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Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

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

  1. Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the inter-disciplinary nature of information systems in organisations
  2. Critically evaluate 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. Critically 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, as a member or leader of a team
  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 a critical 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 graduates of Master of Business Information Systems will be able to analyse organisational problems from both a broader information systems perspective and the specific perspective of business analysis. Some of the career outcomes may include:

  • Business Analysts Information Assurance Analysts, (Business Analysis specialisation)
  • Project Manager (Project Management specialisation)
  • Information Management specialist, Governance and Risk Management Analyst
  • Enterprise Architect, (Enterprise Information Management specialisation)  

Professional recognition

The MA-BIS is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS)

Higher education

Standard entry:

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree.

Students with a recognised bachelor degree in IS or IT may be eligible for up to 4 exemptions and depending on the number of exemption(s) given, will need to complete at least 12 more units to qualify for the award.

Students with other tertiary degree (i.e., graduate certificate, graduate diploma) in IS or IT may be eligible for exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

Or

Successful completion of the Masters Qualifying Program

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.

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 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0
  • Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
  • TOEFL iBT: 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
  • PTE Academic: 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)

Or equivalent measures available at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/study/international/apply/entryrequirements/

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

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, Information Systems strategy and governance. 

Recommended Study Pattern

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

  • Ten (10) core Business Information Systems units (125 credit points)
  • Three (3) specialisation units (37.5 credit points)
  • Three (3) electives (37.5 credit points)
  • Students with a previous tertiary degree in IS or IT from a recognised institution and/or relevant work experience may be eligible for exemptions.

**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)

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 2015-2018

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

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