Master of Information Systems/Graduate Diploma in Business Admin

Course ML-ISBA (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 187.5 credit points taken over 24 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr Sean Maynard


Melbourne School of Engineering

Currently enrolled students:

Course Overview:

The combined degrees (MBS/MIS and MIS/GDBA) provide advanced management education for those on 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

Learning Outcomes:

The key objective of the combined management degrees (MBA and GDBA) 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 organisational 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 thorugh a mixture of advanced teaching models including case-based experiential and team based approaches.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

A total of fifteen subjects comprising at least seven MBA subjects and at least sic MIS subjects (4 core MIS subjects plus two IS electives). three of the MBA core subjects are in the area of information systems: Data Analysis, Decision Making and Operations, thus bringing the IS ocgnate subjects to a total of eight. The remaining two subjects are taken from either MIS elective subjects or MBA subjects or a combination

Subject Options:

Core subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
January, March, April, June, September
January, March, April, June, July, September
January, April, June, July, October
Semester 1, Semester 2
March, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
January, April, September, October

Business Administration Electives

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
January, April, October
January, April, September, October
April, June, July
January, April, July, October
April, July, September, October
January, April, July
January, April, June, July
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in Information Systems with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%) or equivalent; and
  • at least two years of documented relevant work experience; and
  • a personal statement outlining why they wish to be considered for the course

Applicants are also required to nominate two referees. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • the work experience; and
  • the personal statement; and
  • the referee reports

3. The Selection Committee may seek further informatoin to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure (

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university's english language requirements for postgraduate courses. for those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 ( is required.


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

For more information on meeting the University's English language requirements, see here

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overivew, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry. It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise th eimpact of disabiity upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes:

The MBA/MIS and MIS/DGBA 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 models 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:

Students who wish to undertake this course need to do so sequentially, starting from the GDBA rather than as a combined course. For further information, please contact Melbourne School of Engineering. The GDBA component is only offered in part-time. Therefore it is not available to International students.

Exit Points

Master of Information Systems: Students would qualify for the Master of Information Systems as an exit point from either combined degree if they complete ISYS90043 - Business Applications and Architecture, ISYS90051 - Impact of Digitisation, Data and Decisions and Managing Process, plus two ISYS postgraduate electives.

Graduate Diploma of Business Administration: Students would qualify for the Graduate Diploma of Business Administration as an exit point from either combined degree if they complete at least nine of the twelve core MBA subjects.

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