Degree structure

Degree details

Upon successfully completing the Master of Technology (Business Systems) students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate a range of theories, models, frameworks, and practices pertaining to Information Systems and apply them in a range of Information Systems, business and organisational contexts
  2. Design and/or source alternative innovative solutions based on soundly articulated business requirements
  3. Draw on an interdisciplinary knowledge base to approach and analyse problems from multiple points of view, make high-level independent judgments to illustrate how IT technology could be used to support an organisational strategic plan
  4. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the fundamental research principles, research methods, and research design within a chosen and/or specified context in the area of Information Systems
  5. Evaluate, justify and articulate an appropriate response to ethical organisational and IS/IT management issues and dilemmas to a range of different stakeholders with conflicting interests
  6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of IS/IT to improve technological advance and promote innovation as appropriate in various business and organisational environments
  7. Work in a self-reliant, independent manner, show leadership and take initiative where appropriate as well as in a diverse team environment
  8. Articulate and communicate a coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas appropriate for the problem context, the stakeholders, and the business environment.

Higher Education

For admission to a Masters of Technology (Business Systems), applicants require: the successful completion of an undergraduate degree in any discipline equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

Pathways entry:
Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems) or the Graduate Diploma of Technology (Business Systems) may progress to the Master of Technology (Business Systems).

Work and Life

Non Graduate Special Entry:
Five (5) years significant relevant work experience 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 Technology (Business Systems) (subject to completing the required pre-requisite units).

English Proficiency Requirements

International Applicants - English Language Requirements
International applicants are also required to demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following:

  • Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%
  • IELTS scores obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.

Applicants with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this degree may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the degree with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at

Please note: The Master of Technology (Business Systems) has been withdrawn and is not accepting new applications.

The Master of Technology (Business Systems) is designed to develop versatile Information Systems (IS) professionals with competencies and expertise in the major domains of IS (information, technology, process, relationship/alliance building) who can appreciate and exploit the transformational impacts of IS/IT, who understand the complexity associated with managing the IS/IT resource, and who can contribute effectively to delivering value in IS/IT investments in organisations. The degree facilitates the development of technical, practical, research, critical analysis and/or creative skills necessary to further support and enhance a successful career in the field of information systems and/or in the pursuit of independent life-long learning.

Award Requirements

To qualify for a Master of Technology (Business Systems), a student must complete sixteen (16) subjects of study (200 credit points) comprising of:

  • Four (4) Introductory Information Systems core subjects
  • Nine (9) Master of Technology core subjects
  • Three (3) Master of Technology electives from the approved list of electives (without duplicating the electives completed as part of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and also taking into account the need to first complete any applicable prerequisite subjects)

Students with a previous tertiary degree in IS or IT from a recognised institution and/or relevant work experience may be eligible for exemptions.

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:

If you were admitted before 2017 into the Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Technology (Business Systems) you can find out which subjects you still need to complete by downloading the Transition Plan applicable your course and admission year from Swinburne’s OUA course transition webpage.

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