Candidates of M.P.M. programs are required to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university and significant work experience (12 years on average). Most programs require 36-42 graduate credits and a thesis or final project. While programs may vary, most curricula are designed to provide professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to lead and manage effectively. Students normally engage in the study of concepts, methodologies and analytic techniques necessary for successful leadership of programs/projects within complex organizations. Curricula typically focus on problem solving and decision-making using case studies, teaming exercises, hands-on applications, active participation, research and integrative exercises. Lecture and laboratory sessions require the application of critical thinking to problem solving within notional and actual situations.
These Master programs usually provide general education revolving around business organization. Such degree is not only for future project managers but also offers opportunities in consultancy, business analysis, business development, operations management, supply chain management, business administration, or any other area of business or management.
Many universities are offering weakened programs in Ms PM so students who are doing job can do MS by taking classes on Saturday and Sunday.