Gain the knowledge and experience you need to be able to lead projects and people with generosity of spirit.

There’s one truth in every industry: to stay in business, you have to consistently deliver projects on time and on budget. But does this mean that you must do so no matter what the cost? We don’t believe it does.

Please Note: A specialization is required for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program; and optional for the Master of Project Management (MPM) program.

Learn how the virtues of prudence, self-control, courage, and justice can result in successful projects and stronger, more effective project teams.

What You’ll Learn

As a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) for the Project Management Institute (PMI), the University of Mary offers a Master of Project Management with a Virtuous Leadership specialization that focuses on top-level project management skills and ethical leadership, allowing you to make a meaningful difference in your business’s bottom line and its culture. When you graduate, you will be prepared to:

  • Manage projects in a manner that is ethical, magnanimous, and humble.
  • Integrate decisions utilizing Benedictine values, ethical frameworks, and professional standards.
  • Evaluate the contemporary global business environment in an integrated manner to propose business solutions.
  • Demonstrate professional business communication.
  • Interpret results from multiple business support tools to inform decision making.
  • Synthesize content from professional journals and scholarly research to make conclusions regarding business practices.
  • Assess business best practices using methodology as derived from the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide).
  • Apply the principles of virtuous leadership as defined by the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute (HVLI).


Philosophy of Happiness (2 credits)

Critically investigate the philosophy of eudaimonia, that is, the human quest for happiness throughout the ages and various cultures, especially within the Catholic tradition. Arguments for and against various philosophical claims about paths to achieve human happiness are evaluated in light of ancient, medieval, and modern and contemporary secular and religious thought.

Virtuous Leadership Immersion (3 credits)

Interface directly with representatives of Alexandre Havard’s Virtuous Leadership Institute and classmates. This immersion session will be bookended with technically-blended content to prepare for the session and reflect on implementation techniques afterwards.

Business and Catholic Social Teaching (3 credits)

Examine workplace diversity and discrimination, workplace conditions, privacy, wages, the use of technology, environmental concerns, and corporate social responsibility. Students will integrate these business topics through meaningful reflection of faith-based readings including Rerum Novarum, Economic Justice for All (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), and John Paul II’s Laborem Exercens.