Southern Cross University offers new STEM-focused degrees

Southern Cross University Melbourne, Sydney and Perth campuses will be offering STEM-focused postgraduate courses beginning 2 March, the start of 2020 Session 1 intake. This development was confirmed by Ben McCully, Senior Vice President for Southern Cross University Partnerships.

The new postgraduate courses are the Master of Information Technology and the double degree Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration. Each course can be completed in two years.

“This is in response to a growing demand for courses that will prepare the students to meet the needs of a rapidly changing technologically driven landscape,” Mr McCully reveals.

Students of the Master of Information Technology course are required to complete 16 units comprising eight core units (with one unit awarded a double credit point), five specialisation units and two elective units.

Those in the Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration should complete 16 units comprising of seven engineering management units and nine business administration units.

The relevance of STEM-focused degrees

These are exciting times for students. Open to both IT and non-IT professionals, graduates of the Master of Information Technology will be in the forefront of transformations in technology and the way it impacts today’s communities from the simplest to the more complex functions such as biometric recognition, digital health monitoring, connectivity to the Internet of Things or cybersecurity and management of big data.

Students will gain the opportunity to experience Southern Cross University’s Digital Enterprise Lab through a variety of learning methods and actual industry projects. They will be given ample opportunities to learn and experiment using cutting-edge technologies in artificial intelligence, virtual or augmented reality and the Internet of Things with advanced coursework and real-world applications.

Engineers may possess exceptional technical knowledge but they could use the training in management and leadership which the Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration course can provide. Students will be equipped to handle the challenges of a leadership position and advance their career in engineering management fields.

Completion of the engineering management course may count towards Engineers Australia’s continuing professional development requirements or accreditation in any other relevant professional organisation.

Career outlook for graduates

Graduates of the information technology course will have an opportunity to advance their careers in a variety of roles and apply their expertise in cybersecurity, software development, user experience and data analysis across all businesses and organisations.

Based on their specialisation, opportunities in advanced cybersecurity, big data analysis, computational intelligence and machine learning, computer forensics, internet engineering, pervasive and immersive user experience, programming for the internet of things, mobile and cloud systems will now be open to them.

Graduates of the engineering management course will have better career opportunities in leadership or senior roles such as an engineering manager, advisor, consultant or as a government planner in various engineering related industries.

Entry requirements

For the Master of Information Technology course, applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a related discipline, or possess equivalent relevant professional experience. Students with an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 can apply for the course. Those who do not meet the academic and English requirements may be eligible for entry to the course through the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP).

For the Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration course, applicants should have completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in engineering or in a cognate discipline. Those with a 3-year undergraduate engineering degree or in a cognate discipline should present proof of at least two years of documented relevant work experience or demonstrated relevant prior learning and/or relevant industry experience equivalent to the undergraduate degree requirement. IELTS score should be 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0 for any component.

  CRICOS Annual Fees (2020) Duration English Requirement Intakes
Master of Information Technology 0101721 $32,400 ($4,050 per unit) 2 years full-time IELTS 6.0 March, July, October
Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration 0101720 $32,400 ($4,050 per unit) 2 years full-time IELTS 6.5 March, July, October


Scholarships may be available for both courses. Education agents may speak with their account manager or EduCo representative for details.

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The Summer Term, which began on 11 January, is being taught online for everyone's health and safety. Term 1 begins on 22 March.

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