The program is structured to be as flexible as possible as most students undertaking the Masters Degree will have work commitments. There are 3 intakes per year with the closing dates for upcoming intakes being:
Applications close – February 4
Session begins – March 4
Applications close – July 4
Session begins – July 14
Applications close – October 31
Session begins – November 17
Applications to distance education courses are assessed on a continuous basis and offered for the next available intake. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this by lodging their application as early as possible.
The normal amount of time in which the masters degree is completed is two years. However, the time it actually takes can vary depending on several factors, including whether or not you receive credit and whether you elect to go through an entire program without taking time off between subjects. If necessary, students can take up to 4 years to complete their course.
Yes, provided you have attained at credit average in your Masters Degree you would qualify for candidature for the Doctor of Information Technology.
“ The traditional doctoral education in Australia is primarily research oriented with little or no connection with the industry. Charles Sturt University (CSU) has identified the need for an outcome oriented professional doctorate and has restructured its Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) course to make it practical and industry-driven. Students in this course bring strong industry connection through their work experience and conduct practice-based research, solving the real issues faced by the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. They demonstrate how they have impacted professional practice as well as how they have affected the deeper and broader understanding of the practice through research. This provides students an opportunity to put their practice through research.
Given that most students hold senior level positions in their respective organisations, they can easily drive change as result of their research outcomes. Another salient feature of the DIT is that the students report their findings in form of publications while they progress in the course. Thus the solutions to a particular industry problem are widely disseminated in form of white papers, technical reports, refereed papers and finally in a thesis.”
If you would like to discuss potential research topics or any other facet of research, email Tanveer on firstname.lastname@example.org
IT Masters is a Australian Government Registered Training Organisation and undertakes the following functions on behalf of Charles Sturt University;
While there are a number of other Universities and Institutions that offer IT industry certification training as an additional option, we are not aware of any other institution in Australia (or the world) who offer the breadth of IT Industry Certifications offered by Charles Sturt University.
Yes, with proper time management! If you undertake the recommended two subjects per session for completion of the masters in two years, the expected study load is around 280-320 hours. The thing to keep in mind is that most of the subject material will be available to you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, no matter where you roam. Your study can fit around your life, rather than you fitting your life around classes to attend.
Students who have completed two-thirds or more of their course at Charles Sturt University shall be considered for an award With Distinction. The following from the CSU academic manual refers:
Students graduating from eligible courses (see 126.96.36.199 below) who have achieved a grade average of Distinction in their course as measured by a Grade Point Average (GPA) (see 5.2.2 below) shall graduate With Distinction.
Only students graduating from courses comprising 64 points or more and which are not Honours courses or doctoral programs (including research or coursework professional doctoral programs) shall be considered for an award With Distinction. This includes students graduating with a Bachelor Award from a course which offers an add-on Honours year.
Students in eligible courses* who have completed two-thirds or more of their course at Charles Sturt University (ie they have not received credit in more than one-third of their course) shall be considered for an award With Distinction.
Students in eligible courses* who have completed less than two-thirds of their course at Charles Sturt University shall be considered for an award With Distinction if the student has achieved a Distinction-average (or equivalent as determined by the Dean) in their studies for which the credit was granted.
* Eligible courses are those courses comprising 64 points or more that are not Honours courses (clause 188.8.131.52).
In our increasingly competitive IT marketplace, employers put greater value on education than ever before. There is limited data about the Australian IT market but according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, university graduates earn an average of 98% more income than non-university graduates. Those with a master’s degree earn 170% more – and the gap is widening.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities will grow fastest for professionals with a university education through the year 2006 and beyond. Studies have shown that the Australian IT industry, there is a visible difference between the earning power of a degree and the income provided by non-degree training. For further information, please see: Degree and Job Security
Certification Magazine’s Annual Salary Survey for 2005 showed that overall, certified professionals enjoyed an average 16.4 percent pay increase from 2004, with 23.4 percent of the respondents earning 25 percent or more in salary than they did in 2004. In terms of job movement, 29.4 percent of the respondents earned a promotion within the first year of receiving what they consider their primary certification. Among those respondents, 60.4 percent think certification played a significant role in the promotion.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is not your average university. It is a multi-campus university with established traditions and a proud record of higher education in Australia for more than a century.
