Master of Project Management (MPM)

Projects are ubiquitous and have shaped the face of human civilization since antiquity. The 21st century has been dubbed by some as the “century of projects”. As developmental challenges, science and technology and knowledge relentlessly advance, projects – and a profound insight into how to manage them effectively and efficiently - will become all the more relevant with the passage of time. This is especially true for developing countries like Pakistan, where a huge chunk of public-sector resources are spent on projects every year, and the need to properly handle projects given acute and chronic resource constraints is the need of the hour. Projects are the key to Pakistan’s economic and social development.

Keeping in mind its mission of imparting quality education in Pakistan, and also because of its obligation as a public-sector university to contribute to the development and prosperity of Pakistan to the maximum extent possible within the framework of its resource limitations, CIIT is launching a one-year Masters Programme in Project Management (MPM) from this Fall Semester 2008 at CIIT.

CIIT’s MPM will help fill a major void in project management education in Pakistan. It is a well known fact that vast sums of public resources are wasted due to mismanagement of projects, particularly in the social sector. Project failures – as measured with respect to the non-attainment of its goal, and/or cost or schedule overruns – are common in Pakistan. This problem is attributable in part to the lack of basic project management knowledge of the initiators, planners and implementers of projects. Successful project management requires insight into several knowledge areas, for instance, communication management, risk management, cost and time management etc. Yet comparatively few project managers in Pakistan can claim that they have an adequate insight into all these areas. The dearth of project management education opportunities in Pakistan is the principal cause of this problem.

The Masters in Project Management (MPM) programme being offered by the Department of Management Sciences of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad campus, is designed as a one-year full-time study course which has the main objective of providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth and practical knowledge of this exciting, challenging and increasingly important subject area of management. The first of its kind in Pakistan, the MPM will help overcome the acute and chronic knowledge deficiency in project management which plagues most private, public and non-governmental organizations operating in Pakistan.    

Consisting of eleven courses with thirty-three credit hours, course participants will be introduced to all essential project management concepts, processes, tools and techniques which have been established over time as constituting the best practices in the field and familiarization with which are essential for professionally and successfully managing both simple as well as complex projects in different organizational settings and subject con­texts. Numerous guest lectures by experienced project management practitioners as well as frequent references to specific project case studies are featured aspects of this programme.

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