This specialization provides you with key expertise, enabling you to enhance and perfect your project management and social skills. You sharpen your understanding of how to lead teams and individuals in projects and learn to deal with the interests of different project stakeholders. Moreover, you get to better understand the need for a paradigm shift towards sustainability, agility and social media for project-oriented organizations.
Designed around the specific requirements of executives, the specialization places particular emphasis on the application of theoretical concepts and up-to-date methods to real-world situations encountered by students in their everyday professional practice, and on practical project work. Graduates of the specialization in project management can manage projects professionally with a view to achieving sustainable results.
You will learn, share methods and generate new ideas; and of course, build a network of long-lasting relationships with like-minded international peers. You will work alongside motivated executives from a broad range of companies and cultures, giving you an insight into their way of thinking, and their approach to business.
My whole life I have been a medical scientist. However, two years ago, I decided to switch from the technical to the commercial side. The more I understood the industry, I realized that I was missing a lot of basic business know how.
Now I have a unique combination of my technical background and the MBA.
Projects are becoming more complex and versatile in a VUCA world. The answer to be successful is modern project management that goes beyond the product or service and involves the entire business strategy.
My motivation for pursuing an MBA was driven by my personal objective of transitioning to a management position within the next years. The WU Executive Academy offered the opportunity to specialize in Strategic Project Management - my discipline of interest.
My MBA has made me a better-rounded and adaptable professional, who makes more efficient decisions. Furthermore, it changed my view on the events around me and broadened my perspective. I see the bigger picture now.
The curriculum of the MBA in Strategic Project Management is taught by experts and active professionals from the world of Business and Project Management, who transfer their knowledge and experiences directly to students.
Throughout the program, in the hands of renowned professionals, you will learn among other topics
You will participate in an intensive exchange with faculty from leading institutions & experienced practitioners. Engage in knowledge building conversations and practical discussions with our peers from different industries, companies and countries.
The MBA Strategic Project Management program offers comprehensive preparation for project management certifications. As part of the program, participants can take the module "Project Management Process and International Approaches" which provides a solid foundation for certification exams. This module covers various project management standards, including the International Competence Baseline (ICB) of the IPMA, Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) of the PMI, and Projects in Controlled Environments (Prince2) of the AXELOS.
Starting from October 2023, the MBA Strategic Project Management program will expand its offerings to enhance professional relevance. Alongside acquiring in-depth knowledge and skills in strategic project management, participants now have the opportunity to obtain job-related certifications. These include the prestigious Project Management certification and an Agile Leadership certificate, both recognized by IPMA®.
To facilitate the certification process, the MBA program collaborates with project management austria (pma), the national association of IPMA®. Examinations for levels C and D will be conducted in partnership with pma.
Importantly, the cost for the first attempt to get certified is included in the MBA tuition fee, providing a valuable opportunity for aspiring project managers.
On average, you should plan on spending about 15-20 hours per week working on the content. We recommend investing 2-3 hours a day.
Completing an MBA program while working is a demanding endeavor. The WU Executive Academy offers flexible options that will enable you to better integrate your studies in your professional and private life.
Blended learning structures optimize knowledge transfer and make for smooth learning journeys. Access to our e-learning platform allows you to finish your assignments in a flexible way – on your way to work, the lunch break, or during a business trip.
You can choose between two tracks in the first year of the MBA program (the Business Core): the On-Campus Track or the Hybrid Track. Both tracks consist of seven modules each. If you choose the On-Campus Track, you will complete all modules on site; if you opt for the Hybrid Track, you will travel to the campus for four modules and take the remaining three as synchronous and asynchronous online sessions.
Choose the On-Campus Track to experience all our campus has to offer as well as a lively on-site exchange with faculty and fellow students at the impressive WU Campus. Alternatively, opt for a mix of classes on site of the WU Campus (4x) and online teaching (3x) in the Hybrid Track, which will let you benefit from mutual exchange and networking on site while simultaneously saving you days off from work and money as three of the modules will not require travel to and from the campus.