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Coursework Overview

The two-year schedule of courses is given below. 

Note that there are four required core courses - PROJ_MGT 467, 469, 471, and 473 - designated by an asterisk (*). The remaining eight elective courses needed to complete the degree can be selected from the other EMDC offerings or from one of the options described further below.

Northwestern University operates on a quarter system.  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; no courses are taught during the summer quarter. 

Since twelve courses are required for the degree and most students take two courses per quarter, completion of this 12-course program will normally take 21 months (six academic quarters plus the intervening summer quarter).

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EMDC Course Offerings

2022-23

Quarter Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5
Fall
* PROJ_MGT 471: Leadership and Organization
Eric Odderstol and Joel Sensenig
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Sept 15-Nov 17, 2022
PROJ_MGT 474: Design Management
Tom Mitoraj
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Sep 14-Nov 16, 2022
PROJ_MGT 495: Chicago Lessons in Land Use
Juliane Kelly
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Sept 12-Nov 14, 2022
Winter
PROJ_MGT 461: Advanced Business Strategy
Cy Rangel and Brad Benhart
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 3-Mar 7, 2023
PROJ_MGT 446: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design
Helen Kessler and Michelle Halle Stern
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 2-Mar 6, 2023
PROJ_MGT 464: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Karen Layng
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 5-Feb 2, 2023
PROJ_MGT 479: Business Strategy for Design Firms
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Tim Tracey
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Feb 9-Mar 9, 2023
Spring * PROJ_MGT 467: Human Resource Management
Patrick McGowan
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Mar 29-May 31, 2023
PROJ_MGT 470: Facilities Management
Joel Sensenig and Eric Odderstol
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Mar 30-Jun 1, 2023
PROJ_MGT 478: Ethics in Construction and Engineering
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Karen Layng
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
Mar 28-Apr 25, 2023
PROJ_MGT 476: Creating a Firm-Ambassador Culture
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Jackie Loewe
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
May 2-30, 2023
New half-credit course in Transformative Technologies in Construction under development

2023-24

Quarter Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4
Fall
* PROJ_MGT 469: Finance and Accounting for Executives
Mel Meyer
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Sept 13-Nov 15, 2023

PROJ_MGT 434: Lean Construction
Rich Seiler
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST (Sec 21)
Sept 14-Nov 16, 2023

PROJ_MGT 477: Public Works Administration
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Rodney Worden
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Sept 11-Oct 9, 2023 
PROJ_MGT 475: Project Finance
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Kevin Croke 
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Oct 16-Nov 13, 2023

Winter
PROJ_MGT 463: Construction Law and Risk Management
Kenneth Roberts
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 11-Mar 14, 2024
PROJ_MGT 468: Commercial Real Estate Investment and Development
Joseph and Carlo Santucci
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 10-Mar 14, 2024
PROJ_MGT 472: Information Systems in Construction
Christian Burger
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 8-Mar 11, 2024
Spring
* PROJ_MGT 473: Communication and Negotiation
Karl Keller
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Apr 1-June 3, 2024
PROJ_MGT 466: Strategy for Corporate Sustainability
Lois Vitt Sale
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Apr 3-June 3, 2024
PROJ_MGT 465: Due Diligence Considerations for Engineering Firms
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Karen Layng
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
Apr 2-30, 2024
PROJ_MGT 476: Creating a Firm-Ambassador Culture
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
Jackie Loewe
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
May 7-June 4, 2024


* = Required Core Course

NOTE: The dates given in the foregoing tables designate the start-and-end dates for the actual classes taught in a typical 10-week course.  The Northwestern system provides for an 11th class period to be used at the discretion of the instructor for testing and evaluation; no new material will be presented during this time.  If this period will be used, the instructor will inform the class within the first few meetings so that appropriate plans can be made.  No such situation exists for half-courses, which are completed in five weeks.

Electives Outside of the EMDC Course Offerings

In addition to the EMDC elective courses, the following four options are provided to enable you, if desired, to choose alternative elective courses that better complement your background and are more compatible with your career objectives.


Option 1: The School of Professional Studies

The first option is certain approved online courses offered through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Northwestern University.  If you would like to take one of these courses, please contact Professor Ahmad Hadavi at least 10 business days prior to the course start date to facilitate your registration in the course. However, due to SPS policies and limited class space for non-SPS students, it is important that you submit your request as soon as possible. Since your registration cannot be confirmed until the week prior to the first class day, please have an alternative course selected, if possible, in case registration for your chosen course is not approved by SPS.

NOTE: SPS courses will occasionally change during the academic year - we suggest clicking on the specific course title to check for the most updated times/days for the SPS course before you plan your proposed EMDC elective curriculum selections for any given quarter.

The School of Professional Studies also sometimes 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 when considering SPS courses.

