credibility,” says Jaume Barceló, CAPM, PMP,
project manager at PSS Tecnologías de la Información in Barcelona, Spain. He earned his master’s
in project management after nearly two decades in
Tim Henson, PMP, found that his Master of
Science in Project Management (MSPM) from the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville bettered not just
his career, but his organization as well, which gained
a more valuable, well-rounded project leader.
Mr. Henson worked as a senior project manager
at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos,
New Mexico, USA, while he earned his MSPM.
He completed his program five months before a
two-year, 10,000-user, high-risk project closed. He
said the timing meant he was often taking direct
knowledge from a class and applying it the next day
at work. The 122-person team wrapped up the project on schedule with a 5 percent cost variance. That
success, along with his improved risk management,
quality management and virtual teaming skills, got
him noticed. In April 2015, Mr. Henson was promoted to program manager.
“Being viewed by peers and executive management as capable, organized and able to get things
“In my case, the degree
offered access to employment
opportunities and provided
recognition and credibility.”
—Jaume Barceló, CAPM, PMP, PSS Tecnologías de la
Información, Barcelona, Spain
Many project practitioners
see a graduate education as
a worthwhile investment.
MBA candidates in the United
Kingdom, for instance, expect to
see a 153 percent salary boost,
while those in India expect a
bump of almost 390 percent.