Project Management

Pioneering managers are increasingly in demand to plan, organize, and oversee the completion of engaging projects, ranging from large-scale developments to fundraising for small nonprofits. The Project Management Institute predicts that there will be more than 15 million new roles of this kind added to the global workforce by 2020, and students in the project management concentration are in a prime position to benefit from this rapid growth. This concentration prepares students to be innovative leaders within a world of complex and exciting projects, acquiring specialized skills and knowledge as well as an understanding of differing leadership styles and how to interact with them effectively.


Karen White

“Projects are all around us—from home projects such as cleaning the attic to business projects such as a special event or installing new technology. Students in this concentration acquire practical knowledge and skills they can immediately apply to make a difference in their lives, regardless of their current title or life stage, and to participate in this exciting new profession.”Learn more about Karen and other faculty.


Zephyr Ethier '17

"The faculty in this program generously share their wealth of practical and academic expertise, while supporting my personal, professional, and academic growth. The attention afforded to me as an individual, as well as a student, truly enables me to reach beyond my comfort zone and achieve my ambitious stretch goals, not just in my career but in my personal life as well."


Sunitha Malieckal '15

“The most important discovery I made was that Marlboro's MBA program had given me the skills to actively bring my values to life in the workplace. Over the course of the program, I developed a confidence in my ability to organize a substantial project, execute my idea, and galvanize support both on the line and in management in order to push the project forward. Completing this project gave me the real-world experience I needed to build a concrete belief in my abilities.” Learn about other graduates.

Course of Study

As a student in this concentration, whether pursuing the graduate certificate, the Master of Science in Management, or the Master of Business Administration degrees, you will immediately start learning relevant project management techniques and theories. In courses such as Strategic Planning, Project Governance and Oversight, and Clear Communications, you will strengthen your knowledge and expertise in managing projects throughout their life-cycle with meaningful class projects related to the work you are already performing. You will also gain insight into management areas such as ethics, transformational change, team building, and value creation through thought leadership. See a typical course of study for a full-time student pursuing an MBA degree, with a focus in project management, or review all management courses.

Career Outlook

The career outlook for leaders with project management knowledge and skills has never been better. The demand for project management professionals is expected to grow more than 15 percent between 2010 and 2020 (resulting in almost 6.2 million jobs) as organizations increasingly turn to project-based processes to manage operations. Those leaders who demonstrate achieving success in these project-based organizations are those with the ability to lead projects.