It could happen. I’ve heard discussion about project
management becoming commoditized. The PMP
credential is becoming a requirement to get your
résumé to the top of the pile for an interview. If
there are more PMP credential holders in the
workforce, how do you easily differentiate yourself
from others vying for the same job? A master’s
degree will probably help with that.
What differentiates the project management
program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from those at other universities?
There are definitely a few features that make the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville different from
other programs. The big one, of course, is that it’s
accredited by PMI. Another important one is that
the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s program
has a solid core of required project management
courses so students can take a really deep look
into the discipline. This is different than, say, an
MBA with an emphasis in project management,
where you might only take two or three courses.
And, more importantly, those courses are often
taught as functional courses instead of discussing
how project management interacts across functional disciplines such as accounting, marketing,
I T, etc. Platteville’s status as a member of the public
University of Wisconsin system also brings value
because it’s a well-known, rigorous educational
system. Lastly, I really enjoyed the diversity and
global reach of the program. I had classmates from
all over the world and from every industry.