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Project Management Know-How: A Competitive Advantage

Project management today is seen as a core competency, allowing organizations to stay competitive in a fast-paced business environment. Projects and initiatives that fail to use a project management mindset can cost an organization money, time, and effort spent on false starts or projects that don’t align well with company goals. Without project management organizations may suffer from an increase in failed projects that never yield the anticipated outcomes or projects that are completed (often...
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Project Management Degree: Exploring Opportunity Across 5 Industries

There are few skills as versatile as those of a project manager. From good communication skills, to leadership, team management, organization, and risk assessment, a project manager’s expertise is necessary in industries ranging from nonprofits to health care. Project management can take you virtually anywhere; that’s why we offer and encourage the pursuit of a Project Management Master's Degree. But before jumping into, or switching, industries, it’s important to get a feel for the types of...
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Project Management Programs: 5 Free Tools to Save Time & Money

Project management plays a vital role in any organization—improving productivity, mitigating risk, and saving time and money. But good project management needs to be backed by the right software: software that meets your team's needs, but isn't offset by a price tag that busts your budget. For larger teams, paid software is usually the way to go. But if your team is smaller (around 1-15 members) there are a lot of project management programs out there capable of meeting your needs, at no cost....
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Your Graduate Capstone: An Opportunity to Make an Impact

Congratulations on starting your graduate degree program. You'll be immersed in what matters to you and your career, advancing your capabilities and knowledge in the field. Because master's-level coursework is so focused, you’ll be asked consider and start working on your graduate capstone at the very beginning of your program. Starting early will give you the opportunity to accumulate knowledge in each course and begin applying it to your final project as you go. Your ePortfolio During your...
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8 Project Management Courses You Can Take this Winter

If you're interested in exploring a Project Management class during the Winter Term, here's a quick summary of some of the courses being offered. PM 800 (Online, Portsmouth) Project Management Seminar Project Management Seminar is a survey course introducing project management as a profession and an academic field of study. It provides the foundation for more advanced project management courses. It serves as a pre-requisite to other courses in the degree program unless permission is granted...
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Chief Allen Credits Granite State College for Career Success

Originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Michael Allen joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school. His service led him to New Hampshire. When Michael's active duty service ended, he retired from the military and transitioned to a career with the Rochester Police Department, where he's built an impressive career in law enforcement. A decade into his career with the Rochester PD, Michael crossed paths with a former police officer from a neighboring community, who happened to work...
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Masters in Project Management earns GAC accreditation

It’s clear that we offer a stand-out masters in Project Management program by the impassioned and professional projects that our students put together. Now we have even more proof! It is with great pride that the Office of Graduate Studies announces that our Master of Science in Project Management has been awarded the GAC accreditation from the Project Management Institute (PMI). What is GAC accreditation? First, it’s important to understand that as an institution is regionally accredited by...
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What is Project Management? And What Does a Project Manager Do?

The demand for project managers is growing throughout many industries: healthcare, finance, IT, etc. It's great to know that there is a major need for project managers, but what does a project manager actually do? What does a project manager do? A project manager handles all these aspects of the project. From getting issues resolved and getting problems out of the way of the project team. They don't only focus on the goal, but the process to get to that end goal. People often confuse daily work...
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Masters in Project Management student creates Resource Guide for Veterans

In front of an audience filled with Graduate Studies faculty, alumni, loved ones, and Granite State College staff, six graduate students presented their M.S. Capstone presentations. The students represented diverse industries, including education, marketing, nonprofit, public service, and entrepreneurial startups. Among these students was Grisel, who is pursuing her masters in Project Management. Grisel's capstone chronicled her experience creating a guide with community resources to help...
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Master’s degrees at GSC: the origins of our on campus and online graduate programs

Regina Rockwood’s employer strongly encouraged her to further her education. Jason Smith, a director of a leading regional health care facility, wants to help his organization stay competitive and grow. Mary Young is excited to expand her professional portfolio and she finds it invigorating to be back in the classroom. It’s the classic Granite State College student story: “I need a degree to get ahead.” What makes Regina, Jason, and Mary special is that they were each pursuing their master’s...
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