MSPM in the KNOW: August 1, 2017

Top 3 for 1 August:

1-    Fall 2017 Registration. Reminder, Fall 2017 registration is ongoing. All students are required to be continuously enrolled each fall and spring semester from the point of matriculation through completion of the degree. Students are expected to self-register for courses. To view available course offerings, go to the registrar’s website and register via GWeb when ready.

If unable to register due to personal or medical reasons, students may consider Leave of Absence (LOA). Consult with your advisor, Agnes Socrates ( prior to filing for LOA to fully understand impact on your degree completion.

2-    Graders needed for Decision Sciences Courses for Fall 2017. The job is ideal for campus students who are interested in working part-time with flexible hours.  Grader duties include assisting Decision Sciences faculty with grading assignments and posting grades on blackboard. Grader will not hold recitation sessions or office hours. Grader interaction with students will only pertain to assignments and/or grading. Time is quite flexible. No special training or preparation required to do the job, other than the approval/recommendation of the faculty member and/or department.  Current students in good standing who had already taken the following courses are eligible to apply:

DNSC 6254 Risk Management (1.5)

DNSC 6258 Executive Decision Making (1.5)

DNSC 6262 Directed Computational Project Management (3)

Submit your resume to Jade Abrams ( if interested.

3-    2017 PM Symposium. The PM Symposium provides a forum focused on developing project managers of all skill levels through professional development opportunities (7 PDUs will be available throughout the day). The symposium is also an opportunity for companies to meet project managers seeking career transition and matching interests, skills, and experience to their needs. If you are active in the project management community, don’t miss the premiere Symposium for the DC Metro Area. Check out the Agenda to see this year’s speakers and topics. All sessions will be worth PDU credits for PMPs with up to 7 PDUs available throughout the day. Read more.

Date: Tuesday, 12 September, 2017 – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Sheraton Tysons Hotel 8661 Leesburg Pike Vienna, Virginia 22182

Student Rate: $195 (in order to receive the student rate please contact us at


MSPM in the KNOW: June 20, 2017

Top 3 for 20 June

1-  Congratulations Michell Morton and team! MSPM student Michell Morton and team, Connect.DCwere among the finalists for the Cafritz Awards for 2017. Awards were made possible by the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in partnership with the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership to recognize and reward outstanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees (Read more). Congratulations Michell on your recent achievement!

2-  Elective Options for Fall 2017. MSPM is going to offer one, three-credit elective course in Fall 2017 semester. The following course will fulfill either your Decision Science elective or General elective requirement:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 cr. (Dr. Griffith)

Other elective options that may qualify are below:

DNSC 6209: Forecasting for Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Berea)

DNSC 6201: Introduction to Business Analytics, 1.5 cr. (Dr. Grover) *permission from department required to register.

MGT 6290: Leadership and Perspective I and II, 3 cr. (Dr. Bailey)

For more options, review full course listings via the schedule of classes. Unsure what to take for your elective? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

3-  Job opportunities with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. MSPM blog has been updated to reflect new job vacancies with the United Nations and other international organizations this month. Check out several opportunities in Washington DC and other locations through this link.

MSPM in the KNOW: June 6, 2017

Top 3 for 6 June

1.  Summer 2017 semester. Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ using GWeb for summer session I is Sunday, 18 June. Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb for summer session II is 11 July. Review summer session schedule via this link.

2.  Fall 2017 semester. Registration for Fall 2017 is ongoing. Register for classes via GWeb before they close. Questions about registration? Schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates via

3.  Job opportunities. This week’s highlighted jobs are listed below. Several opportunities are also available through GWorkSB. Log in and browse through the “Jobs” tab to see all available job postings. New jobs are being added on a daily basis.

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Lead Strategic Planner– NNSA Office of Safety, Infrastructure, and Operations requires Lead Strategic Planner to support its Program Management Office.

