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.
Digital information has revolutionised the way we do business. Its capture, strategic use and associated technology in the business environment is focal to the discipline of information systems.
Created in response to the rapid growth in the use of information systems and eBusiness applications by businesses and governments internationally, Deakin’s Master of Information Systems enables you to develop specialist skills in digital transformation, eBusiness and business-oriented principles and practices of information systems.
Do you have the skills to keep up with the rapid growth in our reliance on information systems?
The mass adoption of social media, the accumulation of large amounts of data and the advances in new technologies such as business analytics and artificial intelligence have made information central to most aspects of work and life.
Explore the strategic use of information in a business and policy context, while gaining a sound technical understanding in specific areas of information systems, particularly information security, supply chain management, and project management.
Learn about the principles and practices of stakeholder analysis, identification of business needs, problems and opportunities, analysis, negotiation and specification of requirements for any solution that may involve technology-inspired change. You will also have the option to complement your primary studies in information systems with a specialisation in a wide range of business-related fields (e.g. AI strategy and management or business analytics). Designed to meet industry demand for skilled professionals with a breadth of transferable skills, a specialisation can help deepen your knowledge in a particular business field and benefit your future career.
Develop quantitative reasoning skills so that you can review business performance to find problems, areas of opportunities, and trends in data using business analytics. Explore data-driven, evidence-based approaches to business decision making and business performance analysis, and gain an understanding of business metrics.
As a graduate, your project management skills will be well-honed to ensure you’re able to implement best practice relationship building, communication and resourcing to support your project aims.Read More
- Award granted
- Master of Information Systems
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 052316E 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 Information Systems 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 students undertaking 16 credit points, you study 12 credit points of core units (2 of which must be selected from a specified list), 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 including stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials) 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 requiring them to integrate the skills learnt over their course of study while they apply to a real-life context and produce an applied piece of research with reference to prevailing literature.
Plus two credit points from the following:
- Any MIS7 coded unit
- Any MIT7 coded unit
- Any SIT7 coded unit
- Any MWL7 coded unit
*MIT799 code denotes Study Tour version of the unit.
Compulsory 0-credit point module
To be completed in the first trimester of study:-
Open elective units
The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from:
- Recommended electives^
- faculty-wide specialisation
- postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to availability)
- Deakin stackable short courses (0.5cp microcredentials)
^ Recommended electives:
- Any MIS7 coded unit
- Any MIT7 coded unit
- Any SIT7 coded unit
- Any MWL7 coded unit
Stackable short courses
Mix and match Deakin stackable short courses (0.5 cp microcredentials) to earn up to 4 credit point(s) of open electives, subject to eligibility. Any stacking must add up to a whole number to be used for credit. See more information on Deakin stackable short course options.
Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.
- Artificial Intelligence for Business
- Business Analytics
- Business Law
- Digital Finance
- Digital Transformation
- Event Management
- Financial Planning
- Human Resource Management
- 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)
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 of Information Systems or in a related ICT discipline with an Information Systems Major/Minor or with a specialisation in Information Systems.
^Relevant work experience: Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.
*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.
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* A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A "same discipline" award from this course is a Bachelor of Information Systems or in a related ICT discipline with an Information Systems Major/Minor or with a specialisation in Information Systems/Information
^ Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.
- Graduate Certificate of Information Systems (M522)
- Graduate Diploma of Information Systems (M622)
This course teaches students the skills required to manage the impact of technologies in organisations, understand the role of technology in managing knowledge and information, and recognise the role of modern information systems in society and business.
Graduates can move into roles including:
- data analyst
- business analyst
- systems analyst
- e-Business specialist
- security analyst
- information systems project leaders.
The Master of Information Systems 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||Demonstrate specialised knowledge and research skills needed to lead and manage the resources and processes associated with information systems within an organisation or social setting|
|Communication||Effectively transmit models, frameworks and management theory with consideration to impacts and outcomes to both specialists and non-specialists|
|Digital literacy||Expertly apply specialised information application skills relative to information systems settings|
|Critical thinking||Apply critical thinking, analytical research skills relative to complex information systems settings|
|Problem solving||Demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and responsibility, self- reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future development as a professional|
|Self-management||Demonstrate autonomy, adaptability and responsibility, self-reflect and critique own performance and identify and plan future development as an information systems professional|
|Teamwork||Work collaboratively in teams to produce and share specialised and integrated solutions to complex information systems problems|
|Global citizenship||Demonstrate a high standard of ethical, legal, and responsible behaviour in the development and deployment of information systems to meet organisational needs|