Online MBA – Project Management

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MBA – Project Management

8 Weeks

8-week terms allow for start dates throughout the year

12 Months

Finish this track in as few as 12 months at the Accelerated program pace

36 Credits

Complete 36 credits to earn your MBA – Project Management degree

MBA – Project Management Highlights

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Comprehensive business administration curriculum with specialized project management courses

100% online coursework with mobile-friendly content and no-cost access to LinkedIn Learning

End-to-end support, including advisors, complimentary tutoring, and a Career Services team

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Eligibility to sit for your certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI)

Why Pursue an MBA in Project Management at WCU?

Our Project Management track helps you build knowledge and skills in core business disciplines — such as organizational behavior and finance theory — while also teaching you the principles of project management and business information support systems­. Once you complete the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam through the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Overview: MBA – Project Management Track

Program Details

Accelerated Pace

Distance Education/Online

36 Credits

12 Months

3 Trimesters

Working Professional Pace

Distance Education/Online

36 Credits

24 Months

6 Trimesters

Curriculum

To achieve the graduation requirement of 36 credits, all students must complete 36 credits of core and track courses. Core courses provide students with the specific discipline experience required for the degree. All students will complete at least 27 core course credits as detailed below. The remaining 9 credits are based on the program track the student is enrolled in. The currently available programs are:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • MBA – Health Administration & Leadership Track
  • MBA – Public Health Track
  • MBA – Project Management Track
Core courses to be completed if no track chosen (9 credits)
Core courses to be completed if no track chosen (9 credits)
BUS 520Principles of Economics3
BUS 530Business Statistics and Analytics3
BUS 540Business Information Support Systems3
Total Credit Hours:9

Track Courses:

Health Administration & Leadership Track

Track courses to be completed in the Health Administration & Leadership Track (9 credits)
Track courses to be completed in the Health Administration & Leadership Track (9 credits)
HA 540Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations3
HA 545Hospital Administration and Management3
HA 550Leadership Models for Health Care Managers3
Total Credit Hours:9

Public Health Track

Track courses to be completed in the Public Health Track (9 credits)
Track courses to be completed in the Public Health Track (9 credits)
PH 500Foundations of Public Health3
PH 536Environmental and Occupational Health3
PH 546Leadership Principles and Policies in Public Health3
Total Credit Hours:9

Project Management Track

Track courses to be completed in the Health Administration & Leadership Track (9 credits)
Track courses to be completed in the Health Administration & Leadership Track (9 credits)
BUS 540Business Information Support Systems3
HA 555Project Management3
HA 557Project Management II3
Total Credit Hours:9

Core Courses:

Core Courses to be completed by all students (27 credits)
Core Courses to be completed by all students (27 credits)
BUS 500Business and Administrative Communications3
BUS 505Managerial Accounting3
BUS 510Business Law and Ethics3
BUS 515Finance Application and Theory3
BUS 525Principles of Management3
BUS 535Organizational Behavior and Leadership3
BUS 545Fundamentals of Operations Management3
BUS 550Marketing Analysis and Trends3
BUS 555Strategic Management3
Total Credit Hours:27
Tuition & Financial Aid

How Much Does the MBA – Project Management Track Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of MBA – Project Management online tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the MBA – Project Management track costs at West Coast University.

We offer several track financial aid options — including scholarships, grants, and loan access — to help support you through your studies. We also offer reduced tuition rates for military personnel and their spouses. For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Master of Business Administration - Project Management Track

Tuition and Fees

Prior to Spring I 2024

Accelerated*

Degree TypeMaster of Science
Total Program Credits36
Program Length (full time)3 trimesters
Non-Military RateMilitary Rate1
Core Courses (per credit x 36 credits)$775$659
Total Tuition Cost $27,900 $23,724
STRF2 $72.50 $62.50
Technology Fee3$1,500$1,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4$50$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$29,450$25,274
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$29,522.50 $25,336.50

