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    Masters in Project Management in Australia: Study Guide for International Students

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    Masters in project management in Australia is a 1 to 3-year course offered as both full-time and part-time degrees. This program is generally available as Master of Project Management (MPM), MBA in Project Management, and Master of Applied Project Management in Australian universities. Construction, ICT, and healthcare sectors are the highest-paid sectors for project management professionals in Australia.

    • The duration of full-time masters in project management in Australia is approximately 1.5 to 2 years. 
    • Students are required to have a bachelor's degree in project management or a related field to apply in Australian universities offering masters in project management.
    • Total program fees of masters in project management in Australia ranges between 47,000 AUD to 96,000 AUD. 
    • A project management professional in Australia earns approximately 142,000 AUD per annum.

    Top Universities Offering Masters in Project Management in Australia

    According to QS News World University Ranking of 2020, the following are the best universities offering masters in project management in Australia: 

    University QS News World Ranking 2020 Total Program Fee (in AUD)
    Australian National University (ANU) 29 95,700
    University of Sydney 42 69,000
    Monash University 58 63,216
    University of Adelaide 106 84,000
    University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) 140 49,608
    University of Wollongong (UOW) 212 47,088
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 224 51,750
    Curtin University 230 47,400
    RMIT University 238 76,800
    University of South Australia (UOSA) 274 54,900

    Why Study Masters in Project Management in Australia?

    Australia has one of the biggest job markets for project managers in the world. According to the 10th edition of Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, project management professionals in Australia earn the third-highest salary in the world leaving behind countries like UK, Germany, and Canada.

    Country-wise Salary Comparison of Project Management

    MS in Project Management in Australia: Course Highlights

    In most of the universities of Australia, the duration of a full-time master's in project management is 1.5 to 2 years. It is also offered as a part-time course which can be completed within 3 to 4 years. However, many universities offer admission to international students on a full-time degree only.

    The curriculum for the general 2-year full-time course is divided into 4 semesters, 2 in each year. The syllabus includes subjects like project governance, project management, and people research methods, principles of project management, fundamentals of project management, project planning and control, crisis management, project leadership skills, and finance and market management, etc. 

    Course Duration 1-2 years
    Tuition Fees up to 50 lakhs
    Exams Required TOEFL/IELTS, GMAT/GRE (for some universities)
    Work Experience Required for some top Australian Universities
    Interview Required for some universities
    Salaries up to 93 lakhs

    Admission Process for Masters in Project Management in Australia

    A bachelor's degree in project management, commerce or relevant discipline is required for admission in masters in project management in Australia. 

    Where to Apply: Students are required to apply via the official website of the university. In most cases, the application portal for international students is different from domestic students. 

    Eligibility for Masters in Project Management in Australia Admission

    A Bachelor's degree in project management, commerce, or related discipline and proof of English language proficiency are the two mandatory requirements for international students admission in masters in project management in Australia. 

    Minimum eligibility criteria are discussed in the table below:

    University Minimum Qualification Required English Proficiency Requirement
    Australia National University 63% in bachelors degree OR GMAT score of 550 & 3 years of work experience No minimum criteria
    University of Sydney 65% in bachelor's degree TOEFL (iBT): 85; IELTS: 6.5
    Monash University 60% in bachelors & 6 months of work experience TOEFL (iBT): 79;IELTS: 6.5
    University of Adelaide No minimum criteria TOEFL (iBT): 79; IELTS: 6.5
    University of Technology, Sydney 6 months work experience TOEFL (iBT): 102 - 109; IELTS: 7.5
    University of Wollongong 50% in bachelor's degree TOEFL (iBT): 86; IELTS: 6.5
    Queensland University of Technology 50% in bachelor's degree TOEFL (iBT):79; IELTS: 6.5
    Curtin University No minimum criteria specified TOEFL (iBT): 79; IELTS: 6.5
    RMIT University Bachelor’s degree or 8 years work experience TOEFL (iBT): 79 IELTS: 6.5
    University of South Australia No minimum criteria specified TOEFL (iBT): 79; IELTS: 6.5

    Additional Admission Requirements for Masters in Project Management in Australia

    Following are the some additional requirements for admission in masters in project management in Australia: 

    • Relevant work experience
    • Updated CV
    • Statement of purpose
    • GMAT score
    • Recommendation letters

    Cost of Study for Masters in Project Management in Australia

    Cost for any student interested in studying abroad can be divided into three broad categories: Pre-arrival Costs; Tuition Fees; and Cost of Living. The three of them together make up the cost of study for a country.

    Pre-Arrival Cost

    Pre-arrival costs are the expenditures which a student has to bear before he arrives in Australia. These include Australian student visa application, cost of applying for required test scores, cost of applying to the university, etc. 

