Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance)
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: MC159
GD162, GC036, Graduate Diploma in Information Assurance, Graduate Certificate in Information Security
- Campus: City campus
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
- elliptic curve cryptography
- smart cards
- 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.
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.
The Master consists of 192 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points) and the Graduate Certificate (48 credit points).
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
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 assurance.com 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.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.
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.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section)
- Choose your application method and apply
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section)
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
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.
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.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Mathematical & Geospatial Sci
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
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.