Working Professional*

Degree TypeMaster of Science
Total Program Credits36
Program Length (full time)6 trimesters
Non-Military Rate Military Rate1
Core Courses (per credit x 36 credits)$775$659
Total Tuition Cost$27,900$23,724
STRF2$77.50$67.50
Technology Fee3 $3,000 $3,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4 $50 $50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$30,950$26,774
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$31,027.50$26,841.50

Effective Spring I 2024

Accelerated*

Degree TypeMaster of Science
Total Program Credits36
Program Length(full time)3 trimesters
Core Courses(per credit x 36 credits)$775
Total Tuition Cost$27,900
STRF2$72.50
Technology Fee3$1,500
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$29,450
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$29,522.50

Working Professional*

Degree TypeMaster of Science
Total Program Credits36
Program Length(full time)6 trimesters
Core Courses(per credit x 36 credits)$775
Total Tuition Cost$27,900
STRF2$77.50
Technology Fee3$3,000
Estimate for Program Supply Fees4$50
Estimated Total Program Costs (Texas)$30,950
Estimated Total Program Costs (California)$31,027.50

 

Indirect Costs

8 Month Academic Year5
with parentsoff campus
Federal Student Loan Fee $220 $220 
Living Expenses (Food & Housing)$2,384$7,936
Transportation$1,648$1,648
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses$5,392$5,392
Total$9,644$15,196

* Upon enrollment, students select Accelerated or Working Professional, which will determine the pace at which students complete their degree. In most cases, students that select Accelerated will attempt two courses per term, and students that select Working Professional will attempt one course a term.

1 Rate provided to Active Duty, Active Duty Spouse, Reserve, Reserve Spouse, Veterans, Veteran Spouse, Department of Defense employees, dependents utilizing parent's veteran's education benefits, and Veterans Affairs employees.   The military rate will no longer be offered after Fall II 2023.

2 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

3 Technology Fee includes student technical support, Office 365, blended and online course delivery/learning management system, mobile app, student portal technology and access, and required electronic course materials/software.

4 Program supplies include WCU identification card and background check.  

5 The purpose of the Cost of Attendance (COA) is to provide students and families with an estimated cost to attend West Coast University. The COA includes both direct and indirect cost estimates. Direct costs are paid directly to West Coast University and are shown separately for each program. Indirect costs are not paid to West Coast University and are estimates students may use to budget expenses they may incur while attending school. While actual indirect costs may vary, West Coast University estimates these amounts based on the number of months in an academic year and whether students will live with parents or off campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Business Administration Program must meet the following admissions requirements:

    1. Complete an online application for admissions.
    2. Participate in an interview with a University Admissions Advisor.
    3. Complete an enrollment agreement, consisting of program policies, costs, completion requirements, and other student obligations.
    4. Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.7 cumulative GPA or higher.
      1. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.00-2.69 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:
        1. The applicant must provide a letter of intent.
        2. The applicant must be approved for admission following an interview with the Program Director/Dean.
        3. The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites.
        4. A student admitted under the probationary admissions pathway must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms). Students who meet this standard will be converted to a full admit status and will be subject to the standard Satisfactory Academic Progress requirement for the duration of their program.  Students failing to meet this requirement by the end of the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university.
        5. Students accepted under the probationary admissions pathway will be considered regular students and eligible for Title IV, if the student otherwise qualifies for funding, for the first trimester of their program of study while completing the requirements for full admission to their program.
    5. Provide official undergraduate transcripts of a baccalaureate degree prior to the end of the add/drop period of the first term.
      1. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts will be required to have their coursework evaluated by a transcript evaluation service to determine the equivalency to a U.S. degree/course. If the transcript evaluation is unclear as to the equivalency to a U.S. degree/course, the Program Dean will evaluate transcripts to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been completed for admission.
      2. Applicants submitting advanced degrees will be reviewed by the Program Dean to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been completed for admission.
      3. Master of Business Administration Transfer Credit Evaluation:  Only graduate level courses in which a grade of B- or better was received, taken in a program similar to the Master of Business Administration will be evaluated for transfer credit.  A maximum of nine (9) credit hours will be considered for transfer, and must reflect the same content and course credit as the course for which transfer credit is requested.

