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Where experiences exceed expectations.

Our master’s program addresses the growing need for professionals and organizations to assume a role that responds to the current challenges of managing projects.

The School and our interdisciplinary concept of education is internationally accredited and addressed to all professional areas, enabling us to provide the most meaningful advantages to our students, partners and strategic allies.

Since 2009, the Master in Project Management program was accredited for its academic quality by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI). It was the first program in Latin America and the Caribbean to receive this international award for its quality academic.

Methods of study: 100% online (English and Spanish), and blended (Spanish).

Degree diploma recognition:  The master’s program is approved in the Republic of Costa Rica and in the United Mexican States [Note: in some groups the students can choose the mexican nationality of their degree diploma. For more information, contact info@ucigspm.com.].

  1. Costa Rica: The Curriculum, in its classroom attendance version, was approved by the “Consejo Nacional de Enseñanza Superior Universitaria Privada” (CONESUP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the National Council of Private Superior University Education) in Session N° 388-1999, and the online version was approved in Session N° 606-2008.

Approximate duration:

– Online modality: 20 months

– Blended modality: 16 months

  1. Mexico:  Incorporated into the Mexican National Educational System, with Recognition of Official Validity of Superior Federal and State Studies, granted by the “Secretaría de Educación Pública de México” (SEP, for its acronym in Spanish, is the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education), in Quintana Roo, through Accordance N° 201247MA, dated July 5th, 2012.          

Approximate duration:

– Online modality: 16 months

Objective:  To develop professionals who are able to manage projects and advise companies towards achieving success in their project portfolios through essential practices, such as strategic planning, and taking into account the the knowledge areas of scope, cost, time, stakeholders, integration, human resources, risks, communications, among others.

Incorporation into our master’s program allows you to reach your development goals through the innovations of education of the XXI Century, personalized services and human warmth.

The program is intended for professionals who are seeking to:

  • Manage resources and challenges, while accounting for complexity in the life cycle of a project.
  • Facilitate relations and communications among project stakeholders.
  • Balance project requirements among scope, time, cost, human talent, and quality.
  • Develop the use of tools, skills and techniques to manage working groups focused on a single target.
  • Prepare for reducing risks in terms of cultural, social and political effects that may affect projects.

Program benefits:

Those who qualify for this program will have the following benefits:

  • License for Microsoft Project Standard 2013, software tool for managing the time and cost of projects, with no cost for the student ($600 approximate value).
  • Preparation for the Project Management Institute´s (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • Preparation for Green Project Management´s (GPM)® Green Project Manager-b (GPM-b)®
  • Use of Moodle learning platform.

General information:

  • Languages: English and Spanish (for Spanish, see: http://ucigspm.com/es).
  • Modality: Online.
  • Convenient payment plans are available.

 

How is the performance of students in the MAP and MPM programs?

Student Performance Criteria

 

Year
Criteria 2011 2012 2013 2014
Students beginning enrollment by year 460 366 367 465
Students with Degrees Conferred by year 181 247 230 189
Students continuing enrollment at end of year, by year 265 322 395 362
Students who withdrew by year 26 6 5 10
Students enrolled by year 274 252 268 291
Retention rate (%) by year 91% 98% 99% 98%
Graduation rate (%) 39% 67% 63% 41%

 

This is how the information was calculated
Retention Rate: (Students beginning enrollment – Students who withdrew) / Students beginning enrollment
Graduation Rate: (Students with Degrees conferred by year*100) / Students beginning enrollment

 

Last Updated: December 10th, 2015
The terms, prices and conditions are subject to change without previous notice.

PMI and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

GPM and GPM-b are registered marks of  GPM Global.

Projects are the basis for success, both professionally and personally, in virtually any field of human activity. For this reason, the master´s program is aimed at professionals from various disciplines and fields of action.

Entry profile:

The program is aimed at professionals with a background in fields related to business, economics, technology, engineering, social sciences, agriculture, environment, medical sciences, livestock and forestry disciplines, among others, who wish to improve their skills in project management.  It is also intended for professionals from other disciplines who are involved in supporting project management activities, projectized offices, and consulting firms.

  • Bachelor or Licenciate academic degree, as a minimum.
  • Sufficient command of the English language (must be able to study and understand learning or reference documents in this language).
  • Previous professional experience in projects is desirable, but not required (at least one year of professional involvement in a project management environment).
  • Management of software tools and affinity with virtual work and communication.
  • Positive predisposition to collaborative work, continuous improvement, applied research and self-discipline.

The students will be responsible for registering and remaining as active members of PMI (for more information, visit http://www.pmi.org/membership/membership-types-of-memberships.aspx) throughout the duration of their studies in MPM, which will grant them access to the PMBOK® Guide (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge) and a vast quantity of standards, papers and communities of practice on Project Management.  Some of these resources will be required as study materials for the program´s courses.

