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Bring a new perspective to technology and business by gaining the critical skills and knowledge the world needs to shape solutions to today's problems.

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Engineering Science, Master of Commerce
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.5 - 3 years

Overview

Choose from 21 specialisations to bridge the knowledge and skills gap between information technology and business. With this double degree, you'll be able to approach problems with innovative solutions by harnessing your business acumen and IT expertise to maximise social impact.

The Master of Information Technology/Master of Commerce is the first of its kind and was designed by two leaders in their field of education, UNSW Engineering and UNSW Business School, and in consultation with industry and employers and most importantly, you. Break the mould with a skill set unique to your interests and position yourself to lead organisations through digital transformation.

This degree is ideal for people with very specific or niche interests as there are 21 specialisations to choose from. Combine two specialisations plus unique experiences at UNSW to become a changemaker and influencer of the new digital age. The business acumen you'll learn alongside deep engineering knowledge primes you to bring engineering solutions to the wider business and take on a more impactful role in organisations.

This postgraduate double degree will upskill you in your discipline specific skills as well as broad business skills such as Management, Leadership and Problem Solving at an organisation level. This double degree is ideal if you're an early or mid-career professional seeking to advance your career, or if you're a career-changer wanting to re-skill for the wide range of business and technology-related roles that are growing and evolving daily.

The Master of Information Technology provides a broad-based IT education, and more specialised knowledge in up to two areas, enabling you to work in a range of positions in the IT industry.

Both degrees allow you to specialise, choosing from a range of disciplines, to pursue your career ambitions. This program will enable you to graduate with two Masters degrees after three years. If you qualify for advanced standing through Recognised Prior Learning you'll be able to complete both degrees up to a year and a half sooner meaning you could have two postgraduate degrees after just a year and a half.

Key features

In the Master of Information Technology/Master of Commerce, you'll graduate with two independently recognised degrees that offer in-depth knowledge with integrated skills across two distinct yet complementary areas of business and engineering.

Your learning will be hands-on and practical as you gain access to real-world scenarios to test your new skills and knowledge. You'll learn from experts in the field for each of the 21 specialisations, many still closely connected to industry. 

This degree is brand new and based on what industry and our prospective students were looking for. We've connected with industry to design this degree to ensure your education is relevant to their business needs. It's future focused and progressive so that your study will give you the tools to excel in the jobs of today and step up to meet the jobs of tomorrow. 

You’ll study in a research-intense environment where you’ll be exposed to fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge advances in computing and information processing so you can bring the latest practices into the workforce.

  • Boost or change your career in less than two years
  • Choose from 21 specialisations
  • Get professional accreditation
  • Work experience opportunities 
  • Industry networking opportunities

 

Design a degree that sets you apart

We understand your career goals and interests are unique to you, so we’ve designed a degree that sets you up to specialise in growing niche areas.

In the Master of IT component of this degree, you can choose up to two majors to further develop specialised knowledge tailored to your career. They include: 

  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Database Systems 
  • Data Science and Engineering 
  • E-Commerce Systems 
  • Information Technology 
  • Internetworking

The Master of Commerce provides a high quality, industry relevant business education. If you're a non-business graduate wanting to develop your skills and knowledge in business, or if you are a business graduate who would like to broaden your business knowledge, you can specialise, choosing from a range of disciplines, to pursue your career ambitions. Choose from specialisations including:

  • Accounting
  • Global Sustainability and Social Impact
  • Economics and Finance
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Finance
  • Financial Technology
  • Business Analytics
  • Cybersecurity, Risk and Privacy
  • Digital Transformation
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Marketing
  • International Business
  • Human Resource management
  • Risk Management

The Master of Information Technology/Master of Commerce dual degree is for students with a recognised four-year Engineering degree.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Postgraduate study at UNSW Engineering gives you the opportunity to make career change or progress in your current field. We offer study options in more engineering disciplines than any other Australian university. Our degrees are designed to help you specialise in your field and take a leading role in the industry.

The School of Computer Science and Engineering is a leading provider of world class education and research; specialising in education for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The School also continues to produce internationally acclaimed research, working closely with industry to provide innovative solutions to the sector.

