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Degree summary

The Graduate Diploma of Data Science will equip you with the skills needed to put you at the forefront of the exciting field of big data. Data scientists are in demand around the world as companies need professionals capable of managing and making sense of vast amounts of data that can help management teams make important decisions for the business.

  • 100 percent online, flexible study – including all assessments, research, and exams

  • Six intakes a year – start whenever you are ready

  • Dedicated support – personalised support team to guide you throughout your studies

  • Learn with industry standard tools and real-world problems

Degree curriculum

The course will focus on developing skills in data analysis, data management, and big data processing. You will not only be equipped with the technical knowledge you need to impact business problems, but you will also gain the skills to communicate complex ideas at all levels.

You will complete up to two foundation units, three core units and three to five electives, depending on your pathway academic background and experience.

The course comprises of 48 points and each unit is 6 credit points.

a) Up to two foundation units (0-12 points)
b) Three core units (18 points)
c) Three to five units (18-30 points) selected from

Career outlook

An estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day (IBM, 2015), and companies around the world are eagerly searching for data scientists to manage and analyse this huge amount of information.

You may be an IT professional looking to use your skills and knowledge to pursue a career in this growing industry. Or perhaps you have worked in a related area and have a knack for numbers and an analytical mind. Whether it’s a global financial institution, government organisation or technology startup, data scientists can help companies investigate and analyse data to address real business problems.

Upon graduation, you could be employed in a diverse range of industries and hold job titles such as data scientist, data analyst, business intelligence analyst or machine learning engineer. Learn more about the various pathways and career options you will have in this Graduate Diploma of Data Science – Course & Jobs infographic. 

Salary expectations

Data scientists attract high salaries with the average in Australia being $98,748 per annum and goes up to $140,000 (Payscale). The Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia (IAPA) Skills and Salary Survey 2017 revealed that data scientists can earn as much as $200,000 plus.

Entry requirements

For entry into the course, you will need to prove work experience or previous study in programming, databases, or mathematics. This can be done if you possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a cognate field at a recognised Australian institution or equivalent;
  • Course Prerequisite form

In addition, you will need to:


Alternative Entry through Foundation Units


If you don’t possess a cognate degree, you may be eligible to enter via foundation units in programming, databases, and mathematics. You can take a maximum of two foundation units prior to commencing your studies if you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or science with a mathematics major plus two Foundation Units (i.e. Programming and Databases), or;
  • A non-cognate Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree (e.g. MBA) in any field at a recognised Australian institution and two years of relevant professional experience in programming or databases, plus up to two Foundation Units in an area not related to your work experience (i.e. Mathematics plus either Programming or Databases)

Application Checklist for Graduate Diploma of Data Science

Step 1 - Visit the Monash University Application Portal to begin your application.

Step 2 - Have the below course code and soft copies of the below supporting documents ready before you start. 

Step 3 - Complete the Course Pre-requisites Summary to show us how your qualifications and experiences will make you the best candidate for entry.

Step 3 - When you are ready, accept the Applicant Declaration and submit your application. It is important that you upload all your supporting documents and Course Pre-requisites Summary for your application to be assessed.

Step 4 - When you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email, followed by a response from our team within 5 - 10 business days.

If you require assistance at any point, please contact us to speak to one of our Enrolment Advisors.

Course code: C5003
Supporting documents
Evidence of relevant tertiary study (complete and official transcripts). 
Proof of citizenship/permanent residency with a photo ID.
Proof of English language proficiency (see Monash English language requirements).
Change of name, if applicable (e.g. marriage certificate).
Curriculum Vitae with two references for relevant roles.
Completed course pre-requisites summary that highlights your experience or previous study in programming, databases, mathematics or statistics.
Unit outlines and transcripts for credit applications (if applicable)