Master of Information Systems/Postgraduate Diploma in Management

Course ML-ISMGT (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 200 credit points taken over 24 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Melbourne Graduate School of Science


Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne

Tel: + 61 3 8344 6404
Fax: +61 3 8344 5803

Course Overview: The combined degrees (MBA/MIS and MIS/PDM) provide advanced management education for those on a track for senior IT management (Chief Information or Technology Officers) or middle management in the IT function of a firm. The degrees combine strengths of the management programs in the Melbourne Business School with key information systems management subjects within the Master of Information Systems Program.

The key objective of the combined management degrees (MBA and PDM) with the Master of Information Systems (MIS) is to equip students with capabilities to lead IT within contemporary organisations. In addition to broad management education achieved through the programs within the Melbourne Business School, the combined degrees cover management awareness of critical inter and intra organizational systems, the ability to assess emerging technologies for business benefit, as well as capabilities in handling IT strategy and governance and in achieving compliance, and protecting digital assets against threats.

Students also gain a broad business and real world perspective together with experience in applying business communication, interpersonal, and team skills to real situations. Further, critical thinking and analytical skills are honed through a mixture of advanced teaching models including case-based, experiential, and team-based approaches.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

A total of fifteen subjects (187.5 points in total) comprising at least seven MBA core subjects including The World of Management (integrated), Data and Decisions, and Managing Processes, AND at least six MIS subjects: 4 core MIS subjects plus two IS electives. The remaining two subjects are taken from either MIS elective subjects or MBA core subjects or a combination.

MBA Core subjects

  • The World of Management (integrated) Data and Decisions
  • Managing Processes

Plus at least four from

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Managing People for High Performance
  • Marketing
  • Managerial Economics
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Financial Management
  • Business Strategy

MIS Core subjects

  • 615671 Business Applications and Architectures
  • 615652 Emerging Technologies and Issues
  • 615660 IS Strategy and Governance
  • 615683 Impact of Digitisation

(note: Data and Decisions, and Managing Processes are both IS related subjects)

Plus at least two electives from 615 (Information Systems) 600 level subjects.

Two further electives from the PDM or from Information Systems 600 level subjects or combination from each.

Master of Information Systems subject information is available below. For Postgraduate Diploma in Management subject information, please refer to

Subject Options:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1
Not offered in 2010
Not offered in 2010
Not offered in 2010
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

1. The Selection Committee will evaluate the applicant’s ability to successfully pursue the course using the criteria listed below:

  • an undergraduate degree in Information Systems with at least H3 (65%) average in the final year of study and a minimum of two years documented relevant work experience;

2. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews and tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to elucidate any of the matters referred to above.

Note: references above to a degree in Information Systems means a degree with at least 60% of specialised information systems studies, including a balanced mix of technical and management topics, project management and professional ethics.

Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
Graduate Attributes: The MBA/MIS and MIS/PDM are advanced combined degrees and are informed by the best available evidence-based research. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced independent critical inquiry, analysis and reflection. The Melbourne Business School components (MBA and PDM) use the highly respected case driven learning model that combines cutting edge management analysis of real firms with interactive methods. The MIS component has significant engagement and involvement from local and international practising information systems professionals and is informed by relevant industry-based research.
Links to further information:

International students who wish to undertake this course need to do so sequentially rather than as a combined course. For further information, please contact the Melbourne Graduate School of Science.

Exit Points

Master of Information Systems: Students would qualify for the Master of Information Systems as an exit point if they complete 615671 Business Applications and Architectures, 615652 Emerging Technologies and Issues, 615660 IS Strategy and Governance, 615683 Impact of Digitisation, Data and Decisions and Managing Process, plus two 615 600 level electives.

Postgraduate Diploma of Management: Students would qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma of Management as an exit point if they complete at least nine of the ten core MBA subjects.

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