MS in Project Management - On Campus

MSPM Program Overview

The Master of Science in Project Management is a 30-credit hour cohort-based daytime program designed for pre-experience students interested in an advanced career position in project controls, project management, technology project management, program management and/or technology program management. The program meets the exceptional business need in New Mexico, nationally and internationally for career paths. Both Los Alamos National Labs and Sandia National Labs have established paid student internships.

The University of New Mexico and Project Management Institute (PMI) have determined that courses offered in the MS in Project Management program count for credit as formal education through the Project Management Institute. Students can count these courses toward the PMP Certification offered through PMI.

Quick Facts

  • 30 Average Age
  • 71% Underrepresented Minorities
  • 96% Women
    (Fall 2022 entering data)

PMP Certification Examination FAQ

What does the PMP certification require?

The PMP certification requires the following:

  • Four-year degree
  • 36 months of experience leading projects within the past 8 years
  • 35 hours of project management education/training, or CAPM certification. The MSPM program provides this training
  • Pass 180-question exam


  • High school diploma or associate's degree
  • 60 months of experience leading projects within the past 8 years
  • 35 hours of project management education/training, or CAPM certification. The MSPM program provides this training
  • Pass 180-question exam

Do MSPM students graduate with the PMP certification?

No, MSPM students do not graduate with a PMP certification in addition to graduating with their MS degree. They graduate with the 35 hours of project management education/training required to become a PMP.

Where can I find more information about the PMP certification?

Learn more about the PMP certification at

You may also contact the local Rio Grande Project Management Institute Chapter at P.O. Box 3273, Albuquerque, NM 87190.

Learning Goals

  1. To meet unmet demand for project controllers, project managers, and program managers
  2. To attract exceptional students with engineering, management, science, and social science backgrounds
  3. To provide sufficient technical depth so that graduates are competitive for local, state, and national jobs
  4. To enable faculty and students to tailor programs of study to individual student backgrounds and interests

MSPM Curriculum

The Master of Science in Project Management requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework that will be offered in-person during the day. Students will be required to take a full-time course load of 12 credit hours per semester and six credit hours during the summer to finish the program in 12 months.

The Spring 2024 incoming cohort will complete this curriculum and graduate in Fall 2024.

Fall 2023

  • MGMT 401: Intro to Project Management
  • MGMT 706: Managing People in Organizations
  • MGMT 701: Data Driven Decision Making
  • MGMT 519: Project in Technology Commercialization

Spring 2024

  • MGMT 702: Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • MGMT 515: Innovative Product Development
  • MGMT 726: Financial Decision Making
  • MGMT 697: Internship

Summer 2024

  • MGMT 517: Technology Program Management
  • MGMT 568: Creative Leadership and Innovating Organizations

This schedule is subject to change.

4+1 Program

The 4+1 Program provides a UNM undergraduate student the opportunity to begin the MSPM studies early, reducing the cost of a graduate degree and guaranteeing admission at undergraduate graduation.

It is recommended that students complete Business Calculus and undergraduate Statistics before applying. For the first three years of university studies, the student pursues a normal program of undergraduate work. During the junior year of academic work, the student applies for admission to the MSPM program of the Anderson Graduate School. In the senior year of academic work, the student begins the first year of the MSPM program and also completes the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in the undergraduate field. In the final year of study, the student completes the remaining requirements for the MSPM program.

Suggested Timeline

  • Year 1-3: Complete bachelor’s degree requirements. Every UNM degree qualifies.
  • Year 3, 2nd Semester:
    • Apply to MS in Project Management.
  • Year 4:
    • Complete remaining undergraduate requirements + 9 credits in MSPM.
    • Graduate with your bachelor’s degree.
  • Year 5: Complete the remaining 21 credit hours in MSPM cohort


For a complete application, please submit all required materials. The MS in Project Management is a pre-experience cohort program.

Online Application

The online application includes these required uploaded documents: statement of intent, resume, and transcripts from all degree-awarding institutions.

Personal Statement

Please write an essay (approximately 500 words) explaining your reasons for seeking an advanced degree in business, as well as your personal qualities and experience that will benefit your professional colleagues in the program. Include any noteworthy achievements or additional information you wish to share with the Admission Committee. Your statement of purpose can be uploaded with your online application.


Please submit a current résumé detailing your work experience, management experience, and areas of responsibility. Your resume will be uploaded with your online application.

Entrance Exam

The Anderson MSPM program is currently waiving the entrance exam requirement.


Applicants are required to submit official transcripts through Business CAS from all non-UNM institutions attended. International applicants will be required to submit official transcripts in native language and in English. Review the requirements for Domestic and Foreign transcripts.

Spring 2024 Application Deadlines

Round 1 Priority Deadline:October 1, 2023
Round 2 Final Deadline:December 1, 2023

Program Details

Start Date:January 15, 2024
Length:Cohort - 11 months
Modality:Weekday daytime in-person classes
Course Times:Monday – Thursday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
Tuition (2023-2024):$805 per credit hour + student fees
*Rate changes decided by the UNM Board of Regents may be assessed for 2023-2024 academic year. Tuition and fee rates are subject to change.