Key information

Study Mode Icon

Study mode

Campus Location Icon

Campus locations

Residential Schools required for some online subjects. See Residential Schools for full details.

Durationn Icon

Duration

Admission Information Icon

Admission information

Entry requirements

Charles Sturt University has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of ATAR-related and other adjustment factors commonly available to applicants are set out in the Charles Sturt University institutional admissions information and Charles Sturt University's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

Session Availability Icon

Session availability

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Fees and course offerings section for more information.

International Student Details Icon

International students

Study mode
Campus locations
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Responding to the needs of IT professionals, Charles Sturt University's Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects) is offered either online, at our Port Macquarie campus or at the Charles Sturt University Study Centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Build expertise in a specialist area

Comprising four core subjects, four elective subjects, and four specialisation subjects, this master's course offers the opportunity to hone your skills across emerging fields such as business analysis, computer networking, network security, IT management, software design and development, and systems analysis.

Learn from anywhere – at your own pace

Students looking for flexible study options can choose to study online delivery option that provides the flexibility to study at a time and location that best suits your busy schedule. All subjects can be completed without the need to attend on-campus lectures or residential schools, with each subject supported by a host of educational technologies, including online meetings, lecture recordings, lab simulations and online forum discussions. You can choose to fast-track completion by studying additional subjects. You can also choose to study fewer subjects or take temporary leave to fit in with your busy work and personal schedule.

Join our community

Charles Sturt University is one of the leading providers of IT education in Australia, with the largest IT student community. Our staff work together in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. Our teaching is backed by a research record focusing on applied research projects in emerging areas of cyber security, artificial intelligence, data mining, e-health, image processing, ICT security, applied mathematics and statistics that make a real difference to our communities.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online subjects include a residential school, where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

Students can choose subjects from the specialisations that are listed below. All students may choose up to two specialisations. Alternatively, students may also opt to do a general degree by choosing subjects across a range of specialisations.

Business Analysis

Business Analysts propose technology solutions to business problems. This specialisation prepares students for a business analysis role through a blend of management and technology subjects. Topics covered include management theory and practice, systems analysis, risk management and data analysis and visualisation.

Cloud Computing

This specialisation provides a broad coverage of cloud computing and virtualisation technologies. Learn the use of cloud computing in business areas using Internet of Things (IoT) and Software Defined Networks (SDNs). Furthermore, the cloud privacy and security aspects are also discussed in this specialisation.

Computer Networking

This specialisation provides students with a strong knowledge of computer networking fundamentals. Students then progress towards an understanding of more specialist topics such areas as virtualisation and cloud computing, network security, and emerging technologies.

Cyber Security

This specialisation gives you advanced skills and knowledge in the rapidly growing field of cyber security. It covers topics such as the dark web, digital forensics and security issues in cloud computing and the Internet of Things. This is a new specialisation and its accreditation through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is in progress.

Data Science

This specialisation gives you in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of data science. The main focus is to provide real-life business solutions using data mining, data analytics and advanced approaches of data engineering. It also explores the application of visual datasets for business intelligence. This is a new specialisation and its accreditation through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is in progress.

IT Management

Students who study this specialisation will gain an excellent knowledge of managing IT resources. Management topics that are covered relate to security, information management, and managing IT infrastructure.

Network Security

This specialisation provides a broad coverage of computer and network security issues. Foundational areas of security such as the CIA triad, network defences, cryptography, and security policy are treated in-depth. Students also study more specialist areas such as digital forensics.

Mobile Programming

This specialisation provides students necessary programming skills required to develop mobile applications. Students in this specialisation learn Java, C# and Python programming languages that can be used in mobile programming. In particular, the subjects in this specialisation are focused on Android application development.

Software Design and Development

Students who study this specialisation will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming before deepening their skills through proficiency in the Java Programming Language. Advanced topics such as building web applications may also be taken.

Systems Analysis

Students in this specialisation will acquire the skills necessary to plan and develop software solutions to business problems.

