Postgraduate coursework

Master of Business Analytics

Increase your qualifications and gain additional accreditation by undertaking a Master of Business Analytics, a postgraduate course at Deakin.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent

Duration

1.5 to 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (Please refer to course pathways information below)

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Cloud (online)

Course information

Become a business analytics professional capable of driving business growth through analytics-based solutions.

Deakin’s business analytics program has been developed in partnership with industry needs. These are drawn from course partners including IBM, Microsoft, SAS, Altis Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PBT Group and PwC.

This course introduces you to a range of internationally-recognised business intelligence and analytics tools and has a very strong practical focus. You’ll learn how decision-making problems in business can be solved using modern modelling and solution techniques.

Big data concepts and issues are integrated across the curriculum and you’ll have access to state-of-the-art business analytics software tools, such as IBM Cognos, IBM SPSS Modeler and IBM Watson, SAS Enterprise Miner, Microsoft Excel and Tableau.

You’ll also have direct access to analytics certification programs offered by IBM, Microsoft and SAS.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Business Analytics, students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 12 credit points of core units and 4 credit points of elective units which may be selected from any postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.  Students are encouraged to use the electives units to gain depth or sector expertise.

Students are introduced to research tools and techniques in core units of the course where they learn analytic skills and the practical application of those skills in professional contexts. They must also complete a capstone unit that requires requiring them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce an applied piece of research with reference to prevailing literature.

12

Core units

4

Elective units

16

Total units

Core units

  • MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis ^
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation MIS771
  • Predictive Analytics MIS772
  • Decision Modelling for Business Analytics MIS775
  • Decision Analytics in Practice MIS779
  • Business Intelligence MIS781
  • Marketing Analytics MIS784
  • Database and Information Retrieval SIT772
  • Real World Analytics SIT718
  • Security and Privacy Issues in Analytics SIT719
  • Machine Learning SIT720
  • ^MIS770A is a Start Anytime unit.

     

    Elective units

    Plus 4 credit points of postgraduate units selected from the Faculty of Business and Law and from other faculties within the University; which may include the units listed below:

  • Business Analytics Project MIS793
  • Research Project 4 MPP704
  • Students who have completed a minimum of 6 core units within the Master of Business Analytics (including MIS770 and MIS771) with a minimum WAM of 65% will be eligible to enrol in MPP704 Research Project 4 (which includes a thesis). 

    Achieving at least a second class honours upper division or grade of at least 70% in this unit would allow the student to apply for admission to our PhD program. For details refer to entry pathways to research degrees.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Business Analytics
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M761
    CRICOS code
    088856B
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Bachelor Degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program* (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended) OR
    • Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a Graduate of the Master of Business Analytics you will have developed a broad set of business analytic skills highly sought after in every industry sector, particularly within professional services firms and government.

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Business Analytics is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate a specialised and integrated understanding of contemporary body of knowledge of business analytics to research, design and implement projects with creativity and initiative.
    Communication Interpret specialised knowledge and effectively communicate complex business analytics findings to both specialists and non-specialists.
    Digital literacy Expertise in using business analytics technologies to independently source information, analyse complex business data and disseminate findings
    Critical thinking Evaluate complex business information using specialised and advanced critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
    Problem solving Use research skills and analytics techniques to interpret data, analyse business environments, and develop advanced solutions for authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
    Self-management Demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and responsibility, self- reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future development as a business analytics professional.
    Teamwork Collaborate constructively in teams to produce and share specialised and integrated analytic solutions to complex business problems.
    Global citizenship Engage ethically and productively in a business analytics professional context with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.
       

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    If you have a Bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor degree in any discipline AND 3 years of relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A ‘same discipline’ award for this course is a Bachelor of Information Systems/Information Technology/Computer Science/Mathematics and/or Statistics or a Bachelor Degree in any discipline with a specialisation (Major/Minor) in Information Systems/Information Technology/Mathematics/Statistics. Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in a business or IT related role in any industry.

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    * A shorter duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background.  A "same discipline" award for this course is a Bachelor of Information Systems/Information Technology/Computer Science/Mathematics and/or Statistics or a Bachelor Degree in any discipline with a specialisation (Major/Minor) in Information Systems/Information Technology/Mathematics/Statistics.
    ^ Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in a business or IT related role in any industry.

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Credit for prior learning into the Master of Business Analytics may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies.

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