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Carnegie Mellon University in Australia Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) Information Security Concentration 21-Month Track
Carnegie Mellon University in Australia

Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) Information Security Concentration 21-Month Track

Adelaide, Australia

21 Months


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Students studying in the Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) 21-month track are able to undertake an Information Security Concentration as part of their program.

The MSIT-ITM (Information Security Concentration) focuses on the need to adapt to the changing intruder landscape and to gain a deeper understanding of risk management, information security, and data privacy. It draws upon the expertise in research, operations and analysis from the world-famous CERT Coordination Center (CERT®/CC) located at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute. Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defence Education by the National Security Agency, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely qualified to provide such training.

Students studying the Information Security Concentration graduate with a Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) with a concentration in Information Security.


  • An American degree from Carnegie Mellon University ranked No.1 in computer science schools (US News & World Report 2014) and No. 3 in the subject area of computer science and information systems (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • A study program ideal for students starting or advancing their careers.
  • This program provides eligibility for the Post Study Work Visa in Australia.
  • 400-hour internship so you can develop your skills in Australia or overseas.
  • An optional semester exchange to CMU Pittsburgh.
  • A high-quality program that integrates management and IT theory, knowledge and skills.
  • Incorporates practical experience through the Information Systems Project.


The program requires a total of 168 units: 132 units of core courses, 36 units of elective courses and 400 hours of internship. The combination of core courses and electives options to suit your career objectives, with real industry experiences through the Information Systems Project and Internship, will put you at a distinct advantage over other graduates.

Full-time students complete the program over five study periods. Students may commence in either January or August intakes. Each study period is the equivalent to 12-13 weeks of study and usually comprises of 48 units worth of courses. Each course is awarded either 6 or 12 unit weighting which is approximately equivalent to 1 week of study. Therefore you can study a combination of 6 and 12 unit courses to meet your program requirements.

For successful completion, you must complete 168 units total:

  • complete 114 units of core requirements (unless exempt)
  • complete 54 units of electives
  • complete a 24 unit Information Systems Project
  • complete 400 hours of internship
  • achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0

Learning Outcomes

  • Design, document and develop robust, extensible and highly maintainable data-intensive applications using cutting-edge technologies tailored to the specific needs of any business scenario.
  • Explain and apply the core aspects of information technology principles and tools, and manage their implementation in a business context.
  • Understand and facilitate the strategic and operational benefits of business models and technology applications.
  • Manage complex IT projects with consideration of the human, financial and environmental factors and an understanding of risk management processes, and operational and policy implications.
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of current technologies and apply them intelligently to meet the needs of each application.
  • Apply their practical experience in IT projects developed through assessment projects for real-world clients focussing on technology auditing and recommendations, and system development.
  • Utilise high-level interpersonal skills to negotiate and communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders verbally and in writing.

The program is also available in the 12-month track.


Tuition is charged on a per study period basis. Cost per study period can change each academic year. Deferral of admission will incur tuition fees at the prevailing rate. The internship study period incurs no tuition cost.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We offer a range of academic merit-based scholarships for students who seek financial support in their studies.

Financial Aid for U.S. Students is administered by the Heinz College Office of Financial Aid in Pittsburgh.


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