Project Management Degrees

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You can study project management online with Australian universities. Postgraduate (masters) programs are provided fully online, allowing you to complete a degree from the comfort of your home or office.

  • Project management is a specialist subject for experienced professionals.
  • Most students combine online study with full-time or part-time work.

Studying project management is a sound way to extend your management capabilities and communication skills. You’ll learn principles and practices that are relevant to any complex project.

You can study online for a Master of Project Management (MPM) degree. Shorter professional programs – Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses – are also available through distance learning.

Good project managers take care of scheduling, production and communication. Great project managers are deeply involved in building team skills and in tactical execution of strategic vision.

~ Amanda Kelly

Project Management Masters vs MBA

Should you study project management or get a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree instead?

The answer really depends on what kind of work you do (or aim to do in future).

  • If you work mainly on discrete projects which have distinct stages (e.g. planning and development, and closing), a project management program may be the one.
  • If your role is more corporate (managing parts of an organisation and team performance), an MBA may be better.
  • A project management masters degree may be more useful if the financing of projects is more relevant to your work than corporate finance.

But there is significant overlap between the 2 study areas. Project management courses are often run by business schools. The MBA may be a variation of the MPM, with many common units.

Best Online Degrees in Australia

The best online degrees in project management allow you to learn effectively with minimal life disruption. Some of the significant decision factors are program content, delivery method, duration and value for money.

Generally speaking, the best programs are purpose-built for online study and allow you to complete units in sequence (rather than requiring you to manage up to 4 units at a time). They offer flexible timing, including the option to study year-round. Learning materials and tools are created (or professionally adapted) for distance learning.

You may also prefer a shorter study option to a 12-unit masters. Graduate certificates (4 units) and diplomas (8 units) are good preparation for gaining professional accreditation.

Project manager doing a whiteboard presentation in a planning meeting.

RMIT Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma

RMIT has an online project management program for busy professionals. By studying online, you can earn a Graduate Certificate (4 units) or Graduate Diploma (8 units). Each unit requires 7 weeks of part-time study. Even while working, you can complete a GradCert in 8 months and a GradDip in 16 months. Both courses cover project management techniques, designing for quality, and managing teams. Graduates earn credit towards a masters degree.

SCU Master of Project Management

SCU Online offers a 100% online masters degree in project management. You can study part-time and still gain a masters in <2 years (or earlier with advanced standing). Students choose electives in areas such as accounting, engineering, health services, information technology and leadership. The modern course is priced competitively and targeted towards full-time workers. Graduate certificates and diplomas are available.

UNSW Master of Project Management

The University of New South Wales offers an asynchronous (self paced) Master of Project Management degree. The online program is delivered by the Canberra (ADFA) campus of UNSW. The course suits experienced project managers who are self-motivated learners. You need professional experience to be admitted. Course material is made available periodically for you to download and work through. Assessment relies on assignments and tests.

Professional Accreditation

In project management, becoming accredited is about experience and knowledge.

  • The main professional accrediting bodies are PMI, AIPM (for Australia) and PRINCE2.
  • You become accredited by demonstrating project management experience (hours worked on projects) and knowledge (by sitting a test).
  • You don’t need a qualification to gain accreditation, though a university degree helps.

The system means that doing an accredited university course does not technically confer an essential credential. In deciding to study project management, your primary goal should be to build knowledge and skills.

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