Exit profile:

Upon completion of the program, the student will have acquired the competencies to be able to:

  • Create project plans before the project starts, managing relevant stakeholders, objectives, and scope, to ensure clarity on the scope, as well as understanding and commitment from the stakeholders.
  • Interact with the project and its environment, using the proper set of standards, methods, techniques and tools to allow members of the project team to generate quality products and the successful achievement of expected results.
  • Develop, maintain and communicate the different types of plans that are required, throughout the project´s life cycle, to allow for proper monitoring and control.
  • Direct and lead members of the project team in order to obtain high levels of commitment and productivity.
  • Use tools for monitoring, in a constant and objective manner, the quality of the intermediate and final products of the project, so that the established standards are met, and the commitments with the stakeholders involved in the project are achieved.
  • Maintain proactive and technically correct communication, throughout the development of the project, regarding all elements necessary to ensure that stakeholders are provided with adequate knowledge of progress and approved changes in the project.
  • Identify and manage the needs of the project’s stakeholders in order to achieve the best level of compliance with their expectations.
  • Apply principles of sustainability and social responsibility to projects, so that they are environmentally sustainable.
  • Identify tools for analyzing organizational maturity, as to the management of projects, programs and portfolios, so that they can be applied in particular environments.
  • Apply tools and criteria for the identification of needs, as well as for the formulation and evaluation of projects, which allow interaction with stakeholders, going from the pre-feasibility stage and up to the performance of ex – post evaluations.

 

Last Updated: September 16th, 2015
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PMBOK is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

Our master’s program is divided into four modules of three courses, which have a duration of five weeks each, and are studied one by one, in the order indicated in the table shown below. The teaching-learning process allows our professionals to develop the skills and capabilities needed to conduct large-scale projects.

 

STUDY PLAN

MASTER IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Cycle Course Contents
I Introduction to Project Management Introduction to Project Management
Strategic Planning and Organizational Analysis Development of the Company Programs and Portfolios
Project Methodologies, Processes and Products Project Formulation and Evaluation
II Essential Topics for Project Management I Stakeholders and Scope Management
Project Management Tools and Techniques I Project Time and Cost Management
Knowledge Areas for Project Management I Project Quality Management
III Management Skills Management Skills for Project Managers
Knowledge Areas for Project Management II Human Resources and Communications Management
Knowledge Areas for Project Management III Project Risk Management
IV Project Management Tools and Techniques II Project Procurement Management
Essential Topics for Project Management II Corporate Social Responsibility
Degree and Graduation Seminar Preparation for Final Graduation Project

Last Updated: September 16th, 2015
The terms, prices and conditions are subject to change without previous notice.

The current fees at UCI* for Master’s Programs in Project Management (blended and online modalities in Spanish, and online modality in English), are $ 500.00 (five hundred dollars) for registration* and US $ 6,000.00 (six thousand US dollars) for tuition*.

*NOTES:

  1. Fees valid through April, 2016.
  2. At UCI:
    1. The registration fee is one only payment (not reimbursable) for the whole duration of the student’s program of studies.
    2. The tuition fees will remain without change for the whole duration of the student’s program of studies, as long as the student does not suspend his/her studies.
    3. Tuition fees include courses, teaching materials, license for using MS Project® software, and graduation expenses. The student must purchase a membership as a student member of the PMI.

Restrictions may apply.

* UCI has a solid program of scholarships and financing systems.

For additional information, consult a Professional Development Advisor from the Department of Admissions (info@ucigspm.com).

 

Last Updated: [AS] November 11th, 2015
The terms, prices and conditions are subject to change without previous notice.

 

What is PMI?

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the project management profession. It was founded in 1969, in the United States. It is a nonprofit organization that has aimed for the professionalization and accreditation of project managers. It has more than 650,000 accredited professionals from different disciplines in over 180 countries and 260 chapters.

UCI is a PMI®’s Registered Education Provider (R.E.P. # 1371) since 2001, and is currently at the Global Provider Level.  Also, UCI’s Master in Project Management program, in blended and online modalities, in English and in Spanish, is accredited by PMI®’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) since 2008.

A highlight on some of the main PMI activities:

A) Development of standards of the profession. The most well-known is the PMBOK® Guide, “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”, currently in its fifth edition (2013).

B) Certification of individuals in various areas, including:

–  Project Management Professional (PMP)®. Knowledge, experience, and skills to lead and direct project teams.

Program Management Professional (PgMP)®. Experience, skill and good performance in monitoring multiple projects.

-Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®. Management of key concepts, processes and terminologies as they are defined in the PMBOK® Guide.

– PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®.  Expertise in the identification and management of risks in order to mitigate threats and seize opportunities.

– PMI-Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®.  Development and maintenance of time management in projects.

C) PMI constantly carries out research and development activities. Among its periodic publications, we can mention the Project Management Journal®, PM Network® and PM Today®. It also holds international conferences. The Costa Rica Chapter annually organizes the Central American and Caribbean Congress in Project Management (APCON).

