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Why study Project Management with SCU Online?


Achievable and accessible PM qualification


Broaden your career opportunities in PM


Lead projects with confidence


Course is endorsed by AIPM, aligned with PMBOK


Rated 5 stars for Graduate Full-Time Employment and Student Support*


Accelerated, online course designed for busy professionals


Affordable fees, FEE-HELP available

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16 months part-time*

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100% online


Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

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$3,080 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

Dr David Noble is the Associate Dean of Education at Southern Cross University within the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts.

Subheading: How does project management tie into the changing business landscape in Australia, and globally? David Noble: "The global digital economy means that we are connected like never before, and the way that connection happens in almost every area of business today is through projects. A lot of companies are now basically projectised management structures and so when you are studying a Master of Project Management, you are equipping yourself not to work in yesterday's economy or even today's economy, you're equipping yourself to work in the economy of the next two or three decades. It's about taking something that has a defined start and a defined end and making sure that you can manage that process in a way that delivers to the end-user a high-quality product, no matter where you are in Australia or in the world; or no matter whether you're in IT or whether you're in financial services."

Set yourself up for success 

Are you ready to build your skills and knowledge in project management? Study the Graduate Diploma in Project Management with SCU Online. You’ll learn project management principles including initiation and planning; quality control and risk, project procurement, contract management; and portfolio and program management. SCU Online’s Graduate Diploma in Project Management is Accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

The skills and knowledge you learn studying a Graduate Diploma in Project Management are transferable across different roles and industries. Even if you completely change career – skills you learn while studying your diploma will come with you.

Learning outcomes
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Learn project management principles

From initiation and planning to portfolio and program management, you will learn the principles of project management. 

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Lead and manage projects with confidence

Establish a sound understanding of the leadership techniques necessary to successfully lead a project through to completion.

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Tailor your PM qualification to your passion

Chose from a wide variety of electives so you can tailor your qualification to your career goals. 

What you will study

To gain a Graduate Diploma in Project Management online, you need to successfully complete eight units which include all seven core units and a choice of one elective. 

This unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects.

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This unit will guide you through the project management process, from initiation to planning and development.

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Learn how to implement project plans that mitigate risk, establish controls and ensure quality projects.

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This unit provides students with an understanding of the most appropriate situations in which to employ Agile practices, the benefits and challenges of Agile, and the growing use of hybrid forms of project management.

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This unit explores theories and practices behind effective management of people and projects.

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Demonstrate a critical understanding of contract types and their relationship with performance.

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Learn how to skillfully negotiate, map and design systems, as well as evaluate project management processes.

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Early exit option

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve flexible completion options with a Graduate Certificate in Project Management or you can choose to enrol in the Master of Project Management, gaining credit for your units already completed. 

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

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Our study periods: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Project Management online, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of two years’ work experience in a professional environment; or
  • Have over five years’ work experience/professional standing that is regarded by the Academic Board as equivalent to an undergraduate degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

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


We recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

Australian Qualifications Framework

SCU’s online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring you a quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

The World Universities Rankings

Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 Young Universities.

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Australian Institute of Project Management endorsed course.

What our students say
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Master of Project Management student Ross.

My current role involves interfacing with many other disciplines. Studying Southern Cross University's Master of Project Management has proven to be the perfect way for me to advance my knowledge and opportunities.

Ross Haden

Online Master of Project Management Graduate

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Master of Project Management student Darren.

The whole experience was excellent from start to finish. Lecturers were knowledgeable, supportive and encouraging, recognising the challenges faced by most of the students in balancing work demands, home life and study. 

Darren Bourke

Online Master of Project Management Graduate

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Master of Project Management student Nathan.

I've been practicing as a project manager for around 10 years and decided that I wanted to attain a more formal recognition in the profession. I thought of various options for this recognition and determined that a masters would be the best fit for me.

Nathan Mitchell

Online Master of Project Management Graduate

What our students do

Qualified project managers are in high demand, both here in Australia and around the world. When you graduate, you will have an in-depth understanding of project management methodologies, be able to meet project goals and make complex strategic decisions. Our students work in a variety of project management roles across all industries. Below is a snapshot of some of these project management jobs. 

  • Project Manager
  • Workspace Services Engineer
  • Construction Administrator
  • General Business Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • IT Project Management Manager


  • Agile IT Project Manager
  • Managing Director
  • IoT Technology Project Manager
Course Coordinator

Meet our Course Coordinator

Dr Chris Lawler is a seasoned professional with an exceptional track record spanning over four decades, specialising in projects, programs, and portfolios across diverse industries. With a tenure of 10 years at the helm of portfolio management and governance in the nonprofit health sector, Chris has honed her expertise and achieved remarkable outcomes. Fuelling her relentless passion for nurturing emerging to advanced practitioners, Chris has embraced the role of a lecturer and mentor at several Australian universities. Her current endeavour involves the coordination of the Master of Project Management program at Southern Cross University Online program, where she imparts invaluable knowledge and cultivates future leaders both nationally and globally.

Chris's commitment to making a lasting impact extends beyond the academic realm. She has actively contributed to governance structures within the social and community services arena, serving as a distinguished member of various Boards of Directors. This rich experience has deepened her understanding of the sector's unique challenges and empowered her to drive meaningful change. Recognised globally for her expertise, Chris played an instrumental role as a member of the Global Advisory Group for Organizational Project Management (OPM) with PMI, dedicating three years to shaping strategic initiatives. Furthermore, she served as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and reviewer for The Standard for Organizational Project Management, solidifying her reputation as a trusted authority in the field. Chris's influential contributions extended to the Global Advisory Committee for the Registered Education Providers with PMI, where she played a pivotal role in shaping the educational landscape. She has most recently performed as a mentor for practitioner presenters preparing for the PMI 2023 Global Summit.

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