Information Security

Master of Science in Information Technology - Information Technology Management (Information Security Concentration)

Students studying in the Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) (MSIT-ITM) program are able to undertake an Information Security Concentration as part of their program. 

The MSIT-ITM (Information Security Concentration) focuses on the need to adapt to the changing intruder landscape and to gain deeper understanding of risk management, information security, and data privacy. It draws upon the expertise in research, operations and analysis from the world-famous CERT Coordination Center (CERT®/CC) located at Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute. Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defence Education by the National Security Agency, Carnegie Mellon is uniquely qualified to provide such training.

Students studying the Information Security Concentration graduate with a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT-ITM) with a concentration in Information Security.

Learning Outcomes

At completion of the information technology management program, you will be able to competently:

  • Design, document and develop robust, extensible and highly maintainable data-intensive applications using cutting edge technologies tailored to the specific needs of any business scenario
  • Explain and apply the core aspects of information technology principles and tools, and manage their implementation in a business context
  • Understand and facilitate the strategic and operational benefits of business models and technology applications
  • Manage complex IT projects with consideration of the human, financial and environmental factors and an understanding of risk management processes, and operational and policy implications
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of current technologies and apply them intelligently to meet the needs of each application
  • Apply their practical experience in IT projects developed through assessment projects for real world clients focussing on technology auditing and recommendations, and system development
  • Utilise high level interpersonal skills to negotiate and communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders verbally and in writing.

Tracks Offered

MSIT-ITM (Information Security Concentration) 12-Month TrackMSIT-ITM (Information Security Concentration) 18-Month Track MSIT-ITM (Information Security Concentration) 24-Month Track
Duration12 months full-time18 months full-time24 months full-time
Professional Work Experience3 or more years1 to 2 years0 to 1 year
InternshipNot required280 hours400 hours
IntakesJanuary and AugustJanuary and AugustJanuary and August

MSIT-ITM 12-Month Track

(CRICOS: 057780G)

The program comprises 144 units: 120 units of core courses and 24 units of electives. Designed for professionals with at least three years of work experience, the program will prepare you to become a technology manager, chief information or technology officer and to lead enterprises in innovative ways through a world-class, practical, IT and management curriculum. For successful completion of the MSIT program, you must complete 144 units and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Database Management   (12 units)
  • E-Business Technology and Management  (12 units)
  • Internet Technologies   (6 units)
  • IT Project Management   (6 units)
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design  (6 units)
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java  (12 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation  (6 units)
  • Professional Writing  (6 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills (6 units)
  • Telecommunications Management  (12 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule. Elective courses will be offered in a variety of areas related to the technology and business of information and communication technology. These courses will be offered by resident faculty as well as by faculty from other CMU campuses through short-term visits and distance learning.

  • Principles of Finance (6 units)
  • Statistics for IT Managers (6 units)
  • Applied Economic Analysis (12 units)
  • Business Process Modeling (6 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty (6 units)
  • Distributed Systems (12 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems (12 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems  (6 units)
  • Power And Influence  (6 units)
  • Transformational Leadership (6 units)

MSIT-ITM 18-Month Track

(CRICOS: 072573M)

The program requires a total of 168 units: 156 units of core courses, 12 units of elective courses and 280 hours internship.

The combination of core courses and electives options to suit your career objectives, with real industry experiences through the Information Systems Project and Internship, will put you at a distinct advantage over other graduates. Customised for students with one to two year work experience, the program provides you with knowledge of current information technologies and their business applications, plus the management skills essential to successfully lead digital transformation across a wide range of industries and organisations. 

For successful completion, you must complete the requisite coursework and internship, and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0

Core Courses

  • Database Management     (12 units)
  • E-Business Technology and Management     (12 units)
  • Financial Accounting     (6 units)
  • Information Systems Project     (12 units)
  • Internet Technologies     (6 units)
  • Internship     (0 units)
  • Introduction to Information Security Management     (12 units)
  • IT Project Management     (6 units)
  • Network and Internet Security     (12 units)
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java     (12 units)
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design     (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation     (6 units)
  • Principles of Finance     (6 units)
  • Professional Writing     (6 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills     (6 units)
  • Telecommunications Management     (12 units)
  • Information Security Policy and Governance     (6 units)
  • Information Security Risk Management I     (6 units)
  • Privacy in the Digital Age     (6 units)
  • Software and Security     (6 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule. Elective courses will be offered in a variety of areas related to the technology and business of information and communication technology. These courses will be offered by resident faculty as well as by faculty from other CMU campuses through short-term visits and distance learning.

