University of Maryland University College Joins the Ranks of Select Institutions Offering Project Management Degree Programs Accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs

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14 January 2010

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Adelphi, Md. and Newtown Square, Pa., 14 January 2010 The following degree programs at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) were accredited by Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC) on Dec. 1, 2009:

  • Master of Science in information technology
  • Master of Science in technology management
  • Master of Science in management

Degree programs that achieve GAC accreditation must demonstrate and meet the GACs rigorous standards of accreditation, which include an assessment of each programs objectives and outcomes, faculty and student evaluations, onsite and online resources, annual self-evaluation, and proof of continuous improvements in the area of project management education. Sixty-seven project management degree programs at 27 institutions in ten countries are accredited by GAC. Programs at eight other universities are in the process of accreditation. GAC accreditation ensures the quality of academic degree programs and their graduates in order to meet the standards of the rapidly growing field of project management.

Each of UMUCs three GAC accredited programs offers a project management specialization designed to serve managers and other professionals who wish to acquire, enhance and certify their knowledge and skills in designing, integrating, developing, and managing projects.

The Master of Science in information technology program at UMUC provides a broad technical understanding of current and evolving technologies in the IT field, with an emphasis on moving technology from the laboratory to the realm of business development through its core courses. The program offers eight specializations, including database systems technology, homeland security management and information assurance.

UMUCs Master of Science in technology management program provides a broad-based core of management competency in the central business functions, along with a deep understanding of generic technologies that enable specific business capabilities. Technical depth is provided in several specialization areas, including homeland security management, e-business and distance education technology.

The Master of Science in management program at UMUC is designed for professionals who are assuming greater management responsibilities within their organizations. The program emphasizes leading-edge management skills and technical expertise that are the basis for success in modern organizations. The program offers 13 areas of specialization, including accounting, information systems and services, and financial management.

UMUC is pleased and proud to receive this prestigious accreditation from the Global Accreditation Center for our graduate specializations in project management, said Michael S. Frank, vice provost and dean of UMUCs Graduate School of Management and Technology. This accreditation recognizes our commitment to project management excellence, and demonstrates the quality and rigor of our programs.

Obtaining PMI GAC accreditation is a rigorous process and UMUCs participation makes a public statement about the deep commitment of the institution and its faculty to ongoing evaluation and continuous quality improvement, said Edwin Andrews, Ph.D., director of academic and educational programs and services at PMI. GAC accreditation confirms that the scale and quality of an institutions project management degree program conforms to a comprehensive international standard.

Individuals who complete one of UMUCs GAC accredited programs earn 1,500 hours of project management experience toward the requirements that are needed to sit for PMIs Project Management Professional (PMP) ® credential examination. Currently, an applicant with a bachelor degree (or higher) must document 4,500 hours spent leading and directing project tasks. If the applicant documents that he or she graduated from a GAC accredited program, then only 3,000 hours of work experience need to be presented to fulfill this requirement. Additionally, individuals who complete a GAC accredited program earn 1,500 hours of project management experience toward the requirements that are needed to sit for the PMI Program Management Professional (PgMP) credential examination.

About University of Maryland University College
University of Maryland University College, headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the largest public university in the United States, serving 90,000 students and offering 130 undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. In addition, UMUC is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. UMUC boasts a 60-year history of service to the military and currently enrolls an estimated 50,000 military service members, veterans, and their family members each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 21 locations throughout Maryland and educational services in 27 countries and more than 150 locations worldwide, including the Middle East. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland, an agency of the State of Maryland.

About Project Management Institute
The worlds leading project management organization, PMI shares knowledge with nearly 500,000 members and credential holders in 185+ countries. Since1969, PMI has impacted more than one million practitioners, businesses, governments, students and training organizations. Today, PMIs products and services range from world-class standards for project, program and portfolio management to five professional credentials, including the gold standard Project Management Professional (PMP) ®. PMIs exclusive Global Corporate Council and European Corporate Networking Group engage large multinationals and government organizations in endorsing the value of project management. The only project management association with an established academic research program, PMI has invested more than US$14 million in support of dozens of research projects since 1997. Learn more at PMI.org.

About the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)
Established by the PMI Board of Directors in 2001, the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) is a specialized accrediting body that assures the quality of project management degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels.