Executive Education Project Management Program

Project management involves the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques shaped by the specifications and requirements of particular projects. While these skills have long been recognized as important in engineering and development, new industries now realize planning and skills fundamental to project management enhance their operations as well.


The UT Dallas Project Management program is a leader in providing application-oriented education for professionals with significant project-, program- or general-management responsibilities. The program curriculum is updated frequently to stay current with industry needs and is one of the first five accredited by the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is an accredited member of AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Rigorous project management training and education help develop professional competence. The knowledge imparted in this program enhances skills applicable to projects regardless of size, scope or industry, and prepares general managers to use project principles in the operation of their businesses. The program enrolls students from across the United States and the world.


This program is taught by faculty who have industrial project management experience, consulting and teaching experience.

Program Description

There are three levels of recognition in the program:

  • The Project Management Core is comprised of the first 21 semester credit hours.
  • A Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences 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 tour.
  • An MBA degree with project management emphasis is earned by waiving the Master of Science degree and completing an additional 14 semester credit hours.


The UT Dallas Project Management program curriculum is delivered both on campus and online. The oncampus program is in a three day, Thursday, Friday, Saturday format. The online program is designed around weekly lessons. Students enjoy the challenge of being in a virtual class and on a virtual team — a solid plus in this age of globalization.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is highly selective, and prospective students must plan ahead. A selective process ensures that high standards are maintained in a cohort class. Candidates are evaluated on criteria that includes prior academic and professional accomplishments, serious commitment and leadership skills. A typical student is 35 years old, employed as a professional in a project/program management position or in a management position with some project/program content and is self-motivated to pursue knowledge by active participation in a creative fashion.

Thank you for your interest in our project management program!

Our graduate project management core courses were designed in collaboration with local industry to meet the needs of their practicing project managers and offer a unique blend of technical and sociocultural skill development. Our MS and MBA degrees with an emphasis in project management were among the first accredited by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC). We are also a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP) and co-sponsor a highly-regarded annual symposium and provide on-campus and online professional development learning programs.

As a component of the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s Executive Education division, our graduate program is designed for working professionals and structured to maximize your ability to travel between class sessions. This web site will provide you with an overview of our offerings. For a more detailed discussion I encourage you to attend one of our monthly Saturday morning information sessions which include the opportunity to have lunch with our current students and to sit in on their classes or to log into one of our monthly web conference information sessions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Jim Szot, PhD
Director, Project Management Program

(972) 883-5811
Office – JSOM 1.515

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.

Year StartedEnrollmentMBAMSCertActiveDNF% Completed
Source: Project Management Program records

Most students chose to earn a Master of Business Administration degree. Some start the program with a previously earned MBA or other advanced degree and opt to earn the Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences 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.

Academic YearMBAMSGrad CertTotal
Source: Project Management Program records


Tuition for the Project Management Graduate Program 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
Graduate Certificate in Project Management$18,900
Master of Science$38,900

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 payable by credit card.

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.