Course summary

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.

The degree is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) benchmarking tool – Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. 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.

To gain your qualification, you need to study all core units, four electives of your choice, and complete completing an industry research project to consolidate your project management skills.

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. 

AIPM Endorsed course

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.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories from different bodies of knowledge or practice as it applied to the discipline of project management


Apply knowledge and skills pertaining to project management with initiative and creativity with new challenges or in new situations

Ethical practice

Demonstrate highly developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) when planning, managing and undertaking projects in scholarly, research, social and professional forums

Apply sustainability principles to project management research and professional situations

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of project management principles and methods, with the ability to conceptualize and apply these principles and methods in professional contexts

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and regulate learning, research and performance pertaining to project management, with personal autonomy and accountability

Locate, evaluate, manage and use information in order to create new knowledge and advance methods in the field of project management

Communication and social skills

Communicate arguments, theory, complex knowledge and ideas in relation to the field of project management within an investigation of originality to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Work collaboratively with individuals and teams to achieve research outcomes that pertain to the management of projects

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols, specifically as they apply to project management in practice (such as in the mining, health, construction and social services sectors).

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and global settings, specifically as they apply to project management in practice

This course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Students who have completed an AIPM-endorsed course are eligible to apply for a certificate as a Certified Practicing Project Practitioner (CPPP) under AIPM's RegPM program. To qualify for CPPP, students must apply for Associate Membership with a copy of their qualification.

For more information on becoming an AIPM RegPM or to qualify as a CPPP, download the AIPM Membership (PDF) and download the CPPP and AIPM Endorsed Course Information (PDF).

Course overview

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Domestic duration

2 years part-time

International duration

2 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Master of Project Management students must complete the equivalent of 12 units (144 credit points) comprising:

  • 9 core units (108 credit points), and
  • 3 equivalent elective units (36 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Project Management after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 6 core units and 2 elective units.
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Project Management after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 3 core units and 1 elective unit.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core units

MNG91217 - Project Management Principles Introductory
MNG91218 - Project Management: Initiation and Planning Introductory
MNG92230 - Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk Intermediate
MNG92305 - Leading and Managing Projects Intermediate
MNG93220 - Project Procurement and Contract Management Advanced
MNG93255 - Portfolio and Program Management Advanced
PROJ5007 - Introduction to Agile Project Management Introductory
MNG93217 - Industry Research Project: Part A Advanced
MNG93218 - Industry Research Project: Part B Advanced

Elective units

ACC91210 - Finance for Managers (Online) Introductory
ACC71210 - Business Accounting for Managers (Online) Intermediate
LAW81210 - Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online) Introductory
MNG92210 - Global Business (Online) Intermediate
MNG91210 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Online) Introductory
MNG91220 - Strategic Health Management Introductory
HEA93001 - Leading Change in Healthcare Advanced
CMM91010 - Healthcare Professional Portfolio A Introductory
HEA93020 - Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability Advanced
MNG93211 - Managing Information Systems (Online) Advanced
ISY93210 - Managing Digital Enterprise (Online) Advanced
MNG91214 - Strategic Knowledge Management (Online) Introductory
MNG93215 - Human Resource Management (Online) Advanced
MNG91215 - Organisational Change and Development (Online) Introductory
ACC93210 - Corporate Governance for Managers (Online) Advanced
MNG93210 - Strategy and Case Analysis (Online) Advanced
MNG92220 - Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management Intermediate
MNG91225 - Stakeholder Engagement Introductory
ENG92050 - Engineering for a Sustainable Future Intermediate
MNG81002 - Management Communication (Online) Introductory