The time and cost can be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 2 years down to 1.5 years, or even 1 year duration. See entry requirements below for more information.
There is high demand for business-minded data experts who have both the technical expertise and business knowledge to guide effective use of data and analytics for solving business problems. If you’re looking to develop the skills to assist decision makers and support effective business process design, Deakin's Master of Business Analytics equips you to step up to this challenge.
Want to become an expert at using analytics tools to solve business challenges?
In the business world, understanding and interpreting data is an integral part of decision making. The Master of Business Analytics gives you the skills to help organisations achieve their strategic objectives through analytics-based solutions. You will learn skills that are in demand in both the private and public sectors, where a wide variety of industries are moving towards increasingly evidence-based decision practices.
The course has been developed in consultation with industry and course partners, including IBM, Microsoft, SAS, Altis Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PBT Group and PwC. This means you will get hands-on experience with a range of internationally recognised business intelligence and state-of-the-art analytics tools. The latest analytics concepts and issues are also integrated across the curriculum.
Working alongside academics who are experts in their field, you will cover areas such as business intelligence, predictive analytics, decision modelling, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cyber security strategies and real-world analytics.
This flexible course caters for working professionals balancing study with other commitments. You can also fast-track to complete your course in as little as a year. Choose to study online or on campus and tailor your study to meet your individual needs.Read More
- Award granted
- Master of Business Analytics
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 088856B Burwood (Melbourne)
- Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
The Master of Business Analytics is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) – your professional experience and previous qualifications – which can save you time and money.
For Burwood and Online campus students undertaking 16 credit points, you study 11 credit points of core units, one credit point from course elective units, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module and 4 credit points of open elective units which may be selected from a Faculty wide specialisation, a selected list of units or any postgraduate units offered by the University, subject to eligibility.
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 them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study and produce an applied piece of research with reference to prevailing literature.
Course elective unit
Compulsory 0-credit point module
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
Course elective units
1 credit point from course elective units:
Open elective units
The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from:
- Recommended electives^
- a faculty-wide specialisation
- any Level 7 MWL coded unit
- postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)
^ Recommended electives:
- Any MIS7 coded unit
- Any MIT7 coded unit
- Any SIT7 coded unit
- Any MWL7 coded unit
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
- Artificial Intelligence for Business
- Digital Finance
- Digital Transformation
- Event Management
- Financial Planning
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- International Trade and Business
- Management Consulting
- Marketing Technology
- Professional Practice
- Project Management
- Property and Real Estate
- Supply Chain Management
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Additional course information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Mandatory student checks
Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.
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.
Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.
More information: WIL Programs
Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, you may commence this course with admission credit and complete your course in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent).
1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 8 credit points
To be considered for admission to this degree (with 8 credit points of admission credit applied^*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree (honours) (AQF 8) or higher in a related discipline
- completion of a bachelor degree in a related discipline, and at least two years' of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
- completion of a graduate certificate or graduate diploma or higher in a related discipline
1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 12 credit points
To be considered for admission to this degree (with 4 credit points of admission credit applied^*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline, and at least two years' of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)
2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 16 credit points
To be considered for admission to this degree (without admission credit applied*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline
^Related discipline degree: A 'related discipline' award for this course is a bachelor degree in 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: Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in a business or IT related role in any industry.
*Credit for recognition of prior learning will still be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more below.
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- bachelor degree from a recognised English-speaking country
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn't have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you're able to commit to your study.
Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.
However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.
Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning.
You can refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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 Recognition of prior learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
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 tuition fees.
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 alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.
- Graduate Certificate of Business Analytics (M561)
- Graduate Certificate of Information Systems (M522)
- Graduate Diploma of Business Analytics (M661)
As a Deakin Master of Business Analytics graduate, you will develop a broad set of business analytic skills that are highly sought after in every industry sector, particularly within professional services firms and government. There are many career paths you could take, including:
- business intelligence analyst
- business systems analyst
- market research analyst
- business data scientist
- analytics project manager.
Deakin's Master of Business Analytics is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Completion of this course grants eligibility for entry as a Professional member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
Deakin Business School holds both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.
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||Show 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 finding|
|Critical thinking||Evaluate complex business information using specialised and advanced critical and analytical thinking and judgement|
|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||Show 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|