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.

Curriculum

Jump to a Section

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).

Return to Top

Courses

2020-21
Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
* PROJ_MGT 471: Leadership and Organization
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Sept 17-Nov 19
(Eric Odderstol and Joel Sensenig)

PROJ_MGT 461: Advanced Business Strategy
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 5-Mar 9
(Richard Tilghman and Brad Benhart)
* PROJ_MGT 467: Human Resource Management
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Mar 31-Jun 2
(Patrick McGowan)
PROJ_MGT 474: Design Management
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
Sept 16-Nov 18
(Tom Mitoraj)

PROJ_MGT 446: Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 4-Mar 8
(Helen Kessler & Michelle Halle Stern)
PROJ_MGT 470: Facilities Management
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Apr 1-Jun 3
(Joel Sensenig)
PROJ_MGT 434: Lean Construction
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(Rich Seiler)
**Not being taught in Fall 2020 quarter
PROJ_MGT 479: Business Strategy for Design Firms
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Feb 11-Mar 11
(Tim Tracey)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
PROJ_MGT 478: Ethics in Construction and Engineering
Tues 6:30-8pm CST 
May 4-Jun 1
(Karen Layng)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
PROJ_MGT 464: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
Jan 7-Feb 4
(Karen Layng)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
PROJ_MGT 476: Creating a Firm-Ambassador Culture
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
Mar 30-Apr 27
(Jackie Loewe)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)



2021-22
Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
* PROJ_MGT 469: Finance and Accounting for Executives
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
(Mel Meyer)
PROJ_MGT 463: Construction Law and Risk Management
Thurs 6:30-8pm CST
(Kenneth Roberts)
* PROJ_MGT 473: Communication and Negotiation
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
(Karl Keller)
PROJ_MGT 434: Lean Construction
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(Rich Seiler)
PROJ_MGT 468: Commercial Real Estate Investment and Development
Wed 6:30-8pm CST
(Joseph and Carlo Santucci)
PROJ_MGT 466: Strategy for Corporate Sustainability
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(Lois Vitt Sale)
PROJ_MGT 477: Public Works Administration
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
(Rodney Worden)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
PROJ_MGT 472: Information Systems in Construction
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
(Christian Burger)
PROJ_MGT 478: Ethics in Construction and Engineering
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(Karen Layng)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
PROJ_MGT 475: Project Finance
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
(Kevin Croke and Jonathan Blackburn)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
PROJ_MGT 476: Creating a Firm-Ambassador Culture
Tues 6:30-8pm CST
(Jackie Loewe)
Half-credit course (5 weeks)
* = Required Core Course


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.


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 either Professor Raymond Krizek or 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: The School of Professional Studies 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 Courses - Fall 2020
MSGH 405-DL: Foundations of Global Health
Tues 7–9:30pm CST
(Leah Neubauer)
MSGH 454-DL: Global Health Management & Strategy
Thurs 7–9:30pm CST
(Kara Palamountain)
MPPA 402-DL: Elements of Public Finance and Budgeting
Mon 6:30-8pm CST
(Seth Payton)
MPPA 403-DL : Fundamentals of Public Administration
Tues 7–9:30pm CST
(Morris Taylor)
MPPA 404-DL: Microeconomics for Public Policy & Administration
Mon 7–9:30 pm CST
(Mark Keightley)
MPPA 407-DL: Scope and Theory of Public Policy
Mon 7–9:30pm CST
(Pamela Ransom)
MPPA 435-DL: Regulatory Policy
Mon 7–9:30pm CST     
(William Abolt)



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 campus in the evening (usually 6:30 to 9:20pm) once a week. 

**Please note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all MPM courses will be taught either entirely online, or in a hybrid (part online and part on-campus) fashion for the Fall 2020 quarter. Please check the class descriptions website of the Office of the Registrar for the latest information.

MPM Course Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
PROJ_MGT 411: Commercial Land Use and the Regulatory Environment Tuesday
6:30-9:20pm
(Juliane Kelly)
PROJ_MGT 412: Project Funding/Global Capital Markets Thursday
6:30 - 9:20pm
(Mel Meyer)
PROJ_MGT 413: Transaction Management and Risk Mitigation Thursday
6:30-9:20pm
(Juliane Kelly and Michael Rechtin)
PROJ_MGT 414: Project Feasibility Analysis and Valuation Monday
6:30-9:20pm
(Ellen Hayes)
PROJ_MGT 415: Asset Management and Strategic Planning Thursday
6:30-9:20pm
(Juliane Kelly)
PROJ_MGT 443: Sustainability Strategies in Organizations Tuesday
6:30-9:20pm
(Mike Stopka)
PROJ_MGT 483: Transportation Economics and Finance Monday
6:30-9:20pm (Grace Gallucci)
PROJ_MGT 485: Intelligent Transportation Systems Thursday
6:30-9:20pm
Jae Ju
PROJ_MGT 487: Management of Operations in Transportation Thursday
6:30-9:20pm
(Laurence Audenaerd)
CIV_ENV 436-0: Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution Monday
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.)


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.


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 8/10/2020