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Master of Project Management
(MPM). Available online.

2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

By undertaking an online Master of Project Management with Southern Cross University, you'll develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to become a capable leader in an area of tremendous job growth (Hudson, 2015).

The degree is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) benchmarking tool – Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Choose a range of elective units relevant to healthcare, engineering, IT, accounting and business, and design your own study plan to focus on one particular sector or make your mark in an emerging field (IT management in the healthcare sector, for example). Study is 100% online, meaning you can complete your degree in your own time, where it suits you.

Each unit runs for seven weeks, with six study periods per year. To gain your qualification, you need to study all core units and four electives of your choice. You are also required to complete an industry research project that will consolidate your project management skills in risk, control, planning, implementation, evaluation, collaboration and systems analysis.

You may exit early with a Graduate Diploma or a Graduate Certificate. If you have already completed some postgraduate study, you may be eligible to apply for advanced standing, enabling you to pay less and be qualified even sooner.

Learn more about the online course offering. 

Career opportunities

Qualified project managers are in high demand, both across the globe and across multiple industries. The Hays Salary Guide 2015 forecasts project management related roles will see high levels of growth in the years ahead.

As a graduate, you’ll be perfectly placed to follow a range of career trajectories. You’ll possess a rigorous understanding of project management methodologies, be attuned to what’s required to meet project goals, make complex, strategic decision quickly, and know (with confidence) whether a project will succeed or fail.

Almost 46% of employers are increasing permanent staff levels in project management roles across sectors (Hays, 2015). Project management is currently ranked as the second highest skill in demand and the fourth hottest job in the future (Hudson, 2015). According to Job Outlook, by 2019, more than 50,000 roles for specialist managers will become available. The statistics point to a bright future for graduates of the Master of Project Management at Southern Cross University.

Major areas of study

Our Master of Project Management consists of compulsory units and elective units. Elect specialisations based on your interests, anchor yourself in one area or craft your own niche to suit emerging industries. You can select from:

  • Accounting
  • Engineering Management
  • Health Services Management
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Managing and Leading People

Our course structure enables you to understand research methods, and activate knowledge with hands-on experience while you study.

Assessment methods

Units generally employ a variety of assessment methods. Depending on the unit, methods may include reports, case studies or verbal presentations, among others.

Teaching methods

Our flexible Masters degree fits around you. It’s designed to meet the demands of busy, mobile people – people who travel frequently, work abroad, or juggle multiple work, life and family commitments. You can enter at one of six points throughout the year, and organise your study program to take advantage of the peaks and troughs in your own life.

We employ clever, intuitive and interactive learning software that enables you to collaborate with peers and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.

Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you’ll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you’ll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.

Make no mistake, this is a rigorous degree. Each unit is presented in a seven-week block, and demands up to 150 hours of study – which translates into around 20 hours a week. The benefits, though, will last a lifetime.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

You’ll find our learning resources technologically sophisticated, intuitive and very easy to use. The four virtual spaces you’ll use most frequently are MySCU, Blackboard Learn, the course and unit websites, and the library.

MySCU is your portal to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. It will link off to your specific learning and information sites, where you can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to your work.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn is where you, your peers and your lecturers communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. You can share files, presentations and applications. Unlike many online learning courses, there are no long, grainy recordings of students coughing in lecture theatres; all recorded material is produced specifically for the course and addresses key learning points.

The course website houses all your learning materials – study resources, assessment information, quizzes, readings and other information. You may need to buy or access textbooks, but for the most part everything you need will be online.

SCU library's wide range of services include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. As an online student, you have access to the same resources as an on campus student. You can even borrow library books – the library will express post them to you free of charge. For more about library resources, see the Library Toolbox.

Equipment and facilities

Because the Master of Project Management is 100% online, you’ll need the technology to ensure you have a seamless study experience. You’ll need:

Occasionally, your lecturer may suggest specific software or textbooks for a specific unit. The library will usually have multiple copies of frequently used textbooks.

  • a fast, reliable computer – either a PC or a Mac – with the latest operating system
  • a fast, reliable internet connection
  • the latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
  • the Blackboard app, which is available as a free download. We can help you with that.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

Applications for admission to candidature in the Master of Project Management may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board or Course Coordinator to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Master of Project Management a candidate must complete 12 units (144 credit points) comprising:
    1. all of the units listed in Part A and Part C; and
    2. four (4) units from Part B
  2. A candidate, who, while enrolled in the Master of Project Management, has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Project Management may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Project Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master award.
  3. A candidate, who, while enrolled in the Master of Project Management, has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Project Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master award.

Advanced standing

1) Candidates who have completed a AQF level 9 qualification in a related field of business and management (such as a Masters of Business Administration), and who have completed a specified unit on Project Management, may be granted one (1) unit of advanced standing for the unit  Project Management Principles.

2) Candidates who have completed an AQF level 9 qualification in a related field of business and management, may be granted four (4) units of advanced standing from only Part B of the schedule.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

Our enrolment advisors can help you move easily through the application process, including advance standing. Please call us on 1300 854 556 or apply now.

International students

The following international applicants are welcome to apply:

  • Applicants residing overseas from Australia, or
  • holders of a visitor, work or bridging visa with study entitlements or no limitations of study, apply now.

This course is not CRICOS registered and therefore Education Services for Overseas Students Commonwealth legislation (ESOS) and National Code regulations preclude international applicants who are holders of a Student Visa.

Those who would prefer to study in Australia as an International student and holder of a student visa, please refer to SCU International Study Options for onshore students for further information.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'