Cybersecurity - C6002


Expert master degree

The Master of Cybersecurity (MCybersec) gives you the skills to manage and administer cybersecurity and blockchain and prepares you for careers as security systems analysts, systems designers, data security specialists or security software engineers or administrators.

As a cybersecurity professional, your specialised skills will always be in high demand, as well as highly rewarded.

The MCS expands your knowledge of how to design, deploy and maintain security services, by combining theory with practice. You explore issues faced both by users and application providers, and devise possible solutions.

The MCS caters to students from a variety of backgrounds by including preparatory IT units. However, if you already have a degree in IT or engineering, you may accelerate your study with an exemption from these preparatory units, or perhaps choose to take further cybersecurity electives.

The advanced studies of an MCS include a range of topics, from software security, enterprise security including planning, operations and management to IT forensics, cloud computing and blockchain.

The course emphasises the principles and management of security technologies upon which organisations rely. You will learn how to evaluate the needs of an organisation's infrastructure and create plans to protect it against potential attacks and security breaches.

In your final semester, you may take part in an Industry Experience program, working in a small team with industry mentors to develop entrepreneurial IT solutions. Or you may undertake a minor-thesis research project, investigating cutting-edge problems in security under the supervision of internationally recognised researchers.

Students wishing to exit early can complete with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Cyber and Security.

High-achieving students who complete the research component may progress to further research study. Graduates may be eligible for Australian Computer Society (ACS) professional membership.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
1.5 or 2 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
Semester One (February), Semester Two (July) and October Intake
Master of Cybersecurity
Course Handbook

With the proliferation of mobile and pervasive devices with network capability and the popularity and the availability of Internet, more and more users and application providers are seeking and providing services with the access and delivery paradigm of anytime and anywhere. In order to harness such rapidly changing technology, one needs to have clear understanding, knowledge and experience that transcends these technologies in order to able to design, deploy and maintain networks and application services. This course not only provides an in-depth knowledge on the principles of these technologies, but also explores issues that are faced both by the users and the application providers, and provides possible solutions. The theory is interrelated with the practice which makes this course unique. Students wishing to exit early can complete with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Cybersecurity.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Depending on prior qualifications:

Entry level 1:
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time (96 points to complete)

An Australian bachelor  degree not necessarily in IT, with at least a 60% average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

Entry level 2:
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian bachelor degree in a cognate discipline including computing, computer science, software engineering, computer systems, electrical, electronic or communication engineering with at least a 60% average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in three parts. Part A. Foundations for advanced security studies, Part B. Core master's study, and Part C. Advanced practice.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code C6002


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code C6002


Current Monash students

Current Monash students should apply for an internal transfer directly to the Faculty.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2021 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 0100636