FAQs

  • When can I start?

    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:

    Session 1

    Applications close – February 4
    Session begins – March 4

    Session 2

    Applications close – July 4
    Session begins – July 14

    Session 3

    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.

  • How quickly can I complete my Master’s degree?

    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.

  • Can I pursue a PhD / Doctorate after completing the Master’s Degree?

    Yes, provided you have attained at credit average in your Masters Degree you would qualify for candidature for the Doctor of Information Technology.

  • Why is the Doctor of IT unique?

    “ 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.”

    Tanveer Zia, Course Coordinator for Doctor of Information Technology.

    If you would like to discuss potential research topics or any other facet of research, email Tanveer on tzia@csu.edu.au

  • Who is IT Masters?

    IT Masters is a Australian Government Registered Training Organisation and undertakes the following functions on behalf of Charles Sturt University;

    1. Promoting the Masters to the IT industry
    2. Supporting students studying their industry certification subjects
    3. Researching and identifying opportunities to further expand the range of Masters
  • Do other universities offer this type of Master’s Degree?

    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.

  • Will I have a life while studying?

     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.

  • Can students get credit for existing industry certifications?

    Academic credit is available to students who can provide proof that they have passed relevant industry examinations. Visit our credit page for more information.

    Spend 5 minutes filling out the Form: Am I Eligible and we will advise you if you are likely to qualify for credit

  • Are there Graduation prizes awarded and can I graduate with ‘Distinction’?

     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:

    Distinction

    Students graduating from eligible courses (see 5.2.1.1 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.

    5.2.1 Eligibility
    5.2.1.1 Eligible Courses

    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.

    5.2.1.2 Two-Thirds Requirement

    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 5.2.1.1).

  • Will getting a Master’s Degree mean that I earn more or have better job security?

     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

  • What is the value of industry certification?

     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.

  • Why should I study with Charles Sturt University?

     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:

    Online subject forums:

    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.

    Study guides:

    A comprehensive week-to-week schedule is provided to assist students in covering the course materials provided.

    Assignments and online tests:

    These are designed to test the mastery and application of course materials.

    Telephone and email support:

    All subjects receive support from their subject coordinator, who monitors the corresponding online forum and can be contacted via phone or email.

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    Also see Why CSU and Student Support for more information

  • Why do students enrol in this Master’s Degree?

    Our research has indicated that students have enrolled in the Masters for the following reasons:

    • To obtain a better job
    • For future employment security
    • To obtain qualifications missed out on earlier in their education
    • To receive recognition for experience gained within the field
    • To learn new skills
    • To update current skills
    • For enhanced prestige
  • What does articulation mean?

     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.

  • Who is the degree granted by?

     Your degree will be conferred by Charles Sturt University, and is fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework.

  • Does studying via Distance Education provide the same quality of education offered by a traditional campus?

    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.

  • Can I do one of these Master degrees if I do not already have a Bachelor degree?

    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.

  • How many subjects do I have to do at a time?

    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.

  • Can I take leave?

    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.

  • What fees will I have to pay?

    For information regarding Master’s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Single Subject and Doctor of Information Technology fees please see: Fees and Payment Options

  • Do I need to have undertaken some form of recent study?

    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. 

  • Do I ever have to go to any on campus courses?

    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.

  • What learning materials am I given?

    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

  • How am I assessed during my studies?

    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.

  • Do I have to attend examinations?

    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.