Technical Project Management


Christopher Malinowski, Chair

M.S. in Technical Project Management

Earn an M.S. in Technical Project Management in just one year in this fully online master’s degree. The program, taught by a combination of industry practitioners and accomplished scholars, fits the schedules of busy technical and technology management professionals. Study from anywhere, without having to travel to campus.

The LIU master's program in Technical Project Management prepares students to lead high-visibility, enterprise-wide projects and emergent start-up ventures for IT, engineering, and scientific initiatives. Students develop deep expertise in project management, comparing and contrasting Agile and Process Oriented methods, in addition to mastering the people skills necessary for leading globally distributed cross-functional teams and coordinating a broad range of project stakeholders. The Technical Project Management program incorporates rigorous methods from management engineering such as risk management, quality control and assurance, and systems engineering, as well as core methods for managing project constraints such as scope, time, and cost.

Most courses are project based to ensure that students apply the most up-to-date project management methodologies, such as Agile, to the kinds of problems they will encounter in the high tech and startup sectors. By working in small project teams, students will get to know others well and will build valuable professional networks that can last throughout their careers.

Students will complete the program in three semesters, scheduled over one year, following the sequence of courses below.

Semester 1

MGE 521 Project Management Principles
MGE 523 Quality and Process Improvement
MGE 611 Engineering Cost Analysis
MGE 503A Technical Writing 1

Semester 2

MGE 525 Comm. & Stakeholder Management 
MGE 621 Project Planning and Control
MGE 629 Human Resource Management
MGE 503B Technical Writing 2

Semester 3

MGE 633 Systems Engineering
MGE 627 Project Risk Management
MGE 693 Special Topics
MGE 503C Technical Writing 3

MGE 503 Technical Writing: This course covers various forms of written and oral communications for technical practitioners and managers. Students are required to build a technical communication portfolio consisting of successful examples such as definitions, descriptions, procedures and specifications on the technical side and also will include memos, emails, reports and decision support research for the business related aspects of the technical manager’s role. Students will be responsible for creating and presenting various technical and managerial topics. The course is offered as 3 1-credit modules.

MGE 521 Project Management Principles: This course presents an overview of the basic principles of project management: planning, definition of work requirements, quality and quantity of work, definition of needed resources, progress tracking, comparison of actual to predicted outcomes, analysis of impacts and change management.

MGE 523 Quality and Process Improvement: This course addresses the identification, documentation and evaluation of the Project Management process, the metrics involved in that process and a discussion of various models of quality management. Emphasis will be on the integration of process and product improvement.

MGE 525 Communication and Stakeholder Management: This course covers the management of project communication within the project team, the organization’s managers outside vendors and suppliers and other project stakeholders. Interpersonal communication is examined as it relates to project stakeholder management. Topics also include development of a project communication planning, managing and control.

MGE 611 Engineering Cost Analysis: This course explores the use of the basic cost system in constructing cost estimates and in reporting and controlling costs and the effect of cost studies on managerial decisions. Also covered is the relationship between project and corporate finance.

MGE 621 Project Planning and Control: This course centers around the processes and procedures involved in planning a project (e.g., scope management, statement of work, requirements specification, work breakdown structure, allocation to sub-contractors, scheduling); managing the trade-offs involved in terms of cost, time and performance; monitoring the project's progress in terms of both scheduling and cost; and managing the changes that take place at various stages of the project life cycle.

MGE 627 Project Risk Management: This course explains how to identify, analyze, mitigate and monitor the various risks involved in any project. The different categories of risks associated with a project (technical, performance, scope, schedule, and cost, etc.) will be examined. Also discussed are the particular risks involved in procurement and sub-contracting.

MGE 629 Human Resource Management: This course examines human resource management of the interdisciplinary project team. Topics include: development of a project human resource plan, team building, hiring, firing, development, personnel evaluation and organizational behavior.

MGE 633 Systems Engineering: This course introduces the concepts of systems engineering, which are used to cope with the complexity of modern system development. Topics include: systems engineering process, systems engineering management, user and system requirements, system architecture, system integration and testing, the role of software in systems prototyping, requirements tracking and dependability.

MGE 693 Special Topics in Technical Project Management: The specific contents of this course may vary each time it is offered. The course reflects current research and/or practice in advanced areas of technical project management. Topics and prerequisites will be announced before the registration period begins.

A Wealth of Career Opportunity

PMI® projects that industries such as computer science, information technology, engineering, and manufacturing are expected to add 15.7 million new Project Management roles globally by 2020, with median salaries near $108,000.

Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider

LIU Post School of Computer Science, Innovation and Management Engineering is recognized by PMI® as a Registered Education Provider (REP). Upon graduation, students will have earned the required hours to sit for the PMI® credential examination. Students who obtain PMI® credentials while in the program will earn professional development units toward maintenance.


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