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Master of Information Technology

MA-IT1 Postgraduate Sydney CRICOS code: 001742J

The Master of Information Technology provides the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and maintain complex systems using state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies. It includes a general introduction to ICT and provides the opportunity for students skills in system security and anti-hacking to gain advanced specialist skills in areas such as networks, software development, and information systems analysis skills in system security and anti-hacking.

Students also have the opportunity to apply their skills through industry-related project work, including industry-linked projects for real clients. This project work can demonstrate students’ skills and knowledge to potential future employers.


If you’re an international student living outside Australia, you can currently only study this course online from your home country. Before applying, please make sure you meet the minimum English language entry requirements (we now accept some take-home English tests).


16 Units – 2 Years


28 January 2020 | 25 May 2020 | 14 September 2020

Study modes


Study fees

AU$34,760 (annual fee for 2020)*

*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. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Course information in detail

- Course detail, course structure and units of study.

The Master of Information Technology course is concerned with the mastery of theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to the design, construction, operation, support and maintenance of information technology (IT) solutions.

This course will provide you with advanced skills and introduces state-of-the-art techniques used in the design and construction of IT solutions, as well as the research skills needed to assess the effectiveness of a solution or technology. You will gain specialist skills and should become capable of working with information technology solutions at an advanced level.

This course provides graduates with knowledge and skills allowing them to seek professional work at an advanced level in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and as a pathway for research and further learning

The Master of Information Technology provides graduates from non-IT backgrounds a path to seek a career in IT.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Information Technology, students must complete 16 units of study (200 credit points) as follows:

6 IT core units (75 credit points)
8 specialisation-specific core units (100 credit points)
2 IT electives (25 credit points)

Credits can be granted for prior study.  

Units of study

IT Core units

Complete all six units (75 credit points):

  • COS60004 Creating Web Applications
  • COS60006 Introduction to Programming
  • COS7004 User-Centred Design
  • INF60007 Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • COS60009 Data Management for the Big Data Age
  • INF70005 Strategic Project Management

Specialisation-specific core units
Complete all of the following specialisation areas (100 credit points):

  • COS70006 Object Orientated Programming
  • COS80013 Internet Security
  • INF80043 IS/IT Risk Management
  • TNE60002 Network Administration
  • TNE80006 Secure Networks
  • TNE80007 Enterprise Network Server Administration
  • ICT90003 Applied Research Methods
  • ICT90004 Applied Research Projects

IT elective units*
Choose two units from the following electives*

  • TNE60006 Networks and Switching
  • COS70007 Data Communications and Security
  • ICT80004 Internship project

*Elective units are still to be finalised

Careers and graduate outcomes

- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives, graduate skills and professional recognition.

Career opportunities

This program addresses the issues and technologies that are being widely adopted in industry. Graduates will be equipped for employment in IT and network positions.

Aims and objectives

Upon completion of their course, students will be capable graduate ICT professionals, and able to:

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the fundamental aspects of ICT solutions including the use of a range of tools and techniques for requirements capture, solution design and construction, and project management.
  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with independence, demonstrating the ability to analyse, process and synthesise complex information.
  • Communicate information proficiently to a variety of audiences, demonstrating scholarship of ICT foundations, as well as recent advances in the ICT field within the context of a specialisation (Software Development, Information Systems or Networking).
  • Apply a coherent and advanced knowledge of Information Technology, critically evaluate trade-offs, and create innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate personal discipline, scholarship of the field, critical thinking, and judgment by completing a substantial capstone project using contemporary techniques.
  • Reflect on, and take responsibility for their own learning, manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing personal performance as a means of managing continuing professional development.


Students in this course can apply to undertake an internship as an elective unit. Internships offer students a valuable opportunity to apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the workplace during their final semester. Projects may include system design and development, research and development projects, business analysis, testing and IT and network support. Internships are unpaid.


Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students, who meet the program entry requirements including onshore and offshore students.

With the George Swinburne STEM Achievement PG Scholarship, students could be paying 30% less for masters, if they pursue either the Master of Information Technology or Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management. Terms and Conditions apply, contact us to learn more.

Course fees & requirements

- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements

Course fees

AU$32,800 (annual for 2019)* 

AU$34,800 (annual for 2020)*

*Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on site. Programs that are taught solely online are not available to onshore international students who hold an international student visa.

Entry Requirements

Students with a recognised bachelor degree or graduate diploma in computer science, information systems or information technology are eligible to complete the course within one to two years, depending on the number of exemptions they receive. Students with a recognised degree in a non-IT discipline will study a two-year program.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

Find out more about English Language requirements.