Students can choose subjects from the specialisations that are listed below. All students may choose up to two specialisations. Alternatively, students may also opt to do a general degree by choosing subjects across a range of specialisations.

Business Analysis

Business Analysts propose technology solutions to business problems. This specialisation prepares students for a business analysis role through a blend of management and technology subjects. Topics covered include management theory and practice, systems analysis, risk management and data analysis and visualisation.

Cloud Computing

This specialisation provides a broad coverage of cloud computing and virtualisation technologies. Learn the use of cloud computing in business areas using Internet of Things (IoT) and Software Defined Networks (SDNs). Furthermore, the cloud privacy and security aspects are also discussed in this specialisation.

Computer Networking

This specialisation provides students with a strong knowledge of computer networking fundamentals. Students then progress towards an understanding of more specialist topics such areas as virtualisation and cloud computing, network security, and emerging technologies.

Cyber Security

This specialisation gives you advanced skills and knowledge in the rapidly growing field of cyber security. It covers topics such as the dark web, digital forensics and security issues in cloud computing and the Internet of Things. This is a new specialisation and its accreditation through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is in progress.

Data Science

This specialisation gives you in-depth knowledge and skills in the field of data science. The main focus is to provide real-life business solutions using data mining, data analytics and advanced approaches of data engineering. It also explores the application of visual datasets for business intelligence. This is a new specialisation and its accreditation through the Australian Computer Society (ACS) is in progress.

IT Management

Students who study this specialisation will gain an excellent knowledge of managing IT resources. Management topics that are covered relate to security, information management, and managing IT infrastructure.

Network Security

This specialisation provides a broad coverage of computer and network security issues. Foundational areas of security such as the CIA triad, network defences, cryptography, and security policy are treated in-depth. Students also study more specialist areas such as digital forensics.

Mobile Programming

This specialisation provides students necessary programming skills required to develop mobile applications. Students in this specialisation learn Java, C# and Python programming languages that can be used in mobile programming. In particular, the subjects in this specialisation are focused on Android application development.

Software Design and Development

Students who study this specialisation will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming before deepening their skills through proficiency in the Java Programming Language. Advanced topics such as building web applications may also be taken.

Systems Analysis

Students in this specialisation will acquire the skills necessary to plan and develop software solutions to business problems.

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through Charles Sturt University Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of Charles Sturt University’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique Charles Sturt University study experience? By participating in a Charles Sturt University Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. Charles Sturt University Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

Infographic - Highest Graduate employment rate in the country

Career opportunities

Information technology is constantly evolving – offering an exciting professional future. When you graduate from this course you'll be equipped with the essential skills to explore roles in a range of organisations, utilising your skills across networking, software designing, cloud computing and system analysis. You can devise technology solutions to business problems as a business analyst or, you could work as a network security specialist to protect critical infrastructure of an organisation.

Information technology is constantly evolving – offering an exciting professional future. When you graduate from this course you'll be equipped with the essential skills to explore roles in a range of organisations, utilising your skills across networking, software designing, cloud computing and system analysis. You can devise technology solutions to business problems as a business analyst or, you could work as a network security specialist to protect critical infrastructure of an organisation.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR. We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Offer – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Check your eligibility for credit

Fees and course offerings

Calculate my fee

The section below is designed to allow you to select the option specific to your circumstances to discover the course fee and course offering information appropriate for you.

Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects)

attach_money

Course Fees

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

Frequently Asked Questions on CSP open_in_new

1 year full-time ( points)

Read more

Access the fee calculator

Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Commonwealth Supported Places

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

8 Points

Read more

Payment Options

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

Charles Sturt University gives a discount on tuition fees to citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada and the United Kingdom.

Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about Charles Sturt University as well as help with the student visa application process.

International recruitment agents

1 year full-time ( points)

8 Points

Read more

More information about International Student Fees

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

This Course has limited Commonwealth supported places available.

