Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Can I take MSPM classes before I am accepted into the program?

Q2: What are the prerequisites to be accepted into the MSPM program?

Q3: How long does it typically take to complete the degree?

Q4: What makes the MSPM program different from other graduate programs?

Q5: I have a full-time job. Are evening & weekend classes available?

Q6: What if I travel frequently on business and have to miss class?

Q7: Who is the MSPM program for and why is it valuable?

Q8: What types of jobs will the MSPM degree prepare me for?

Q9: Is the MSPM program accredited?

Q10: How many courses must I take to graduate with a Master of Science Degree?

Q11. Once admitted, what forms are required to meet graduation requirements?

Q12. I don’t live in the Anchorage area. What types of accommodations are available?

Q13. Is the MSPM Program tailor-made or does it cater for a broad audience?

Q14. What is the recommended sequence I should take my PM classes in?

Q15. What is the average salary for those graduating from your Project Management Program?

Q16. How much do Project Management Graduate Classes cost?

Q17. What is the Super Tuition/ the Project Management Fee?

Application for Admission

Q1. How far in advance must I apply?

Q2. How do I apply for the MSPM Program?

Q3. What must I submit with my application?

Q4. How can I check the status of my application?

Distance Students

Q1. I am interested in the MSPM Program, but don’t live in Anchorage.

Q2. What is Blackboard and how can I access it?

Q3. How do I join classes as a distance student?

Q4. How do I post my assignments on Blackboard?

International Students

Q1. What kind of financial assistance do I have access to, as an international student?

Q2. As an international student, am I required to take the TOEFL?

Q3. International Transfer Credit Evaluation

Q4. Do I need to take the TOEFL language test if I come from an English speaking country?

Q5. Do I need to complete an International Packet if I wish to join the PM Program as a distance student from my home country?

Q1. Can I take MSPM classes before I apply to the program?
A: Yes, you can take up to 9 credits (3 courses) before you apply to the MSPM Program. However, you must submit a UAA application as a non-degree seeking student before registering for classes.
Degree and non-degree application instructions.

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Q2. What are the prerequisites to be accepted into the MSPM Program? 
A:

To be accepted into the program, local and international students are required to have the following:

  • Earn at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, or equivalent areas (or as agreed to by the department chairman), from an accredited university with a minimum of a 3.00 (B) GPA
    *Note- for students with a GPA below 3.0, provisional acceptance into the program is possible, with full acceptance upon successfully completing the first 9 credits of the core PM classes (PM A601, PM A602 and either PM A603 or PM A604) with a minimum 3.00 (B) in each.
  • Complete a minimum of two years of appropriate project management experience in a related field as shown by the applicant’s resume.
    *Note- this requirement may be waived if the student is fully engaged in employment at the time of application.
  • A grade of 3.00 (B) or higher in an undergraduate or equivalent research methods course and a statistics course that covers descriptive and inferential statistics.  ESM A620 may be taken in lieu of the statistics requirement.
    *Note- ESM 620 (Statistics for ESM) is highly recommended for fulfillment of this requirement.
  • GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
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Q3. How long does it typically take to complete the degree?
A: The expected duration of study varies widely depending on many factors specific to each student, but generally varies between 2-year (full-time student) to 3-years (part-time student). The maximum UAA allotted duration for completing a graduate degree is 7-years.

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Q4. What makes the MSPM Program different than other graduate programs?
A:  The MSPM Program is a unique and innovative program framed entirely around Project Management. We are highly focused on the needs of our students and have a strong connection to the professional community in Alaska and throughout the Pacific Rim. The MSPM Program is self-supporting and highly technological, and therefore does not receive financial assistance from UAA. This is the reason for what is known as MSPM Super Tuition or the MSPM Program Fee.

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Q5. I have a full-time job. Are evening & weekend classes available?
A:  Yes, our program is focused on accommodating the working professional and therefore all the classes are offered in the evenings from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM and on full Saturdays 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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Q6. What if I travel frequently on business and have to miss class?
A:  All class lectures are video-taped and available for viewing via the web approximately one hour after the class lecture ends. Class videos are also available for check-out at the MSPM Office.

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Q7. Who is the MSPM Program for and why is a degree in Project Management valuable ?
A:  The MSPM program is for all application areas although the program is a part of the School of Engineering. Project Management is an up and coming field around the world, but especially in the State of Alaska where the success of our major industries hinge upon effective and efficient management of projects.

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Q8. What type of jobs will an MSPM degree prepare me for?
A:  Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and go on to careers in a diverse range of industries.

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Q9. Is the MSPM Program Accredited?
A. Yes, the MSPM Program has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU) since 2003. Additionally, the program received accreditation from the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC) in 2007. Click here to learn more about GAC accreditation.

