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5 Careers You Can Pursue with an MBA in Project Management


By Judah Esparza
Business Management Major, Colangelo College of Business

Do you plan on working in upper management in a business or organization? If you do, then a Master of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Project Management is a great choice to consider! This master’s degree program offers the training and preparation necessary for you to prepare for certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®, while also earning your MBA. After completing this program, there are endless career opportunities available in the workforce. Here are a few of options for those with an MBA in project management:

Project Analyst

One of the many job possibilities for someone with an MBA in project management is to pursue a career as a project analyst. This role is responsible for analyzing the different requirements of a project and working alongside the team to complete it. As a project analyst, it’s important to make sure that each project is completed within a specific timeframe, as well as stay within budget and maintain the correct schedule.

Project Manager

A project manager can be the leader for a company project. The emphasis in project management teaches you skills that you can apply directly to your career. Project managers oversee all areas within a project such as planning, execution, managing of workers, obtaining resources and knowing the scope of the project. This type of manager can be hired as a full-time employee of a company or as a freelance manager, depending on the company and its needs.


An executive, also known as an executive officer, usually holds a high position in a company. Executives are in charge of the short- and long-term goals of the company and are also responsible for implementing the strategies and policies that will help reach these goals. Executives strive to not only achieve the goals of the company, but to also grow the company’s profits and size.

Director of Operations

The director of operations within a company ensures that the company is operating effectively and efficiently. They set parameters in place and observe the quality of the work that is done, with the intention of finding areas to improve. Largely, the director of operations reviews and evaluates. They oversee the work of almost all levels of employees, ranging from entry-level employees to upper-level management.

General Manager

A general manager directs their staff and guides them to reach the goals that the company has set out to achieve. Managers are motivators, delegators and encouragers. They distribute work amongst the employees and train them on how to carry out each task. The manager of a company is also responsible for hiring personnel for the different positions within the company and creating a team that works well and effectively together.


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About Judah Esparza
Business Management and Marketing Major, Digital Marketing Assistant

Judah Esparza is a senior at Grand Canyon University. He was born and raised in LA County and moved to Phoenix for college. He currently studies in the Colangelo College of Business and aspires to one day own his own successful company. When he is not at work, Judah enjoys spending his free time by goofing off with friends, playing basketball or working out in the gym. He is also a huge fan of music and spends some of his free time producing his own music with the hopes that one day he can have people enjoy his music as much as he enjoys his favorite artist’s music.

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