Monthly Archives: March 2016

MSPM: In the Know, March 29, 2016

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1 – Summer and Fall Registration

Registration for summer 2016 courses started on 1 Mar.  As a reminder, no core MSPM courses will be offered in summer semester, only electives. The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 electives in summer session I (begins 16 May):

You may view the Blackboard Collaborate Session for these two courses here.

The Decision Sciences Department also offers electives focused on business analytics, some of which are open to MSPM students. See the Feb 2 blog for more information.

Registration for the Fall 2016  opens on Thursday, 31 Mar. Review the Schedule of Classes for course offerings and register for classes following your DegreeMAP plan.

Are you are uncertain on which courses to register in for Summer and Fall 2016?  Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

2 – Academic Probation

A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 at any point after completing 9 credit hours will be placed on probation. A notice from the program will be sent to your GWU email when this occurs.  Students may earn grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or F for any course. An F grade indicates failure in the course. Students who receive a grade of F are required to present cause to the program director explaining why continued study should be permitted. Grades of F remain a part of your permanent record and are calculated into your GPA. It is recommended that you review the terms of academic probation during mid-semester as a refresher. The University Bulletin provides details on the terms of academic probation at GWSB.

3 – Resources

Now is a great time to review your funding options. Please visit the MSPM resources page, financial assistance, fellowships and scholarships.

Deadlines for PMI scholarships are fast approaching. Check out PMI Scholarships information.

Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF): Deadline to apply is April 1. Students with unpaid summer internships may apply to receive a $3,000 grant. Apply now.

Lau Fellowship Fund (Application Period March 21-April 8, 2016)

Blackboard Collaborate Session Summer 2016

The Summer 2016 Blackboard Collaborate Session is as follows:

Course Number Course Title Professor On Campus Class Day of Week Blackboard Collaborate Day of Week Time
6290 Project Mgt Methodologies Khamooshi Wednesday Monday 9 p.m. Eastern
6290 Project Governance Ghosh Monday Thursday 8:30 p.m. Eastern

An MSPM student wants your feedback in a research study

Moataz Hussein, a current MSPM student is conducting a research study as part of the requirements of his degree and he would like to invite you to participate. He is studying the integration between strategy management performance and portfolio management performance. The questions should take about 5 minutes. To complete the survey online, please go to the URL below:

Interagency Acquisition Strategies Course Offered to MSPM Students

MS in Government Contracts is running an online course this summer on “Interagency Acquisition Strategies” (GCON 6290-DE ). This will be relevant to any project management professionals working in the government contracting world and satisfies the general elective requirement for the MSPM program. This is a distance learning course. This course meets: 7/5/2016-8/13/2016.

Course Description:

This course will cover why and how federal government agencies utilize inter-agency acquisition methods. Inter-agency acquisitions, including the use of Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC’s), Multiple Award Contracts (MAC’s), GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contracts (MAS) and assisted acquisition services account for billions of dollars in business each year. In fact, some analysts state that approximately 50% of information technology acquisitions are conducted via inter-agency acquisitions. We will discuss why the government creates and uses GWAC’s, MAC’s, and Schedules, collectively known as Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts. The advantages, disadvantages and other considerations of using this contract type will be covered from both the government and industry points of view. In addition, we will explore the use of assisted acquisition services, services that some government agencies provide to others on a fee-for-service basis.

Major IDIQ contracts that will be discussed include the GSA Multiple Award Schedule program, GSA Alliant and OASIS, NASA SEWP, plus the DOD LOGCOM contract and similar contract vehicles. We will also study GSA’s Assisted Acquisition Services operation, the Department of Interior’s Business Center and the new assisted services operation launched by the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). Applicable rules, regulations and best practices will considered.

Students will be expected to work in teams to develop business cases for sample new IDIQ contracts. Business case approval is required by the Office of Management and Budget for major IDIQ’s. Students will be evaluated on the efficacy, and completeness of their business cases. Business cases will be evaluated by a panel of experienced IDIQ contract professionals.

If interested, you may register via GWeb through Government Contracts. The course is CRN 92510, GCON 6290-DE Interagency Acquisition Stra (3.0 credits) on the schedule.


MSPM: In the Know, March 15, 2016

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Welcome Agnes Socrates, New Administrative Director, MSPM
It is with great pleasure to introduce the new administrative director of the MSPM program. Agnes Socrates assumed her new position on Monday, 14 Mar. She will begin reaching out to each of you to schedule advisement sessions in the coming week. Read her full introduction on the MSPM blog.

AY16-17 Tuition Rates Posted
The tuition rates for the 2016-2017 academic year were released and are available on the Student Accounts Office website. The per credit hour rate for summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017 terms will be $1,600.

Breakfast and Business Cards: Technology Entrepreneurs
Attend the Breakfast and Business Cards: Technology Entrepreneurs event on Thursday, 31 Mar. Event is from 7:30-9 a.m. at Convene in McLean, VA. Register online.

Message from New Administrative Director, Agnes Socrates

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new Director for the GWSB Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program. As a recent MSPM program alumna, I have a strong interest in seeing the MSPM program continue to grow and prosper. Throughout my time as a student, I have grown very familiar with the program, including its faculty, staff and students. There is no greater honor than to have the opportunity to work with students like you, whom I regard with so much admiration for the unique experiences you bring to the program.

As your adviser, I wish to instill in you, an outlook in life that builds on the strength within yourself to conquer the journey to success. While I am fortunate to have met many of you at the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 orientations, I intend to meet
with you individually between now and August 2016 to map out a plan for your future semesters and to hear your feedback so we may continue to improve your experience with the program. My ultimate goal is to see you succeed and give you the best learning experience possible. For the graduating class, I will meet with you as a group for a feedback session in May. I am dedicated to connecting with current students and alumni so we may continue to attract exceptional students. My duties as Director will continue the work of my predecessor, Cambria Happ who has done a remarkable job running the program.

The MSPM program attracts high-caliber students from a wide variety of careers, background, cultures, and geographies. It’s been my experience that the program’s diversity is one of its strongest assets. My own professional background started in the Philippines where I worked on international development projects with USAID and the World Wildlife Fund. Since moving to the United States in 2004, I have taken on a series of increasingly advanced roles in academic administration at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the George Washington University. I look forward to sharing my 15 years of local and international experience to advise the MSPM students and work with faculty towards continued success in the fast-paced and ever evolving field of project management.

FDF Career Center: Resume Writing Labs for Non-English Writers

The F. David Fowler Career Center has two Resume Writing Labs for non-English writers scheduled in March and April. The session is open to all specialized masters students, but is focused on the needs of Chinese students:
Friday, March 25, 2016 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday, April 1, 2016  11:00am – 12pm
Students can view the information in GWorkSB (Events >> Workshops) and register for the labs.

MSPM: In the Know, March 8, 2016

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PMIWDC Event: Developing a Comprehensive Social Media Management Strategy, 23 Mar
The PMIWDC Washington Circle Luncheon will host Brian Loebig on Wednesday, 23 Mar. Brian will speak on developing a comprehensive social media management strategy. Register online to attend the free event. Event in Duques Hall, room 453 at 12-1 p.m.

FinTech Forum: The Convergence of Finance, Technology, and the Law, 10 Mar
You are cordially invited to join the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance for its first FinTech Forum: The Convergence of Finance, Technology, and the Law on Thursday, 10 Mar, at GW Law School. This free day-long conference will feature industry leaders, academic experts, government regulators, and legal scholars to discuss the future of new financial technologies and what it means for the law. Register to attend today!

Thank You for Voting
The recipient of the 2016 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award will be announced shortly. Thank you to everyone who submitted a vote.