Projects are ubiquitous and have shaped the face of human civilization since antiquity.
The 21st century has been dubbed by some as the "century of projects". As developmental
challenges, science and technology and knowledge relentlessly advance, projects
- and a profound insight into how to manage them effectively and efficiently - will
become all the more relevant with the passage of time. This is especially true for
developing countries like Pakistan, where a huge chunk of public-sector resources
are spent on projects every year, and the need to properly handle projects given
acute and chronic resource constraints is the need of the hour. Projects are the
key to Pakistan's economic and social development.
Keeping in mind its mission of imparting quality education in Pakistan, and also
because of its obligation as a public-sector university to contribute to the development
and prosperity of Pakistan to the maximum extent possible within the framework of
its resource limitations, CIIT is successfully executing a two year Master of Science
Program in Project Management (MSPM).
Special features and objectives
MSPM will assist in imparting quality formal education towards project management
profession in Pakistan. It is a well known fact that vast sums of public resources
are wasted due to mismanagement of projects, particularly in the social sector.
Project failures - as measured with respect to the non-attainment of its goal, and/or
cost or schedule overruns - are common in Pakistan. This problem is attributable
in part to the lack of basic project management knowledge of the initiators, planners
and implementers of projects. Successful project management requires insight into
several knowledge areas, for instance, communication management, risk management,
cost and time management etc. Yet comparatively few project managers in Pakistan
can claim that they have an adequate insight into all these areas. The dearth of
project management education opportunities in Pakistan is the principal cause of
The Master of Science in Project Management (MSPM) program being offered by the
Department of Management Sciences of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Islamabad campus, is designed as a two year full-time evening program which has
the main objective of providing students with a comprehensive, in-depth and practical
knowledge of this exciting, challenging and increasingly important subject area
of management. As the pioneer in offering formal project management education, CIIT
's MSPM program will help overcome the acute and chronic knowledge deficiency in
project management which plagues most private, public and non-governmental organizations
operating in Pakistan.
Admission and Eligibility
Session: The programs are offered in Fall (September) and Spring (February)
16-years degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject: Business
Administration, Computer Science, IT, Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences,
Public Administration and Policy, and Development Studies, with minimum 2.5/4.00
CGPA (or 60% marks in annual system).
No third division or D grade throughout the academic career.
Test and Score: GAT (General) with 50% marks minimum.