Enrolments: 285,791

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 278,653

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

August 2014


One thing we love is getting feedback from our students on how their study has impacted their careers. Benjamin Davis who is studying the Doctor of Information Technology recently told us:

“If you had shown me two years ago the types of papers I write today I wouldn’t believe you. My research approaches, techniques and writing style have been transformed.”

I think Benjamin’s comment really encapsulates what going back to University is all about. Sure, the research outcomes are also important, but the rapidity of Information Technology development means that IT education must encompass more than just individual technologies. The lasting benefit is the foundational skills and professional development which Benjamin will retain for the rest of his life. See below for more details about Benjamin’s research.

Martin Hale
Adjunct Senior Lecturer – Charles Sturt University
Chief Executive Officer – IT Masters Pty Ltd

2010 was the first year that CSU achieved market leadership in the number of Aussie IT professionals studying for IT related Master’s Degrees. Since 2010, we have steadily increased the gap between us and our nearest competitor and the latest figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show that CSU now has 36% more students than our nearest competitor. Our main source of new students is referrals from our Alumni and we would like to thank them for their support.

2013 Enrolments: IT, Domestic, Postgraduate Coursework

Doctor of IT Student Profile

Charles Sturt University Doctor of Information Technology student, Benjamin Davis, says the world is drowning in data and he wants to find better ways to make sense of it all.

“Ninety per cent of today’s data was created in the last two years and this data explosion results from the increased integration of our lives with data,” he says. “The explosion of Web 2.0 with Facebook and Twitter, experimental environments such as the Large Hadron Collider, every day activities like banking and shopping through to the future with machine sensors all around us have all been major contributors to this data explosion. What do with all of this data and how to use it to our advantage is the challenge.”

His research aims to develop a model in which traditional database approaches and the cloud can communicate together to provide large-scale data analytical capabilities for the modern enterprise.

“The study will evaluate a range of algorithms that can be used within cloud analytics, understand where cloud environments need to develop further to support cloud analytics, and develop methods to utilise cloud analytics for real-word applications,” he says.

What Are The Industry’s Hottest Topics?

Over the last 18 months we have been running a series of free short courses to give prospective students a taster of what it is like to study a Master’s Degree at CSU via distance. Enrolments in the Short Courses are a guide to what are the hot topics and the response so far has been great.

 Short Course Name


 CISSP Security


 Cisco CCNA


 Agile Project Management


 Hacking Countermeasures


 Network Security Administrator


Cisco CCNA Security


 Scrum versus Lean Project Management


 Professional Communications


 Program Management Professional


 Photoshop in the Classroom


 Microsoft Windows Server 2012


 Sharepoint 2013 Development


 Windows Phone 8 Development


 Doctor of IT




It is no surprise that Cyber Security is the hottest of topics and this is also reflected in our Master of Information Systems Security where enrolments have doubled in the last year.

The Cisco CCNA Security short course started on the 18th of August but you can still enrol and catch up by viewing a recording of the first week’s Lecture. You can also enrol in past short courses and complete them by viewing recordings of the Lectures at our Free Short Courses page.

Your Money Back Guarantee

The term “Money back guarantee” is used pretty freely but the reality of actually getting your money back can be challenging. Thanks to Australian Government regulation, getting money back at Australian Universities is not an issue because, provided you are an Australian Citizen you are covered by the Census Date whereby you can withdraw from subjects up to four weeks after it starts and receive a refund of your fees (or if you used FEE-HELP have your loan cancelled).

If you are considering doing your Masters but are unsure how you will cope with the workload, keep Census in mind because it will allow you to withdraw from a subject and do it later or withdraw from the Masters and get your money back.

And a final word on taking the plunge and starting your Master’s Degree – if you never start you will never finish!

See You At TechEd

TechEd is Microsoft’s ultimate technology geek-fest for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers. After many years at the Gold Coast, TechEd 2014 will be kicking off in Melbourne on the 7th and 8th of October before moving to Sydney on the 27th and 29th of October. We will have a booth at both venues so please drop by to say hello and go in the raffle to win a 1000W All Terrain Scooter which we will be giving away at both venues!

Industry Experience Pathway Into Your Master’s Degree

Many IT professionals started an IT degree after finishing school but did not finish the degree because they got a job in the industry. The normal requirement to do a Master’s Degree is an Undergraduate (Bachelor) Degree but with relevant work experience you can undertake your Master’s through our Graduate Certificate pathway.

Once you complete your Graduate Certificate, you can take the subjects you completed in the Graduate Certificate and them into the corresponding Master’s Degree, obtaining both certifications without additional study. Sound too good to be true?

Details are available at The Graduate Certificate Pathway Explained.

Credit For Your Industry Certifications

We award credit for a range of IT certifications from relevant certification programs offered by Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, the Project Management Institute, the EC Council, and a number of other certification programs.

Spend five minutes filling our Eligibility Form and we will confirm the level of credit you will qualify for if you decide to enrol.