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Degree details

Higher Education

Admission to the Master of Business Information Systems requires successful completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

Applicants may be granted exemptions from particular units of study depending upon the content of their undergraduate degree and previous work experience.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems or the Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems may progress to the Master of Business Information Systems, and will be given full credit for the units completed towards the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems or the Graduate Diploma of Business Information Systems (including those studied as required pre-requisite units).

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems, students may progress to the Master of Business Information Systems, and will be given full credit for the units completed.

Work and Life

A special entry provision is available for applicants without an appropriate qualification but who have significant relevant work experience (usually at least five years) and evidence of academic capability (e.g. successful completion of a Certificate or Diploma course at a TAFE with high grades or attaining a GMAT of 550 or higher). Such applicants may be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Business Information Systems (subject to completing the required pre-requisite units).

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements: (International students only)

IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5; or Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% and all skills 65% or above; or TOEFL iBT: minimum score 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20); or equivalent measures available at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/apply/entry-requirements/ 

Please note: this program was previously known as the Master of Information Technology Project Management.

The Master of Business Information Systems has been designed to provide a thorough understanding of the use and management of information systems in organisations. Students gain an overview of the technologies and look at management areas such as IS risk management, enterprise architecture, IS strategy and governance. Students undertake initial study of business analysis and IT project management and select one of these areas or Enterprise Information Management for in depth study. Students also undertake a research project and have the opportunity to broaden or deepen their study via the electives in the degree, enabling them to build an individual area of knowledge.

Upon successfully completing the Master of Business Information Systems, graduates will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental aspects and inter-disciplinary nature of information systems in organisations
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the underpinnings of information systems, including business analysis, requirements analysis, database design and analysis, the management of information systems, IT project management and professional issues
  3. Critically evaluate a range of theories and practices pertaining to the use of information systems in organisations, and apply them in the context of business analysis, project management and information management
  4. Draw on their interdisciplinary knowledge base to approach and analyse organisational problems from both a broader information systems perspective and the specific perspective of business analysis, project management or information management
  5. Communicate effectively with key stakeholders, develop effective working relationships, and appreciate the social, political and cultural contexts in which these key stakeholders interact
  6. Demonstrate creativity and flexibility in the application of knowledge and skills to new situations, to solve complex problems, to respond to ethical organisational and IS/IT issues and dilemmas, and to think rigorously and independently
  7. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental research principles, research methods, and/or research design within a chosen and/or specified context in the area of Information Systems.

The Master of Business Information Systems is an advanced-level degree that aims to equip students with the relevant knowledge, skills and capabilities to effectively manage all aspects of Information Systems. The knowledge and skills you acquire can be applied in a range of project contexts, including:

  • Business transformation projects, especially those with substantial involvement of IT
  • The acquisition and implementation of software packages for organisations, large and small
  • The management of IT portfolios, business alignment
  • IT outsourcing and offshoring projects
  • Managing IT service delivery.

Swinburne University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with substantial relevant industry experience may also apply for additional exemptions through RPL. The Faculty of Business and Law RPL panel will assess the prior learning and experience of applicants and determine appropriate subject exemptions.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/advanced-standing-rpl.html

Master of Information Technology Project Management 2014 - 2017 – Teach out and Transition Arrangements

The Master of Information Technology Project Management changed to the Master of Business Information Systems from Study Period 1, 2017. Please refer to the Teach out and Transition information below to see how you are affected by these changes.

If you are continuing in the Master of Information Technology Project Management and nested courses including the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma it is imperative that you take in to consideration the last offerings of any units that are in teach out. Please also note unit replacements listed in the teach out plans.

MITPM Teach Out & Transition Plan for students who commenced pre-2015

MITPM Teach Out & Transition Plan for students who commenced 2015-2016

If you wish to enrol in the Master of Business Information Systems, please contact OUA via the contact details on this webpage.

Recommended Study Pattern

To qualify for the award of Master of Business Information Systems students must complete 16 subjects of study (200 credit points) as follows:

  • Seven (7) Introductory core subjects (87.5 credit points)
  • One (1) Introductory elective subject (12.5 credit points)
  • Two (2) Intermediate core subjects (25 credit points)
  • One (1) Intermediate elective subject (12.5 credit points)
  • Three (3) specialisation subjects (37.5 credit points)
  • One (1) Advanced elective subject (12.5 credit points)
  • One (1) Advanced core subject (12.5 credit points)** 

**Students should complete any prerequisites before enrolling in the advanced subjects and complete INF80003 in their final study period.

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects that you have already passed.

Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Business Information Systems students must complete 16 subjects of study (200 credit points) as follows:

  • 10 Business Information Systems core subjects (125 credit points)
  • 3 Specialisation subjects (37.5 credit points)
  • 3 Electives (37.5 credit points)

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