Enrolments: 498,267

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: 489,402

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 2022. With our select graduate certificates you’ll get a reduced fee through government contributions and can defer your payment if you’re eligible for HECS-HELP. Start your course in 2022 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.

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 Graduates 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 HECS-HELP.

Subjects vary in cost and the total course cost will depend on the course structure and subjects selected. Our admissions team can assist you with subject selection, and you can estimate your total course cost by searching for the discounted subject prices here.

An additional 10% discount is available for students eligible for HECS-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).

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.

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 switching career fields.

Our free short courses provide a great introduction to various IT topics from Cyber Security to Networking Fundamentals. Our free short course IT Career Fundamentals is a great place to start and covers a lot of the basics across various IT fields. Get a feel for how we create a collaborative learning environment and 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. Complete 3 or more and earn one elective subject credit, cutting your study time and savings down even lower.

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

If you’re enrolling in a full-time study load (4 subjects), planning ahead is the way to go. Each subject will require 10-12 hours a week, and all of our lectures are held after hours. It can be done, but some extra prep can go a long way!

Our Admissions Officers Anna and Thy 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.

Personal tip: jot down all of 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 assignments early.

What if 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. We also have an amazing student support team to help you throughout your studies – get in touch anytime.


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

You have the option to study between 1 and 4 subjects in each study session, depending on how much time you have and the subject availability for your course (remembering that each subject will require 10-12 hours a week).

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

You can start in any intake in 2022 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 HECS-HELP, or you may be able to discount the total cost with some subject credits (see below for more info).


Is there any way to complete my course faster?

There are four ways you can earn credit for one or more subjects towards your course:

  1. Industry Certifications – relevant industry certifications covered by the course (eg. Cisco CCNA, CompTIA Security+ 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.

I've already completed a Graduate Certificate, can I complete another with CSP before moving to the Masters?

It’s possible to enrol in another CSP-funded Graduate Certificate (4 subjects) to complete subjects towards the articulated Masters (i.e. a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security to a Master of Cyber Security). This means you can graduate with two qualifications, take advantage of the CSP discount, and still have credit options available to further shorten your study time.

Note that any subjects studied outside of your original course stream will count to your 50% credit limit. If you’re also planning on claiming credit from industry certifications, this will require careful planning.

To be able to credit subjects from your second Graduate Certificate, you’ll need to select subjects that will map to your original Masters stream. Contact us with your subject selection to ensure that you can graduate on time.

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