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Master of Professional Studies (MPST)

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)
  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 12 units

  • 1.5 years or part-time equivalent

  • -

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Work full-time while studying full-time

Combine full-time postgraduate study with full-time professional employment by studying our Master of Professional Studies. This master is specifically designed for professionals to develop their skills and gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining their current employment position.

You will be able to combine your studies with projects and research in your professional field, leading to benefits for both you and your workplace.

Your study will develop your ability for analytical, critical and creative thinking in workplace applications and you will be able to demonstrate a high level of skill in identifying, choosing and implementing procedures appropriate for addressing various scenarios.

It is expected that the documented results of your projects will be able to be used to improve one or more aspects of your workplace.

Courses to be studied Units
1 x core course 2
5 x workplace-based project units 10
Total 12
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18240

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Admission is by online application and interview
  • 3-year bachelor degree from an Australian University or equivalent plus at least 5 years experience in their field


Applicants with a bachelor degree with honours, or a masters degree, may consider applying for admission to the Doctor of Professional Studies program.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 – applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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