La Trobe University

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks)


Start dates
Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July), Summer (October) 2018
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part time.
Fees and costs
$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

Specialise in network administration with this two year Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks), enabling you to work across a range of businesses and organisations. Your studies will focus on data communications and networks, networks and system security, network design and management, application protocol, and wireless networks.

Seminars on IT-related ethical, professional and social issues are a key component of the degree. As well as lectures, you'll have opportunities to complete a software engineering project, an industry-related project or write a minor thesis on computer networks. You'll graduate with skills in Java programming and the fundamentals of IT-related mathematics, algorithms and data structures, and system design engineering.

Beside a strong practical grasp of computer networks, you'll also learn the skills to work effectively in project teams and how to plan and design networks.

Our partnerships with universities around the world will give you an opportunity to study overseas.

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

Entry requirements


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.

Career outcomes

This Master's qualification specialising in computer networks will equip you for a career in network administration. Past graduates have worked at: - Data Agility as an application support and integration specialist - King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia as an academic researcher - Accenture Australia as an analyst - Edsoft as a webmaster - Fujitsu Australia as a systems engineer - Intelligent IP as a network engineer. This degree equips you for careers in: - systems engineering - network management - network research and development. It also prepares you for roles including: network manager research and development manager network consultant.

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


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.

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 or Summer Semester, 2018/19.

How to apply for an postgraduate degree

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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. Advanced Standing may be available for previous tertiary studies, for subjects completed equivalent to Australian Honours year level or the completion of La Trobe Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or Computer Science. Students applying for exemption must provide details of the curriculum from the course handbooks together with a copy of their academic transcript.

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: