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How do I get an Online Project Management Degree?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 22 June 2018
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There are three items required to get an online project management degree: find a suitable school, meet the admissions requirements, and complete the course work. A project management degree is available from a wide range of community and career colleges. Project management is a specific set of skills that are used to manage large projects, regardless of industry. The same training and techniques are applicable to everything from engineering to information technology projects.

Online schools provide access to course materials and instructors through the Internet. Students log onto a website, where they can communicate with other students, submit assignments, receive instructions and support. Many online schools provide access to academic counselors and other support staff to assist students with their program.

When looking for an online project management degree, the first item to check is the accreditation status of the school. An accredited school has been reviewed by an independent third party. Courses from an accredited school can be transferred to other post-secondary institutions and are accepted by certification and professional associations, such as the Project Management Institute® (PMI®). This institute is responsible for the administration of the Project Management Professional® (PMP®) certification. Accredited schools are able to offer students access to government student aid programs.

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The admissions requirements for a project management degree typically include high school graduation with courses in English, technology, math, or accounting. Most commonly, schools require candidates to have a specific number of years of related work experiences, so that they are able to understand the context of the discussions and concepts. Online schools not associated with a college may have different requirements. It is important to check the details in advance, and make sure you have all the supporting documentation ready when you apply.

The courses that are part of an online project management degree may include cost accounting, project life cycle, business management, human resources, and business law. A project manager is expected to be responsible for a project from inception to completion. They are required to be both subject matter experts and manage a project effectively and efficiently.

The most important part of selecting the best online project management degree is to ensure that you are able to complete the work. It is a common misconception that an online school is easier. In fact, success in an online school requires students to be more disciplined, focused, and self-motivated. Many students find that a speed-reading course helps them to complete the required reading and assignments sooner. Speed reading techniques are designed for maximum knowledge absorption in the shortest possible time period.

The online project management degree should provide access to instructor lectures, course notes, and group discussion tools. Most schools include the cost of the textbook in the course fee and send it directly to your home. Look for schools that have customer service to support the online course software available 24 hours per day. Many students are also working full time, and complete their course work during evenings and weekends.

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