Computer Science - C5008

Make the career change you’ve dreamed of with the Graduate Diploma of Computer Science delivered online through Monash. Gain the key computing and specialist skills to shift into a career in the computing industry, prepared to tackle challenges in a broad range of industries and sectors.

This degree is your pathway to changing the direction of your career through the development of core computer science skills and a specialisation in an ever-important area of the field. The in-depth study of software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence will leave you with graduate-level knowledge of the technology making a lasting impact on the world.

You may be eligible to exit this course early with a Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, provided you complete the following units: ITO4131, ITO4136, ITO4137 and one other unit from Part A.

The Master of Computer Science is designed by award-winning and internationally recognised academics from the Faculty of Information Technology, who are committed to driving transformative change through strategic collaboration and world-leading research. A graduate degree from the only Group of Eight university to dedicate an entire faculty to IT will see you placed among a diverse group of graduates leading some of the world’s top companies.

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Where can the Graduate Diploma of Computer Science take me?

The comprehensive foundation units combined with specialist study in software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence will prepare you to shift your career into the computing industry. Integral knowledge in these key areas will leave you well-positioned to compete in the job market, with career opportunities including software engineers, information security analysts and data analysts.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Online: Part time
1.4 years or 0.7 years part time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
January, March, May, July, August. October
Graduate Diploma of Computer Science
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Course Handbook

The Graduate Diploma of Computer Science combines foundational knowledge and skills with specialist study, providing you with a relevant qualification setting you up to effectively tackle advanced issues in the application on computer science.

The course is your opportunity to gain a speciality within the field, choosing from software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence. You’ll have the chance to explore each topic at the beginning of your course.

Software engineering

With organisations increasingly looking to digital systems and solutions, software engineering specialists are integral. This speciality covers aspects of the software lifecycle, together with the tools, processes, management methods and quality assurance techniques required to deliver robust reliable software, on time and within budget.


As the security risks that arise from an increasingly digital world increase, specialists in cybersecurity has never been more important. This specialisation covers the skills to manage and administer cybersecurity and blockchain, and prepares you for roles such as a security systems analyst, designer, blockchain engineer and software or network security engineer or administrator.

Artificial intelligence

With artificial intelligence making its way into every aspect of our lives, the field requires specialists with the knowledge and skills to effectively build AI-based products and intelligent systems. This specialisation covers statistical learning models and algorithms, modern optimisation techniques, natural language fundamentals, modern concepts in image and video, roles of AI and its ethics and impact on organisations, society and the world.

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Entry Requirements

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

Entry level 1: 48 points to complete

Duration: 1.4 years part time

Applicants must have completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline with at least a credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

To undertake the artificial intelligence specialisation, you must have knowledge of calculus and linear algebra at the level of undergraduate physical science or engineering.

Entry level 2: 24 points to complete

Duration: 0.7 years part time

Applicants must have completed an Australian Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, with at least credit (60%) average.

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Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in two consecutive parts:

  • Part A. Core master’s studies
  • Part B. Specialist studies

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Alternative qualifications

You may eligible to exit this course early with a Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, provided you complete the following units: ITO4131, ITO4136, ITO4137 and one other unit from Part A.

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Future students

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


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

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


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


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.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.