MASTER OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT (MPRM)
Program Summary

The University of Southern Queensland offers an MPRM program by distance education. It is a program comprising eight subjects.  Please note that this program will change to a twelve unit program as from semester 1,2015.  Please contact us for more information.

Program Aims

The Master of Project Management aims to produce graduates who have the appropriate skills and knowledge to be capable of managing small, medium and large-sized projects as either a senior team leader, project manager or project director.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Master of Project Management students will be able to:

demonstrate an underlying knowledge of the theoretical structure of project management as defined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge

demonstrate essential skills in relation to identification and analysis of logistics management, and integrate logistics management into the overall operation of the organisation

apply the theoretical principles of project management to a project environment in relation to: project scheduling and time management, project cost management, project quality management, project human resources management, project communications management, project risk management, project procurement management project integration management project scope management

apply management skills acquired through elective courses in the context of project management.

Periods of Teaching

The MPRM is offered by distance education and consists of 8 courses (subjects). There are 3 semesters per year.

Semester                     Study Period                                      Commencement Date
Semester 3,2014      November 2014 – Feb 2015         17 November 2014
Semester 1,2015      March – June 2015                           2 March 2015
Semester 2,2015      July – November 2015                    20 July 2015

Application due dates:
Semester 3,2014  -  31 October 2014
Semester 1,2015  -  13 February 2015
Semester 2,2015  -  3 July 2015

Program Structure

The Master of Project Management has two strands: Project Management and Complex Project Management. Each is comprised of eight single-unit courses.

Articulation

On completion of the Master of Project Management, students may apply for entry into the Master of Business Administration program. The number of courses to be completed to satisfy the requirements to graduate from the Master of Business Administration will depend on the courses completed in the Master of Project Management. Students may be able to articulate from the Master of Project Management into the Master of Management program.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for entry into the Master of Project Management must:

hold at least a three-year tertiary qualification at bachelor degree or equivalent level from a recognised institution in an appropriate discipline as determined by the Director, USQ Australian Graduate School of Business;

have a minimum of two years full-time equivalent relevant work experience

International candidates for admission into this program must meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements for postgraduate students.

Candidates who do not hold a bachelor degree will be considered for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate in Business if they have had a minimum of five years full-time equivalent relevant work experience. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Business (with a GPA of 4.0) students may articulate into the Master of Project Management.

Note: There are limited places available so an early submission of your application will improve your cchances of obtaining a place in the MPRM program.

Please note that you will need to include a CV of your working experience and certified copies of all qualifications with your application in order for USQ to evaluate your application.

Study Packages

All study material will be available online on UConnect. Students may require additional textbooks, which can be ordered from Australia. (Delivery at your doorstep within five working days).

Internet Access

Students receive a user name and password to access the student site: UConnect. With this password, you will be able to join subject discussion groups and email your lecturer. All course material, assignment results and past examination papers are available on the internet.

Local Support

As the Local Support Office of USQ in Africa, we are here to assist students. We receive and distribute study CDs, collect fees, arrange examinations (as close to home as possible – we already have 72 centres in South Africa alone), assist students with any problems they may have and see to any administrative matters requiring our attention. (It should be noted that study materials are set up to assist students to study independently wherever they may be.)

Duration

The duration of the program depends on the distance education student’s dedication and time available. Students normally study 2 courses per semester. There are 3 teaching periods per year. Distance education students can commence their studies any semester and complete their MPRM within 2 to 6 years. Students need to study ±15 hours per week per course. This equates to 165 hours per semester per course (subject).

Assessment and Examinations

Assessment requirements vary according to the courses being studied. Details are provided in each student’s package. To complete each course, it is standardl to submit a number of assignments or reports by scheduled dates. Completed assignments are returned to the student with a grade and feedback to further assist their learning. Most courses include an end of semester examination. Examinations are held at the end of each semester and take place during working hours. Timetables are sent out so that students can plan accordingly.

Exemptions

Candidates for admission to the Master of Project Management may be eligible for up to four units of exemption on the basis of:

prior successful completion of relevant, equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university or institution offering equivalent study, or

accreditation from the Australian Institute of Project Management in their RegPM accreditation program, but only if accreditation is achieved at RPM or MPD level, and only after completion of the four core courses for this program. Any exemption granted under this provision will be for one unit only and will be included in the maximum number of exemptions available for this program.

Claims for exemption should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrolment in a course. Each claim will be assessed on individual merit in line with the Faculty’s exemption policies. Exemptions approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ.

Note: Where exemptions are granted, maximum and minimum durations will be adjusted in the same proportion as exemptions.

Exit Points

Students must maintain a good standing in this program. Those who do not complete the Master of Project Management, but who satisfy all the requirements of the Post Graduate Certificate in Project Management may be permitted to exit with that qualification.

Should you be interested in studying for the University of Southern Queensland’s Master of Project Management (MPRM), and would like more information and pricing, please email your name, contact numbers and address to info@usq.co.za We will get back to you just as soon as we can.