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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Master of Information Technology degree is designed for IT professionals looking to update and extend their technical knowledge of advanced computing subjects, or move into a new IT specialisation. Internationally recognised, it can help advance your career in diverse fields such as software engineering, health, telecommunications and more.

The program is also an excellent retraining opportunity for professionals who want to specialise in a different area of IT. You have the flexibility to tailor your studies, with more than 25 IT specialist units as well units from electrical engineering and business to choose from.

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Study plan for this course

Candidates for the Master of Information Technology complete 72 credit points (cp) made up of at least 18cp of core units of study, 18cp of specialist units of study and 12cp of IT project units and up to 12cp of foundation units, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.

Candidates have the option of undertaking a defined major in the Master of Information Technology, which requires the completion of at least 18 credit points of core units in the designated major.

This allows students to study one specific area of IT in depth. Majors are available in various areas of study including data management and analytics, digital media technology and software engineering.

After completing 24cp of coursework, candidates will undertake an information technology capstone project. Candidates with a distinction average may be eligible to complete the research path, subject to approval of the head of the school and the dean.

The research path comprises a research project of 18cp in one of the majors available in the course. Candidates in the research pathway also complete INFO5993 IT Research Methods.

Classes for this course are held either during the evening or online to accommodate your professional and other external commitments.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor’s degree in information technology with a credit average (65 percent), or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree with a credit average (65 percent) and a major sequence of study in computer engineering, software engineering, or equivalent qualification or
  • a University of Sydney Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or Graduate Diploma in Computing, with a credit average (65 percent). Units completed in the graduate diploma/graduate certificate can be credited to the master’s degree.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Units completed in the graduate diploma/ graduate certificate can be credited to the master's degree. For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Students currently studying a Master of Information Technology who are exiting the degree after 1 semester or completion of 24 credit points may be eligible for a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Computing. Applicants who complete the Graduate Diploma in Computing with a credit average may then enter the Master of Information Technology with possible reduction in the volume of learning up to 24 credit points, allowing them to obtain both qualifications in just two years of full-time study.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Information Technology has been developed under the guidelines of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and has been accredited by the ACS as a professional level course in Information Technology.

Career Pathways

Graduates of the Master of Information Technology are IT specialists who possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisations technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it. They will often be responsible for selecting and deploying software products appropriate for an organisation. They may also be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries.
Future study options

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer and commercialisation. Research activities in the School of Information Technologies focus on algorithmics and applications, enterprise computing, human-centred computing, and IT applications in health care. If you would like to be part of Sydney's IT research community, you may consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy

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