Master of Computer Science
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Equip yourself with the toolkit you need to tackle today’s most pressing digital challenges.
Lead technological innovation into the future
As technological progress accelerates, so does the demand for skilled computer science professionals. Become an expert in this transformative field, using your specialist knowledge to help shape the future of business.
The Master of Computer Science integrates foundational learning, specialist knowledge of a key industry area and application studies focused on understanding technology used in the field. The course ensures you are industry-ready come graduation through an elevated curriculum. It offers you an opportunity to gain a speciality within the field, choosing from software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence.
What you will learn
- A shifting digital reality
Understand how digital technology is reshaping the world, preparing you to play an integral part in that shift.
- Computer science fundamentals
Acquire technical skills in a range of areas: Java programming, algorithms, systems architecture, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and more.
- Specialist skills
Specialise in one of the following areas: software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence.
This course is structured in three parts: Part A. Core master’s studies, Part B. Specialist studies, and Part C. Applied practice. Depending on prior qualifications, you may receive credit for all of part of Part A or Part B, or both. If you are eligible for credit for prior studies, you may elect not to receive the credit. Units are six points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Core master’s studies: 6 units (36 points)
These units will provide a critical understanding of theoretical and practical issues related to computer science. Your studies will focus on fundamentals, core knowledge as well as application in your chosen specialisation.
Part B. Specialist studies: 4 units (24 points)
The focus of these units is specialising in the area of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity or software engineering.
You must complete all units in one of the specialisations below.
Entry level 1: 72 credit points to complete
Duration: two years part-time
An Australian bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with at least a credit (60 per cent) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.
To undertake the artificial intelligence specialisation, you must have knowledge of calculus and linear algebra at the level of undergraduate physical science or engineering.
Entry level 2: 48 credit points to complete
Duration: 1.4 years part-time
A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, with at least a credit (60 per cent) average.
Entry level 3: 24 points to complete
Duration: 0.7 years part-time
A Monash University Graduate Diploma of Computer Science, with at least a credit (60 per cent) average.
Applicants must meet the English language requirements.
University entrance requirements
Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.
For the Master 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 Master of Computer Science is designed by award-winning and internationally recognised academics from the Faculty of Information Technology. The course combines foundational knowledge and skills with specialist study. Choose from one of three specialties: software engineering, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
With organisations increasingly looking to digital systems and solutions, software engineering specialists are integral. This speciality covers aspects of the software lifecycle, together with the tools required to deliver robust reliable software, on time and within budget.
As the security risks arising from an increasingly digital world increase, specialists in cybersecurity have never been more important. This specialisation covers the skills to manage and administer cybersecurity and blockchain.
With artificial intelligence making its way into every aspect of our lives, the field requires specialists with the knowledge and skills to effectively build AI-based products and intelligent systems. This specialisation covers the many facets of AI, as well as its impact on organisations, society and the world.
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 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.
Thanks to Monash, I have the potential to be promoted and work internationally, and I am only two units in.
Monash Online student
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.
Studying online, the Monash way
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Gain a world-class education, delivered through a dynamic virtual classroom and taught by leading academics.
Support seven days a week
You’ll have ongoing access to dedicated support services that have been specifically designed for your discipline.
Equipped for career success
You’ll graduate as an in-demand employee, ready to take the next step in your career.
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