Northeastern University

College of Professional Studies

Master of Science in Project Management (ALIGN)


360 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Project Management (ALIGN)

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

The Opportunity:

Breaking into a new industry can be difficult, especially if your education and experience are not a match for your current job search. That’s why Northeastern University created the MS Project Management ALIGN program (Accelerated Link to Industry through Northeastern’s Global Network).

This unique graduate program prepares high-ability bachelor’s degree holders for a high-demand career in project management, regardless of their previous experience or undergraduate major.

The Program:

Northeastern University’s MS in Project Management ALIGN program provides you with the theoretical concepts and the practical skills you need to lead complex projects successfully—from initial planning, budgeting, and negotiations through project oversight and final evaluation.

Northeastern’s program is also accredited by the Project Management Institute, one of fewer than 50 master’s programs in the world with that credential. It certifies that our project management curriculum is built upon proven and established best practices.

•    Our students have the opportunity to learn to:
•    Effectively manage multiple, sometimes interrelated, complex projects
•    Implement enterprise-level project portfolio management based upon an organization’s strategic business goals
•    Avoid common project management pitfalls
•    Develop metrics for determining and reporting project performance

The Curriculum:

Featuring real-world case studies, the MS in Project Management ALIGN program presents techniques and tools for managing short- and long-term projects successfully and cost effectively, including project definition, cost and risk estimation, schedule planning and monitoring, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project presentation and evaluation. Six discrete curricular concentrations enable you to focus your knowledge within your field of interest.

Degree concentrations:

•    Clinical Trial Design
•    Construction Management
•    Geographic Information Systems
•    Information Security Management
•    Leadership
•    Leading and Managing Technical Projects
•    Organizational Communication

The Experience:

Students in the MS in Project Management ALIGN program have the opportunity to participate in Northeastern University’s signature co-op program. This respected program enables you to gain invaluable work experience, to apply classroom concepts, and to earn credit toward your degree as you build the foundation of your resumé.

Beyond graduation, project management students find employment opportunities in almost every field. If it’s a temporary endeavor that produces a unique product, service or result, then it is a project.

Industry Demand:

In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies succeed or fail based on their ability to bring quality products and services to market on time, on budget, and within specifications. As a consequence, the need for knowledgeable project managers spans every industry—from banking, biotechnology, and construction management to non-profits, performing arts, and entertainment organizations.

The resulting shortage of talent has created expansive career opportunities as well as rising salaries. The median project management salary for professionals who earn a Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is $101,505.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC) Project Management Institute's Global Accreditation Center (GAC)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: Yes, all students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Please speak to an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: All students are encouraged to apply for financial assistance when they apply for admission. Federal, state, University scholarship programs, and payment options are available.

Locale: Large City

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