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

Program Code




Total units of credit (UOC)



UNSW Canberra

Indicative Enrolments


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

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.



2020 Indicative First Year Fee


2020 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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