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Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration. (MBPM) - MPJM and MBAD

CRICOS code (International applicants): 067690D

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this study area should consider the MPMB Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration.

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Springfield -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2 years full-time, up to 8 years part-time 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Business

To: Doctor of Business Administration

Notes

Not all specialisation courses are available at Springfield campus.
There are limited courses available in semester 3.
The Master of Project Management component is not offered at Toowoomba campus.

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Professional accreditation

USQ is registered with the Project Management Institute (PMI)® as a Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). A study of project management at USQ earns professional development units towards certification with PMI including towards the Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

PMI, PMP and Project Management Professional (PMP) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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Program aims

The Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration encapsulates the aims of each program. The Master of Project Management aims to produce graduates who have appropriate skills and knowledge to be capable of managing small, medium and large-sized projects as either a senior team leader, a project manager or project director. The Master of Business Administration is an advanced academic program for graduates from any discipline who have considerable business experience, and who have a recognised potential for advanced managerial responsibility. This program focuses on those areas of modern management that develop judgement, skills and attitudes that are essential to managerial responsibility.

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Program objectives

The Master of Project Management aims to produce graduates who are able to:

  • demonstrate 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

    • cost management

    • quality management

    • human resources management

    • communications management

    • risk management

    • procurement management

    • integration management

    • scope management


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


The Master of Business Administration will enhance student analytical skills related to management, people, markets, finance, and technical knowledge. Graduates will be able to solve complex organisational problems and be able to manage change through the mastery of particular skills related to creativity, information literacy, and self-reflection. The program focuses on how to demonstrate leadership in global sustainability and how to understand the nature of ethical decisions across contemporary business practice. The Master of Business Administration will enable graduates to work in virtual and non-traditional work environments and increase personal mastery in oral and written communication.

The objectives of the Master of Business Administration are to produce graduates who are able to:

  • demonstrate applied knowledge of people, markets, finances, technology and management skills in practice

  • identify and solve complex organisational problems, creatively, and practically to increase the effectiveness of management processes

  • communicate professionally and effectively in a range of modes to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of organisations in the global environment and the impact of these on organisational systems

  • evaluate, synthesise and critically review theoretical frameworks with other evidence to provide solutions to real-world problems

  • demonstrate reflective practice and apply learning to different contexts

  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of interpersonal communication on specific management processes and outcomes using relevant theories and concepts

  • comprehend and address complex ethical dilemmas

  • demonstrate an understanding of complex sustainable dilemmas and the need for responsible leadership

  • demonstrate an understanding of the skills required to work in non-traditional and virtual working environments

  • demonstrate the skills required for leadership of other, working in teams and working with people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds in both virtual and real-time spaces

  • communicate professionally and effectively in both oral and written communication to various audiences to achieve targeted outcomes.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

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 www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

Entry into the Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration requires a bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a business-related discipline from a recognised institution, and two year's full-time relevant professional work experience in business.

For candidates who have a bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, with two years' full-time relevant professional work experience in business, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration. Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible for entry into the Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration.

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 and Master of Business Administration. Eligibility for entry will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration double degree is made up of 16 courses:


Course  Semester of offer
Distance/Online 
Semester of offer
Toowoomba campus 
Semester of offer
Springfield campus 
Master of Business Administration core courses: 
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management  1, 3 
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy  1, 2  1, 2 
ECO5000 Economics for Managers  2, 3 
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics  1, 2 
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour  1, 3 
MKT5000 Marketing Management  2, 3 
MGT8022 Project-Based Management  1, 2, 3   
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change  1, 2    2` 
Master of Project Management core courses: 
MGT8024 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management    
MGT8025 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management    
MGT8027 Project Human Resources, Communications & Integration Management  2, 3   
Capstone course: 
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 
plus four elective courses* 

Footnotes
*Elective courses must be 5000 or 8000 level courses chosen from any Business and Commerce coursework Masters program. It is recommended that students confirm their choice of elective courses with the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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Other program requirements

Students must maintain good standing in this program. Please refer to the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure.

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Articulation

Students who complete the Master of Business Administration component are eligible to apply for the Doctor of Business Administration , provided that they meet all of the admission requirements for that program. For further information, contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts.

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Exit points

A student who chooses not to complete or who does not maintain good standing in this program will be permitted to exit with a lesser qualification as set out below, provided that they have met the requirements of that program. This means:

  • A student who successfully completes all 12 courses for the Master of Business Administration may, upon application, exit with that degree. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation may have one specialisation shown on their testamur.

  • A student who successfully completes all 12 courses for the Master of Project Management (ends 2015) may, upon application exit with that degree.

  • A student who successfully completes eight units may, upon application, exit with a Graduate Diploma of Business. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of at least one specialisation may have one specialisation shown on their testamur.

  • A student who successfully completes all requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Business may, upon application, exit with that qualification. A student who has successfully completed all the requirements of a four-unit specialisation may have that specialisation shown on their testamur.


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Credit

The Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration is required to meet the requirements of each degree studied with a maximum of 50% units of credit for each program studied individually.

The Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration meets the requirements of the 12-unit Master of Project Management (ends 2015) and the 12-unit Master of Business Administration. The Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration requires 16 units to be completed with cross-credit of four units from each program (total of eight units).

Credit may be granted on the basis 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 five 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 equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Master of Business Administration, or alternatively, the course is suitable as an elective

  • the maximum granted is no greater than six units of credit for the Master of Business Administration

  • the maximum granted is no greater than four units of credit for the Master of Project Management (ends 2015)

  • credit approved in this program will not automatically apply to other programs offered by USQ.


Claims for credit 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 USQ policy. Please contact the Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts for further information.

Note: Where credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be adjusted in the same proportion as the credit, for example, where the maximum of 50 percent credit is granted, maximum and minimum duration will be reduced by one-half.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - semester 1 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management1111Pre-requisite: Students enrolled in one of the following Programs: Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) or Master of Business Administration & Master of Professional Accounting (MBAC) are not eligible for enrolment
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour1111
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy1121
MGT8022 Project-Based Management1121
ECO5000 Economics for Managers1212
MKT5000 Marketing Management1212
MGT8024 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management 1222
MGT8027 Project Human Resources, Communications & Integration Management1222
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics2131
Elective 12131
MGT8025 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management 2141
Elective 22141
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change2232
Elective 32232
Elective 42242
MGT8002 Strategic Management2242

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Recommended enrolment pattern - semester 2 intake

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
ECO5000 Economics for Managers1212
MKT5000 Marketing Management1212
Elective 11222
Elective 21222
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management1111Pre-requisite: Students enrolled in one of the following Programs: Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) or Master of Business Administration & Master of Professional Accounting (MBAC) are not eligible for enrolment
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour1111
MGT8022 Project-Based Management1121
MGT8025 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management 1121
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change2232
MGT8024 Project Quality, Risk and Procurement Management 2232
MGT8027 Project Human Resources, Communications & Integration Management2242
Elective 32242
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy2131
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics2131
Elective 42141
MGT8002 Strategic Management*2141

Footnotes
*Students should enrol in MGT8002 in the last semester of study. It is offered in semester 2 at Springfield campus. Springfield students may like to consider enrolling in distance/online mode if studying this course in semester 1.