Overview

The Master of Business Information Systems bridges the gap between coders and business decision-makers. Become proficient at both skillsets and emerge ready to occupy an untapped space. You’ll develop technical skills, analytical communication, data visualisation, and strategic skills that you can apply to a number of practical opportunities.

Your specialisation

Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management specialisation is co-created by leading industry partners, to give you the theoretical skills and experience to create dynamic workplace cultures. Understand how to effectively manage teams and lead organisations through change. Develop a skillset that enables you to create harmonious, diverse, inclusive and fair workplaces.

Upgrade your skills

  • Data analysis
  • Data Visualisation
  • Business analysis
  • Project management
  • Database analysis and design

Stretch your career further

Students can enhance their career opportunities by gaining additional leadership and management skills – an important asset in a today’s complex and changing business environment. The below examples demonstrate the types of roles graduates can attain.

  • Data analyst
  • Business analyst
  • ICT project manager

Key codes

CRICOS course code
092700K
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Top 10 Australian university for Computer Science and Electronics

85.1% of students found employment within 4 months of graduating

The median income for PG graduates nine years out is $105.5K

Ranked top 100 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

Fast track your course*

A fast-track course gives you the same qualifications as a ‘regular course’, but is completed in a shorter amount of time. Designed for those who already have business or industry experience, you’ll participate in workshops, with assessments based on the workplace.

*Example fast-tracked durations:

The Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems; or an honours bachelor degree in a related discipline
=
1
year
Proven two years relevant working experience or cognate learning
=
1.5
years

Qualifications

Applicants are required to have one of the following:

  • completed a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent OR
  • completed the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only)
     

Applicants who have additional qualifications are eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and may be able to complete the program in less than two years.

1 year duration (full-time, or equivalent part-time)

Applicants who have completed one of the following may be able to complete the program in 1 year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study):

  • the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems; or
  • an honours bachelor degree in a related discipline 
     
1.5 year duration (full-time, or equivalent part-time)

Applicants who have completed one of the following may be able to complete the program in 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study):

  • a bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • a graduate certificate in a related discipline; or
  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline and have two years relevant work experience* or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only) PLUS either previous related discipline Higher Education Study, OR a minimum of two years relevant work experience*

Applicants are required to have one of the following:

  • completed a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent OR
  • completed the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only)

Applicants who have additional qualifications are eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and may be able to complete the program in less than two years.

1 year duration (full-time, or equivalent part-time)

Applicants who have completed one of the following may be able to complete the program in 1 year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study):

  • the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems; or
  • an honours bachelor degree in a related discipline 

1.5 year duration (full-time, or equivalent part-time)

Applicants who have completed one of the following may be able to complete the program in 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study):

  • a bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • a graduate certificate in a related discipline; or
  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline and have two years relevant work experience* or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only) PLUS either previous related discipline Higher Education Study, OR a minimum of two years relevant work experience*

Work Experience

Relevant professional/managerial experience and evidence of academic capability will be determined by the Faculty PVC (or delegate) with reference to faculty-determined guiding principles. Applicants will be required to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Documents substantiating relevant experience are required, clearly detailing roles and duration, as well as evidence of formal and non-formal learning. Where relevant experience is used for the basis of admission, no further recognition for prior learning/credit can be granted on that basis.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Business Information Systems students must complete 16 units of study (200 credit points).

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 2 core units entitles you to the graduate certificate.

4
Core units
=
Graduate certificate
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Strategic Project Management
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF70005
Business Analytics and Visualisation
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF70008
Contemporary Issues in Business Analysis
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80014
Governing Technology for Business Environments
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80042

Graduate Diploma

Completing an additional 2 core units and 2 specialisation or elective units entitles you to the graduate diploma.

Note: This qualification is an exit award only.

4
Core units
+
2
Core units
+
2
Specialisation or elective units
=
Graduate diploma
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Business Analysis Practice
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80006
Business Process Management
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80028
Specialisation Units
View specialisation units
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Masters degree

Completing an additional 4 foundation units, 2 core units and 2 specialisation or elective units entitles you to the masters.

6
Core units
+
2
Specialisation units
+
2
Core units
+
4
Foundation units
+
2
Specialisation or elective units
=
Masters degree
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Advanced Business Analysis
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80001
IS/IT Research Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80003
Foundation units
Professional Issues in IT
Foundation unit, 12.5 credit points
ICT80008
Business Information Systems
Foundation unit, 12.5 credit points
INF60007
Database, Analysis and Design
Foundation unit, 12.5 credit points
INF60009
Requirements Analysis and Modelling
Foundation unit, 12.5 credit points
INF60010
Specialisation Units
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View units
Want to see the full range of electives?

Learn about all the electives you can take in the course handbook.

Human Resource Management specialisation units

Units of study Unit code
Employee Relations
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM60013
Human Resource Fundamentals
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM60018
Strategic HRM in the Business Context
Specialisation unit
HRM70006
Managing Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM70012
Strategic Human Resource Management
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM70013
Human Capital Analytics
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
HRM80015

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$33,800

Total fee* ($AUD)

$67,600

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$40,240

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
MA-BIS
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MA-BIS
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092700K
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  • I came here to excel my career as a business analyst. But Swinburne's also helping me grow personally. The most enjoyable thing here is that we celebrate diversity. From the experience of collectively working on group assignments to sharing in the knowledge of the highly experienced faculty, it’s an invaluable life experience.

    Pardeep , Master of Business Information Systems