UNSW Business School is ranked the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS*. As a UNSW Business School student, you’ll have access to Career Accelerator - a portfolio of work experience, professional development and global business project opportunities.

UNSW supports startups, with more founders than any other Australian university. UNSW Business School is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading business schools, with more than 90,000 alumni worldwide who could be connections for your future career.

When you study with us you’ll benefit from: 

  • Studying at Australia’s number one Engineering faculty
  • UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering’s research is ranked 1st in Australia by the internationally recognised CS Rankings in Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded & Real-Time Systems and Operating Systems**.
  • Many lecturers within the School are world-renowned researchers in their field  
  • Our School is rated five stars by the Australian Research Council for the research field of Information and Computing Sciences  
  • We leverage our strong industry ties to improve our research and listen to their needs in order to ensure our teaching and students’ learning reflect current industry demands.
  • Our industry partners include leading companies such as Atlassian, The Commonwealth Bank, Google, Honeywell, Microsoft and WiseTech Global
  • Be part of UNSW's hive of world-leading research in areas including renewable energy, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, water resources, biomedical engineering and infrastructure

*AFR BOSS 2022 Best Business School Rankings

**According to QS Top Universities Rankings by Subject 2022

 

Program Code
8339
CRICOS Code
108472D
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144

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Entry requirements

Entry to the combined Master of Information Technology/Master of Commerce requires one of the following:

  • a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline including at least three mathematics courses, and a minimum 65% average.
  • completion of a 3 year BSc in Computer Science or Bioinformatics (or cognate discipline) at UNSW or equivalent, and a minimum 65% average.
  • completion of the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, and a minimum 65% average.
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in Computing, and a minimum 65% average.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be eligible for up to 72 Units of Credit depending on your background:

For the Commerce component, up to 24 Units of Credit may be awarded based on your previous Business studies (at Bachelor level or higher).

For the Information Technology component, up to 48 Units of Credit may be awarded:

You'll be given 48 Units of Credit If you have a 4 year software or computer engineering degree or the equivalent, accredited under the Seoul Accord, that includes:

  1. a final year/capstone design or research project (the equivalent of 2 semesters or 3 terms of study),
  2. a project management course, and
  3. at least two computing courses covering data structures and algorithms (or work experience with sufficient experience to data structures and algorithms)

You'll be given 24 Units of Credit if you have a 4 year software or computer engineering degree or the equivalent, that is not accredited, and includes:

  1. a final year/capstone design or research project (the equivalent of 2 semesters or 3 terms of study)
  2. a project management course
  3. at least two computing courses covering data structures and algorithms (or work experience with sufficient experience to data structures and algorithms)

You'll be given 24 Units of Credit if you have a 3 year Bachelor of Computer Science degree or the equivalent, accredited under the Seoul accord, that includes :

  1. a final year/capstone design or research project (the equivalent of 2 semesters or 3 terms of study)
  2. a project management course
  3. at least two computing courses covering data structures and algorithms
  4. three or more years professional work experience in a role such as Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Architect, Data Analyst, Machine Learning Engineer, Senior Applications Engineer, or Data Engineer you will be given 24 Units of Credit

Admission pathways

Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS)

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools. Find out more about the interview process and eligibility criteria.

Learn more about EPAS

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Entry to the combined Master of Information Technology/Master of Commerce requires one of the following:

  • a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline including at least three mathematics courses, and a minimum 65% average.
  • completion of a 3 year BSc in Computer Science or Bioinformatics (or cognate discipline) at UNSW or equivalent, and a minimum 65% average.
  • completion of the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, and a minimum 65% average.
  • completion of the Graduate Certificate in Computing, and a minimum 65% average.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be eligible for up to 72 Units of Credit depending on your background:

For the Commerce component, up to 24 Units of Credit may be awarded based on your previous Business studies (at Bachelor level or higher).

