Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
Take the next step by furthering your knowledge in project management. Study procurement, quality, contracts and planning. Specialise in areas that will benefit your goals – including global business, organisational change, human resources and more.
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Southern Cross University provides high-quality online courses designed for busy people, just like you, and have been doing so for over twenty years. The university prides itself on understanding the pressures of life outside of study while nurturing each student’s ambition. It’s these values that underpin their dedication to be with you every step of your study journey—keeping you on track to reach your goals.
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At the end of the program, students of the Graduate Diploma in Project Management can:
- Analyse every component of the project lifecycle, with an in-depth understanding of project management principles; quality control and risk; planning and contract management to deliver projects in full, on time and within budget and scope.
- Apply sustainability principles, and use ethical frameworks to plan, manage and undertake projects.
- Apply project management skills and knowledge with initiative and creativity, including in new challenges or new situations.
- Understand project management principles and methods, and apply these in a professional context.
- Utilise advanced communication skills to work collaboratively with teams.
- Demonstrate cultural competence in a local, Australia-wide and global settings as they apply to project management.
- Apply skills and knowledge learnt in your chosen electives.
Qualified project managers are in high demand across industry and around the world. Some popular roles in this industry include project administrator, senior project manager, PMO manager, business intelligence consultant and project analyst.
Successfully completing required subjects of study for the diploma can be credited towards beginning your Master of Project Management.
Endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Project Management, you must have:
- Demonstrated professional standing – either a Bachelor’s degree (or a similar qualification) from a university or have other experience that we regard as equivalent to a degree.
- Be proficient in English.
Studying online requires:
- A PC or Mac with the latest operating system
- A fast, reliable internet connection
- The latest version of Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox
- the Blackboard app
Sometimes, specific software or textbooks are required.
Depending on previous work experience or study, you may be eligible to receive advanced standing against some of your subjects of study — letting you graduate sooner, for less. Learn more about the process of applying for advanced standing at Southern Cross University.
The online Graduate Diploma in Project Management from Southern Cross University is for professionals across all sectors looking to develop their practical project management skills.
Study includes core subjects in project management, procurement, quality, contracts and planning. Choose from electives in global business, health management, organisational change, corporate governance, human resources management, stakeholder engagement, digital enterprise management and more.
The diploma is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. 100% online, you can complete your qualification in as little as 16 months, part-time, making it a great choice for those balancing work, life and study.
Recommended Study Pattern
To qualify for your Graduate Diploma in Project Management, you will complete the core subjects from Part A, and choose two subjects from Part B.
Part A: Core subjects
- Project Management Principles
- Project Management: Initiation and Planning
- Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk
- Leading and Managing Projects
- Project Procurement and Contract Management
- Portfolio and Program Management
Part B: Elective subjects*
- Accounting (2 subjects available)
- Business Management (5 subjects available)
- Engineering Management (2 subjects available)
- Health Services Management (4 subjects available)
- Information and Knowledge Management (3 subjects available)
- Managing and Leading People (4 subjects available)
* The elective subjects running will depend on what intake you begin your studies. A full list of all subjects of study is available in the brochure.
To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Project Management, students need to successfully complete 8 subjects (96 credit points) comprising:
- All six (6) Part A subjects
- Two (2) elective subjects from Part B
Students who have completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Project Management can gain credit towards a Master of Project Management if they wish to continue their studies and enrol in their Master’s.