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Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration (MPMB) - MPPM and MBAD

CRICOS code (International applicants): 067690D

 On-campusOnline
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
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: : On completion of the Master of Project Management or Master of Business Administration and meeting any nominated GPA requirements, students may be eligible for entry into the ; Doctor of Business Administration or ; Doctor of Philosophy

Notes

Not all specialisation courses are available at Springfield campus.
There are limited courses available in semester 3.

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Professional accreditation

USQ is a global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) accredited by the US-based Project Management Institute (PMI)®, which is the largest professional body for project managers in the world with over 450,000 members. USQ’s status as an R.E.P. ensures the currency, quality and global recognition of the project management programs and courses offered by USQ both on-campus and online. Completion of project management courses and programs at USQ earns professional development units (PDUs) as evidence of professional development and credit towards PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. Details can be obtained at the Project Management Institute

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 double degree 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

Master of Project Management

The Master of Project Management aims to produce graduates who are 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.


Master of Business Administration

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.

  • 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:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in the area of business and a minimum of two year's professional work experience in business, or equivalent.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


For candidates who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Business provides an articulation pathway into the Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration double degree. 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 double degree.

Candidates with a Graduate Certificate (AQF level 8) or higher qualification in any discipline, with two years' professional work experience in business may apply for entry into the Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration double degree. 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:

  • 8 Master of Business Administration core courses

  • 7 Master of Project Management core courses

  • the capstone course MGT8002 Strategic Management


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Core 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   
Master of Project Management core courses:  
MGT8073 Project Processes and Systems   
MGT8074 Project Team Leadership   
MGT8075 Project Delivery   
MGT8076 Project-based Change Management   
MGT8077 Project Risk Management   
MGT8078 Portfolio, Program and Benefits Management  1, 2   
MGT8079 Project Management Research Project   1, 2     
Capstone course:  
MGT8002 Strategic Management  1, 2, 3 

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IT requirements

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

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Articulation

Students who complete the Master of Project Management or Master of Business Administration component are eligible to apply for entry into the Doctor of Business Administration or the Doctor of Philosophy, 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 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 a specialisation may have up to two specialisations 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 double degree 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 double degree requires 16 units to be completed. The Master of Project Management and Master of Business Administration double degree meets the requirements of the 12-unit Master of Project Management and the 12-unit Master of Business Administration.

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:


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 Management1111
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour1111
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics1121
MGT8022 Project-Based Management1121
ECO5000 Economics for Managers1212
MKT5000 Marketing Management1212
MGT8074 Project Team Leadership1222Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8074 if MGT8027 has been previously completed.
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy1222
MGT8078 Portfolio, Program and Benefits Management2131Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8078 if MGT8021 has been previously completed.
MGT8076 Project-based Change Management2131
MGT8073 Project Processes and Systems2141Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8073 if MGT8025 has been previously completed.
MGT8077 Project Risk Management2141Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8077 if MGT8024 has been previously completed.
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change2232
MGT8075 Project Delivery2232Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8075 if MGT8028 has been previously completed.
MGT8079 Project Management Research Project*2242
MGT8002 Strategic Management2242

Footnotes
*This course is not offered on-campus. Students should enrol in the online offer.

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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
MGT8022 Project-Based Management^1222
CIS8000 Global Information Systems Strategy1222
ACC5502 Accounting and Financial Management1111
MGT5000 Managing Organisational Behaviour1111
MGT8073 Project Processes and Systems1121Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8073 if MGT8025 has been previously completed.
MGT8077 Project Risk Management1121Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8077 if MGT8024 has been previously completed.
MGT8078 Portfolio, Program and Benefits Management^2232Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8078 if MGT8021 has been previously completed.
MGT8074 Project Team Leadership2232Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8074 if MGT8027 has been previously completed.
MGT8075 Project Delivery2242Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8075 if MGT8028 has been previously completed.
MGT8033 Leading Organisational Change2242
MGT8076 Project-based Change Management2131
MBA8000 Applied Business Research and Ethics2131
MGT8079 Project Management Research Project~2141
MGT8002 Strategic Management*2141

Footnotes
^This course is not offered at Springfield campus in semester 2. Students should enrol in the online offer.
~This course is not offered on-campus. Students should enrol in the online offer.
*Students should enrol in MGT8002 Strategic Management 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.