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Q10. How many courses must I take to graduate with a Master of Science Degree?
A. The MSPM Program requires completion of eleven 3-credit courses, of which seven are courses that are core requirements. Please see Question 14 for more details.

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Q11. As an admitted MSPM student, what forms must I submit during the course of the MSPM program in order to meet graduation requirements?
A. All MSPM degree candidates must submit a Graduate Studies Plan, which becomes official when approved by the Dean and filed with Enrollment Services at the time of advancement to candidacy. Once a student has received approval of a proposed PM Case Study and Research project, the student must submit an Application for Candidacy form accompanied by the approved Graduate Studies Plan. The final form required for graduation is the Application for Graduation. The Office of Graduate Studies' Graduate Student Handbook has more information.

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Q12. I don’t currently live in the Anchorage area. What types of accommodations are available?
A. On-campus housing. To find out more visit the UAA Housing Department online at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/housing/.

Off-campus housing. Listings for off-campus housing may be located via the internet, local newspaper classifieds (Anchorage Daily News) and real estate agencies. For more information about Anchorage contact the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

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Q13. Is the MSPM Program tailored to a particular industry or does it cater for a broad audience?
A. The MSPM Program targets a broad audience as can be gleaned from the student profile. Typical students come from diverse backgrounds and find a common ground in Project Management. So in meeting the growing need for Project Management professionals in more industries, the Department began to offer the Construction Project Management course in the summer of 2006. Other new elective courses are Supply Chain Project Management and IT Project Management. Other customized courses are available for Non-Project Members and so on.

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Q14. What is the recommended sequence I should take my PM classes in? 
  1. A.

The PM Department requires that students take their core classes in this order:

Core requirements (21 credits)

  1. PM Overview (6 credits)
    • PM A601 Project Management Fundamentals 3
    • PM A602 Application of Project Management Processes 3
  2. PM Process Series (9 credits)
    • PM A603 Project Initiation and Planning 3
    • PM A604 Project Executing, Monitoring and Control 3
    • PM A605 Operational Integration and Project Closure 3
  3. Capstone Project Demonstration of PM Mastery (6 credits)
    • PM A686A Capsone Project: Initiation and Planning 3
    • PM A686B Capstone Project: Executing, Controlling, and Closing 3

An additional 12 credits of PM courses are also required. A few of the offered course electives are listed below:

  • PM 612 Advanced Project Time Management
  • PM 614 Advanced Project Cost
  • PM 616 Advanced Project Quality Management
  • PM 624 Advanced Project Risk Management
  • PM 694D Advanced Project Controls
  • PM 694E Systems Engineering Fundamentals
  • PM 694F Program and Portfolio Management
  • PM 694T Project Definition and Research Methods
  • PM 694V Organizational Project Maturity and Improvement

There is no suggest order for which elective course should be taken, but some of the courses may have prerequisites.

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Q15. What is the average salary for those graduating from your Project Management Program?
A. Based on the salary survey provided to us by the Project Management Institute from their 2009 survey, those who receive a Master’s degree annually receive $109,800 (mean).

Below is a list of annual salaries for industries that majority of our graduates come from or transition into after completion of our program: (All salaries are based on the mean of all respondents in the PMI Salary Survey)

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Q16. How much do Project Management Graduate Classes cost?
 

The MSPM Program is self-supporting and highly technological, and as such does not receive financial assistance from UAA. Students taking MSPM Classes will be charged current UAA graduate level tuition (either resident or non-resident) plus the MSPM Program Fee per credit hour, often referred to as “Super Tuition”.  Project Management Courses are typically offered as 3 credit hour courses.  Depending on the number of courses a student takes during a semester, establishing full or part-time status, there are miscellaneous UAA fees ranging from $50-$350* that may apply.

*rough estimate

Please see the MSPM Program Tuition Rates page for more cost information.
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Q17. What is MSPM Super Tuition/the MSPM Program Fee?
 

The MSPM Program is self-supporting and highly technological, and as such does not receive financial assistance from UAA. The terms MSPM Super Tuition or MSPM Program Fee are used to reflect the additional cost associated with this self-supporting program under UAA. They both refer to the same cost. The Program Fee is charged in addition to regular tuition and fees. MSPM course costs are largely comprised of the currently published UAA Graduate Tuition Rate (applied per credit hour), plus the MSPM Program Fee (Super Tuition) which is equal to the current, resident-graduate tuition rate and is also assigned per credit hour. The remainder of the costs are from smaller fees.

Resident Tuition Per Credit *
Resident tuition rates apply for residents of Alaska. Find out if you qualify here.

Academic Year 2012/2013 2013/2014
Tuition $383 $391
Project Management Fee $383 $391
Total per Credit Hour $766 $782
Calculating Expenses
  3 × $766 3 × $782
Typical Cost Per Class*** $2298 $2346
UAA Fees vary depending on number of courses taken per semester.

