Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance)


  • Program code: MC159
  • GD162, GC036, Graduate Diploma in Information Assurance, Graduate Certificate in Information Security

  • Campus: City campus

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In an increasingly networked world, information security and assurance are fundamental to organisational success. From the latest internet worm to identity theft, the danger is no more than a mouse-click away.

This program develops the key skills and knowledge you need to meet online security challenges. You'll learn about:

  • wireless LAN security
  • the Advanced Encryption Standard
  • RSA
  • elliptic curve cryptography
  • smart cards
  • biometrics
  • information systems risk management.

The Master program is aimed at information security managers providing principles underlying the components of information security systems, and technical specialists who are interested in the implementation or critical evaluation of information security systems.

Alternatively, those interested in the role of a systems administrator or risk analysis consultant can choose to exit the program at Graduate Diploma level.

This Master program also offers opportunities for internships in the information security industry.


2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

This incorporates Graduate Diploma: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time and Graduate Certificate: 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time.

Note: The Graduate Certificate is not available to international students.

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Students in the Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance) (by coursework) degree have internship opportunities with companies such as ANZ, RMIT IT Security and Computer Associates.

Internships with companies such as Biarri and are also available through AMSI for postgraduate students.


Graduates find work in technical and business roles in the information security industry as well as risk management consulting roles in the IT industry.

Master graduates find work as technical specialists in the design, provision and evaluation of information security systems and services.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.

Program entry requirements

A bachelor degree in a scientific or technical field or equivalent is required. Industrial experience can be substituted for this, which is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If you have relevant qualifications and work experience, you can receive recognition of current competencies by gaining exemption from some courses. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis.



Selection tasks


How to apply


Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost
  • Commonwealth supported place (CSP) fees where your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are only a small number of CSPs available.

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Mathematical & Geospatial Sci

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Program structure enquiries
SMGS Information Security Group
School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences
Building 8, Level 9, Room 9
360–370 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2283 or +61 3 9925 1843
Fax: +61 3 9925 2454

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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.