Master of Information Technology

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Information Technology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1.5 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$29,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code035505G
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code S778
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin's postgraduate IT courses provide a combination of leading-edge theory and technical knowledge plus hands-on practical experience to prepare you for a successful career as an IT professional in Australia and around the world.

The Master of Information Technology is designed to provide specialised information technology skills by giving you up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in computing technology, as well as covering the technical and theoretical foundations of these topics, giving you the opportunity to apply this knowledge in practice.

The course provides a leading-edge study environment, helping you to become a qualified IT professional with the skills required by employers. As a graduate, you will possess a sound knowledge and understanding of general issues, concepts and practices in IT and a broad knowledge and understanding of the technological aspects of IT. You will also be encouraged to develop a raft of generic skills enabling you to be an effective and efficient IT professional.

Students enrolled in the Master of Information Technology can elect to exit from the program after completion of four units. Students electing to do this will qualify for the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology. Students electing to exit after completion of eight units will qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Information Technology. Students who seek this option will be eligible to seek membership with the Australian Computer Society at the associate level.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Professional recognition

The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Career opportunities

As a Master of Information Technology graduate, you may find employment as a business analyst, network administrator, database administrator, security analyst, solutions architect, software developer, technology consultant, or security systems manager.

Course rules

The course comprises a total of 12 credit points, which must include the following:

  • four (4) core units
  • one 4-credit point specialism
  • elective units selected from the list of general units


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Data Analytics (available from trimester 3, 2015)

Software Development
IT Security
IT Services

IT Strategy and Management
(available from trimester 1, 2016)

Course structure

Four core units:

SIT705Research Methods for IT

SIT740Research and Development in Information Technology

SIT764Project Management

SIT782Practical Project


A four credit point specialism.


The remaining credit points must be selected from SIT7-units as listed under general units.

General units

SIT701Enterprise Network Construction

SIT702Enterprise Network Management

SIT703Advanced Digital Forensics

SIT704Advanced Topics in Digital Security

SIT706Cloud Computing Technologies

SIT707Software Quality and Testing

SIT708Mobile Systems Development

SIT715Cloud Computing Application Design and Development

SIT717Enterprise Business Intelligence

SIT725Advanced Software Engineering

SIT735Communications Network Security

SIT737Service Oriented Architectures and Technologies

SIT763IT Security Management

SIT771Object-Oriented Development

SIT772Database and Information Retrieval

SIT773Software Design and Engineering

SIT774Web Technologies and Development

SIT775IT Services in Organisations

SIT780Enterprise Applications Development

SIT794Services Management

Equipment requirements

For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, or telephone 03 9244 6699.

Entry requirements - general

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

An approved undergraduate IT degree (or equivalent).

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a non-computing field will be required to complete the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578) prior to enrolling in S778 Master of Information Technology or S779 Master of Information Technology (Professional).  S778 or S779 can be 'conditionally' offered with the offer into S578 Graduate Certificate of Information Technology.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Alternate exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (S678)

Further study

Students wishing to continue their studies via a PhD program must include a Research Project in their Masters Program.

S779 Master of Information Technology (Professional)

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.