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The UNSW School of Information Systems and Technology Management is one of the largest and most established schools in Australia

UNSW School of Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM) is ranked first in Australia, second in the Asia-Pacific region and tenth worldwide, in recent rankings by the Association for Information Systems (AIS). Our research is positioned at the forefront of the discipline and has highly developed local and international links.

Industry associations & accreditations

The School is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

EQUIS accreditation benchmarks business and management schools against international standards in terms of governance, programs, students, faculty, research, internationalisation, ethics, responsibility and sustainability, and corporate engagement. There are only 173 accredited institutions worldwide, including London Business School, INSEAD and Peking University.

AACSB is a member organisation that provides quality assurance, business education intelligence and professional services. Its accredited members are committed to making a difference, using diverse perspectives and a global mindset to inspire innovation and improve the quality of business education worldwide.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has awarded professional level accreditation to ISTM’s bachelor degrees (Information Systems, Information Systems (Co-op) and Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Information Systems double degree), ensuring students are workplace-ready upon graduation.

Welcome from the Head of School

The UNSW School of Information Systems and Technology Management provides the answers to the technical issues surrounding business information systems, giving students the specialist skills essential to develop and implement IT solutions for business, and offers a flexible career with great earning potential.

Our high-quality academics deliver a range of bachelor, master and doctorate degrees that incorporate current theory with practical experience from industry partners such as IBM, Deloitte, EY, IAG and PwC.

We’re committed to providing innovative instruction and conducting seminal research in partnership with industry. In 2016, we established the Digital Enablement Research Network (DERN). DERN connects an elite group of academics with industry partners in the Asia-Pacific region and globally to develop innovative solutions for practice-inspired research projects.

DERN developed and utilises a “sandbox” approach to collaboration. The Sandbox Education program is a platform to connect industry, educators and students, empowering them to co-create a career-focused learning experience through solving real-life challenges. This multi-award-winning program simulates a professional working environment by bringing in real-world scenarios into the classroom, creating a safe space for students to explore, collaborate and innovate.

In 2019, DERN won the AACSB-International Innovation That Inspire Award fora submission titled “UNSW Sandbox Method for Transformative Research.” The Innovations That Inspire challenge invited members of AACSB’s Business Education Alliance to identify ways they are inspiring new approaches to thought leadership and increasing its impact through the co-creation of knowledge.

Our School is a collaborative and innovative environment for students, academics and industry partners to learn, disseminate knowledge and make a positive impact on society. We would love to welcome you to our team!

Barney Tan
Head of the School

Why Information Systems?

Behind every digital innovation is an information system — it’s what drives businesses to launch and thrive. As the global business environment evolves, so too do the systems that support it. Studying Information Systems and Technology Management gives you the opportunity to develop a solid understanding of the technical and material knowledge needed to effectively manage this technology in organisations.

The career path for information systems and IT professionals is varied and graduates could be employed as a Business Analyst, IT Infrastructure or Network Developer or an e-Commerce specialist or Business Developer.

Study with us

Our School has a five-star rating for graduate salaries and full-time employment in the latest Good Universities Guide. Our programs equip students to respond to the evolving needs of industry in diverse areas, including business analytics, cyber security and agile software development.

What do Information Systems & Technology Management courses cover?

You’ll learn how to design, develop, incorporate and use technology in business operations, supporting both operations and decision-making. Our students develop the skills to understand on a high level, both the technical and business side of operations.

The topics covered are wide ranging and extend from business system analysis and design through to program development, enterprise systems, cyber security, big data management and business intelligence.

Contact us

Looking for a course coordinator or someone to help?

E: istm@unsw.edu.au