Master of Information Systems

Postgraduate coursework

Deakin's Master of Information Systems will teach you how to be more reactive to our emerging information-focused economy. Apply now.

Key facts

Duration

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.

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Master of Information Systems has been developed in response to the rapid growth in the use of information systems and eBusiness applications by businesses and governments internationally.

The mass adoption of social media, the advances of new technologies, and the accumulation of large amounts of data has made information central to many aspects of work and life.

Digital information has revolutionised the way we do business. Its capture, strategic use and associated technology in the business environment, is the discipline of information systems.

The course provides specialist skills in business-oriented principles and practices of information systems and eBusiness. It focuses on the strategic use of information in a business and policy context, supported by a sound technical understanding and capability in specific areas of information systems, particularly information security, supply chain management, and project management.

The course will give you an understanding of 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’ll learn quantitative reasoning skills so that you can review business performance to find problems, areas of opportunities, and trends in data using business analytics. You’ll learn data-driven, evidence-based approaches to business decision making and business performance analysis, and you’ll get an understanding of business metrics.

Your project management skills will be developed to ensure that you are able to implement best practice relationship building, communication and resourcing to support your project aims.

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Course structure

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 unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity and 4 credit points of 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 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

  • Business Requirements Analysis MIS701
  • Managing Digital Transformation MIS712
  • Digital Transformation of Supply Chains MIS713
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance MIS732
  • Ethics of Digital Transformation MIS741
  • Enterprise Information Management and Security MIS761
  • MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis ^
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Project Management MIS798
  • MIT799/MIS799Information Systems in Practice *
  • Plus two credit points from the following:

    ^MIS770A is a Start Anytime unit.

    *MIT799 code denotes Study Tour version of the unit.

    Compulsory 0-credit point units

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Elective units

    The remaining 4 credit points may be selected from:

    ^ Recommended electives list:

    • Any MIS7 coded unit
    • Any MIT7 coded unit
    • Any SIT7  coded unit
    • Any MWL7 coded unit

    Specialisations

    Faculty-wide specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Information Systems
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    M722
    CRICOS code?
    052316E
    Level
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    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 the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.

    More information: WIL Programs

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Depending on your previous qualifications professional experience, your course will be 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor’s Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline, or
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, or
    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    2 year full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor’s degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline, or
    • Successful completion of a masters qualifying program (MQP), or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    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.

    A related 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.

    Relevant work experience is professional work experience in either Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.

    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)

    Cloud studies

    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 via Cloud (online). International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (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

    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 Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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.

    Scholarship 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.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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

    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 or in a related ICT discipline or a Bachelor degree in any discipline with an Information Systems Major/Minor or with a specialisation in Information Systems/Information Technology. Relevant work experience is professional work experience in Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.

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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 Technology.
    ^ Relevant work experience is professional work experience either in Information Systems or in a position with responsibilities in an Information Systems related field.

    Alternative exits

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    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 careers as data analysts, business analysts, systems analysts, e-Business specialists, security analysts, and information systems project leaders.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally by holding 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

    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).

    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 Apply broad and integrated knowledge regarding information systems tools, methods and research skills to identify and justify information systems solutions for organisation and social contexts.
    Communication Use written and oral skills effectively to interact with specialist and non-specialist audiences in information systems contexts.
    Digital literacy Apply digital technologies effectively to support researching, analysing and presenting complex information relating to information systems contexts
    Critical thinking Apply research skills to evaluate and judge academic, professional and/or stakeholder information when analysing complex information systems contexts.
    Problem solving Identify and define organisational problems; formulate, model, evaluate alternative information systems solutions; and recommend information systems solutions based on organisational and societal needs.
    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 information systems solutions for complex organisational and social contexts.
    Global citizenship Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical, social and environmental responsibility frameworks and principles to evaluate information systems solutions for organisational and societal contexts.