16 months part-time

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Call us to see if you qualify

Study periods

Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Aug, Oct


$2520 per unit, FEE-HELP available



Design your future

Ensuring you are on top of tech trends and understand how to apply them in a business setting will mean you’re one step ahead of the game. Over the next six years, 100,000 skilled professionals will be required to service the IT sector (The Australian, 15 September 2015). Those who possess strengths in project and stakeholder management and leadership skills will be in demand (Hudson Global, 2015).

A Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management from Southern Cross University Online bridges the gap between your existing tech knowledge and managerial capabilities. In as few as 16 months, you’ll learn how to deliver large-scale transformation projects, including front-end user experience. The project, people and knowledge management units you may elect to study will be complemented by database design and theory, the study of cloud-based computing and info systems design – helping you evaluate threats and vulnerabilities, and identify ICT opportunity at an enterprise level.

Studying this postgraduate diploma in information technology management online is also an alternate pathway into Southern Cross University’s online Master of Information Technology Management. If you choose to continue your IT study, you’ll receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards the masters – allowing you to focus on your next big career move.

Gain an advanced management / leadership qualification in 2 years part-time

Access a qualification that can recognise your extensive work experience^

Leading-edge learning environment for engaging self-directed study


Enjoy 100% online study with no on-campus commitments

Globally ranked in the Times Higher Education Top Universities


^RPL applications at discretion of the university

What you can study

Pathway to Master of IT Management

Upon finishing your Graduate Diploma in IT Management online, you can choose to continue studying and complete a Master of Information Technology Management. You’ll receive RPL for the units you have completed in the Graduate Diploma, enabling you to progress your career with a more advanced qualification.

If you are thinking about continuing your study, talk to your enrolment advisor. They can help plan your units of study to make sure you’ll meet the requirements of your postgraduate diploma in information technology management online qualification, and for the Masters.

scu online graduate diploma in it management

Entry criteria

To qualify for entry to the Graduate Diploma in IT Management online, you must:

  • have a three (3) year undergraduate degree specialising or majoring in information technology (or in a cognate discipline); OR
  • demonstrate professional standing/experience equivalent to an undergraduate qualification.

In either case, you must be proficient in English in order to complete the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management online.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available to those who have undertaken relevant education and/or significant workforce experience. Should you qualify for RPL, you could reduce the length and cost of your degree, getting you in the job you want even sooner.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Career and industry outlook

It’s becoming more and more true that a business cannot operate without effective IT systems in place. IT professionals are considered a cornerstone of business success, whether as a company employee, independent consultant or contractor.

Within the IT sector specifically, project management, leadership and stakeholder management are among the top skills in demand (Hudson Global, 2015). Employers are on the hunt for qualified, multi-faceted professionals who have the knowledge and skills in both IT and management.

A Master of Information Technology Management can help open up a world of high-end opportunities within a shifting IT landscape. It will equip you with the skills needed for not just one but several tech positions, including:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Business Systems Manager
  • IT Project Consultant

Studying with Southern Cross University Online

Southern Cross University’s online postgraduate courses fit around your work, family and lifestyle. Units are delivered by tech-savvy academics via a fresh, smart, collaborative and interactive interface.

100% online and flexible

Complete six, seven-week units a year, or skip a study period when life or work demands your full attention.

Student success support

From enquiry to graduation, we’re here to provide the ultimate online study experience.

Networked for success

Connect with your future colleagues and collaborators.


Find out more about studying online.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University February 2017.