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, the securing of information and the assurance of this protection is essential to the continued success of organisations.

The information security and assurance masters degree aims to equip graduates with the mathematical, technical and business tools to secure an organisation’s information systems.


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

The program is offered through a flexible combination of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory classes.

State-of-the-art information security software used in the program will provide you with hands-on experience required for analysis of data.

Program structure

The Master program contains a unique mix of technical, mathematical and business courses, aimed at a wholistic approach to the securing of information systems.

Starting with an introduction to the myriad aspects of information security, and paired with insights from industry experts, the curriculum goes on to cover a wide range of topics, including risk management and cryptosystems, biometrics and ethical hacking, The two semester project in the second year, allows you to gain in-depth knowledge and expertise in an information security topic of your choice.

The Master’s program also offers opportunities for internships in the information security industry.

The Master consists of 192 credit points. This incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points).

The following is an example of courses offered:

Stage A Credit Points

  • Case Studies in Information Security 12
  • Discrete Mathematics 12
  • Introduction to Information Security 12
  • Web Servers and Web Technology 12

Exit point for the Graduate Certificate

Stage B Credit Points

  • Coding for Reliable Communications 12
  • Information Systems Risk Management 12

Exit point for the Graduate Diploma

Stage C Credit Points

  • Cryptography and Security 12
  • Industry Awareness Project 12

Stage D Credit Points

  • Advanced Topics in Cryptography 12
  • Industry Linkage Project 12

Two electives are required at each of stages B, C and D

Elective Courses Credit Points

  • Algebra for Information Security 12
  • Computer and Internet Forensics 12
  • Data Communication and Net-Centric Computing 12
  • Database Concepts 12
  • Information Systems Security 12
  • Information Technology Strategy 12
  • Information Theory for Secure Communications 12
  • Practical Security 12
  • Secure Electronic Commerce 12
  • Secure Programming Environments 12
  • Smartcard Cryptosystems 12

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


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

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


The graduates of this program will fill a wide variety of roles in the information security industry, ranging from penetration testers and IT risk analysts to security managers and forensic analysts, and from security auditors to network security engineers.

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

An Australian bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0 out of 4.0 with award title including computer, IT, software, electrical, electronics, communications, mathematics, physics or quivalent; or

An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA between 1.5 and 2.0 out of 4.0 in a scientific/ engineering/technical field with evidence of at least three years work experience in the field of IT/ information security or equivalent.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).



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.


You may be eligible for advanced standing based on industry experience or academic results in your previous studies.

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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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