  • Principles of Finance (6 units)
  • Statistics for IT Managers (6 units)
  • Applied Economic Analysis (12 units)
  • Business Process Modeling (6 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty (6 units)
  • Distributed Systems (12 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems (12 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems  (6 units)
  • Power And Influence  (6 units)
  • Transformational Leadership (6 units)

MSIT-ITM 24-Month Track

(CRICOS: 072573M)

The program comprises 204 units: 156 units of core courses and 48 units of electives.

Designed for students with little or no work experience, the program is an extensive combination of specialised information technology and management courses. In addition to a compulsory 400 hours internship (approximately 10 to 12 weeks) internship program, the students can focus on specialised areas through electives and independent study. 

To graduate, you must complete the requisite coursework and internship components and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Database Management     (12 units)
  • E-Business Technology and Management     (12 units)
  • Financial Accounting     (6 units)
  • Information Systems Project     (12 units)
  • Internet Technologies     (6 units)
  • Internship     (0 units)
  • Introduction to Information Security Management     (12 units)
  • IT Project Management     (6 units)
  • Network and Internet Security     (12 units)
  • Object Oriented Programming in Java     (12 units)
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design     (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation     (6 units)
  • Principles of Finance     (6 units)
  • Professional Writing     (6 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills     (6 units)
  • Telecommunications Management     (12 units)
  • Information Security Policy and Governance     (6 units)
  • Information Security Risk Management I     (6 units)
  • Privacy in the Digital Age     (6 units)
  • Software and Security     (6 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule. Elective courses will be offered in a variety of areas related to the technology and business of information and communication technology. These courses will be offered by resident faculty as well as by faculty from other CMU campuses through short-term visits and distance learning.

  • Principles of Finance (6 units)
  • Statistics for IT Managers (6 units)
  • Applied Economic Analysis (12 units)
  • Business Process Modeling (6 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty (6 units)
  • Distributed Systems (12 units)
  • Geographic Information Systems (12 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems  (6 units)
  • Power And Influence  (6 units)
  • Transformational Leadership (6 units)

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Programming Skills 

All Information Technology programs require programming experience in data structures and an object-oriented programming language such as C, C++ or Java.

Professional Work Experience

12-Month Track : 3 or more year of professional work experience 

18-Month Track : 1 to 2 years of professional work experience 

24-Month Track : 0 to 1 year of professional work experience 

Standardised Test Scores

You are required to sit for CMU Institutional Maths Online Test. It is a one hour test comprising 32 multiple choice questions.  The topics include basic algebra, calculus and statistics calculations. The test can only be taken once and you will need to achieve a minimum score of 75%. You will be set up for the test after you have submitted your application via OASIS.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

If your test date is within one month of the application deadline, please be sure to email the scores to the office of admissions

You may submit scores from up to 4 valid TOEFL or IELTS exam dates. CMU Australia will use the highest score verified in each section if you have taken the exam more than one time. For every score you wish to include with your application, you must report the exam date(s) and submit the official score report(s). We will not accept exam scores for test dates that are not listed on the application.

TOEFL 

  • iBT preferred
  • Scores must be submitted directly by Educational Testing Service (ETS). CMU-A Institution Code is 2318
  • The minimum TOEFL score is 22 on each section of the Internet-based test.

IELTS

  • You may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results in place of the TOEFL. 
  • The "Academic" format of the IELTS is required. 
  • Test scores must be submitted directly by IELTS. 
  • The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each band. 

If you took either of these tests more than two years ago, you MUST take it again. The testing agency will not verify scores more than two years old.

If your score is below the minimum on either exam, you should consider retaking the TOEFL/IELTS before applying. 

Resume

Applicants are required to submit a resume. Please submit a one or two page summary of your education skills, accomplishments, employment experience and volunteer experience. The resume must be current and include all part-time and full-time work experience, the dates of when the employment began and ended and a brief description of your responsibilities under the title of the position.

Your resume should contain only true information and your own, original writing. If you include a quote or text written by any other person or published in any printed or online format, you must surround the copied text in quotation marks (") and indicate the original source of the text. Information reported on your resume is subject to verification. CMU Australia utilises several methods to identify plagiarised and falsified content in uploaded documents. Submission of false or plagiarised material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program.

Contact Us

Send us an email at admissions@australia.cmu.edu for more details.

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