Parisella Vincelli Associates Consultant – min. 2-3 years of experience in business, including in management

Educe Careers Business Consultant – Consultant/Senior Consultant – min. 2-4 years of experience in consulting/professional service firm

Eagle Hill Consulting Management Consulting Director(Communications/Media/Technology Industry).

Additional ones can be found on Glassdoor by clicking here.



MSPM in the KNOW: May 2, 2017

Top 3 for 2 May  

  1. Summer 2017 Registration. Last day to register without penalty is Sunday, 21 May. Check out the registration schedule here. Register for classes on GWeb before courses close. Having issues with registration? Contact Agnes Socrates,


  1. Job Vacancies with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. Interested in international development projects? Check out new job postings from the United Nations and other international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the blog. Immediate need for a Senior Program Manager with USAID project also announced.


  1. Local Project Management Institute community in Ashburn, VA hosts a series of brown bag luncheons. Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of GWU IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). Check out upcoming events on the blog.


MSPM in the KNOW: April 18, 2017

Top 3 for 18 April 2017

1- Congratulations Angela Knight and team! The GW Project Management Association (student organization), headed by Angela Knight, recently secured funding from GWSB central office for student engagement activities for school year 2017-2018. Each year, student organizations at GW submit proposals for their budget and go through a series of approval process. This was a big challenge for GWPMA last year as majority of the funding request has not been approved. With Angela’s leadership and collegial work with the GWPMA Board, MSPM program and past GWPMA President Krishna Tummala, the board successfully secured its own funding this school year. Read the blog here. Congratulations Angela and team for this huge success!

2- New GWSB Graduate Certificate Programs announced. In a memo yesterday, Dr. Vivek Choudhury introduced new Graduate Certificate Programs offered at the GWSB effective Fall 2017. A copy of the memo was emailed to all students today, 18 April. This is great news for those who would like to supplement their MSPM degree with another graduate level degree program. MSPM students may complete a general elective that may earn credits toward a graduate certificate with approval from the program. For more information about the Graduate Certificates, please visit:

3- Registration for Fall 2017. Reminder, registration for Fall 2017 began on Monday, 17 April. Review your DegreeMAP and register for courses listed on your degree plan to secure your seats before courses close. Students may register for classes on GWeb. View course offerings via the registrar’s website.

If you need assistance with registration, schedule an advisement session via (include your GWID).

Registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires special approval from your academic advisor. Complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences department.



MSPM in the KNOW: April 11, 2017

Top 3 for 11 April 2017 

1- Registration for Fall 2017 begins Monday, 17 April. Review your DegreeMAP and register for courses listed on your degree plan to secure your seat. MSPM classes are offered to non-MSPM students. This often results to seats going away quickly and classes fill up fast. Secure your seats as soon as possible. Continuing students may register for classes through GWeb. List of course offerings are available via the registrar’s website 

Registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires special approval from your academic advisor. All core courses must be completed prior to taking Capstone. To register, complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences.

2- Application for the Quinn Fellows Fund, due 23 April

The Quinn Fellows Fund provides financial support for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing international business internships – overseas or within the U.S., in the public or private sector, and in any type of organization. Each individual award will be up to $5,000. For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

3- Upcoming Events:

 PM University Talks | Tuesday, 2 May 2017  | 5:30pm – 7:30pm                      Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies  | 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001 | **A photo ID is required to attend the event | **Students register here for free

PM After Hours | Wednesday, 3 May 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm                                   Lebanese Taverna, Tyson’s Galleria | 2001 International Dr #1402 | Mclean, Virginia 22102 | Agenda and Cost: 5:30pm – 8:00pm : Networking & Reception | Young Professional Rate: $7 (Please Register Here to receive this special rate)

MGT 6210 Leading Teams (3 credits), Fall 2017

Looking for a general elective in Fall 2017? This may be course below offered by the Department of Management, MGT 6210 Leading Teams may be well suited for you.

