Graduate Diploma in Project Management
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
Develop your career in project management with an in-demand, cross-industry qualification.
The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is designed for professionals currently working or looking to work in the field of project management. It is particularly relevant for professionals looking to take the next step in their career.
The program will introduce you to practical tools to mitigate risk, design strong projects and lead successful teams – confidently and based on proven strategies. Depending on your interests and career goals, you have the opportunity to specialise in engineering, information technology, post disaster project management, or general project management.
RMIT’s Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Project Management will equip you with in-demand management and leadership skills that are essential to companies across all industries.
This program emphasises the practical application of theory to develop your capacity to respond to current and emerging issues and trends. You will critically engage with project management theory and best practice principles, and evaluate and implement project management strategies using real world project based cases and examples.
Study entirely online
The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is also available via online delivery.
The learning experiences offered in this program are designed to foster excellence in project management practice and to support continual improvement in your learning and professional practice.
The program integrates face-to-face learning environments and e-resources. You will engage in a range of learning activities including individual and small group work, case study discussions and analyses, face-to face and online discussions, peer-to-peer presentations, and work simulated scenarios, including industry and research led projects.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes case studies, project reports, assignments, presentations, reflective journals and examinations.
Choose a specialisation
You can choose from four streams, depending on what you would like to specialise in. All classes for these streams are held at the City Campus.
- Project management generalist stream (GD194) is designed to give you the tools, techniques and theories relevant to managing projects in a range of industries, including property and construction.
- Project management engineering stream (GC194EN) will give you practical and theoretical skills and knowledge to successfully manage engineering-based projects and workplaces.
- Project management information technology (IT) stream (GD194IT) will equip you with the tools you need to manage projects and people in agile projects, and in flexible workplaces and teams.
- Post disaster project management stream (GD194PDPM) is designed to give you the specialty tools and techniques to manage disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, as well as community development.
The program offers the opportunity to gain access to industry experts through guest lectures and industry forums.
Work integrated learning
RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this program you will:
- undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
- interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; and
- complete these activities in real work contexts or situations.
These interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.
Any or all of these aspects of a work-integrated learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: GD194
Students of the Graduate Diploma in Project Management are eligible to apply for student membership of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Project Management are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Project Management Institute.
Students and graduates are eligible to apply for Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).
The School of Property, Construction and Project Management is currently seeking accreditation of this program from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
You must have:
- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)
- undertaken a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with senior-level professional experience that is less than 5 years may also be considered.
To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline.
You may also be considered if you do not have an undergraduate degree but have a minimum of 5 years professional work experience in a related industry or professional experience at a senior level that is less than 5 years.
If you are applying on the basis of work experience, you must include with your application:
- A curriculum Vitae (CV)
- A statement that details your experience.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
When you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Project Management you are guaranteed entry into the Master of Project Management with 2 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points). The graduate diploma plan you complete will determine which master plan you can enter.
- Generic: GD194 to MC210PM
- Engineering: GD194EN to MC210EN
- Post Disaster Project Management: GD194PDPM to MC210PDPM
- Information Technology: GD194IT to MC210IT
Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT postgraduate programs.
2020 indicative fees
- Full-fee places: AU$27,840*
* Amount quoted is the 2020 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2020 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 96 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.