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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 four core units in computer science to develop your fundamental knowledge ready for the industry.

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. 
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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.

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

You must complete the following units.

Java programming

Architecture and networks

Introduction to databases

Introduction to Python

An Australian bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, the estimated cost is $4587.50 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.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

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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

Yi-Shan Tsai

Course coordinator

Yi-Shan Tsai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human-Centred Computing in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Her work seeks to enhance learning experiences and teaching practice through the use of data and AI technologies.

I am currently in a career transition phase, working to become a full-time software engineer; all this made possible by the excellent pathways Monash has created.

Rashid Elhouli

Graduate Certificate of Computer Science

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

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

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

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