Contact Us to see if you are eligible.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, and meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place

Frequently Asked Questions on CSP open_in_new

1 year full-time ( points)

Read more

Access the fee calculator

Payment Options

  1. Pay all of your student contribution up front direct to the university
  2. Pay part of your student contribution to the university and defer the balance via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. Defer all of your student contribution via a HECS-HELP open_in_new loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Commonwealth Supported Places

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

A fee-paying student will pay a tuition fee for each subject in the course without the Australian government contributing any financial support to the university. But don’t be put off by the cost of study - eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-HELP open_in_new.

Most postgraduate students in Australia will pay the full cost of their tuition, however if you are a Charles Sturt University Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

8 Points

Read more

Payment options

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

If you’re a successful applicant for an Australian Government supported Research Training Program (AGRTP) open_in_new scholarship, you won't pay any tuition fees.

The AGRTP scheme is administered by individual universities on behalf of the Department of Education and Training.

Applications for AGRTP Scholarships need to be made directly to Charles Sturt University.

Research Training Program open_in_new

For assistance contact the Research Office

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

Candidates who exceed their Research Training Program (RTP) entitlement are required to pay the appropriate domestic student tuition fee for their course. Eligible students still have the option to defer their fees through FEE-Help open_in_new.

If you are a Charles Sturt University Alumni Student, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees.

If there is a direct connection between your study and work you may be able to claim your tuition fees as a tax deduction. For further guidance please seek independent advice or visit the Australian Taxation Office open_in_new website.

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

8 Points

Read more

Payment Options

You can:

  1. pay your tuition fees up front by the census date each session direct to the university
  2. pay part of your tuition fees up front by the census date direct to the university and get help to cover the balance via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)
  3. get help to cover the cost of your tuition fees via a FEE-HELP loan through the Australian Government (if eligible)

More information about Fee Paying places

For assistance contact the Research Office

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

1 year full-time ( points)

1 year part-time ( points)

8 Points

Read more

More information about International Student Fees

For assistance contact the Research Office

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

attach_money

Course Fees

This international off-shore on campus offering is managed through a Charles Sturt University partner organisation. Course fees will not be displayed here and should be discussed with the partner organisation.

Please contact us to find out more.

date_range

Session availability

This course is offered in the following sessions for enrolment:

Master of Information Technology (with specialisations) (12 subjects) specific fee details

Standard Charles Sturt University fee details

Any fees and offerings are correct at the date of publishing. Fees are relevant for the year selected only and are subject to change in future years.

If you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa open_in_new find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) and Fee Paying places.

Depending on citizenship and residency requirements, you may also be eligible to defer CSP and Fee Paying fees through the HELP open_in_new government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider:

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls)
Trevor Smith - Doctor of Infomation Technology

"I elected to study at CSU as I knew the university had a reputation for high quality courses in IT."

Trevor Smith - Doctor of Infomation Technology

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

As an HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. Charles Sturt University also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at Charles Sturt University. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at Charles Sturt University. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a Charles Sturt University Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

About Charles Sturt University Study Centre

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to Charles Sturt University courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At Charles Sturt University, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

Charles Sturt University Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at Charles Sturt University, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

Charles Sturt University campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at Charles Sturt University’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about Charles Sturt University’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At Charles Sturt University, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to Charles Sturt University via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Apply to Charles Sturt University is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with Charles Sturt University and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

See all UAC Key Dates open_in_new

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

See all VTAC Key Dates open_in_new

Charles Sturt University

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

9 Aug 2019
2020 Session 1 Applications open

2 Sep 2019
2019 Session 3 Application closing date

4 Oct 2019
2019 Session 3 Late Application date

Apply direct to Charles Sturt University

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

9 Aug 2019
2020 Session 1 Applications open

2 Sep 2019
2019 Session 3 Application closing date

4 Oct 2019
2019 Session 3 Late Application date

Apply anytime

Applications for our research degrees can be lodged at any time. Before applying, you should make contact with the appropriate Sub-Dean of Graduate Studies.

Can we help you find what you're looking for?