MGT 6210 Leading Teams (3 credits), Fall 2017, Campus section

Class meets from 8:30am – 5:00pm on 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 (condensed format)

Course Description: Leading teams is a critical competence for many project managers and the ability to lead and work effectively in teams is a skillset that is highly valued in organizations. Yet, there are many challenges to effective teamwork and these challenges increase when team members are distributed across different cultures, locations and time zones and rely on electronic rather than face-to-face communication.

This course will help you to develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to effectively leading and participating in teams in the global, digital age. Participants will receive evidence-based guidance on how to (1) set teams up for success, (2) promote effective team dynamics, (3) facilitate effective cross-cultural collaboration, and (4) navigate the challenges of virtual teamwork where team members are distributed across space and time. Using a variety of instructional approaches (e.g., self-assessments, case analyses, individual and group activities), participants will have the opportunity to develop practical strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of the teams to which they belong.

Questions about the course? Contact Professor Sharon Hill (


MSPM in the KNOW: March 15, 2017

Top 3 for 15 March 2017

1- Thank You for Voting The recipient of the 2017 Outstanding MSPM Faculty Award will be announced as soon as the winner is notified. Thank you to those who voted.

 2- Registration for Summer 2017 is ongoing. The following Decision Sciences courses are now closed:

DNSC 6238 PM Organizational Context, Dr. Keleher (1.5), Distance

DNSC 6290 Big Data, Dr. Vaisman (1.5), Campus

Register for summer now to secure your enrollment. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. Students can view list of course offerings via the registrar’s website.

3- Professional Development Fellowship Opportunities at nasiA. A Global, 501 (c)3 nonprofit educational organization, naisA (‘Asian’ spelled backward), is offering career development fellowship opportunities. NasiA’s mission is to help young Asians rise to leadership positions across career fields through guided mentoring by industry leaders.

There are several programs that naisA has developed to support young mentees or protégés, including a large career and recruitment fair on 20 April in CityCenter, Downtown DC from 6 – 9 pm. The event webpage can be found at MSPM students may be able to waive registration by sending a resume to Angela at before 31 March. Alternatively, anyone who’s interested in attending can sign up at with a registration fee via


Curriculum Change: Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Dear Students,

I am attempting to identify all MSPM students who are currently completing the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics or interested in enrolling in the program. There has been a curriculum change and admissions process that I need to review with you.

If you are in the process of completing the certificate, please email I will then review your academic record and send you the next steps.

If you are interested in enrolling in the Business Analytics certificate program, please let me know via and I will get the admissions application to you.


Agnes Socrates, MSPM



MSPM in the KNOW: March 7, 2017

Top 3 for 7 March 2017

1- Your academic advisor. Reminder, your academic advisor is your go to person for any academic or program issues. While your advisor has a significant role in your education at GW, students have an equally significant role. Advising is a two-way street, students must be proactive in bringing forward any issues. Do not hesitate to schedule an advisement session with your advisor, Agnes Socrates via for any specific issues you may be experiencing.

2- Registration for Summer 2017 began on 1 March! Register now before courses close. Continuing students with no holds on their record may register for classes on GWeb. Contact student accounts (202-994-7350 or if you have a hold on your record. Please note, only elective courses are offered during summer semester.

Not sure what to sign up for? Schedule an advisement with your advisor via and include your GWid. Elective requirements for MSPM include:

  • Three credits of electives must be taken within the Decision Sciences (DNSC) Department
  • Three remaining credits may be fulfilled by taking a 6000+ level course within or outside of the School of Business following approval of academic advisor.
  • Elective courses must be taken for a letter grade

3- Thank you to those who attended the GW University PM Talks on 1 March at the Marvin Center. Event was well-attended by at least fifty project management professionals and students. Attendees earned 2 Professional Development Units (PDUs) through the Project Management Institute (PMI).  Guest speakers include MSPM alumna, Natalya Bah. See more details on the blog.  Those who missed the event, there will be other opportunities coming up. Keep an eye on the blog for future events hosted by MSPM, GWPMA and PMI Washington DC chapter.