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Graduate Certificate in Project Management

  • Graduate Certificate

Learn the practical realities of project management with this flexible, fully online qualification. Get the technical skills to plan and deliver projects from beginning to end, work constructively with other people, and work as a project manager in a wide range of industries.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
Study Mode
Intake Months
Mar, Jul, Nov
Domestic Fees
$3,360 per year
International Fees
$15,135 per year

About this course

Our Graduate Certificate in Project Management will set you up with the specialist knowledge and tools needed to manage a wide range of projects.

The drive for constant business innovation has led to increasing demand for qualified project managers to work in New Zealand and overseas, typically in sectors such as IT, government and consulting firms, as well as the emerging 'gig economy'.

These agile professionals are responsible for effectively leading teams of people and delivering on all aspects of a new project, from planning and logistics through to finance and technology. Their task is to achieve outcomes that will add value to business and improve performance.

Pay for project managers varies greatly according to their experience and which industry they work in, but the median salary in the IT sector is $125,000 a year. (Source: Trade Me Salary Guide).

Who is this course suitable for?

The GradCertPM is a short, specialised qualification taught at an advanced undergraduate level; which can be completed over 4 to 12 months.

The course is ideal for anyone who already has a bachelor's degree and wishes to broaden their skillset by adding another qualification that will help them stand out in the competitive job market - while enjoying the flexibility of online study.

It is also suitable for people already working in roles where project work is common, but who lack any relevant professional training in this field.

Our students have the opportunity to gain industry certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) by sitting an external exam to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

What the programme is like:

The programme is delivered completely online using a leading-edge web platform, giving you the freedom to study from home, the beach, or anywhere you like! You can complete all four papers in as little as one trimester (four months), or study part-time at your own pace over a longer period.

Get to grips with the fundamental tools and techniques required to manage diverse projects, before developing your practical competencies through simulated real-world learning experiences.

The course consists of mini-lectures, short videos, readings, case studies, interactive activities, and much more. Students will receive a high level of personalised web-based support to maximise their chances of success.

The GradCertPM has been carefully structured so that each paper contributes to the student's overall theoretical and practical knowledge. In the final capstone paper, students can apply everything they have learned to real-world project management scenarios.This paper pulls together many of the issues faced in managing actual projects.

Learn from the experts

Our academics at the University of Waikato have international research expertise in the field of project management. We have developed this course in consultation with practising project managers in New Zealand to ensure the content is up-to-date and industry-focused.

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the world's top 251-300 universities for Business & Management Studies (QS World University Subject Rankings 2020).

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