For more information on admission requirements, including information about transferring from another institution, please visit our catalog.

Academic Calendar

New academic terms usually start every eight weeks. Review our Academic Calendar for term start and completion dates.

Career Services

MBA Project Management Career Services

Help with Your Professional Development & Job Search

We want to support you as both a student and as a graduate! That’s why we offer comprehensive career services throughout your time at WCU and beyond.

WCU Career Services can provide you with a wide array of support services, including one-on-one career guidance, professional development workshops on topics such as resume writing and interview etiquette, assistance connecting with industry recruiters, help finding job leads, and more.1

Job Opportunities

With a curriculum designed to help students develop core competencies in both business and project management, graduates of the MBA – Project Management program will be positioned to explore a variety of roles.

Project managers work in virtually any industry, from professional and technical services, to construction and manufacturing.2 Our Career Services team can help you explore opportunities that align with your skills and interests!

LinkedIn Learning

Access LinkedIn Learning at No Cost

As an MBA student, you’ll have complimentary access to LinkedIn Learning to supplement your main WCU coursework. For each core MBA course you take, you will be able to choose a LinkedIn Learning module from a vast library of educational content, allowing you to expand your professional knowledge and skill set.

Once you’re done with your module, you’ll be able to upload a certificate of completion to your LinkedIn profile. Over time, you will be able to build an impressive ePortfolio to share with prospective employers. LinkedIn Learning is a great tool for helping you stand out to prospective employers.

Featured Faculty

Dr. Justin Ako

Justin Ako, DC, BSBA, CHEP

Dean, Health Administration (MHA/BSHA, MBA/BSBA Programs)

Dr. Justin Ako is the Dean of Health Administration at West Coast University. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i and received his bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska with a double major in marketing and strategic management. Dr. Ako then went on to receive his doctorate from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and most recently completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard University.

Dr. Ako has been in private practice for more than 25 years and has been a dean of multiple programs at higher education institutions. He has served as Dean of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Bachelor of Health Services Administration (BHSA) programs at West Coast University for the past 10 years. He also serves as the interim dean for WCU’s MBA and BSBA programs.

Dr. Ako has sat on community boards such as the board for Northridge Hospital/Dignity Health, and he works collaboratively with NGOs such as the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent while serving his local community.

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FAQs

How does this track prepare me for today’s business administration needs?

Our MBA programs offers an academic foundation in the core disciplines and is designed to teach you effective decision-making, management skills, and leadership across various types of business settings. In this program, you will learn about topics such as communications, organizational behavior, business ethics, and principles of management. As an MBA – Project Management student, you will also take complementary courses in project management and business information systems.

How long does it take to complete the MBA – Project Management track?

At the Accelerated pace, you can complete the MBA – Project Management track in as little as 12 months. If you choose the Working Professional pace, you can earn your degree in 24 months. Speak with your admissions advisor for help determining which pace is right for you.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the program?

We can evaluate your previous coursework for credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit for courses taken from another academic institution as long as the course meets the requirements of the academic program for which it is being considered. You must have earned a grade of B- (80%) or better for a graduate course as documented on official transcripts. Each program maintains its own transfer credit requirements.

You may also be able to earn credit for past work experience or for professional certifications, licenses, or trainings. Talk to your admissions advisor to explore all your options

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. A few of the grants and scholarships that are available to WCU online students include the Alumni Pathway Grant (covering as much as 20% of tuition), the WCU Health Services Grant (covering as much as 10% of tuition), and the WCU Performance Scholarship (covering as much as 15% of tuition). To explore all your financial aid options, visit our Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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1 WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Project Management Specialists

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