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Is PMP equivalent to Masters / MS in Project Management without thesis work
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Can PMI issue an equivalency certificate mentioning pmp is equivalent to Masters in Project Manager Degree ? Any one here who have got any such certificate of equivalency from PMI ?
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A PMP is superior to a Masters in Project Management. A PMP represents at least 7,500 hours of actual experience leading and directing projects, as well as an objectively assessed degree of theoretical knowledge. In contrast, a Masters in Project Management is almost purely theoretical knowledge.
Consider this: Would you rather have open heart surgery performed on you by someone who has done it many times, or by someone who has merely read a great deal about it?
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1 reply by Usman Ali Khugyani, PMP
Mar 24, 2017 2:42 PM
Usman Ali Khugyani, PMP
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I also consider pmp to be superior to Master in Project Management and yes, it is but it's difficult to convey and convince the stubborn authoritative people here in Pakistani universities / institutions. Mostly do not even know about pmp. Upon showing and presenting some thoughts about pmp they say like ohh you have done some kind of diploma or something from US, we do not consider this with your admission application to ms/mphil, so you are not eligible .. a funny and irritative response
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Are not matter of comparission at all. I could write a lot but is better if you go for both definitions. The definition of PMP certification inside the PMI website and the definition of Master inside others.. And Eric, sorry but you are not right. Project management is not a formally defined profession so the certification has not sence when somebody needs to perform a legal action just in case one project manager perform "bad practice" in some initiave.That is not the case for medicine.
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I agree with Eric, within certain guidelines. Let me frame it in terms of the Agile Manifesto:

When it comes to hiring criteria, I have come to value
Experience over Education
That is, while there is value in education, I value experience more.

To further this approach, the combination of experience and education is one of the factors that differentiates one person from another. You want a heart surgeon that has both experience and education. A Project Manager with both education and experience is more likely to be a stronger Project Manager than one with only education or experience.

Regarding your question of the PMPs equivalency to a Masters, I doubt that an accredited university would recognize such a thing, and PMI is not accredited to do such. A PMP requires a specific amount of Project Management education. A Masters Degree in Project Management does require specific Project Management classes; possibly enough to satisfy the education requirement for the PMP. But it also requires significantly more classes in other fields.

They are not equivalent, and whether or not one is more valuable than the other depends on what you are trying to accomplish. A PMP could not qualify you to enroll in a PhD program, for example, whereas a Masters degree from an accredited university could.
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1 reply by Usman Ali Khugyani, PMP
Mar 24, 2017 2:31 PM
Usman Ali Khugyani, PMP
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Well said, that is what i was trying to do; planning to get admitted in MPhill program in management sciences. Searched various institutions/universities and found that in europe, mostly consider and accept the applications from BS (CS) / B.E. degree holders if they have got 35-60 credit hours of additional study certificates on management subjects or pmp etc but here in underdeveloped countries like Pakistan it's not possible. Here they require equivalency certificate upon which the university authority will decide whether to consider the indivisual's application or not. They induct CS, MIS and Engg. graduates in MS/MPhil in Management Sciences only if the indivisual has done MBA, MCom or Masters in project/management etc.
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Mar 24, 2017 10:48 AM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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I agree with Eric, within certain guidelines. Let me frame it in terms of the Agile Manifesto:

When it comes to hiring criteria, I have come to value
Experience over Education
That is, while there is value in education, I value experience more.

To further this approach, the combination of experience and education is one of the factors that differentiates one person from another. You want a heart surgeon that has both experience and education. A Project Manager with both education and experience is more likely to be a stronger Project Manager than one with only education or experience.

Regarding your question of the PMPs equivalency to a Masters, I doubt that an accredited university would recognize such a thing, and PMI is not accredited to do such. A PMP requires a specific amount of Project Management education. A Masters Degree in Project Management does require specific Project Management classes; possibly enough to satisfy the education requirement for the PMP. But it also requires significantly more classes in other fields.

They are not equivalent, and whether or not one is more valuable than the other depends on what you are trying to accomplish. A PMP could not qualify you to enroll in a PhD program, for example, whereas a Masters degree from an accredited university could.
Well said, that is what i was trying to do; planning to get admitted in MPhill program in management sciences. Searched various institutions/universities and found that in europe, mostly consider and accept the applications from BS (CS) / B.E. degree holders if they have got 35-60 credit hours of additional study certificates on management subjects or pmp etc but here in underdeveloped countries like Pakistan it's not possible. Here they require equivalency certificate upon which the university authority will decide whether to consider the indivisual's application or not. They induct CS, MIS and Engg. graduates in MS/MPhil in Management Sciences only if the indivisual has done MBA, MCom or Masters in project/management etc.
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Mar 24, 2017 10:20 AM
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A PMP is superior to a Masters in Project Management. A PMP represents at least 7,500 hours of actual experience leading and directing projects, as well as an objectively assessed degree of theoretical knowledge. In contrast, a Masters in Project Management is almost purely theoretical knowledge.
Consider this: Would you rather have open heart surgery performed on you by someone who has done it many times, or by someone who has merely read a great deal about it?
I also consider pmp to be superior to Master in Project Management and yes, it is but it's difficult to convey and convince the stubborn authoritative people here in Pakistani universities / institutions. Mostly do not even know about pmp. Upon showing and presenting some thoughts about pmp they say like ohh you have done some kind of diploma or something from US, we do not consider this with your admission application to ms/mphil, so you are not eligible .. a funny and irritative response
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It depends on the use of both. If you are comparing both in terms of benefit you will receive career-wise then Yes PMP is superior to most of the available Master degrees out there as it represents a successful application of actual experience. In terms of expanding your academic knowledge and having a more solid understanding of certain PM subject/materials/terms ... etc, then a Master would give the better outcome.
My advice is to go for both.

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