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Graduate Certificate of Computer Science

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Confidently tackle the latest digital challenges with a graduate-level understanding of computer science techniques.

Secure your place at the forefront of digital innovation 

A digital future demands strong technical skills. The Graduate Certificate of Computer Science is your introduction to the computing skills most sought after by employers across a range of sectors. Your four units of study will build on your existing knowledge and professional experience, equipping you with the skill set needed to embark on a career in computer science.  

Designed for those whose previous qualification is not in computer science or a related discipline, the graduate certificate develops your knowledge in the core principles of computer science and provides you with the choice of three specialty electives. Choose the unit that is best suited to you and your career goals, and graduate with the skills you need to get ahead. 

What you will learn 
  • Computer science skills
    Update your professional knowledge with an adaptable computer science toolkit, gaining experience in programming and algorithms.
  • Computer science fundamentals
    Acquire technical skills in Java programming, algorithms and databases, and architecture and networks. 
  • Specialist skills
    Augment your study by choosing an elective from one of the following areas: software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence. 

The course comprises four units, in which you will develop an understanding of the principles and techniques used in the broad field of computer science. Establish a firm foundational knowledge with the three core units, and then choose your final unit from three specialty electives.

Core units
You must complete the following units.

Java programming

Algorithms and databases

Architecture and networks

You must complete one of the following units.

Fundamentals of artifical intelligence

Software engineering

Information and computer security

An Australia bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), or equivalent qualification or experience approved by the faculty.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

For the Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, the estimated cost is $4200.00 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Computer science online at Monash

The Graduate Certificate of Computer Science is designed by award-winning and internationally recognised academics from the Faculty of Information Technology, who are committed to driving transformative change through strategic collaboration and world-leading research. A graduate degree from the only Group of Eight university to dedicate an entire faculty to IT will see you placed among an elite group of graduates working with some of the world’s top companies. 

Comprehensive foundational learning and the choice of one of three specialisation units mean the Graduate Certificate of Computer Science can shift or revitalise your career. This degree will see you emerge with in-demand skills, prepared to stand out and be highly competitive in the job market.

Meet your academic team

Dr Mark Creado

Mark Creado has taught programming and other IT-related postgraduate study at Monash for over 10 years. His research interests include smart cities, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and system and data security. He has participated in projects for SMEs across the USA, Asia and Australia.

Dr Abdul Malik Khan

Abdul Malik Khan has 16 years of teaching experience at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer. His research focuses on developing efficient VM-consolidation for cloud-based data centres. He is interested in the culture of cyber-security, exploitation, policing and preventative strategies.

Arvind Kaur

Arvind Kaur is a Lecturer of Software Engineering at the Faculty of Information Technology. She researches software engineering, focusing on software development process and automation. Her unique approach to teaching provides students with productive strategies to confront today’s educational challenges.

Monash has propelled my career to new heights I never thought possible.


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Industry insights

A computer science qualification will prepare you for work in a wide range of careers in the information technology and computer science industry, including as a:  

  • IT technician 
  • data scientist 
  • business analyst 
  • IT project manager 
  • IT support engineer. 

5 stars out of 5
Information technology specialists report extremely high job satisfaction.

27.7% job growth is expected for IT business analyst roles over the next five years.

$110,000 is the most common salary for a business analyst in Victoria.

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