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Master of Business Administration  Concentration in Project Management




This program offers a broad-based education in business operations designed for working professionals who wish to advance or enhance their working careers. The MBA program emphasizes both core business principles and the latest concepts, practices and skills needed in today’s marketplace.

Program Objectives

The program presents an overall management perspective. Certain courses provide a detailed knowledge of management principles as they are related to the individual functional areas such as marketing, operations, finance, and accounting. Other courses provide knowledge of the quantitative and qualitative tools of management and strengthen the students’ understanding of the human, social, organizational, governmental, and environmental problems associated with business.


Students may choose either a concentration in Acquisition and Contract Management, or a concentration in Project Management.

In addition to their core MBA degree, students can earn two Master’s Certificates as they work toward the completion of their MBA program. Attaining these resume-building Certificates can help students continue to excel in their career while earning a degree and without adding courses or tuition costs.

Goals of the Program

The objectives of this program are: (1) a structured knowledge of management principles and practices; (2) an ability to use the basic functions necessary for business operations; (3) a sensitivity to the evolving business environment; (4) an understanding of the proper relationship of basic principles in relationship to the changing techniques used to implement them; (5) facility in critical analysis, and analytical, communication, quantitative and synthesizing skills; and (6) an increase in the marketability of the student’s skills and experience in today’s competitive marketplace.


A newly accepted student at Patten must enroll in their first class within 90 days of acceptance. A student is subject to dismissal from the University for Unsatisfactory Academic Progress if they do not meet this deadline.

The MBA Program is organized into a block of core management courses and a block of concentration courses. The management courses are designed to provide the student with an overall framework of business knowledge. They stress the basic principles, concepts, and practices associated with the overall management of any business. The courses in a concentration provide the student with both the theory and a working knowledge of that particular field.

The student must successfully complete courses totaling a minimum of 48 semester units in the program and then complete an approved project.

The courses may all be taken through distance education. Please see Patten’s website at for course fees.


Project Management Concentration

Project and program managers must be able to integrate business and project goals. They must possess an overall management perspective that allows them to achieve their organization’s strategic and tactical objectives. Project managers must be able to mesh their organization’s business needs with human, business and technical management systems to meet or exceed project or program objectives while maximizing customer satisfaction.

The purpose of this MBA program concentration is to provide a solid grounding in management principles and techniques, followed by a focus on project management principles and skills. This degree program imparts a rigorous education needed to develop competence in managing and leading any size project or program as well as the overall management and operation of a business.

​General Management Courses​

Start By Taking . . .


Then take the following courses in the order you prefer...


      Supply Chain Management - Course 615

*Courses marked with an asterisk are required.

Acquisition Courses

Start By Taking . . .

  • *Building and Leading Project Teams - Course 671

Then take the following courses in the order you prefer...

Select any five of the following six courses...

  • Contracting and Procurement for Project Managers - Course 632

  • *Negotiation and Conflict Resolution - Course 636

*Courses marked with an asterisk are required.

**Course 629 cannot be taken if a student takes Course 625.

Each course is 3 semester units.  Program requires completion of 48 semester units.


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