SPS Fall 2022 Courses

MSGH 405-DL: Foundations of Global Health
Optional Sync
Tues 7–9:30pm CST
(Neubauer, Leah)

MSGH 454-DL: Global Health Management & Strategy
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Palamountain, Kara)

MPPA 402-DL: Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
Section 55
(Payton, Seth)

Optional Sync
Tue 7–9:30pm CST
Section 56
(Driessen, Grant)

MPPA 403-DL: Fundamentals of Public Administration 
Optional Sync
Tues 7–9:30pm CST
Section 55
(Taylor, Morris)

MPPA 404-DL: Microeconomics for Public Policy & Administration 
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Keightley, Mark)

MPPA 407-DL: Scope and Theory of Public Policy
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Ransom, Pamela)

MPPA 408-DL: Public Organization Theory and Management
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Lester, William)

MPPA 435-DL: Regulatory Policy
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Abolt, William)

MS_IDS 407-DL: Information and Content Strategy
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Budelmann, Kevin)

SPS Winter 2023 Courses

MSGH 405-DL: Foundations of Global Health
Optional Sync
Fri 7–9:30pm CST
(Hawkins, Claudia)

MPPA 402-DL: Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Payton, Seth)

MPPA 403-DL: Fundamentals of Public Administration 
Optional Sync
Tues 7–9:30pm CST
(Taylor, Morris)

MPPA 406-DL: Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Sharma, Andy)

MPPA 407-DL: Scope and Theory of Public Policy
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Ransom, Pamela)

MPPA 408-DL: Public Organization Theory and Management
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Lester, William)

MPPA 417-DL: Public Human Resources
Optional Sync
Tues 7–9:30pm CST
(Lester, William)

MS_IDS 407-DL: Information and Content Strategy
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Budelmann, Kevin)

SPS Spring 2023 Courses

MSGH 405-DL: Foundations of Global Health
Optional Sync
Wed 7–9:30pm CST
(Klein, Kate)

MSGH 454-DL: Global Health Management & Strategy
Optional Sync
TBA 7–9:30pm CST
(Palamountain, Kara)

MPPA 402-DL: Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Payton, Seth)

MPPA 403-DL: Fundamentals of Public Administration 
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Taylor, Morris)

MPPA 404-DL: Microeconomics for Public Policy & Administration 
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Keightley, Mark)

MPPA 406-DL: Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Sharma, Andy)

MPPA 407-DL: Scope and Theory of Public Policy
Optional Sync
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Ransom, Pamela)

MPPA 408-DL: Public Organization Theory and Management
Optional Sync
Wed 7–9:30pm CST
(Lester, William)

MS_IDS 407-DL: Information and Content Strategy
Optional Sync
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Budelmann, Kevin)


Option 2: The Master of Project Management (MPM) Program

The second group of available elective courses is a limited number of specific on-campus courses in the Master of Project Management (MPM) program. These are taught on the Evanston, Illinois campus in the evening (usually 6:30 to 9:20pm CST) once a week. 

 Please check the class descriptions website of the Office of the Registrar for the latest information.

MPM Courses Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
PROJ_MGT 411: Commercial Land Use and the Regulatory Environment Tues 6:30-9:20pm
Juliane Kelly
PROJ_MGT 412: Project Funding/Global Capital Markets Thur
6:30-9:20pm
Mel Meyer
PROJ_MGT 413: Transaction Management and Risk Mitigation Thurs
6:30-9:20pm
Juliane Kelly
PROJ_MGT 414: Project Feasibility Analysis and Valuation Mon
6:30-9:20pm
Mildred Terzic
PROJ_MGT 415: Asset Management and Strategic Planning Thurs
6:30-9:20pm
Juliane Kelly
PROJ_MGT 443: Sustainability Strategies in Organizations Tues
6:30-9:20pm
Michael Stopka
PROJ_MGT 483: Transportation Economics and Finance Mon
6:30-9:20pm
Graziella Gallucci
PROJ_MGT 485: Intelligent Transportation Systems Thurs
6:30-9:20pm
Marija Ostojic
PROJ_MGT 487: Management of Operations in Transportation Tues
6:30-9:20pm
Laurence Audenaerd
CIV_ENV 436-0: Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution Mon
6:30-9:20pm
Gregory Eichorn

(Note: This schedule is subject to change. Please check the class descriptions website of the Office of the Registrar for the latest updated schedule.)


Option 3: The Kellogg School of Management

The third option is to select a course from a specific group of courses that Kellogg will make available to non-Kellogg students at Northwestern. The process for selecting and registering for such a course is explained here.  

When the available courses are determined by the Kellogg registrar, they will be listed in a link that will appear in Step 1 under Steps for Registration.  If you are interested in taking one (and only one) of the available courses, complete the approval form accessible in Step 2 and send this form to Professor Ahmad Hadavi.  He will approve the course and return the form to you to upload to the Kellogg registrar.  If you have a secondary elective course from the list of available courses in the event that your primary course is denied, you should include this course under Additional Information on the form that you submit to the Kellogg registrar. 

Then you will have to wait until the week prior to classes starting to ascertain (via CAESAR) whether or not Kellogg has registered you in either your primary or secondary course (if you have selected a secondary course, but not both).  If you are unable to be registered in any Kellogg course, you will need to select another elective course from one of the other options.

Please be aware that this interaction with Kellogg is handled on a “first-come, first served” basis, so don’t delay processing your request expeditiously.  Also, it is helpful to have a non-Kellogg elective course chosen a priori in the event that your Kellogg request is not approved.


Option 4: Transfer Credits from Another University

And finally, a fourth option is to take courses at another university.  Of the twelve courses required for an MS degree, up to three transferred elective courses will be accepted towards the EMDC degree requirements.  However, prior approval must be obtained from the Director or Associate Director before taking any such course.  When requesting prior approval for a course, please provide, insofar as possible, the course title, course description, course syllabus, text used (if any), university where taught, and certification that it is a graduate level course.

Last updated 2/20/2022