Enrolments: 421,045

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 412,180

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Job-Ready Graduates Package

We’re thrilled to be able to offer discounted spots in some of our courses, making it more affordable for you to get job-ready in 2021! With our select graduate certificates you’ll get a reduced fee through government contributions and can defer your payment if you’re eligible for FEE-HELP. Start and complete your course in 2021 and you could get qualified now and pay later.

Once accepted into a course, you’ll receive some handy tips from us on how to prepare for the start of classes.

In the meantime, here are some answers to common questions.

Update 12 July 2021 – CSP Places Now Gone – but discounts still available!
Previously part of the government’s Job-Ready Graduates Package, our IT Grad Certs have been very popular. Commonwealth supported places are no longer available – but with 20% off you can still upskill for less this year! Read more here.

What courses and discounts are available?

Four of our Graduate Certificate courses are eligible for the Commonwealth Supported Places as part of the federal government’s Job-Ready Package. as follows:

Commonwealth Supported Places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only. Australian citizens may also be eligible to defer their payments via FEE-HELP.

Each Graduate Certificate is 4x subjects at a cost of $992 per subject (reduced from $3350 per subject). An additional 10% discount is available for students eligible for FEE-HELP that choose to pay upfront. You also may be eligible to reduce the number of subjects studied with subject credit (see last question below).

*Note: the Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition) course has a number of elective subjects where the fee is reduced to $1812 per subject. The total cost of this course will depend on the subjects selected. Our admissions team can assist you with subject selection. The Professional Internships subject is not covered by the CGS program.

How do I apply?

All applicants for IT Masters must apply online. The application takes about 15 minutes to complete via the CSU online application form here.

Note: to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place, you must select the option that says Payment: Commonwealth Support. The number of available Commonwealth Supported Places are limited for each course and this option will no longer appear once all places have been allocated.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a call from IT Masters advising you on the outcome of your application, and whether any further information is required for you to start studying.

What if I don’t have an IT background?

There are people with different level of experience in all of our subjects. Some have been in the industry for a long time and some are trying to switch fields. It is quite easy to not feel the part and remain quiet even though you may have many questions. Remember everyone is there to learn. If everyone knew everything, then the class would not exist.

Our free short courses provide a great introduction to various IT topics from Cyber Security to Networking Fundamentals. Our recent short course IT Career Fundamentals covers a lot of the basics. Try enrolling in one of these webinars to get a feel for how we create a collaborative learning environment and to increase your knowledge in some of these areas that you will soon be studying.

All short courses can be completed at your own pace and passing the course exam will earn you a certificate of achievement and if you complete three of them, could make you eligible for one subject credit.

How much time will I need to put aside for study?

If you’re enrolling in a full-time subject load (4 subjects), planning ahead is the way to go as each subject will require 10-12 hours a week. It can be done, but some extra prep can go a long way in helping you kick those goals!

Our Admissions Officers, Anna and Ruth might have recommended that you complete our “Preparing for University Study” short course. It’s not eligible towards the elective subject credit but will assist you in managing your time, goals, and expectations. This is important if you’re also working part-time or full-time during your studies. Enrol here.

Personal tip: Jot down all your assignment due dates on a wall planner or calendar. Having a visual guide and working towards the due date will help you stay on track and encourage you to start working on the assignments early.


I’m a bit anxious – I haven’t studied in a while/ever!

Learning resources can help a great deal with building your confidence in areas such as assignment writing and referencing.

Once you receive your CSU login details, head to the Learning Resources page to access a range of skills-based workshops.

It doesn’t matter if you’re new to Academic writing – CSU have a dedicated team of learning advisors and they can provide guidance one-on-one.


I can't study full-time, what are my options?

As a student with IT Masters/CSU you have the option to study between 1 and 4 subjects in each study session, depending on how much time you have (remembering that each subject will require 10-12 hours a week).

This Grant Scheme was designed for courses that start and finish in 2021, meaning that students need to study the 4 subjects across the 18 January, 1 March, 17 May or 12 July sessions in order to qualify for the full discounted rate. Any subjects studied in later sessions will cost the full rate, but don’t let this deter you from finishing your studies; as most students do you can use FEE-HELP to defer payment of your subjects.

Even if you complete 2 subjects in the above sessions at the discounted rate, and then 2 in the following sessions at the full rate, you will still have saved up to $4716 off your Graduate Certificate (or 35% of the total course cost).

Can I defer my whole enrolment to later in the year?

You can start in any intake in 2021 if places are still available. We encourage students to start as early as possible, as places are very limited. If you aren’t lucky enough to secure a CSP place, you can still defer the cost of the course using FEE-HELP or you may be able to discount the total cost with some subject credits (see below for more info).

We really recommend putting the time aside to get started on your study, even if it’s just one subject for now. It will increase your confidence, move you towards your goals, and open up career opportunities – even just having “Postgraduate study (in progress)” on your resume will help you stand out!


Is there any way to complete my course faster?

There are four ways you can earn credit (Recognition of Prior Learning) for one or more subjects towards your course:

  1. Industry Certifications – relevant industry certifications covered by the course (eg. Cisco CCNP, Microsoft MCSA or PMI PMP).
  2. Postgraduate Credits – Postgraduate subjects completed which covered the same content as a subject on the course you are considering studying.
  3. ACS (Australian Computer Society) CertificationsACS certifications are awarded based on a thorough assessment of your existing IT skills and competencies, so there are no exams or study required.
  4. IT Masters Free Short Courses – complete three or more short courses and be eligible for one industry elective credit

You can apply for credit for up to 50% of any course. Credit for can be claimed before or after you enrol, and current students can claim credit at any time up until graduation.

Feel free to reach out to us (admin@itmasters.edu.au) if you need more guidance or have any questions.