    Average pre-arrival costs for studying masters in project management in Australia are as follows:

    Type of Expense Cost (in AUD)
    Student Visa Registration Fees 620 – 700
    IELTS Registration Fees 350 – 390
    TOEFL Registration Fees 300
    GMAT Registration Fees 250
    Overseas Student Health Cover 1260 for 2 years duration

    Tuition Fees for Masters in Project Management in Australia

    On the other hand, the average course fee for masters in project management in Australia ranges between 30,000 AUD to 50,000 AUD per annum. The tuition fees for masters in project management in Australia for Indian students are as follows:

    University Total Program Fee (in INR)
    Australian National University 50 lakhs
    University of Sydney 36 lakhs
    Monash University 33 lakhs
    University of Adelaide 44 lakhs
    University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) 25 lakhs
    University of Wollongong (UOW) 24 lakhs
    Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 27 lakhs
    Curtin University 24 lakhs
    RMIT University 40 lakhs
    University of South Australia (UOSA) 28 lakhs

    Cost of Living in Australia

    International student’s cost of living in Australia is estimated to be around 21,041 AUD and includes accommodation cost, books & supplies cost, transportation and other personal expenses. The average cost of various types of accommodations available for students in Australia are:

    Accommodation Type Cost (in AUD)
    Hostels and Guesthouses 90 - 150 per week
    Shared Rental 95 - 215 per week
    On Campus 110 - 280 per week
    Homestry 235 - 325 per week
    Rental 185 - 440 per week
    Boarding Schools 11,000 to 22,000 per year

    Scholarships for Masters in Project Management in Australia

    Following are the two types of awards available for international students pursuing masters in project management in Australia:

    Australian Awards: These are government scholarships for international students studying in Australia. Students getting admission in all the universities of Australia are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

    University-Specific Scholarships: Apart from Australian awards, some universities provide self-funded scholarships to deserving students, some of which are as follows:

    Scholarship University Eligibility Amount Offered
    ANU College of Business & Economics International Graduate Scholarship Australian National University Enrolled in the postgraduate coursework program at the ANU College of Business and Economics 50% tuition fee waiver
    Ashok Khurana University of Adelaide Scholarship for Outstanding Indian Students University of Adelaide Indian student; Enrolled in a full-time masters degree AUD 30,000 per year.
    Sydney Scholars India Equity Scholarship University of Sydney Indian student; Enrolled in a postgraduate degree Up to AUD 60,000
    International Postgraduate Coursework Full Tuition Scholarship University of Technology, Sydney Enrolled in the postgraduate program; 90% or above in bachelor's degree Full Tuition Fees
    Meng Fei Innovative Future Leader Scholarship Curtin University Enrolled in postgraduate coursework program 25% of first-year tuition fees.

    Jobs for Masters in Project Management in Australia

    Masters in project management in Australia is a high demand degree with lots of job opportunities and high pay grade. According to Job Outlook Australia, construction, ICT, and health, and welfare services are the sectors with the best job prospects in Australia for a project manager.

    According to 10th edition of Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey by Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania, the project managers are being recruited at the following positions in Australia with the following pay scales:

    Position Average Salary (in AUD)
    Director of Project Management Office (PMO) 186,726
    Portfolio Manager 177,586
    Program Manager 166,565
    Project Manager 145,987
    Project Management Specialist 150,000
    Project Management Consultant 180,000

    Business transformation, construction, engineering, and information technology are some of the high paying projects in Australia. Another option for students after completion of masters in project management is to opt for doctoral studies. 

    FAQ

    Ques. What are the top universities in Australia for project management?

    Ans. Australian National University (ANU), University of Sydney, Monash University, and University of Adelaide are some of the popular universities offering masters in project management in Australia

    Ques. Which university is better for a Master in Project/Construction Management in Australia: RMIT or Deakin?

    Ans. RMIT and Deakin University both are well renowned universities in Australia, but the courses provided are different. Deakin provides Master of Construction Management, which is relevant only to construction projects, whereas, RMIT provides master of Project Management which is relevant to many sectors such as construction, healthcare, ICT etc. Also, the QS News World University Ranking 2020 of RMIT is above Deakin University. 

    Ques. What are the scopes of employment for a Master in Project Management in Australia?

    Ans. Students with Master in Project Management degree are employed in various sectors in Australia mainly Construction, Healthcare and ICT. Currently there are more than 30,000 project manager positions expected to be vacant in Australia. The average salary of a project management professional in Australia is 142,000 AUD.

    Ques. Are English proficiency tests compulsory for an international student to get admission in a masters in project management in Australia?

    Ans. Yes, English proficiency tests like IELTS are compulsory for an international student to get admission in masters in project management in Australia. Minimum IELTS score required for most universities is 6.5 band. 

    Ques. Can I do masters in project management in Australia even if I don't have a bachelor's degree?

    Ans. Bachelor's degree is generally a compulsory eligibility criteria for most of the universities of Australia. However, very few universities like RMIT University provides masters degree to those with an work experience of 8 years or above, even if they don't have bachelor's degree.