Project Management Program


The Project Management Program offers both graduate certificate/degree programs and non-academic professional development programs for professionals to improve their ability to succeed in a global business environment that demands expertise and effectiveness not only in the technical aspects or project, program and portfolio management, but also in leadership and strategic business management.

Our degree programs were among the first accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) and, as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), we have been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for those participating in its Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program.

Graduate Program Levels

The graduate program is cohort-based and offers three levels of recognition:

  • The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is awarded after successfully completing the first 21 semester credit hour Project Management Core Phase of the Program.
  • The MS in Management Science (MS MSc) degree with an emphasis in project management is earned after the completion of an additional 18 semester credit hours that includes business core courses and an international study trip.
  • An MBA with project management emphasis is earned by waiving the MS degree and completing an additional 14 semester credit hours of management core courses.
EMBA in Project Management Degree Plan
  • Connect with the Director
  • Program Statistics
  • Tuition and Fees

Connect with the Director

Many of us start our professional careers as individual contributors, then advance as a result of our performance working with others on project teams, first as project team members, then later as a project coordinators or project managers. Perhaps later we are successful and become program or business unit managers. Since we didn’t necessary aspire to these project roles when we started our undergraduate studies and professional careers, project management is often referred to as “the accidental profession.” And unless a strong project management culture exists in our organization, we may take an ad-hoc approach to project management with widely varying degrees of success.

The offerings of the Project Management Program at UT Dallas were designed in collaboration with local industry experts to develop the competencies of their practicing project managers. They offer a unique blend of technical and sociocultural skill development and will help you prepare be purposeful and successful, both as a project management practitioner and as an organizational leader and business manager.

On this web site you will find information about our executive MS and MBA degrees with an emphasis in project management, our highly-regarded annual symposium and our other on-campus and online professional development learning programs. Please contact us if you’d like more information, and if you’re interested in graduate studies, I encourage you to attend one of our monthly on-campus or online information sessions. The on-campus sessions include the opportunity to have lunch with our current students and to sit in on their classes. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jim Szot, PhD, PE, PMP Director, Project Management Program

Program Statistics

Most students complete their desired program option within the planned time for their cohort; however, sometimes changes in their work and family environment necessitate taking time off and returning later or switching between the on-campus and online modes of the program. To earn an award, all program requirements must be completed within six years of starting the program. As indicated in the table below, most do complete their desired recognition option.

Project Management Program Enrollment
Year Started Enrollment MBA MS Cert Active DNF % Completed

Most students chose to earn an MBA degree. Some start the program with a previously earned MBA or other advanced degree and opt to earn the MS in Management Science (MS MSc) degree or the Graduate Certificate in Project Management rather than the MBA. The table below reports the number of students ending the program at each option. Not included in the Graduate Certificate counts are the MBA and MS graduates who are also awarded the Graduate Certificate in Project Management upon successful completion of the Project Management Core Phase of their degree program.

Project Management Degrees Conferred
Academic YearMBAMSGrad CertTotal


Tuition for the Executive MBA in Project Management is based on your desired exit point. Tuition covers the following:

  • Tuition
  • Parking permits
  • Most expenses for the international study trip (excluding airfare and incidentals)
  • Meals on class days
Tuition by Program
Graduate Certificate in Project Management$18,900

Application Fee

$250 non-refundable application fee must be submitted prior to completion of the application. Payable by check or money order to “UT Dallas” or online credit card payment.

Financial Aid

Students who need financial assistance may apply for long-term student loans. More information is available by contacting the Executive Education Financial Services Manager, Paula Baxter or call (972) 883-4114.

Degree-seeking students may borrow through the Federal Student Loan Programs (Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate Plus). More information regarding the Federal Student Loan Programs for graduate students can be found at the Federal Student Loan Programs website.

Students seeking only the Graduate Certificate or ineligible for federal student aid may access private educational loan information via the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office website.