Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleMBIS(Hons)
CRICOS code062925G
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Course coordinator

Dr Steven Wright


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of six years to complete the requirements of the course.


This course prepares students for careers in IT management, applications development, business information systems, information systems, information management, or knowledge management.

Seven specialisations are offered although not all may be available in any one year.

This degree prepares students for either senior professional practice or doctoral-level (PhD) studies through research methods training leading to a minor thesis in business information systems.


The objectives of this course are to:

  • develop students' understanding of two significant areas of business information systems to a level of depth and sophistication consistent with senior professional practice
  • provide students with knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical and professional controversies in business information systems
  • provide students with knowledge, understanding and experiences that transcend technologies and are robust over time so that students are well-placed to deal with ongoing, rapid changes in the information technology field
  • and prepare students for PhD study through research methods training and research leading to a minor thesis in business information systems.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is through either a course transfer from a relevant Faculty of Information Technology master's program (three-semester or professional), or via articulation from a relevant Faculty of Information Technology postgraduate diploma, eg 3344 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems or 2411 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology

This is subject to the following:

  • completion of at least eight level-five FIT units taken from the relevant degree specialisation, or at least seven such units plus FIT5185 (Introduction to IT research methods)
  • at least a 75 per cent weighted average mark (WAM) in all level-four or five FIT units attempted (including any failed units).


MBIS (Hons) graduates will be awarded an overall honours grade for the degree (H1, H2A, H2B, or H3).

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard for professional-level membership. Students who successfully complete the MBIS (Hons) may, depending on their unit choice, be eligible for professional accreditation/recognition by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA), or the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIM Professionals Australasia).

Note that professional accreditation is dependent on unit choice. For further information about units required for accreditation by each professional body see:


This course consists of 16 approved master's-level units including a research methodology unit and a 24-point minor thesis.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) at least eight units (48 points) from the specialisations listed under 'Areas of study'

(b.) FIT5185 Introduction to IT research methods

(c.) FIT5181 Advanced topics in information systems

(d.) a 24-point minor thesis

(e.) a maximum of two elective units (12 points). These may be selected from units within the specialisations or from other postgraduate units within Monash, subject to the approval of the course director.

MBIS Specialisations

Students can choose to complete one or two MBIS specialisations or select units from a number of these and complete the course without a specialisation. It is highly recommended that students specialise by completing all the units in two specialisations.

MBIS elective units

  • FIT9058 Chinese language information technology
  • level four and five units from 3309 Master of Applied Information Technology and 2402 Master of Information Technology
  • units within the MBIS specialisations or from other postgraduate units within Monash, subject to the approval of the course coordinator.

Progression to further studies

Students must complete a minor thesis and will be awarded an overall course grade. Graduates of this course with a H1 or H2A result may progress to PhD study.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following provided they have satisfied the requirements for the awards:

  • 3340 Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • 3344 Postgraduate Diploma in Business Information Systems after successful completion of 48 points of study
  • 3341 Master of Business Information Systems after successful completion of 72 points of study.


Master of Business Information Systems (Honours)