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.


MSPM in the KNOW: February 28, 2017

Top 3 for 28 February 2017:

1- Registration for Summer 2017 begins tomorrow!  Reminder, registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open tomorrow, Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students with no holds on their record may register for classes on GWeb. The following MSPM courses are offered: 

DNSC 6237: International Project Management, Prof. Ghosh (Campus and DE)

DNSC 6238: Project Management and Organizational Context, Prof. Keleher (DE)

Courses offered by the Department of Decision Sciences that will count toward your elective requirement are posted on the blog. You may also view full list of course offerings via the registrar’s website.

2- Summer 2017 STAP application deadline extended! Application for 2017 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP) has been extended through 12 March. The following programs are still accepting applications:

Austria: Dealmaking for Social Impact: Consulting for GlaxoSmithKline

California: A Journey Through the Sharing Economy, Customer Experience Fieldwork in San Francisco

Cuba: Celebrating Cuban Heritage and Fostering Tourism in Havana

Sweden: Healthcare and Marketing Strategy

United Kingdom: Business and the State: Privatization and Public Private Partnerships

3- GW University PM Talks organized by the GWPMA (MSPM student association) in coordination with the PMIWDC, sold out! Thank you to those who registered. Event is tomorrow, 1 March 2017, featuring MSPM alumna Natalya Bah, CEO (Natalya Bah Consulting); Alan Zucker, PM Director (Fannie Mae); and Dr. Alan Zeitoun, President (PM Solutions).   

Launched in November 2016, the University PM Talks is an expansion of PMIWDC programming and is supported by both the GWMSPM and GWPMA. The goal is to bring chapter events to the students and young professionals in the DC area on a quarterly basis. Event is free to MSPM students and offers “PM TED talks” style: short, thought provoking topics in all areas of the new talent triangle (Leadership, Technical Project Management and Strategic and Business Management). GWU is the first to host this type of event.    

MSPM in the KNOW: February 21, 2017

Top 3 for 21 February 2017

1-    Summer 2017 STAP Application Deadline on 26 Feb. Sunday, 26 February is the deadline to apply for one of the summer 2017 Short-Term Study Away Programs (STAP). The MSPM program may allow students to take STAP and apply it toward the general elective requirement. The course must first be approved by your adviser, Agnes Socrates (  

2-    Student Responsibilities: Holds. Reminder as the Summer 2017 registration approaches, students are responsible for reviewing their record in GWeb to ensure they do not have any holds on their record. Holds can prevent students from registering, adding or dropping classes, receiving transcripts, obtaining grades, or graduating. Holds are placed on student accounts for various reasons, such as tuition fee due to GW, the need to meet with academic adviser, placement on probation or suspension, or unmet program requirements. Learn more about holds on the Office of the Registrar site.   

3-  Two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep Course.  As posted on the blog last week, the MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep course by PMI Washington DC chapter. The application has closed on Thursday, 16 February. We thank those who expressed interest in receiving free registration. Decision has been made today and those who applied should have received an email regarding status of their applications.


MSPM in the KNOW: February 14, 2017

Top 3 for 14 February 2017

1-  Congratulations, Dr. Julia Keleher! MSPM faculty, Dr. Julia Keleher is the new Secretary of the Department of Education in Puerto Rico. Under the administration of Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, Dr. Keleher will be overseeing the management and usage of funds in the Department of Education, and using all available information to assess the actual performance of the education system in Puerto Rico. Dr. Keleher brings 20 years of professional career managing educational projects, overseeing the use of federal funds, and providing technical assistance to school districts and educational agencies. She also founded her own consulting firm, Keleher & Associates, in 2009. Dr. Keleher currently teaches DNSC 6235 Communication Strategies in Project Management at the George Washington University MS in Project Management Program. She will also be teaching DNSC 6238 Project Management Organizational Context in Summer 2017. The GWU MSPM family is proud of her recent success! View Dr. Keleher’s recent interview.

2-  Summer 2017 Registration. Registration for the 2017 Summer Sessions will open on Wednesday, 1 March. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. View list of course offerings via the registrar’s website. If you need help with what classes to sign up for, schedule an appointment with your adviser, Agnes Socrates via and include GWid.

3-  Free Seats in PMIWDC’s PMP Prep Course, two consecutive weekends beginning 25 February! The MSPM program is pleased to offer two free registrations to the Winter 2017 PMP Prep Course. The course dates are 25-26 February; 4-5 March, two consecutive weekends. You must be available for the two consecutive weekends to participate in the review classes. Sessions are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Course valued at $995.

If interested, submit the following to by 5 p.m. EST on 16 February 2017:

  • Name, GWid, and Contact Info
  • PMI Membership Number and Chapter Affiliation
  • 300 Word Statement as to Why You Should Receive Free Registration


MSPM in the KNOW: January 10, 2017

Top 3 for 10 January 2017

1- Spring 2017 begins on Tuesday, 17 January. Make sure you are signed up for classes listed on your DegreeMAP. Review schedule of classes and register now to secure your seat and to avoid penalty from late registration. Last day to register without penalty is 16 January (see registration schedule for details).

2- Need to Check your Spring 2017 Class Schedule? Confirm your schedule by logging into GWeb.  Courses and class schedule can be found via the Student Records & Registration Menu under Student Schedule by Date and Time tab. This site provides your official registration details. Blackboard is not the site you should use to confirm this information. Remember, you won’t see your lectures via Blackboard until your professor turns it on which typically occurs the day before your first class.

3- Thank you MSPM Volunteers! Thank you Michael Ortiz, Samantha Macinnis and Queeneth Odimegwu for running the student/panel for the incoming students during the Spring Orientation on Saturday, 7 January. Students and program alike appreciate you for sharing your experiences in the program. We couldn’t have done it without you! Again, thank you.

MSPM in the KNOW: December 20, 2016

Top 3 for 20 December 2016

1-  Spring 2017 semester begins on Tuesday, 17 January. Students should be registered for classes by 16 January to avoid penalty. Review schedule of classes and register now to secure your seat!

2-  Looking to volunteer for the MSPM program? We are actively seeking volunteers to assist with the bridge game at orientation. Volunteers needed on Saturday, 7 January 2017. If you are interested, contact

3-  Legislation to improve program management practices and bolster workforce development becomes law on Wednesday, 14 December. President Barack Obama has signed into law S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA), which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the US federal government. Read more.