The Master of Capability Management gives students a high level of understanding of the issues associated with the development and management of capability and capability systems. It focuses on the technical and management factors that influence the design, performance, employability, logistic support and technical integrity of materiel systems to achieve capability requirements. This degree was originally designed to meet the needs of the Defence Capability Technology Management College (CTMC). A broader version of the program is available for the general public, with electives from systems engineering and management programs

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UNSW Canberra

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Why choose this degree?

This degree is targeted towards those interested in a capability management or defence acquisition role. It is unique in Australia due to its focus on capability management, but access to many electives allows students to tailor their degree to their needs.

Who should choose this degree?

It is designed for postgraduate scholars and professional managers who want a more detailed understanding of the managerial and technical skills and expertise relevant to planning and acquisition of complex technology and systems.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Capability Manager in a defence program
  • Program Manager for defence industry program
  • Defence Acquisition consultant
  • Systems Engineer

Entry requirements

Have met the requirements of a four year Bachelor degree or a Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate area with a major in a same or related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; or Have met the requirements of a Graduate Diploma from UNSW in a same or related discipline or an equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution; or Have met the requirements of a three year Bachelor degree at pass level, which includes a major in a same or related discipline, from a recognised tertiary institution, and have completed at least three years relevant full-time work experience; or Submit evidence of academic and/or professional qualifications and/or related work experience which is determined by the relevant Program Authority to be acceptable grounds for admission into the degree.

Additional selection criteria

For any advanced standing granted on entry into the Masters program, a maximum of 12 UOC advanced standing can be applied to the Graduate Certificate. It is still a requirement that the student complete at least one core course at UNSW.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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