Technical project management programs bridge the gap between technology and business training. In Michigan, approximately 46 institutions of higher learning offer courses in technical project management; often, these courses come through information technology or business management degree programs leading to bachelor's or master's degrees, or can be taken on their own through certificate programs. Some programs include capstone classes or a course that prepares you to take the Project Management Professional or Certified Associate in Project Management exams.
Nine of the largest schools offering project management degrees in Michigan are profiled below, along with a table summarizing their degree programs and tuition costs.
Central Michigan University
The fourth largest institution of higher learning in the state, Central Michigan University offers bachelor's and graduate programs to over 28,000 students at its Mount Pleasant campus. The school's information technology program prepares students for technical positions in business like a web developer or information systems manager in an array of fields, including marketing and architectural firms. Students are required to take courses in multimedia design, data communications, hardware software installation, configuration and support and databases. An internship is also required for graduation.
Cornerstone University is a private not-for-profit Christian institution of higher learning based in Grand Rapids that has been in existence since 1941 and known by its current name since 1999. The school's bachelor program in business management prepares students for careers in human resources, financial management and industrial production management. Key courses found in the curriculum include organizational behavior and project management.
Davenport University focuses on educating and training students for practical careers in business, technical and the health fields; this private school operates 13 campuses across the lower peninsula of Michigan, with its main headquarters found in Grand Rapids. A Bachelor of Science in Technology Management program is available as of Fall 2010 and prepares graduates for careers as management analysts, information technology project managers and network systems administrators. Coursework consists of foundational lessons in writing, math, science, technology and business. Davenport also offers a master's program in technology management, which consists of 39 credit hours and is designed to give students interested in information technology careers extra academic qualifications.
Eastern Michigan University
Established in 1849 in Ypsilanti, Eastern Michigan University opened as a teaching college and currently serves as a state-funded school serving more than 23,400 students in a variety of disciplines each year, including education. One popular option is a bachelor's degree program for technology management available through the College of Technology. This program is geared toward those who already possess 2-year technical degrees from community colleges or vocational schools. Students in the program learn how to manage technology advancements in the workplace and then practice solving real, common technological problems. Courses also cover economics, ethics, organizational behavior and finance.
Ferris State University
Ferris State University offers certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs from its campus in Big Rapids. The school's project management certificate program is a 12-credit hour program consisting of classes in project management fundamentals, project scheduling, project communication and managing procurement. The last course in the program is designed to help students with the Project Management Professional and Certified Associate in Project Management exams.
Michigan State University
Nearly 48,000 students attend bachelor's, master's, doctoral or certificate programs at the East Lansing campus of Michigan State University, making the school the largest in the state. The school's College of Communication Arts and Sciences offers a Graduate Specialization in Management of Information Technology. The program is only available to students who are enrolled in the telecommunication, information studies and media master's program and want added business expertise from their studies. Courses in the 15 credit hour program include enterprise data systems, digital business models and information networks and electronic commerce.
Michigan Technical University
Since 1885, Michigan Technical University has been providing the Upper Peninsula a variety of degree programs under a variety of different names from its Houghton headquarters. A bachelor's program in operations and systems management is available at the college, designed for students interested in careers in quality management, supply chain analysis and production planning. During the course of the 128 credit-hour program, students take coursework in principles of finance, organizational behavior and industrial organization in addition to a variety of other management, business and math courses.
University of Michigan - Dearborn
The Dearborn campus of the University of Michigan was founded in 1958 thanks to a gift from the Ford Motor Company and today hosts classes for around 8,700 students. The college's Rackham School of Graduate Studies offers a master's program in program & project management, which consists of 30 credit hours and includes courses in managing global programs, engineering risk-benefit analysis and organization behavior. Students must finish a capstone project at the end of the program in order to graduate.
A private not-for-profit institution found in Troy, Walsh College offers 17 different degree programs in the fields of business and technology, including a certificate program in project management. The 12-credit hour program is open to students who have already earned a bachelor's or master's degree. Students learn the fundamentals of project management, project management tools and techniques, project leadership and management and project finance, estimating and cost management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Project Management Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition Fees (2015-16)|
|Central Michigan University||4-year, public; town||Bachelor of Science in Information Technology|| $11,850 (in-state),
|Cornerstone University||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Business Management||$26,100*|
|Davenport University||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Technology Project Management,
Master of Science in Technology Management
|Eastern Michigan University||4-year, public; suburb||Bachelor of Science in Technology Management|| $10,417 (in-state),
|Ferris State University||4-year, public; town||Certificate - Advanced Studies in Project Management|| $10,970 (in-state),
|Michigan State University||4-year, public; small city||Graduate Specialization in Management of Information Technology|| $13,560 (in-state)*,
|Michigan Technical University||4-year, public; town||Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain and Operations Management|| $14,286 (in-state)*
|University of Michigan - Dearborn||4-year, public; small city||Master of Science in Program & Project Management|| $11,304 (in-state)
|Walsh College||4-year, private not-for-profit; small city||Project Management Certificate||$12,945*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator