The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised information technology skills obtained in the Master of Information Technology by providing students with the opportunity to undertake a trimester of industry-based learning or a trimester long research project under the supervision of our internationally-recognised research staff.
This course has a strong IT industry focus and empowers students to apply the acquired knowledge and skills towards professional practice and enables them to create innovative IT solutions to solve real-world problems. Students will develop teamwork and leadership skills through close mentorship during industry projects and engagement in researching cutting edge IT solutions, and can choose to specialise in security, networking, analytics or computer science depending on their interests and career aspirations.
Throughout the course, students will develop a broad understanding of the IT discipline including its dynamic environment, expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in-depth skills in their chosen area of specialisation.
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To complete the Master of Information Technology (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The 16 credit points include all the requirements for the 12 credit point Master of Information Technology plus a further 4 credit points. You will be required to complete at least one specialisation as part of this course.
Four core units from the Master of Information Technology:
Plus 4 level 7 SIT elective units
Plus four core units from the Master of Information Technology (Professional)
2 additional level 7 SIT course grouped elective units.
*Students undertaking this unit must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point)
^This unit is only available to students undertaking the Virtual Reality specialisation.
Select the remaining 4 credit points from a range of level 7 SIT course grouped elective units offered.
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
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
For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology/students or telephone 03 9244 6699.
Elective units may be selected that may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
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.
You will have an opportunity to complete an IT internship of 120 - 160 hours in a course-related organisation. Please refer to deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.
General admission requirements for entry into postgraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.
- Bachelor degree in related discipline, OR
- Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or 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. (more details)
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Graduates of this course may find employment as a business analyst, network administrator, database administrator, security analyst, solutions architect, software developer, technology consultant, or security systems manager.
The Master of Information Technology (Professional) 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.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Develop a broad, coherent knowledge of the IT discipline, including its dynamic environment, with expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in depth knowledge in the chosen area of specialisation. Design, develop and implement advanced IT systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use and apply industry standards and best practice in one or more specialised areas of IT.Assess the role of IT in the context of modern organisations and society in order to add value.
Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non- specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.
Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.
Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions. Evaluate the place and role of IT its systems, applications and processes in organisational and societal contexts for reliability, usefulness and the value they add to those contexts.
Generate IT solutions through the application of specialised theoretical constructs, expert skills and critical analysis to real-world, ill-defined problems to develop appropriate and innovative IT solutions.
Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional IT contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performance for continuing professional development. Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to new situations and actively apply knowledge of theoretical constructs and methodologies to make informed decisions.
Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project, thereby demonstrating interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, manage difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrate the ability to function effectively in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.
Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design, development and management of IT systems, in the global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.
Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017
How to apply
Credit for prior learning
If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.