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Master of Information Systems

DURATION: 2 years full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

LOCATION: Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Rockhampton

The Master of Information Systems at CQUniversity provides you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in information systems processes as an integral tool for improving organisational performance.  This program develops your capacity to manage the functional responsibility for choosing, implementing and maintaining information systems within an organisation in any industry.

You will extend your knowledge and understanding of design, implementation, and management issues involved in the application of IT, and obtain an advanced understanding of the techniques and practicalities of the information systems development process.  The program will give you the knowledge of management of organisation technology and security.  It will also equip you with the skills required by modern businesses for solving contemporary information systems problems.

Within this program you will study six courses giving you the foundation knowledge in information systems, in addition to choosing six courses from an area of specialisation.The specialty plans in this program focus on particular aspects of technology, management and organisations.You may choose from information systems, enterprise security management and technology management. Within each area of specialisation you can choose elective subjects from within the business or information technology areas.

The choice within this program allows you to design your degree to suit your interests and desired career outcomes.

What am I studying?

Emerging changes and advances in global technology have led to a more connected world where people can share information, photos and conversations simply and quickly. Information technology, information systems and multimedia have paved the way in enabling all of this to occur. Retrieving, processing, receiving, transmitting, protecting and storing information are all elements of information technology. 

The study of information technology and information systems are aligned, however there are differences within the two areas. Information technology is a combination of tools, processes and methodologies that are used to collect, process and present information. Information systems focuses on the use of technology and how it can assist with the organisation of people through the use of databases, networks and the Internet, and personal computers.

The term multimedia is used to describe the integrated presentation of text, graphics, sound and images, including digital video via computer-based media. Multimedia includes the study of animation and games for mobile devices, web design, digital video, and audio production. Students who study multimedia are able to create and apply digital content for communication, education and entertainment.

A career in information technology (IT) industry, either working in information technology, information systems, or multimedia is fast-paced, challenging and dynamic. Information technology and information systems specialists are sought after in nearly every business or organisation and in a range of employment fields.  Job opportunities exist in Internet/web development, network/communication technology, programming, video gaming, data entry, systems analyst, database management, multimedia, data communications expert, software developer, computer technician or security officer. Multimedia graduates work in the areas of publishing, advertising, communications, internet and database development, media design, games and gaming and animation.

Why Study Master of Information Systems at CQUni

CQUniversity’s Information Technology (IT) programs recognise the impact of IT on all aspects of our day-to-day lives.  We offer a wide range of study options leading to traditional IT qualifications, as well as specialist areas such as aviation technology and multimedia studies.

All of our programs are flexible, with most programs offering you the choice to study either full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by distance education. This means you can individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

At CQUniversity, we provide just the right mix of theory and practical experience to ensure that you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options.  In some of our programs you will also be given the opportunity to pursue paid work placements where you can earn while you learn.

Unlike most other IT programs, our focus extends beyond teaching just the technical aspects but focuses on delivering a unique personal approach to teaching.  Every program is delivered by our supportive lecturers and staff who offer industry-relevant and real-work experience, from areas such as IT specialists, programmers and graphic designers.

Each of our programs is monitored and upgraded to ensure they stay current, are at the leading edge of new developments, and in line with the latest industry practices.  We also have a host of new IT projects coming online, so there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits that CQUniversity offers and boost your prospects for a successful career in IT.


A bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college, or a CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Information Systems, or equivalent.

If you have completed an approved graduate diploma such as the Graduate Diploma of Information Systems Management you may be granted standing of up to six courses in this program.

Advanced entry is available directly into Term Two if you can demonstrate that you have attained the required knowledge. You will undertake nine courses to complete the program. To be granted advanced entry youmust:

  1. Have a bachelor degree
  2. Be able to demonstrate you have the required knowledge (based on the content of courses offered within COIS20024, COIS20025 and COIS21001)
  3. Have one of the following:
    1. Two years relevant work experience
    2. One year other postgraduate education
    3. Attained a final year GPA of 4.7 in their undergraduate degree at an Australian institution or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

On completing a Master of Information Systems, you can choose a career in a wide variety of roles including:

  • Systems manager
  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator
  • End-user support professionals
  • Consultant
  • Security analyst
  • Electronic data processing (EDP) auditor
  • Software engineer

Program Structure

Students must complete 12 courses (96 units of credit), comprising of:

  • 6 core courses; and
  • 6 courses within a selected plan.

Plans can be selected from information systems, enterprise security management or technology management. Three courses of the masters can be studied underneath the Graduate Certificate in Information Systems and three courses within the Graduate Diploma of Information Systems Management. It is not a requirement to have completed the graduate certificate or graduate diploma before commencing this program, but if these programs have been completed you may be eligible for credit.

Professional Recognition

This program has been accredited at the highest level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) – professional level.

Please note: The Information Systems and Enterprise Management specialisations only have provisional accreditation until the end of 2011. Students should check the current status of accreditation prior to enrolling in the program.

Specialisations Available

  • Business Analysis
  • Enterprise Security Management
  • Technology Management


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