Master of Information Systems (Executive)

The University of Melbourne - Online

Program Description

Master of Information Systems (Executive)

The University of Melbourne - Online

The Master of Information Systems (Executive) is a unique online course covering critical areas in information systems management and digital business. As a student of this course, you will develop advanced capability in supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communication technology (ICT). The online course structure allows you to plan your study around your career aspirations and you can choose from a range of subject areas available, including IT strategy, emerging technologies, information assurance, and outsourcing and contract. You will also have the opportunity to network with high-achieving peers and world experts. We’ve designed this course to produce strategic leaders in the field of information systems and digital business, especially at the executive level. Students of this course will gain strategic expertise to influence decision-making at the most senior level and will learn advanced collaborative skills to manage complex teams. The course incorporates emerging trends and the latest industry requirements to ensure your learning is relevant and practical.

Who the course is for

This course is for ambitious senior information technology managers currently in an executive role and those who aspire to be C-level executives, including either a Chief Technology Officer or Chief Information Officer or similar; looking to enhance their skills and experience and take their leadership to the next level. You will likely hold a role as:

  • Head of Information Technology
  • Head of Information Systems
  • Executive Manager Information Systems/Services
  • Director of Information Technology/Systems
  • Business Integration Manager
  • General Manager Information Systems/Technology
  • Systems and Architecture Manager
  • Strategy Director – IT.

Career outcomes

The current generation of IT Professionals are increasingly acquiring both technology and business based competencies, however, there is a need for higher-level strategic thinking, backed by best practice and research. The Master of Information Systems (Executive) seeks to provide advanced level formal development and qualification that equips its graduates with critical strategic thinking skills for the future ICT industry.


What you will learn

  • Extensive knowledge of management practice in the area of Information Systems
  • You will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the management practice of information systems in organizations, gain the skills in critical thinking and systems analysis, understand the research principles and methods in information systems, and demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards as they apply to business practice.
  • Business and IT alignment thought leadership to help you convey the value of the latest technologies for business
  • You will develop strategic expertise to help you influence decision making at the most senior level
  • Identify, understand, evaluate and communicate operational issues
  • You will have gained experience in identifying, understanding, evaluating and communicating strategic and operational issues in the real-world practice of information systems.

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Course structure

To gain the Master of Information Systems (Executive) you must complete 100 points comprising of:

  • Six elective subjects, and
  • One compulsory capstone subject.

Please note, you must complete four selective subjects totaling 50 points before enrolling in the capstone subject Managing Information Systems.

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Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry, you are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in an IT-related discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) in the final year of study or equivalent. Applicants who have a non-IT undergraduate degree but have substantive IT/IS work experience should contact us to discuss eligibility; and
  • At least 5 years (preferably 10 years) of documented work experience in information systems-related work demonstrating a strong record of professional achievement and clear leadership potential; and
  • A personal statement relating your goals and how you see the program contributing to your ability to meet your goals; and
  • Two professional and/or employer referee reports in the context of information systems-related work, which must be submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Professional work experience, and
  • Personal statement, and
  • The referee reports;
  • And short-listed applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

All applicants are required to provide a current curriculum vitae describing their work experience and tertiary and other qualifications, as a supplement to transcripts. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7.0 is required. Note: The interview for short-listed applicants is for obtaining information on the following matters:

  • Standard of academic record;
  • Nature and length of employment experience;
  • Achievements subsequent to graduation;
  • Reasons for seeking admission;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Maturity and motivation.

International and interstate applicants may be interviewed by telephone, or electronically. Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa. Most courses have multiple intakes per year.


Australian Citizens
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.

Students Outside Australia
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organizations, and charities may provide scholarships.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2017
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