, director of the Saint Mary’s project management program, provides an overview of the new guide, how it has changed, and the implications of these changes.

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