As the largest Australian providers of distance education to overseas students, Charles Sturt University is at the leading edge of the delivery of information technology services. It operates one of the most heavily used mainstream web servers in Australian universities, receiving almost 15 million inquiries to its homepage each year.
The Masters Degrees are delivered via a sophisticated Distance Education model that includes the following components:
All students have access to dedicated subject forums. Everyone on the forum studies the same subject in the same timeframe, allowing students to interact with other successful professionals and share ideas, debate issues and learn from each others’ experience.
Course materials: A comprehensive range of study materials is delivered via a mixture of paper reference manuals and / or E-Learning. Students also have access to online research libraries and services.
A comprehensive week-to-week schedule is provided to assist students in covering the course materials provided.
These are designed to test the mastery and application of course materials.
All subjects receive support from their subject coordinator, who monitors the corresponding online forum and can be contacted via phone or email.
Our research has indicated that students have enrolled in the Masters for the following reasons:
Articulating simply means that you complete a Graduate Certificate before you commence your Master’s degree. This gives you the necessary experience and qualification to continue. The four subjects completed as part of your Graduate Certificate are fully credited into the Master’s degree – you complete four subjects in the Graduate Certificate, and another eight subjects to finish your Master’s degree. You will also finish your study with multiple qualifications. See Graduate Certificate Explained for more information.
Your degree will be conferred by Charles Sturt University, and is fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework.
Numerous studies have proven that distance learners perform as well or better than their on-campus counterparts. In the book, “The No Significant Difference Phenomenon” by Thomas L. Russell, he cites 355 research reports, papers, and summaries dating back to 1928 that found no significant difference between distance learning and in-class learning. Where a difference was identified, it generally favored the distance-learning student. See How do I study by Distance Education and online learning for more information.
Yes – provided you have the required level of industry experience. Spend 5 minutes filling out the Form: Am I Eligible and we will advise you if you have the required level of experience to be likely to qualify for acceptance into one of these qualifications.If you do not have an undergraduate degree and qualify for entry based on work experience, you will be offered entry via articulating through a Graduate Certificate pathway.
The normal enrolment is two subjects a session, but you are welcome to study one subject a session. You are in control of your enrolment via the Online Student Administration Office and can vary your enrolment as necessary depending on your personal and professional commitments.
Students are entitled to up to four sessions of leave in four calendar years, which means flexibility if you have large projects coming up at work, or for vacation time.
For information regarding Master’s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Single Subject and Doctor of Information Technology fees please see: Fees and Payment Options
No. It is not uncommon for many of our students to have not participated in formal study for a long time. CSU offers support and assistance in preparing for your re-introduction to study, and also offer programs like StudyLink, short courses designed to assist your transition to university.
No. All study is done via distance education – there are no face-to-face requirements or compulsory sessions requiring travel to a CSU campus. The only time that you will be required to go to a CSU campus is if you would like to attend your graduation ceremony.
Students are provided with textbooks, student guides and outlines, subject readings and E-Learning material. The type of E-Learning material will depend on the subject. For example, with the subject ITE516 – Hacking Countermeasures, students will also be provided with online access to EC-Council teaching material, physical DVDs with EC-Council material, and exam preparation software. Online lectures will complement these learning materials
Assessment varies from subject to subject. Most subjects will have two assessment pieces (such as a case study, a quiz or an essay) and a final examination. Full assessment details for your subject will be available in your subject outlines upon enrolment. Also see Assessment for more information.
Yes, most subjects will have examinations for their final assessment. Examinations will be held at CSU Examination centres located across Australia and the world. Students within 120 kilometres of an Examination Centre are expected to attend that centre. If you are further than 120km from an Examination centre, please contact Student Central about alternative arrangements.