For the Information Technology component, between 24 and 48 Units of Credit may be awarded:

You'll be given 48 Units of Credit If you have a 4 year software or computer engineering degree or the equivalent, accredited under the Seoul Accord, that includes:

  1. a final year/capstone design or research project (the equivalent of 2 semesters or 3 terms of study),
  2. a project management course, and
  3. at least two computing courses covering data structures and algorithms (or work experience with sufficient experience to data structures and algorithms)

You'll be given 24 Units of Credit if you have a 4 year software or computer engineering degree or the equivalent, that is not accredited, and includes:

  1. a final year/capstone design or research project (the equivalent of 2 semesters or 3 terms of study)
  2. a project management course
  3. at least two computing courses covering data structures and algorithms (or work experience with sufficient experience to data structures and algorithms)

You'll be given 24 Units of Credit if you have a 3 year Bachelor of Computer Science degree or the equivalent, accredited under the Seoul accord, that includes :

  1. a final year/capstone design or research project (the equivalent of 2 semesters or 3 terms of study)
  2. a project management course
  3. at least two computing courses covering data structures and algorithms
  4. three or more years professional work experience in a role such as Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Architect, Data Analyst, Machine Learning Engineer, Senior Applications Engineer, or Data Engineer you will be given 24 Units of Credit

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS)

Our Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS) is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate study. It applies to students who don’t quite make the cut-off weighted average mark, across all UNSW Engineering schools. Find out more about the interview process and eligibility criteria.

Learn more about EPAS

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

In this double degree program, you'll be able to specialise in an area of your choice within our different IT specialisations, whilst also specialising in a business area to advance your business knowledge and skills to take your career further.

Within your IT and Commerce specialisations, you'll study disciplinary specific courses whilst also building skills which are essential to professional decision making, project and staff management, leadership and strategy.  

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

In the Master of Information Technology component of this program, you'll choose from seven specialisation options, within your chosen specialisation you'll study a combination of disciplinary and advanced disciplinary courses, core courses and electives from both computing and non-computing areas.

At the start of your program you'll study a range of core courses to learn the fundamentals of Information Technology before further progressing in your degree, core courses include:

  • Principles of Programming 
  • Data Structures & Algorithms 
  • Database Systems 
  • Computer Networks & Applications 
  • Project Management 

Through the Disciplinary and Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses you’ll learn the technical knowledge and skills you need for your chosen specialisation. You’ll also update your knowledge in cutting-edge developments in your area of interest.

To complement this in the Master of Commerce component of this program you’ll specialise in one of 14 areas to develop your skills and knowledge in business, in addition you’ll study:

  • Core courses on professional skills and data analytics
  • Gateway courses that support your specialisation
  • Courses in your chosen specialisation
  • A UNSW Business School elective course
  • A Capstone or Practicum course

Future careers

UNSW Engineering graduates are some of the most sought-after engineers in Australia and abroad thanks to the reputation of our research and teaching. UNSW Business School graduates have been named among the most employable students by AFR Top100 Future Leaders Awards in 2021.

After completing this dual masters degree you’ll have extensive knowledge in IT through the specialisation options available, as well as Business skills such as Management, Project and Staff Management, Leadership and Strategy through the Commerce major.

Dive into opportunities in the Information Technology careers on the rise. There’s 43.7% projected job growth in Australian ICT professions and 11.7% projected job growth in Australian Engineering Management roles. This demand is just one of the reasons we created this one-of-a-kind degree.

Your career opportunities will depend on your area of specialisation. This postgraduate dual degree will equip you to take on a senior IT role where you’d be required to make business decisions, potential roles include:

  • Senior Systems Engineer
  • Data Analyst or Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Senior IT Project Manager
  • Big data Engineer
  • Strategy and Operations Lead/Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Analyst Programmer

Visit the various Engineering and Commerce specialisations for examples of career opportunities.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

Commonwealth Supported Places

2023 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$11,326*

2023 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$34,606*

All places within this degree are Commonwealth supported. This means that if you receive an offer from UNSW Sydney as a domestic student, you will have a substantial proportion of your fees  subsidised by the Australian government. Start your application today with our guide on how to apply

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.


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"We need people that understand the technology, but we also need people to have a deep understanding of a given business vertical. Graduates should understand what their niche business domain is and level up their skills in that just as much as in the tech."

Matthew Ellis, Head of Engineering at Macquarie Bank

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