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Summer 2016 Electives

The MSPM program will offer two 1.5 credit hour electives in summer 2016: DNSC 6290 Project Governance and DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies. Short summaries of each course are provided below. Please contact the respective professors for more detailed information on the courses. The Decision Sciences Department offers additional courses focused on business analytics. These course may be applied to the DNSC elective or general elective requirements for the MSPM degree. See the Schedule of Classes for details. The schedule is subject to change.

DNSC 6290 Project Governance (1.5 credit hours), Dr. Sam Ghosh (sghosh12@gwu.edu), Campus and Online Sections, 5/16/16-6/25/16


An overview of project governance: models, practices and case studies. It is designed to augment the basics of project management courses with information pertinent to the governance, limitations and recommendations for practice.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Course Objectives

1)     To understand difference between project management and project governance

2)     To understand different strategies and framework for project governance

3)     To understand different modules involved in the governance process

4)     To provide fundamental information for the PM as a “what to expect” road map to project governance

 

 

Assignments

Assignments will include an exam, short paper, and a project.

 

DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies (1.5 credit hours), Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi (hkh@gwu.edu), Campus and Online Sections, 5/16/16-6/25/16

An overview of PMI’s PMBOK is presented and explained using the systemic process adopted in the PMBOK. The course also covers the Agile project management approach as a flexible and dynamic methodology suitable for a particular class of projects. The course will also cover PRINCE II, which is a well structured project management methodology, and is introduced and compared against Agile and PMI’s PMBOK.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Course Objectives

1)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure and content of the PMI PMBOK.

2)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure, processes and content of Agile project management.

3)     Develop knowledge and skills about the structure, processes and content of PRINCE II.

4)     Develop skills and learn how a project management methodology could be tailored to the needs of a project using project management skills and expertise.

5)     Enhance understanding of the relationships between these approaches and systems thinking.

6)      Develop skills to conduct comparative analysis of different project management methodologies.

 

Assignments

Assignments will include an exam and a case study.

MSPM: In the Know, November 9, 2015

Top 3 for 10 Nov

Spring 2016 Registration Now Open
Registration for spring 2016 classes began yesterday, 9 Nov. If you have not done so, register for spring classes to ensure a seat in the courses you need to graduate. Not sure which classes to take? Review your plan in DegreeMAP and/or schedule an advisement session with me.

Registration in DNSC 6269 PM Application is not available via GWeb. To register, complete and submit a Registration Transaction Form to my attention via email, fax, or in person (Duques 550). The professor’s signature is not required, but you will need to enter all details for the course per the Schedule of Classes. Incomplete forms will be returned. Those in the DE section are required to participate in the residency week in DC May 9-13.

Tentative Summer 2016 Schedule
The summer 2016 schedule will be released by early March. The program plans to offer only electives this coming summer. The project management-focused elective offerings are:

  • DNSC 6290 Project Governance, Dr. Ghosh, 1.5 credit hours, 16 May-25 Jun
  • DNSC 6290 Project Management Methodologies, Dr. Khamooshi, 1.5 credit hours, 16 May-25 Jun

Congratulations to 3 MSPM Students
Throughout the year, the MSPM program awards current students seats in PMP prep courses through the PMIWDC Chapter. We are proud to announce three new PMP certified students who completed the prep courses and passed the PMP exam in recent months:

  • Durriyyah Johnson
  • Rajni Vij
  • Robert Endler

Congratulations!!!!!

MSPM: In the Know, October 6, 2015

Top 3 for 6 Oct

1 Nov, Application Deadline for Spring 2016 Short-Term Study Away Programs
Apply to one of the Spring 2016 short-term study away programs by 1 Nov. Watch the study away information session online, schedule a meeting with Lisa Brancheau from the G&EE office, and confirm approval of your selected course through your program advisor, Cambria Happ. Destinations include China, Florida, Israel, Denmark, and Mexico.

8 Oct, Info Session for the Global Business Consulting Short-Term Consulting Abroad Program
Interested in solving real-world challenges for global clients? Looking for a unique experience to fulfill a 3 credit hour elective requirement? Learn more about the Global Business Consulting Short-Term Consulting Abroad Program at an info session Thursday, 8 Oct, 6:15-7 p.m. in Duques Hall, room 620. Application deadline is 6 Nov. Contact GW-CIBER to learn more at ciber@gwu.edu.

