The University of Southern Queensland offers an MPPM program by distance education. It is a program comprising twelve subjects.

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.

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

  • demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory, professional practice and scholarship in project management
  • investigate, analyse, synthesise and apply complex information, problems, concepts and theories to a project management body of knowledge or practice
  • demonstrate technical, communication and research skills to interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning, with high level personal autonomy and accountability
  • plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.

The Master of Project Management consists of 12 courses and has the following structure:
core (8 courses) - 4 foundation core courses of -unit each, 3 advanced core courses of 1-unit each, and 1 advanced capstone course of 1-unit, plus
a named (coursework or research) specialisation of 4 courses or a general specialisation of 4 courses.

The named specialisation may be chosen from the Master of Business Administration program (excluding the Project Management specialisation), Master of Business and Innovation program or a named specialisation from other programs offered by USQ, subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

Entry into the Master of Project Management requires a tertiary qualification at bachelor degree of equivalent (AQF level 7) in a project management related discipline from a recognised institution, and two years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business.

For candidates who meet the program work experience requirements but do not hold a bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a business-related discipline, USQ's Graduate Certificate of Business provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Project Management.

Candidates with a graduate certificate (AQF level 8) or higher qualification in any discipline with two years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business may apply for entry into the Master of Project Management. Eligibility for entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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

On completion of the Master of Project Management, students may apply for entry into the Doctor of Business Administration (DBAR) program. The number of courses to be completed to satisfy the requirements to graduate from the Doctor of Business Administration will depend on the courses completed in the Master of Project Management. Students wishing to consider this option should contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

Study Periods
Semester Study Period Commencement Date
Semester 1,2022 Feb - June 2022 21 February 2022
Semester 2,2022 Jul - November 2022 11 July 2022
Semester 3,2022 November - February 2023 11 November 2022


Semester 1,2022 21 February 2022
Semester 2,2022 11 July 2022
Semester 3,2022 11 November 2022

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 MPPM 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 requirements vary according to the courses being studied. Details are provided in each student’s package. To complete each course, it is standard 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.

Credit may be granted on the bases of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised university. In order for credit to be granted the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

the course was passed within 5 years prior to the application (courses up to 10 years old may be considered if evidence is provided that the applicant has been employed in that field

the course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Project Management, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective

the maximum number of exemptions granted cannot be greater than 6 courses for the Master of Project Management

Claims for exemption should be submitted prior to or at the time of enrollment 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.

All study material will be available online on UConnect. It should be noted that as a student you may require additional textbooks from time to time.

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.

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.)