Also known as UW-Platteville, the University of Wisconsin – Platteville is a public university that is part of the University of Wisconsin System. Located in Platteville, Wisconsin, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. UW-Platteville is comprised of three colleges that serve 3,000 students through its five distance education programs and more than 8,000 students seeking on-campus degree programs. The campus itself consists of all land; no city streets cut through the campus. The school developed after the Wisconsin Institute of Technology and Wisconsin State College, Platteville merged into one institution. U.S. News & World Report recognized University of Wisconsin, Platteville as number 99 on its list of best regional universities in the Midwest, 26 on its list of top public schools and number 44 on its list of "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" in the country. In addition, USNWR recognized UW-Platteville and ranked the school 20th on its list of "Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs," 59th on its list of "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" and 101st on its list of "Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)."

University of Wisconsin – Platteville Accreditation Details

The University of Wisconsin – Platteville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, the Master of Science in Project Management degree program is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI). The voluntary process of accreditation indicates that the school's universities, colleges and programs provide high-quality services and education and that the school will continuously seek to improve. Accreditation assures the public that UW-Platteville meets clearly communicated regulations and criteria and will continue to do so in the future.

University of Wisconsin – Platteville Application Requirements

Students seeking admittance into the online master's degree in project management must pay a $56 nonrefundable application fee and complete the online University of Wisconsin System Application for Graduate Admission. Applicants must also request that official transcripts from all previously attended institutions, including the one that provided the undergraduate degree, be sent directly from the school to UW-Platteville. Students are required to provide other official transcripts for any previously earned graduate credits that they would like considered for transfer. Finally, UW-Platteville requires a detailed employment resume that applicants must mail to the Distance Learning Center. In some cases, the school requests additional information that may support a student's application.

Tuition and Financial Aid

UW-Platteville charges a single tuition rate for graduate students regardless of residence. Students seeking an online M.S. in Project Management will pay $665 per credit, which includes a nonrefundable $30 fee per credit as well as a nonrefundable $25 registration fee per semester. Students interested in applying for financial aid may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as they complete their school application. A student's financial aid package may include employer tuition benefits, state and federal veteran's benefits, federal Direct Loan programs, scholarships, grants, loans and other forms of state and federal financial aid.

Online Master of Science in Project Management Degree Available

Students seeking an online Master of Science in Project Management degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville can do so entirely online. The program prepares students to cultivate relationships between customers and project teams, lead complex projects and manage the scope, budget and time of a project. Students are ready to achieve success at the highest levels of management.

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As one of the only schools in the U.S. that is globally accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs, the curriculum is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), which forms the foundations necessary for graduates to earn the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Students will benefit from courses that cover topics such as project scope management, project management techniques and a project management capstone course. Students can also tailor the degree to meet their needs and career goals by choosing electives based on their aspirations such as project risk management, business ethics and human resource management.

Students will earn the degree by successfully completing 30 to 36 graduate credits. For each course a student takes, he or she must earn a minimum grade of "C" in order for that course to count toward the degree. Students will take foundational courses in business communication, organizational behavior and managerial accounting as well as core courses in project scope management, interpersonal skills for virtual and co-located project teams and project management techniques.

The cutting-edge curriculum ensures that the knowledge students gain is applicable and relevant in today's project management field. Graduate students will work with an academic advisor to choose courses best-suited to meet their needs and goals. Although students are only required to complete 12 to 15 credits in electives, they can choose from many options such as business analytics, consumer behavior, international finance, employee training and development, human resource management and marketing management.

The degree is offered on-campus and online, the latter of which is designed for the working professional. Graduate students who have full-time family or career responsibilities and who are unable to come to campus to further their education may take advantage of the online option. Distance learning allows students to log in and complete the course requirements and projects when it is convenient for them.

Along these lines, if graduate students are currently working in the field, have relevant experience or have already earned their Project Management Professional (PMP) credential as awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI), they may be eligible to receive credit toward their M.S. in Project Management degree. Students may also receive credit toward the degree if they have earned project management certificates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Executive Education programs or from Colorado State University-Denver. To receive credit, students must submit a Credit for Professional Experience Request Form as they are applying for admission into the online Master of Science in Project Management degree program.

Students may earn the degree in two years if taking a full-time courseload of nine credits per semester. Most students take one or two courses at once and finish in three or four years. In order to graduate, all students must earn a minimum of 30 credits, and no more than 12 credits can be transferred from another program, including other graduate courses taken at UW-Platteville. Graduates must also maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), and students pursuing a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville must earn the degree within seven years.