La Trobe University

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)


Start dates
March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online) 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.
There are limited CSP places.

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

Combatting cybercrime demands innovation from skilled professionals. You'll develop cross-disciplinary and technical skills in blockchain, network security, digital forensics and penetration testing. You'll learn not only to respond to a threat, but to think like a hacker to manage and avert crises.

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

This degree provides a pathway for existing information technology professionals seeking to start or progress their careers in the cybersecurity domain. It is also relevant to those looking to enter the IT profession who have no previous experience in cybersecurity.

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

Professional recognition

The Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) on the City campus has provisional accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,400 based on 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.


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 on-campus studies in Semester 2, 2018 or to study online.

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Additional information

Detailed information regarding the Online offering, including teaching periods and how to apply can be located here. 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: