La Trobe University

Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
Fees and costs
$28,400 based on 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

Designed in collaboration with our industry partners, our Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations) is geared to keep pace with the information security demands of business, government, defence and law enforcement.

Information security has been identified as a top priority for executives of Australian companies. You'll learn to use analytics and risk management processes to inform key business practices. When you graduate, you'll be indispensable as the bridge between technical and managerial aspects of cybercrime prevention.

You'll undertake a set of foundation subjects to develop industry-relevant multidisciplinary skills before specialising in business operations. These subjects will cover fundamentals of cybersecurity, core knowledge about communication networks, crisis communication, the mindset and motives of hackers, auditing and risk mitigation, as well as legal and ethical frameworks.

The business operations stream will prepare you for the modern business environment which requires more complex data analysis than ever before. You'll learn predictive techniques and how to use analytics to gain knowledge and skills to align business needs and deliver meaningful outcomes.

This degree provides a pathway for existing business and information technology professionals seeking to start or progress their careers in the cybersecurity domain.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent).

Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

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.

Career outcomes

Cybersecurity experts are increasingly in demand globally and across a wide variety of industries, including government, defence, banking and finance, telecommunications, health care and retail. Graduates will be well positioned for the following careers: - Security architect - Cyber intelligence - Compliance assurance manager - Cybersecurity consultant - Security analyst - Security policy advisor - Researcher - Risk management specialist Additionally, this course is suited to senior managers and executives to ensure they are well-equipped to protect their organisations from the threat of cybercrime.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,400 based on 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

You may be eligible for the Optus sponsored scholarships valued at $10,000 over 2 years to assist students studying the Master of Cybersecurity in 2018. Apply now through the La Trobe Scholarships page . Applications close on 9 January, 2018.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

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Additional information

Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available within this degree are currently only available during 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: