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Master of Business Information Systems

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Master of Business Information Systems program is designed for graduates either with or without a background in information systems. Students without an IS background are taken through foundational topics in their first year of study, leading them into the second year which deals with more advanced material. An extensive list of electives is provided to allow students to focus their study on those areas of particular interest or relevance to them.

The program is taught by research active academic staff. Students are exposed to professional and scholarly academic information systems research and coursework, enhancing their academic and professional competence.

The program has Professional level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Exercise judgement under supervision to analyse and solve information systems problems in diverse contexts using technical, social, ethical, economic, regulatory and global perspectives.
  2. Integrate theoretical and technical information systems knowledge which includes a selection of issues in enterprise systems, business process management, project management, systems modelling, database design, communication technologies, and with an understanding of contemporary issues in information systems research.
  3. Critically apply theoretical and technical information systems knowledge and skills to evaluate complex information systems problems in professional and research contexts.
  4. Justify and communicate information systems advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts involving stakeholders with both IS and non-IS specialist skills.

Additionally, as outlined in the Engineering and ICT Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement (ALTC 2010), Graduates of the Master of Business Information Systems will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Identify, interpret and analyse stakeholder needs, establish priorities and the goals, constraints and uncertainties of the system (social, cultural, legislative, environmental, business etc), using systems thinking, while recognising ethical implications of professional practice.
  2. Apply problem solving, design and decision making methodologies to develop components, systems and/or processes to meet specified requirements, including innovative approaches to synthesise alternative solutions, concepts and procedures, while demonstrating information skills and research methods.
  3. Apply abstraction, mathematics and discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation; use appropriate computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices; ensure model applicability, accuracy and limitations.
  4. Communicate and coordinate proficiently by: listening, speaking, reading and writing English for professional practice; working as an effective member or leader of diverse teams; using basic tools and practices of formal project management.
  5. Manage own time and processes effectively by prioritising competing demands to achieve personal and team goals, with regular review of personal performance as a primary means of managing continuing professional development.

Further Information

Please note: Master of Business Information Systems students are able to count CBEA6070, INFS8210 and VCPG6003  as electives in the MBIS.

Please be advised that BUSN8062 will not be available from 2017. Instead, you should enrol in MGMT8062 Managing Major Projects.

Please be advised that BUSN7024 will not be available from 2017. Instead, you should enrol in MGMT7024 Project Management Principles.

COMP6780 can be counted as an elective towards the MBIS in 2017.

Suggested study plans for MBIS are available.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Applicants with a Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Business Information Systems requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

54 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN7024 Project Management Principles

BUSN8062 Managing Major Projects: The Cross-Boundary Project Executive

COMP6240 Relational Databases

COMP6340 Networked Information Systems

INFS7004 Accounting Information Systems

INFS7007 Information Systems Analysis and Modelling

INFS7040 Electronic Commerce for Managers

INFS8004 Enterprise Systems and Business Process Management

INFS8205 Information Systems Strategy and Management

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting

BUSI7019 The Global Business Environment

COMP6390 HCI and Usability Engineering

COMP6470 Special Topics in Computing

COMP6700 Introductory Programming

MGMT7030 Foundations of Management

MKTG7001 Marketing

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

BUSN7045 Corporate Governance

BUSN8102 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN8802 Master Research Project (Commerce)

INFS8201 Advanced Topics in Information Systems Research

MKTG7035 Global Marketing

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