 

What is R.E.P. (Registered Education Provider)?

A PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) is an organization that has been approved to provide training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs), which are required by PMI® certified professionals to maintain their credentials within a continuing education program. To earn and maintain R.E.P. status, an organization must meet or exceed stringent quality standards set by the PMI.

UCI has been a PMI Registered Education Provider since July 7, 2001, and is currently at the Global Provider level, as it has met the requirements to maintain this condition. Through training courses offered by GSPM, Professional Development Units (PDUs) can be obtained.

The R.E.P. Program reviews two main processes:  the courses offered by the organization and their alignment with the PMI methodology; and the quality process of the training system of the organization with which it is made possible to maintain continuous improvement in teaching materials and in the learning process.

For more information, go to http://www.pmi.org/learning/rep-registered-education-providers.aspx

What is GAC (Global Accreditation Center)?

The Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs, also known as GAC, is a voluntary committee of the Board of Directors of the Project Management Institute (PMI). The PMI Board established the GAC as an independent academic accreditation body for the policies, procedures and standards for accrediting project management programs at various university levels.

The GAC has authority to accredit programs that have and maintain the standards as set out in the Handbook of Accreditation of Degree Programs in Project Management (Third Edition).

The GAC Board is governed by a board of volunteer members comprising a balance between academic faculty and industry representatives.

The Master in Project Management Program from the Global School of Project Management at the University for International Cooperation was the first program in Latin America and the Caribbean to be accredited, since 2009, by the GAC. This program is offered in online and blended formats, in Spanish and in English, with the same privilege of accreditation.

For more information about the GAC, you may visit http://www.pmi.org/learning/professional-development/global-accreditation-center.aspx

What are the benefits obtained by a professional who is enrolled in GSPM’s MPM Program?

With over 15 years of experience in the training of project managers, GSPM is presented as a serious and experienced option for training, which is confirmed by its 2000 graduates from 40 different countries.

It must call for reflection, on the path for designing a career, that many successful projects are carried out by project managers who studied this discipline; that a significant number of jobs open each year for professionals in this area, and that there is a growing number of organizations that base, or want to base, organizational management on good project and program management practices.

The following are six points of value to take into account when considering the option of studying with GSPM:

  1. World-class reputation and accreditation.
  2. Solidity and applied experience.
  3. Education and innovation for the XXI Century.
  4. A superior graduate degree.
  5. An intelligent and planned investment.
  6. A global vision with infinite local possibilities.

Additionally, professionals studying at GSPM are supported by a virtual learning platform managed by the professors and academic assistants for each program, which allows for constant interaction and continuity during the teaching-learning process.

100% online programs are asynchronous, which gives the students a lot of freedom for a flexible distribution of time, so they can attend requirements of the process, which have specific dates and times for delivery, according to their particular rhythm and availability. Virtuality also offers an exceptional possibility for accessing high-quality university education, without spending time and money on transportation to physical locations. The resource of time, so appreciated and scarce, is optimized to the maximum.

GSPM’s educational model favors the creation of virtual learning communities with people from different disciplines, countries and cultural backgrounds; which leads to an enrichment of the teaching-learning process that is difficult to achieve in traditional means of classroom education. To this contributes an international, inter-professional and multicultural faculty; which allows students to know much wider than local perspectives.

GSPM offers programs that are assisted by virtual teaching-learning platforms, which are attended by professors and academic assistants with a maximum response time of two business days. This assures the students that their questions are addressed effectively and efficiently.

The general outline of GSPM’s  programs favors the professional, who must meet obligations of both work and family nature, to make a concentrated effort of learning one subject at a time. Thus, short term dedication and deepening are achieved through this methodology.

The study programs use updated and easily accessible materials as they are available in digital format.

Additionally, our MPM students receive:

  • Convenient payment plans and possibilities for academic and professional excellence scholarships.
  • A Microsoft Project® software license, for personal use.
  • Preparation for the Project Management Institute´s (PMI)® Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • Preparation for Green Project Management´s (GPM Global) Green Project Manager-b (GPM-b)®

 

Last Updated: September 16th, 2015
The terms, prices and conditions are subject to change without previous notice.

PMI, PMBOK, PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP, CAPM, PMI-SP, Project Management Journal, PM Network, PM Today are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

GPM-b is a registered mark of GPM Global.

Openings 2015-2016

1. Lessons start date (Online modality in English):*  September 27, 2016

Deadline for registration: September 5, 2016

2. Lessons start date (Blended modality in Spanish):May 25, 2016

     Deadline for registration: May 2, 2016

3. Lessons start date (Online modality in Spanish):*  June 28, 2016

     Deadline for registration: June 6, 2016

         

* Dates subject to conformation of groups.

 

Last Updated: April 21, 2016.
The terms, prices and conditions are subject to change without previous notice.

 

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