MSPM Alum Hiring Two Analyst-level Positions
Emma Pincoffs, MSPM ’04 is seeking MSPM students or alumni to fill two analyst-level positions with The Capital Group. The positions will support the Federal Aviation Administration. Apply online via GWorkSB.

The Capital Group Seeking Analysts

Apply via GWorkSB, Job ID 830523. Positions shared by Emma Pincoffs, MSPM ’04.

BUSINESS/FINANCIAL ANALYST

Location: Washington, DC

Position: Full-Time

Job Description: The candidate will work to support various programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The candidate with provide business and finance lifecycle support to include:

· ​​Conducting Cost/Benefit Analyses
· Developing life cycle cost estimate and benefits models
· Performing risk analyses to assess the risks associated with costs, benefits, schedule and technical performance
· Conducting iterative trade-off analyses among cost, schedule, performance, and benefits
· Developing business cases and associated reports
· Providing business management functions such as budgeting, financial analysis and planning and control of funding and allocation
· Providing cost estimating budget planning, programmatic decision-making, and other activities as needed
· Formulating spend plans and providing assistance in the development of obligation plans
· Developing current year and out-year budget forecasts and justification documentation
· Assisting with budget inquiries, program budget and requirements analyses, and impact statements
· Tracking and providing summary reports on funding allocations, obligations, expenditures, funds remaining, and projected shortfalls/surpluses
· Tracking actual contract costs, reviewing invoices, and preparing payment recommendation
· Tracking quarterly spend plans, developing estimates to complete projections, forecasting required funding profiles, and supporting end of year closeouts
· Reconciling financial system payment data with invoice certifications
· Conducting program control and tracking to include Earned Value Management

Qualifications: Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in the following fields of study: Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Operations Research, Statistics or a related field of study. Masters degree a plus.

ACQUISITION/PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ANALYST

Location: Washington, DC

​Position:  Full-Time Job Description:  The Candidate will work as part of team that will support various programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The Candidate will provide acquisition strategy and planning and life cycle program/project management support to include:

· Conducting market research, developing market surveys, planning solicitations, responding to vendor inquiries and preparing market analysis reports
​· Conducting alternatives analyses and documenting results
· Supporting the development of Independent Government Cost Estimates and Business Case Analyses
· Supporting the preparation of Screening Information Requests including technical specifications and SOW/PWS/SOOs
· Performing requirements analysis and development of Program Requirements documents
· Providing source selection support including support for the preparation of Source Selection Plans, conducting Source Selection Evaluations, and preparing related Reports
· Providing cost, schedule and technical program support
· Developing and maintaining integrated program schedule
· Conducting program risk analysis including the development of mitigation strategies
· Assisting the government with Contractor oversight including task order preparation and management, and reviewing vendor deliverables
· Developing, monitoring and tracking program metrics
· Other acquisition and program management duties as necessary

Qualifications:  Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in the following fields of study: Business Administration, Communications, Finance, Information Systems/Technology, Humanities, Engineering, Computer Science, Operations Research, Statistics, Math or a related field of study.  Masters degree a plus.

Special Requirements:  None required.  PMP certification is a plus.

Introduction of Matthew Nessan, Assistant Director, MS in Project Management

Dear MSPM Students and Faculty,

It is with profound excitement that I introduce myself as the Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Project Management Program at The George Washington University School of Business. Over the past week, I have had the opportunity to meet with many of you. Now more than ever, it is clear to me why so many regard GW with such prestige and admiration. I hope to continue learning more about each of your individual roles and professional endeavors while I contribute to the admissions and recruitment efforts of the MSPM program.

The path that led me to GW is as eclectic as the opportunities available to our students and graduates. Originally from a small town in Montana (less than 100 people!), I matriculated to Texas Christian University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. Upon graduation, I worked as an employee benefits consultant in Houston for approximately five years before returning to school to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Southern California and a Graduate Certificate in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Policy (Ed.D.) at our very own George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Highlights of my educational career include three years teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in a variety of California universities, and my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, West Africa. More recently, I come to you from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), where I evaluated a wide variety of domestic and international educational institutions to ensure accreditation compliance.

