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15 Best Online Bachelor’s in Project Management in 2021

June 9, 2021 | Staff Writers

Online Bachelors in Project Management
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Being a project manager isn’t easy. You need to juggle systems, processes, and people. You have to think on your feet, recognize and manage risks, negotiate time and price, build relationships, and keep the project running smoothly from start to finish — using your tech savvy, patience, and a sense of humor.

If you have what it takes to lead projects in manufacturing, information technology, financial services, environmental management, construction, utilities, or a long list of other sectors, you could be part of one of the fastest growing careers in 11 countries.

A Project Management Career By the Numbers

The Project Management Institute predicts by 2027, the demand for project managers will increase 33% — or almost 22 million new jobs. And with average annual salaries in the U.S. ranging from the mid 60s to a generous 6-figures, companies are willing to pay high prices to fill the gap.

Do you want to complement your associate’s degree or years of experience by adding to your resume — and your bank account? An online bachelor’s in project management may be your ticket to join this expanding job market.

Finding the Right Program for You

We searched almost 30 institutions that offered an online bachelor’s in project management, then filtered out ones that weren’t regionally accredited (the highest level of accreditation) and highlighted those that had an additional stamp from the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). Then we ranked the remaining by lowest tuition (see Our Ranking Methodology for complete details).

This is by no means the complete list of institutions that offer an online bachelor’s in project management. But if you’re looking for 15 affordable, accredited options, this is a great place to start.

15 Best Online Bachelor’s in Project Management

1. Columbia Basin College

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Project Management degree at Columbia Basin College, which includes an optional concentration in construction, covers all 5 project management process groups (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing) and advanced courses in procurement management, quality management, risk management, HR & communications management, contracts & legal management, along with software scheduling applications. The program incorporates two capstone classes and a hands-on practical application approach that uses highly experienced project management practitioners to develop and teach the program curriculum.

  • Total Tuition: $19,108
  • Credits: 180
  • Additional Accreditation: Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

2. George Fox University

George Fox University is only one of two institutions in Oregon that offer a bachelor’s degree in project management. The adult degree can be completed in 16 months, preparing students for Project Management Institute (PMI) certification using videos, presentations, reading assignments, research, discussion, and chats. Coursework to earn the needed 36 credits includes Waterfall and Agile methodologies, ethics, team leadership, and change management.

  • Total Tuition: $17,964
  • Credits: 36
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

3. Minnesota State University — Moorhead

An online bachelor’s in project management from Minnesota State University can be earned with 60 credits or less with an AA, AS, or AAS in accounting to law enforcement, graphic design to hospitality lodging. Along with a BS, students can add certifications — like Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® or Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management — or attend Dale Carnegie classes, local and national conventions, or do on-the-job learning. MSUM accelerated classes are only eight weeks long — online and on-campus.

  • Total Tuition: $25,908
  • Credits: 102
  • Additional Accreditation: Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

4. Bemidji State University

Another Minnesota school on our list, Bemidji State University offers a bachelor’s degree with three concentration options — construction and facility management, product development, or operations management. Online (or part-time) courses under the Technology, Art, and Design umbrella include the impact of technology, cost and economic analysis, quality assurance, safety and risk management, and principles of professional development. Students can also earn Lean Six Sigma or technology management certification, as well as participate in internships.

  • Total Tuition: $31,904
  • Credits: n/a
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

5. Colorado State University Global

In addition to gen ed courses in areas like writing, political science, psychology, and sociology, students enrolled in the online bachelor’s in project management program at Colorado State University Global will also have 33 core credit courses. These include applying leadership principles, operations management, assessing and managing risk, plus a capstone project and practicum. Project management majors can also specialize in areas like marketing, accounting, criminal forensics, fundraising, or 23 other available options.

  • Total Tuition: $42,000
  • Credits: 120
  • Additional Accreditation: Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

6. Saint Leo University

Offered only through Saint Leo University Global, the BA in Business Administration includes specializations in project management, logistics, management, marketing, or technology management. Graduates of Florida’s oldest Catholic institution can find jobs in civilian and military sectors, planning, organizing, and managing resources. The 24-credit project management option includes classes like procurement, purchasing, and vendor management, logistics management, teamwork and leadership, and quality improvement.

  • Total Tuition: $45,600
  • Credits: 120
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

7. Bellevue University

If students have earned 60 credits, an associate’s degree, or have work or military experience, they can accelerate the time it takes to earn a BS in project management from Bellevue University. The online degree includes classes like business communications, project cost, risk management, quality assurance, and American vision and values in a career-focused, cohort, or traditional format. Each BU student has a Student Coach to help them with time management, referrals, and academic and financial services.

  • Total Tuition: $53,975
  • Credits: 127
  • Additional Accreditation: Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

8. Strayer University

Unlike any of the other institutions on our list, Strayer University’s online bachelor’s in business administration with a project management concentration is based on courses, rather than credits. The 40 11-week courses are presented in documentary-style videos complemented with reading assignments and discussion boards. There are 12 concentration possibilities, an associate’s and masters degree also available, along with free classes for every three that are passed (some restrictions apply).

  • Total Tuition: $59,200
  • Credits: 40 (courses)
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

9. Vista College

Courses for an online bachelor’s in project management at Vista College are five weeks long and only taken one or two at a time. The 48-month degree includes computerized accounting, strategic management, quantitative analysis, business law, career strategies, and entrepreneurship — all taught on Canvas, a Learning Management System. After completion, Vista also offers interviewing skills support, resume building, and job search opportunities.

  • Total Tuition: $62,720
  • Credits: 180
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

10. Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University’s online degree is often completed in two years — with seven-week, accelerated courses in an asynchronous format (students can review lectures on their time). With an online bachelor’s in project management from CSU, students are equipped for careers as an IT or web project manager, project analyst, or a variety of other manufacturing, government, construction, or corporate positions.

  • Total Tuition: $64,375
  • Credits: 125
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

11. Malone University

The online bachelor’s degree from Malone University prepares adults to manage people, products, and processes. To be accepted into the 12-15 month organizational management program, students must have 40-88 undergrad credits and five years of working experience under their belt. They then choose a concentration — marketing, project, or environmental management — and take seven-week courses like business statistics, personal values and business ethics, faith and worldviews, and a capstone in critical thinking.

  • Total Tuition: $64,480
  • Credits: 124
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

12. City University of Seattle

The private, nonprofit City University of Seattle offers over 60 degrees and certificate programs, including an online bachelor’s in project management. The 180-credit, business-focused curriculum includes classes like design of effective teams and organizations, communicating with data, managing projects under uncertainty, and a capstone project. The Information Technology emphasis can be substituted for another specialization through independent study or coursework, or customized for a specific industry or setting.

  • Total Tuition: $70,200
  • Credits: 180
  • Additional Accreditation: Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)

13. Linfield University

Healthcare, construction, education, supply chain management are only a few of the career avenues available with a bachelor’s in project management from Linfield University. The 31-credit major in the Online and Continuing Education program has classes like operations management and research, contemporary business, statistics, intercultural communication, a capstone project, and independent study. LU also offers online minors, certificates, and professional development programs.

  • Total Tuition: $71,280
  • Credits: 125
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

14. Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University provides six start terms — eight weeks each — with project-based learning and class simulators, along with $100,000 in scholarships each year. To be accepted into the online bachelor’s in project management program, students must be at least 22, have three years work experience and a high school diploma, plus complete an interview with a SLU academic coach. The Project Management Institute-approved program includes contract supplier administration, government contracting, business and professional writing, and public speaking classes.

  • Total Tuition: $78,000
  • Credits: 120
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

15. Davenport University

One of Michigan’s first online colleges and oldest institutions, Davenport University provides financial aid for 95% of its students in over 50 diplomas, associates, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. The bachelor’s in technology project management can be earned part- or full-time with classes taught by PMI-certified instructors in areas like security foundations, data analytics, world diversity, and accounting. As part of the 120-credit degree, students are required to take an internship and have the opportunity to take a PMI-ACP certification course to prep for the exam.

  • Total Tuition: $97,800
  • Credits: 120
  • Additional Accreditation: n/a

Our Ranking Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, we searched the database for bachelor’s degrees in project management.

From the 26 we found, we removed any institutions that weren’t regionally accredited, were TBD, didn’t have an online bachelor’s in project management, or their last accreditation was before January 20, 2021. We ranked the remaining by lowest in-state tuition costs (minus fees, etc.), listing only the top 15 institutions.

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