• Length 2 years full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
Admission requirements
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  • Mode of delivery
    • Internal

About this degree

Study options

  • Typically students will enrol in 24 units per semester (four courses): a full-time load.
  • Domestic students may enrol in fewer courses each semester, known as part-time study. Part-time study will extend the duration of the degree and there are limitations to how long you can take to complete the degree.
  • International students must always study full-time.
  • You cannot study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.


  • Elective COMP courses can be found on the School Masters course page.
  • You should read the appropriate enrolment patterns mentioned below to see how many electives you may choose and where they fit in your programme.
  • When choosing elective courses, check the course listing on Programs and Courses to ensure that you have the required and assumed knowledge before enrolling. If you don't, change your planned enrolment to make sure you take the pre-requisite course.

Study Options

Please refer to the enrolment pattern in the Study tab

Academic Advice

Important things to keep in mind when planning your enrolment

• This degree is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society. If, on graduation, you will be seeking professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society, you should complete COMP8715 Computing Project and not COMP8755 Individual Computing Project.


  • Students with a Bachelor degree or Graduate Diploma that includes programming or maths may be able to obtain exemption or credit for some of the introductory courses included in the core. Note: applying for exemption is essentially a statement that should you take the ANU exam for that course you would achieve 60% or greater.
  • Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma of Computing with a GPA of 5 may articulate into the MCOMP with up to 48 units of advanced standing.
  • Instructions on how to apply for credit/exemptions can be found here.
  • Students with extensive professional work experience may be able receive credit or exemption for COMP8260 Professional Practice 2. 
  • Exemptions and credit for COMP6250 Professional Practice 1 are handled through a diagnostic test in Week 1.
  • Where a student has received credit for courses, a maximum of one may be counted towards a specialisation.
NOTE: Courses for which you receive an exemption are replaced by elective COMP courses. Credit shortens the degree.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact CECS Student Services at studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au

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