Enrolments: 561,718

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: 552,853

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.

Your Journey to a Masters Degree

No matter what your circumstances, there is a pathway to complete postgraduate study and get you to your dream job sooner.

We’re here to help every step of the way. Contact us for assistance or more information.

Step 1: What study have you completed?

I want to skip the time, cost and hassle of a bachelors degree

Even without a degree, you could be eligible to apply for a Graduate Certificate – which is one third of a Masters degree.

Not sure about online study? Start your journey with a free trial by completing our Free University Short Courses.

I have completed university study

Congratulations! With a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate qualification you can apply for our Graduate Certificate or Master Degrees.

You can also earn subject credits (also known as Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL) if you have completed study at a postgraduate level which you believe covered the same content as a subject on the course you are considering studying.

I have completed industry certifications

Great news! You could be eligible to apply for a Graduate Certificate, which is one third of a Masters degree.

You can also earn subject credits (also known as Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL) for completed industry certifications covered by the course (for example, you have your Cisco CCNP, Microsoft MCSA or PMI PMP) to reduce your study time.

Step 2: Try online learning, for free

Complete our Free University Short Courses

Whatever your area of study, we’re sure you’ll find a subject in the Free Short Course Library that piques your interest.

  • Each short course provides free study resources, 8-10 hours to complete
  • Build confidence in your study skills
  • Be inspired! Gain valuable insights into new subject matter
  • Try online learning and get a ‘taster’ of what it is like to do online postgraduate study with IT Masters and Charles Sturt University
  • Earn a certificate of achievement
  • Successfully complete 3 or more short courses and be eligible for 1 industry elective credit

That’s right, complete 24-30 hours of FREE study and we’ll give you credit for 1 subject towards your qualification (subject to conditions here). You can also enrol in your Masters now and complete the short courses while you wait to start.

Three Free Short Courses = University Credit

You can complete any three of our eligible free short courses earn one subject credit (conditions here). Here’s some sample groupings we’ve put together to best prepare you for your Masters.

Cyber Security




You can view our entire library of free short courses here, with more added every few months.

Step 3: Reduce the time and cost of study with credit

Apply for Subject Credit (Recognition of Prior Learning)

There are three ways you can earn credit for one or more subjects towards a Graduate Certificate or Masters Degree:

  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 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.

Apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Our IT Graduate Certificate courses have been awarded Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) as part of the federal government’s Job-Ready Graduates Package. This means that all Australian Citizens/Residents and NZ citizens are eligible for a discount on all subjects studied in:

But there are limited places available and these are already filling fast.

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, and an additional 10% discount is available for students eligible for HECS-HELP that choose to pay upfront. You may also be eligible to reduce the number of subjects studied with subject credit.

Step 4: Add postgraduate study to your resume

Enrol today and update your resume immediately

Enjoy the benefits of study before you’ve even started. By adding study in progress onto your resume, you show current and prospective employers that you are committed to improving your knowledge and skills.

Having a reputable brand such as Charles Sturt University on your resume could place you ahead of other candidates and better position you for a promotion or new job.

Step 5: Start your studies sooner, with extra support

Special intakes to help you ease into postgraduate study

We have created special year-round intakes that will help to support you combine study with a busy work, family and social life. You’ll start with a single subject. Then once you’ve handed in an assessment or two and settled back in to ‘study mode’, you’ll take on a second subject.

A dedicated IT Masters staff member will be on hand to provide extra guidance as you learn the ropes, so you can jump confidently into the rest of your degree.

You can start in any of the six intakes, with subjects on offer from across all of our degrees.

Step 6: The Graduate Certificate

Earn a postgraduate qualification in only 8 months (or less)

If you’ve never finished any university study but have the right professional experience, you can still start your Masters through the Graduate Certificate pathway.

The Graduate Certificate is simply the first 4 subjects of your Masters degree. You don’t pay for or study any extra subjects by completing your Graduate Certificate first, and you end up with two postgraduate qualifications when you finish your Masters.

Step 7: Study your Masters

Accelerate your career and income with a Masters Degree

Take that next step towards your dream job (and the benefits that come with it). Learn more about what you love and become a Master of your field. Make new connections, build credibility and confidence.

Get started and apply now, or complete an eligiblity form for a personalised assessment and a hand to guide you through the process.

APPLY NOW to get started, or

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