La Trobe University

Master of Information Technology (Computer Networks)


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2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
33 600

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

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.

English language requirement

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.

Career outcomes

Graduates can work in such roles as network manager, research and development manager, network consultant, or in systems engineering (the design, development and maintenance of computer systems).

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

Annual tuition fee (A$)

33 600


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 or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Additional information

This course commences in Summer (October), Semester 1 (March), and Semester 2 (July). 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:

CRICOS code: 049142D