Project Management

According to research performed by the Project Management Institute, employers will need to fill an average of 2.2 Million NEW project oriented roles each year through 2027. Our program prepares students for a role as a project manager and provides them with a foundation to grow into other project roles – all of which are among the highest paying jobs in the world.

Key Contributors

Professor Harold Ainsworth

Professor Ainsworth serves on the faculty of the Universities of Sydney, Newcastle, and New South Wales, teaching project management at the graduate level. He has developed flipped classroom materials in the subject for multiple prestigious universities, and has over 30 years of experience in the project management space.

Mala Chandra

Mala Chandra developed multiple core Java technologies, including J2EE and Java Beans. In 2004, she was named one of the 25 most influential women in the development of the internet. She has also been honored as a top 50 project management professional. Ms. Chandra has also contributed to the LCMC Digital Marketing and Computer Science programs.

About the Major

We conducted interviews with over 20 Fortune 500 employers, numerous technology professionals, and several academics – some of whom are listed in our contributors section below – in order to identify the key needs and problems with a modern project management education. A major recurring theme of our conversations was that project management education is basically non-existent at the undergraduate level, and hiring entry-level project managers is absurdly difficult.

However, we also learned that liberal arts graduates make for exceptional project managers once they have acquired the necessary skills. Thus, the aim of this program is to provide students with the skills vital to project management to supplement their liberal arts education. 

We identified the following as priorities in a project and program management education program:

  • Strong business communication skills
  • Programming skills – especially in Python and Web-based programming
  • Project-based learning
  • Understanding the core Project Management philosophies – agile and waterfall
  • Project-planning skills
  • Personnel management skills
  • Team management skills
  • Use of project management tools
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Critical and systems based thinking
  • Preparation for certification exams

The RIze Project Management Major is intended to provide students with these key skills and integrate with an existing Business core to create students who are able to take on a variety of project and program management tasks within an organization. By the end of their major students will be expected to have the following certifications:

    Learn Project Management

    Integrate our project management classes with existing business, psychology and programming classes to launch an exciting major in one of the world’s most in-demand field.


    Intro to Project Mgmt

    Project Planning II

    Implementation & Closure

    Project Planning I

    Execution & Monitoring


    Project Simulation

    Great Jobs – straight out of college

    Students who complete this program will be uniquely qualified to enter into the technology workforce as a project manager or technical project manager – one of the highest paying jobs in the United States.