Over the course of the next 6-12 months, my goal is to increase the visibility of the MSPM program in order to continue to attract exceptional students from around the world. Further, I am dedicated to connecting with our current students and graduates to develop relationships with private, public, and non-profit sector employers to promote the program. My experience in education has taught me that, as individuals, we are endowed with the ability to make differences. As educational professionals, we are tasked to find solutions. As educational leaders, we must push the limits of the individual and the educator in order to turn barriers into opportunities and opportunities into realized success.

I am extremely excited to embark on this new adventure with the collaboration, support, and dedication I have seen during my short time at GWSB.

Best regards,

Matthew Nessan
Assistant Director
Master of Science in Project Management

Spring 2015 Scholarships for Current MSPM Students, 14 Dec Deadline

Scholarship funding is available for current MSPM students in the Spring 2015 semester.

MSPM 201501 Need-Based Scholarship Application

MSPM 201501 Merit-Based Scholarship Application

Overview of scholarship guidelines:

  • Two scholarships will be awarded, each in the amount of $3,750
  • Must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits in the Spring 2015 semester
  • Must have been enrolled in a minimum of 1.5 credits or on an approved Leave of Absence in the Fall 2014 semester
  • Student must be in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Video or essay required
  • Full guidelines and eligibility criteria are included in the applications

Deadline to apply is 14 Dec, 2014. Review the applications in detail for the full list of guidelines, eligibility criteria, and the complete application process. Be mindful of spelling, grammar, and formatting in your essays. All students are encouraged to utilize the University Writing Center to ensure they put forward a graduate-level writing effort.

Good luck!

MSPM: In the Know, August 14, 2014

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Last Chance to Register for Friday Reception
Last Day to Drop with Full Refund, 24 Aug
Participate in the GW Photo Shoot, 15 Aug

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Last Chance to Register for Friday Reception

All current MSPM students are invited to attend the 15 Aug reception hosted by the GW MS in Project Management Alumni Network. Registration is free but required. Come meet the incoming class of students and catch up with alumni. Reception is in Duques Hall, 6th floor, from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Last Day to Drop with Full Refund, 24 Aug

Sunday, 24 Aug, is the last day to drop fall semester classes for a full refund. Starting Monday, 25 Aug, drops are subject to the university refund schedule. If you plan to take a Leave of Absence this semester, submit a Registration Transaction Form to Cambria Happ before 25 Aug. Failure to enroll in courses or to take a Leave of Absence will put you in violation of the Continuous Enrollment policy.

Participate in the GW Photo Shoot, 15 Aug

Register to participate in the GW photo shoot planned for Friday, 15 Aug, 2:15 pm in Kogan Plaza. The photo will be used in the fall issue of GW Magazine. Photo will include students, alumni, staff, and faculty.

MSPM: In the Know, July 9, 2014

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Fall 2014 Need-Based Scholarships, 24 Jul Deadline
10-Month Annual Payment Plan Enrollment, 10 Jul Deadline
Last Day to Add/Drop Summer Session II Courses, 13 Jul Deadline

Dear MSPM students,

The top 3 items you need to know this week:

Fall 2014 Need-Based Scholarships, 24 Jul Deadline

Need-based scholarship funding has been made available to current MSPM students in the fall 2014 semester. The program will award up to three scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500. Full details on the need-based scholarships, the eligibility criteria, and the application is available on www.gwprojectmanagement.org. Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59pm EDT Thursday, July 24, 2014; late applications will not be accepted.

Scholarship applicants are encouraged to utilize the University Writing Center or the English for Academic Purposes Program to ensure that they put forward a graduate-level writing effort. Essays received with spelling errors, poor grammar, or formatting issues receive less consideration than those that exhibit graduate-level writing.

10-Month Annual Payment Plan Enrollment, 10 Jul Deadline

GW has partnered with ECSI to offer an interest-free monthly payment plan available to all students. For those interested in the annual plan, you may spread your tuition payments out over a 10-month period. The first deadline to sign up for the service is Thursday, 10 Jul. Those who sign up by 10 Jul will pay a reduced application fee of $55. Details are available on the Student Accounts Office website.

Last Day to Add/Drop Summer Session II Courses, 13 Jul Deadline

Sunday, 13 Jul, is the last day to add a class using the GWeb Information System, and to drop a class using any means, for Summer Session II. After this date students must use a Registration Transaction Form to make changes to their schedule. GWeb registration is available from 7am – 10pm.

Please also be aware of the refund schedule for summer courses, as the policies differ from the regular schedule. Failure to plan or to take action could cost you money.