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From information technology and defence to manufacturing and construction, project management exists in virtually every industry because it is the lifeblood that helps ensure a company reaches its goals. The Applied Project Management program at the University of Adelaide focuses on preparing you to achieve those goals, allowing students to take what they learn and apply it directly in their workplace or organisation.

Offered 100% online, this program is based on the international Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—a project management guide that serves to provide and encourage a common terminology within the profession. Under the ECIC, a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI®), this program emphasizes the knowledge needed to help you earn the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, one of the most highly sought after certifications in project management. Depending on the level of education you are looking to receive, the Applied Project Management program has four postgraduate options to choose from.

The Applied Project Management program delivers the knowledge you need to gain:

  • Deep discipline understanding
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Teamwork and communication skills
  • Career and leadership readiness
  • Intercultural and ethical competency
  • Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Likely Careers

Traditionally, project management has played an important role in defence, aerospace, construction, engineering, in addition to many other fields. Careers in project management can actually include a wide range of titles, including business analysts, consultants, project managers, systems analysts and engineers, and many more. In fact, nearly every industry can benefit from having a trained project manager to help push new ideas forward and ensure project completion.

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Applied Project Management Program Structure

At the University of Adelaide, we take pride in catering to our students’ academic needs. That’s why we have divided the Applied Project Management program into four different graduate certificate or degree options, which vary in according to your potential time restraints and desired level of education.

Take a look at the options below to see which plan works best for your future career goals, and know Admissions Advisors are available to answer any questions you may have about our program offerings.

Graduate Certificate

The AQF level 8 Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management takes a full-time student six months to complete the four courses of 12 units. This certificate builds on the skills you may have developed during your undergraduate career as it enhances your time management and leadership skills. The curriculum is structured to teach scalable project management concepts and methods based on the PMBOK GuideⓇ. The Graduate Certificate typically requires a Bachelor degree or the equivalent, but seven years of professional work experience may be taken into consideration in its place on a case-by-case basis.

Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management, you are eligible to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management program, allowing you to work your way gradually to the Master degree.*

NOTE: Applicants with no undergraduate degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis for admission to the Graduate Certificate program ONLY. To qualify, applicants should have seven years of work experience supported by a portfolio of evidence, proving the applicant has sufficient knowledge and skills to successfully complete the Certificate without a prior Bachelor qualification.

Graduate Diploma

The AQF level 8 Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management typically takes a full-time student one year to complete the eight courses of 24 units. The diploma helps to expand your project manage skills and ability to use systems to manage organisational effectivity. Learn scalable project management concepts with a strong emphasis on holistic systems, based on the PMBOK GuideⓇ. A Bachelor degree or Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management is required to enter this program.

After completing the Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management, students are eligible to enrol in the Master of Applied Project Management (MAPM) program to complete the remaining 12 units.

Master of Applied Project Management (MAPM)

The AQF level 9 Master of Applied Project Management (MAPM) takes a full-time student 18 months to complete the required 36 units. This degree will help you to accurately plan a project’s workflow, assign tasks to the appropriate employee, stay within budgets and limited time ranges, and assess and manage risks involved in particular projects, so you can increase your organisation’s likelihood for success. Our MAPM degree hones in on project delivery across various disciplines, preparing you to handle any development issues that come in your team’s way. A Bachelor degree, honours degree or Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management is required to enter the program.

Students who have earned the Master of Applied Project Management (MAPM) degree are eligible to complete the additional four courses or 12 units to receive the Master of Applied Project Management (Project Systems) degree.

Master of Applied Project Management (Project Systems)

The AQF level 9 Master of Project Management (Project Systems) takes a full-time student two years to complete the 48 units. This degree is intended for experienced executives as well as emerging professionals looking to acquire the real-world skills that impact an organisation’s ability to perform. Ideal for those who truly want to lead the field, the Master of Applied Project Management (Project Systems) requires students to complete 36 units of core project management courses, more than the alternative options allow, ensuring you graduate with the utmost proficiency in managing a project’s workflow, the delivery of products and smoothing out any issues during the process. The remaining 12 units of electives allow you to take courses more related to your specific career goals and areas in which you would like to become more knowledgeable. To enrol, students must have a Bachelor degree in a related field or the Master of Applied Project Management.


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