Two new Master of Information Technology specialisations launching in 2020

Two students work on computers at CSU Study Centres

From 2020, students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will have the option to study one of two new specialisations on the Master of Information Technology (MIT) degree. Both areas, Data Science and Cyber Security, are growing professions within IT, and having these skills will make graduates more employable than ever.

What is data science?

Data scientists identify, analyse and interpret data to help organisations improve their businesses. This includes finding patterns in consumers’ data to map and predict buying habits. Deloitte has predicted a 76% increase in businesses planning to increase investment in analytics capabilities in this field by 2022*.

Students will be introduced to the recent approaches for data pre-processing, knowledge discovery and future prediction, along with the basics of data mining techniques. Upon successful completion of their Master's degree, students will have all the skills they need to thrive in the workplace. The average entry level salary for a data scientist is AUD$72,592.

What is cyber security?

Cyber security is a fascinating specialism, and one that developing technology has made more important than ever. Cyber security experts play a vital role in protecting personal data and preventing cyber-attacks. AustCyber predicts the Australian industry will need at least a further 11,000 workers in cyber security in the next ten years to meet demand*. 

Students will be taught contemporary topics including digital forensics, dark web and cloud privacy and security. They also have the opportunity to complete a dual specialisation in the MIT program, Cyber Security and Network Security, opening up additional career pathways. Cyber Security at CSU Study Centres will prepare students for a job in the industry, such as Security Specialist, Security Engineer, or Network Security Manager.

Australia’s most employable graduates

Charles Sturt is proud to have Australia's highest graduate employment rate and above average starting salaries (QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2018). By continuing to offer programmes focused on employability, CSU Study Centres give students the opportunity to get ahead.

Visit our programme pages to find out more.

*Deloitte, The future of work: Occupational and education trends in data science in Australia, 2018

**Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, 2018