 

Non-Resident Tuition Per Credit **
Non-resident students incur a non-resident tuition surcharge.*

Academic Year 2012/2013 2013/2014
Non-Resident Tuition $783 $799
Project Management Fee $383 $391
Total Per Credit Hour $1166 $1190
Calculating Expenses
  3 × $1166  3 × $1190
Typical Cost Per Class*** $3498 $3570
UAA fees vary depending on number of courses taken per semester.

* Rates are subjected to change according to University Policy.
** International Students please see the F-1 International Packet for full cost estimates for semesters.
*** Applies to 3-credit hours in the MSPM program. University student fees are not included.

Please see the MSPM Program Tuition Rates page for more cost information.
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Application for Admission

Q1. How far in advance must I apply?
A: Always allow enough time for your application to be processed before the commencement of the semester. The semester dates at UAA are available in an online schedule at http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/catalogs/schedules.cfm. International students should allow up to four months between the time you first send your application to UAA and the beginning of the semester. As an example, for international students, if you want to register for the fall semester beginning in August, submit your application in April.

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Q2. How do I apply for the MSPM Program?
A: Applications can be made online on the UAA website, http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions/apply_for_admission.cfm. This is the UAA link incorporating a 'registration wizard', an online resource that can guide you in completing your application. International students must fill out a paper-based application by selecting this option from the UAA website, http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions/printed_application_forms.cfm.

Once you have verified that the application deadline for the semester you are seeking admission in has not passed, you can fill out your applications online. Always allow 24 hours after your application to obtain a student ID number. This student ID number will be used in most of your correspondence with the UAA.

Non-degree seeking students can also apply for admission from the UAA admissions website, http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/admissions/apply_for_admission.cfm.

If the semester application deadline has passed, please continue to apply for the next available semester and simply complete a non-degree seeking application for the current semester for which you would like to take courses.

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Q3. What must I submit with my application?
A: Please refer to our application checklist (UAA New Student Checklist) to be sure to have included all the relevant material for your application to be processed. Remember that you need to satisfy both the UAA requirements and the Department requirements for admission. Submit to UAA Admissions: Click here for guide.

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Q4. How can I check the status of my application?
A:  You can check the status of your application at UA Online at https://uaonline.alaska.edu/. Click “Login to Secured Area” and follow the instructions to access your secure UAA account. You can then check the status of your application as well as register for classes and obtain schedules for the classes you are registered in.

You may also call or e-mail the department at (907) 786-1924 or e-mail pm@uaa.alaska.edu for a status update.

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Distance Students

Q1. I am interested in the MSPM Program, but I don’t live in the Anchorage area. Can I still attend?
A: Absolutely, the MSPM Program has distance learning capability, we currently have students participating via video-conference in Juneau, Valdez, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, North Slope, Nigeria, Chile, California, Florida, New Orleans and South Korea.

Please contact the PM office for distance education guidelines and technology requirements.

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Q2. What is Blackboard and how can I access it?
A: Blackboard is a course management system that allows for dynamic learning to occur in the online environment. The tools provided by the Blackboard software allow students and faculty to post and share documents and other course content, write via e-mail and posted discussion boards, and even have synchronous, or "real-time" conversations in a virtual classroom.
Blackboard Tutorial Presentation

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Q3. How do I log in to join classes as a distance student and how can I view class videos?
A: As a distance or traveling student, classes are accessible to you real-time through Skype or MOVI Software. Synchronized class videos are posted on Blackboard approximately one hour after the end of the class. Please click here for instructions.

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Q4. How do I post my assignments on Blackboard?
A:  PM courses require students to post their assignments to Blackboard unless otherwise instructed by course professors. Click here for more information on how to post your PM assignments to Blackboard.

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International Students

Q1. Is any financial assistance available for international students?
A: Yes, graduate assistant positions are available; however, students must demonstrate academic excellence in their first semester of the program to be considered. For departmental level tuition assistance, please click here.

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Q2. As an international student, what is the required TOEFL score?
A: If English is not the native language of your country of origin, you will be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum required TOEFL score is PBT 550, CBT 213, IBT 79-90. For more details, please click here.

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Q3. International Transfer Credit Evaluation?
A: MSPM Department prefers Center for Applied Research, Evaluation and Education, INC to evaluate International transcripts.

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Q4. Do I need to take the TOEFL language test if I come from an English speaking country?
A: No, if English is an official language of the country you come from.

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Q5. Do I need to complete an International Packet if I wish to join the PM Program as a distance student from my home country?
A: No, but you will need to complete both TOEFL test and have a Degree Evaluation done on foreign transcripts.

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