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Old 05-22-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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Default University of Maryland University College-MSM Project Management

I'm just wondering if anyone out there has completed a MSM in project mgmt. from UMUC. What are the pro/cons of the program? Any personal opinion is appreciated. I see that they are PMI accredited and they give 1500hrs. toward PMP certification. I work about 12-13 hours a day on active duty in the Navy and would also like to know about taking on grad school with a hectic schedule as such.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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You only need 35 training hours to take the PMP exam and 3 years of exprience of managing projects or 4500 hours. This leaves you 2 years short, no real world experience (classroom based), and an unrecognizable jumble of letters without the certification.

I would recommend working in a capital projects group in the Navy, like the Sea Bees, and then taking some training classes to take the exam. It costs a lot less than a 2 year degree and you'll have a lot more credibility than someone with the letters but no experience.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:36 AM
 
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I appreciate the advice flyingcat. It was enlightening. I was already hoping to do some volunteering around base or perhaps get some TAD time working on capital projects. Again, thanks for the advice and I'll see how things go.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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12-13 hours a day on active duty and you want to do a Master's program online? Props to you man. I couldn't do it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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I was considering the same degree. Are they reputable at all in their field or just cash cows for the universities?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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University of Maryland University College Reviews

At least it's not a for-profit college.
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Old 05-22-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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But are they cash cows? Are they difficult to get into these programs?
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:59 AM
 
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They are not difficult to get into. But it is a highly reputable school among working adults and military and their MS Project Mgmt. is one of very few programs in the country that's accredited by PMI. Rarely will you find a school with a PM program thats accredited by PMI. I'm going to get the degree...but I'm definitely looking to get some experience while doing it. JA1myn, a 18 hour day is a norm....13-14 at work 4 or 5 hours for off duty activity such as school or whatever else you have in mind and get your 4 or 5 hours sleep....8 hrs. according to the book...but If you want a degree that won't happen, because the Navy is going to get their 13 hours out of your first and foremost. Example...It's 2am, gotta be to work at 6. Just finished writing an essay and checking email....gotta go.
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