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Master of Information Systems

Postgraduate coursework

Harness the power of cutting-edge technologies to solve business problems by developing specialist skills in digital transformation and eBusiness.

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 overview

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.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Information Systems
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
M722
CRICOS code?
052316E Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

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 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.

12

Core units

4

Elective units

16

Total units

Core units

  • Digital Business Analysis
  • Managing Digital Transformation
  • Digital Transformation of Supply Chains
  • Enterprise Database, Architecture and Governance
  • Ethics of Digital Transformation
  • Cyber Security Strategies
  • Foundation Skills in Data Analysis
  • Value of Information
  • Project Management
  • Information Systems in Practice *(Capstone)
  • *MIT799 code denotes Study Tour version of the unit.

    Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course electives

    Plus two credit points from the following:

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

    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.

    Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

     

    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)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    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 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.

    Work experience

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

    Explore Business and Law WIL opportunities.

    Entry requirements

    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 academic and English language proficiency 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).

    Academic requirements

    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 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:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    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 are able to commit to your study.

    Online 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 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

    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 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service.

    We recommend engaging with a Deakin Authorised Agent who can assist you with the process and submit the application.

    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, including required documents and important dates, visit the How to apply webpage.
    If you need assistance, please contact us.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Careers

    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 roles including:

    • data analyst
    • business analyst
    • systems analyst
    • e-Business specialist
    • security analyst
    • information systems project leader.

    Professional recognition

    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