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Why study Project Management with SCU Online?

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Achievable and accessible PM qualification

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Broaden your career opportunities in PM

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Lead projects with confidence

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Course is endorsed by AIPM, aligned with PMBOK

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Receive dedicated support every step of the way

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Accelerated, online course designed for busy professionals

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Affordable fees, FEE-HELP available

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Duration

2 years
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100% online

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Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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12

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$2,900 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."

Deliver projects on time, on budget and within scope

Set yourself apart from your peers with a project management masters degree that demonstrates your depth of understanding, critical and analytical skills, and serious commitment to your profession. Endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), through Southern Cross University’s Master of Project Management online course, you’ll learn core competencies associated with risk, control, planning, implementation, evaluation, collaboration, and systems analysis, all adaptable to your chosen industry. More than anything, our Master's degree is about giving you options. You can study broadly, focus your degree towards one or more areas of specialisation, or tailor your study to an emerging field.

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Fully understand the project lifecycle

From project selection to project completion, make the right decisions so that projects can be delivered within scope.

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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

SCU’s Online MPM gives you the unique opportunity to tailor your degree to areas that you are interested in.

What you will study

Students of Southern Cross University’s online Master of Project Management will study seven core units, a compulsory double-weighted Industry Research project and choose three elective units.

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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An introduction to the history, approaches, and roles in an Agile project management environment. This unit will also provide 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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This is a two-part unit, involving a literature review, and strategic research and data collection methods to fill in any identified research gaps.

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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 Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

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Next study period

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2022

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Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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.

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To qualify for entry into the Master of 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 may 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 Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development. 

The World Universities Rankings

Bold, progressive and just 23 years of age – Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities.

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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
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Meet our Course Coordinator

Chris Lawler has over 30 years’ experience in PPPM across varied industries including 10 years leading portfolio management and governance in the nonprofit health sector. Chris now pursues her passion for developing emerging to advanced practitioners as a sessional lecturer, online facilitator and mentor. A strong advocate for equity, diversity and giving back, her efforts have been recognised by her peers, awarding her for “Contribution to Women in Project Management” at the Australian PMI Awards for 2015.

As a PMI Global Advisory group volunteer, Chris contributed to the arenas of Organisational Project Management, Professional Development and has been a subject matter reviewer for multiple PMI publications. Chris holds multiple qualifications and certifications in education, development, psychology, technology and project management and is the first Australian to gain the PfMP credential from the Project Management Institute. She is also proud to contribute at the governance level including as a Board of Directors member in the social and community services arena. She is currently undertaking her PhD - Non-Executive Director perception of project portfolio visibility at the corporate governance layer.

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Set yourself apart from your peers with Master of Project Management, demonstrating your depth of understanding, critical and analytical skills, and serious commitment to your profession. Endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), through Southern Cross University’s Master of Project Management, you’ll learn core competencies associated with risk, control, planning, implementation, evaluation, collaboration, and systems analysis, all adaptable to your chosen industry.

With SCU Online, you will undertake seven-week study periods in which to complete each unit, with the ability to focus on a single unit every study period and as many as six units every year.

The total duration of this course is 2 years, part-time. You will complete 12 units in total during this time.

To qualify for entry into the Master of Project Management online, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor 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 may recognise and grant credit for past education or qualifications 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. To find out more about advanced standing, get in touch with one of our Enrolment Advisors on 1300 589 882.

From engineering to IT and from defence to finance, and almost every industry in between, project managers are in increasing demand.

Whether they’re ensuring the smooth management of a major urban infrastructure project, overseeing the delivery of a new mining development, bringing to life a new community health initiative, or implementing a cloud-based software system for a client, project managers are a vital ingredient when the working environment becomes complex.

A two-year, 100 per-cent online, part-time course, the Master of Project Management is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. It combines vital core units with industry-specific elective units, plus a powerful industry research project to create the ultimate project management experience.

Candidates take units focussing on principles, planning, quality control, risk, leadership, contract management and more. Elective units include accounting, business management, engineering management, health services management, information and knowledge management and people leadership.

Along the way, each student’s critical and analytical thinking processes will be developed, particularly in areas such as planning, implementation, collaboration and evaluation. This is important as successful project management is not just about practical application, but is also about considering, through critical thinking and reflection, which skills to apply.

Upon completion of the Master of Project Management, entirely new career opportunities open up. From the startup environment (in 2018 StartupAUS reported project management as one of the five most in-demand jobs, globally) to multinational corporations, talented, experienced and well-educated project managers are an essential ingredient for success.

Want to learn more? Read our blog about how to become a Project Manager.

Endorsement by the Australian Institute of Project Management takes our Master of Project Management to an entirely new level in terms of resources and opportunity.

Whether their job is to plan a wedding or a railway system project, a corporate revitalisation or a child’s birthday party, project managers from all industries have long been provided leading, real-world knowledge by Southern Cross University’s Master of Project Management.