The flexible part-time program allows working professionals to continue their education while working full-time.The flexible part-time program allows working professionals to continue their education while working full-time.


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Coursework Overview

The EMDC program consists of two phases: six core courses and six elective courses. This 12-course program will normally take six quarters or about two years, excluding summer sessions. Two online core courses and two or more (depending on demand) elective courses will be offered each quarter. Quarters are ten weeks long and span the following periods: mid-September to early December, early January to mid-March, and late March to early June.

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Core Courses

All students are required to complete six core courses:

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
PROJ_MGT 469: Finance and Accounting for Executives
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(Melvin Meyer)
PROJ_MGT 463: Construction Law and Risk Management
(Kenneth Roberts)
PROJ_MGT 473: Communication and Negotiation
(Karl Keller)
PROJ_MGT 471: Leadership and Organization
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
(Eric Odderstol and Joel Sensenig)
PROJ_MGT 461: Advanced Business Strategy
(Daniel Maguire and Richard Tilghman)
PROJ_MGT 467: Human Resource Management
(Patrick McGowan)

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Elective Courses

We are currently developing a series of custom-designed EMDC elective courses to be offered in the coming academic year.  The following course will be offered in the Winter 2018 quarter:

EMDC Course Winter 2018
PROJ_MGT XXX: Design Management Day/Time TBA
(Charles Porter)

The topics of other courses currently in development are alternative dispute resolution, management of the A/E design process, commercial land use, strategic management for engineers, systems thinking for sustainable design, and sustainability strategies for organizations, but none of these will be ready to offer in the Winter 2018 quarter.

The following three alternative elective course options might be more compatible with your career objectives:

The first option is certain online courses offered through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Northwestern University for the Winter 2018 quarter.

SPS courses - Winter 2018
MPPA 402-DL Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting
Section #55
01/08/18 - 03/18/18
MPPA 403-DL Fundamentals of Public Administration
Section #55
01/08/18 - 03/18/18
MPPA 406-DL Analytic Methods for Policy Analysis 
Section #55
01/08/18 - 03/18/18
MPPA 407-DL Scope and Theory of Public Policy
Section #55
01/08/18 - 03/18/18
MPPA 408-DL Public Organization Theory & Management 
Section #55
01/08/18 - 03/18/18
MS_IDS 409-DL Data Management Principles 
Section #55
01/08/18 - 03/18/18

Please contact either Professor Raymond Krizek or Professor Ahmad Hadavi before registering in order to (a) ascertain that the course is still acceptable for credit in the EMDC degree program and (b) facilitate your registration in the course. (Note: The School of Professional Studies operates on a slightly different academic calendar than the rest of the University, so we encourage you to pay special attention to the start and end dates on the SPS website when considering courses.)

The second group of available elective courses is specific on-campus courses in the Master of Project Management (MPM) program, which are taught on the Evanston campus in the evening (6:30 to 9:30pm, with one or two exceptions) once a week.  The following courses are acceptable as EMDC electives. (Note: This schedule is subject to change. Please check the class descriptions website of the Office of the Registrar for the latest updated schedule.)

MPM Course Fall 2017 Winter 2018 Spring 2018
PROJ_MGT 411: Commercial Land Use and the Regulatory Environment Tuesday
(Juliane Kelly)
PROJ_MGT 412: Project Funding/Global Capital Markets Monday
6:30 - 9:20pm
(Melvin Meyer)
PROJ_MGT 413: Transaction Management and Risk Mitigation Thursday
(Juliane Kelly,
Michael Rechtin)
PROJ_MGT 414: Project Feasibility Analysis and Valuation Wednesday
(Michael Szkatulski)
PROJ_MGT 415: Asset Management and Strategic Planning Thursday
(Juliane Kelly)
PROJ_MGT 443: Sustainability Strategies in Organizations Tuesday
(Karen Weigert)
PROJ_MGT 446: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design Thursday
(Michelle Halle Stern,
Helen Kessler)
PROJ_MGT 483: Transportation Economics and Finance Monday
(Grace Gallucci)
PROJ_MGT 487: Management of Operations in Transportation Thursday
(Laurence Audenaerd)
CIV_ENV 436-0: Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution Monday
(Gregory Eichorn)
CIV_ENV 482-0: Evaluation and Decision Making for Infrastructure Systems Tue/Thur (lecture)
and Friday (lab)
(Joseph Schofer)

A third option is to take courses at another university. A maximum of three transferred elective courses will be accepted towards the EMDC degree requirements, but prior approval must be obtained before taking the course.  When requesting prior approval for courses not listed below, please provide the course title, course description, course syllabus, text used (if any), university where taught, and certification that it is a graduate course.

The following acceptable courses will be offered online through the University of Wisconsin (please note that UW has semester-based courses with different start/end dates than Northwestern - contact the UW program directly for enrollment information):

UW Courses - Spring semester 2018
SMGT 730: Policy, Law, and the Ethics of Sustainability
UW Sustainable Management Master's program
SMGT 740: Economics of Sustainability
UW Sustainable Management Master's program
SMGT 750: The Built Environment
UW Sustainable Management Master's program
SMGT 770: Leading Sustainable Organizations
UW Sustainable Management Master's program
SMGT 782: Supply Chain Management
UW Sustainable Management Master's program
International Engineering Strategies and Operations
Engineering Management Master's program - UW, Madison
Quality Engineering and Quality Management
Engineering Management Master's program - UW, Madison
Fostering and Leading Innovations
Engineering Management Master's program - UW, Madison

As a reference, EMDC offered these courses as electives in the Fall 2017 quarter:

EMDC Course Fall 2017
PROJ_MGT 470: Facilities Management Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(John D'Angelo)
PROJ_MGT 472: Information Systems in Construction Mon 6:30-8pm CST
(Christian Burger)