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Regardless of your background, this course provides you with the industry know-how and skills to launch or build on a career in one of the most in-demand sectors.

You’ll receive industry-standard training to accelerate career progression and increase opportunities for employment. All areas of specialisation are targeted at high-growth areas in the industry, and will provide you with solid foundational knowledge and skills to propel your career.

This course offers two streams. Those with existing IT qualifications can choose to study the computer networks specialisation for a more advanced look at information technology, while those without a background in IT can study the generalist course.

Besides gaining a strong practical grasp of the latest technology, you'll also learn the skills to work effectively in project teams and design networks.

You’ll enjoy a dynamic study plan that mixes team projects with individual learning opportunities. Choose to complete a software engineering project, an industry-related project or write a minor thesis on computer networks. This course gives you the flexibility to showcase your proficiency as best suits your interests and strengths.

What’s more, you’ll have access to research and practical placement opportunities, plus La Trobe's world-class Centre for Technology Infusion.

Take your chance to step into a dynamic and challenging career in IT.

Career opportunities

With a Masters of Information Technology or a Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks), our graduates have the practical experience and foundation knowledge to launch exciting careers across the IT sector. Jobs in this sector are competitive and often lucrative. Graduates will have opportunities to provide leadership and management to businesses and government organisations in IT.

Alumni of La Trobe have worked within a range of organisations, including:

  • Accenture Australia
  • Data Agility
  • Edsoft
  • Fujitsu Australia
  • GA International
  • iChip Solutions.

Our graduates take on diverse and challenging roles in:

  • application support
  • business intelligence
  • integration
  • network engineering and management
  • software development
  • senior systems and security engineering
  • research and development

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Master of Information Technology

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$27,500 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time.
Prerequisites:
Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline, or approved international equivalent NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) may apply for membership with the ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Students without the appropriate computer science background may be required to commence three weeks earlier than semester start dates to undertake accelerated first-year computer science subjects.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks)

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$27,500 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part time.
Prerequisites:
Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) may apply for membership with the ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
Students without the appropriate computer science background may be required to commence three weeks earlier than semester start dates to undertake accelerated first-year computer science subjects. A seminar program is an integral part of the course. It covers ethical, professional, and social issues relevant to the IT industry. Compulsory tutorials are held throughout the year; students who do not attend are not permitted to graduate.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Object-oriented Programming Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Object-oriented Programming
  • Big Data Management in the Cloud (elective)

Semester 2

  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Discrete Mathematics System Design and Methodologies
  • System Design Engineering Fundamental
  • Professional Environment
  • Biometric Security (elective)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Data Mining
  • Industry Project A

Semester 2

  • Data Warehouse Concepts and Design
  • Industry Project B

Specialisations, majors and minors

Master of Information Technology

The Master of Information Technology is your opportunity to specialise in one of the many fast-growing areas of the IT industry. You’ll receive industry-standard training to accelerate career progression and increase opportunities for employment.

All areas of specialisation are targeted at high-growth areas in the industry, and will provide you with solid foundational knowledge and skills to propel your career forward.

After learning to build and manage computer systems, you can choose to specialise in software and web systems, data management and analysis, and wireless and network technologies.

A Master of IT gives you the skills and experience to graduate ready for new career opportunities across the IT sector.

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks)

Choose the Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) to broaden your job opportunities and accelerate your career progression in the fast-changing IT industry.

With an opportunity to study high-growth fields such as data networks, networks and system security, network design and management, application protocol and wireless networks, you’ll be highly employable.

By choosing our Master of IT (Computer Networks) you’ll develop your expertise across a broad spectrum of skill sets. Study Java programming and IT-related mathematics and system design engineering from leading professors and experts.

You’ll have the opportunity to do either a software engineering project, an industry-related project or a minor thesis on computer networks. Each option is designed to provide the theoretical and practical experience needed to be a competitive candidate in your chosen field.

Course details for international students

Master of Information Technology (037928B)

Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount:
31 500
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
An Australian Bachelor's degree, or approved international equivalent, in any discipline. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) may apply for membership with the ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
This course commences in Summer (October), Semester 1 (March), and Semester 2 (July). However if you want Advanced Standing (credit) for subjects including Professional Environment, Network Engineering Fundamentals and Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals, you cannot commence in the Summer Semester.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) (049142D)

Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount:
32 000
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
ELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
An Australian Bachelor's degree or approved international equivalent of three years or longer in any discipline. Knowledge of C programming is an advantage. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) may apply for membership with the ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
This course commences in Summer (October), Semester 1 (March), and Semester 2 (July). However if you want Advanced Standing (credit) for subjects including Professional Environment, Network Engineering Fundamentals and Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals, you cannot commence in the Summer Semester. A seminar program is an integral part of the course. It covers ethical, professional, and social issues relevant to the IT industry. Tutorials are held throughout the year and attendance is required. Students who have not met this requirement will not be permitted to graduate.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Object-oriented Programming Fundamentals
  • Intermediate Object-oriented Programming
  • Big Data Management in the Cloud (elective)

Semester 2

  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Discrete Mathematics System Design and Methodologies
  • System Design Engineering Fundamental
  • Professional Environment
  • Biometric Security (elective)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Data Mining
  • Industry Project A

Semester 2

  • Data Warehouse Concepts and Design
  • Industry Project B

Specialisations, majors and minors

Master of Information Technology

The Master of Information Technology is your opportunity to specialise in one of the many fast-growing areas of the IT industry. You’ll receive industry-standard training to accelerate career progression and increase opportunities for employment.

All areas of specialisation are targeted at high-growth areas in the industry, and will provide you with solid foundational knowledge and skills to propel your career forward.

After learning to build and manage computer systems, you can choose to specialise in software and web systems, data management and analysis, and wireless and network technologies.

A Master of IT gives you the skills and experience to graduate ready for new career opportunities across the IT sector.

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks)

Choose the Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks) to broaden your job opportunities and accelerate your career progression in the fast-changing IT industry.

With an opportunity to study high-growth fields such as data networks, networks and system security, network design and management, application protocol and wireless networks, you’ll be highly employable.

By choosing our Master of IT (Computer Networks) you’ll develop your expertise across a broad spectrum of skill sets. Study Java programming and IT-related mathematics and system design engineering from leading professors and experts.

You’ll have the opportunity to do either a software engineering project, an industry-related project or a minor thesis on computer networks. Each option is designed to provide the theoretical and practical experience needed to be a competitive candidate in your chosen field.

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