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Online Master of Cybersecurity

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Take your next step. Become a cybersecurity expert.

Professional entry opportunity available

Ranked above world standard*

Choose an industry-focused specialisation

Limited CSPs available for the Graduate Certificate

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18–24 months

Cost per subject


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  • Career-ready. Learn the skills needed for today’s cyber roles.
  • Industry-focused. Choose a specialisation aligned to the hottest areas of cyber.
  • Hands-on. Use the same skills and technologies professionals rely on every day.

Program overview

La Trobe’s Master of Cybersecurity prepares you for a successful career in this fast-growing field, whether you have an IT background or not.

The course has been carefully designed by industry leaders first to give you a strong foundation in cybersecurity, then invites you to specialise in computer science, business operations or artificial intelligence.

Cybersecurity is about so much more than just technology. This degree explores the psychology of hacking and cybercrime, the legal and ethical frameworks you’ll be working within, and approaches to governance and risk management.

Career outlook: jump into a rapid-growth sector

The demand for cyber professionals is expected to grow 8 per cent annually through 2024, and revenue has grown by AU$800 million since 2017.

Career outlook

Choose an industry-focused specialisation

Choosing a specialisation gives you more knowledge and experience in the area you want to focus on in your career. That means you’ll be ready to jump straight into the role you want after graduation.

At La Trobe, you’ll choose from three specialisations featuring coursework aligned with the most in-demand careers in cybersecurity.

Prepare for roles like penetration tester, digital forensic investigator, secure software developer, secure system architect and more.

Expand your skillset and choose a unique specialisation in Business Operations. It prepares you for roles as an IT auditor, intrusion and incident analyst or cybercrime analyst.

Prepare for cybersecurity careers with titles such as threat hunter, secure software developer and cybersecurity consultant.

Course structure: gain real-world experiences

12–16 subjects

180–240 credit points

Our online Master of Cybersecurity prepares students from any academic or professional background with the knowledge, skills and experience you need to step into cybersecurity roles with confidence.

Course completion options

You’ll complete the online Master of Cybersecurity course in a way that makes sense for your career path. Choose from:

  • Industry-based learning. Complete part of your course through your workplace or at another organisation.
  • Project-based learning. Use La Trobe’s extensive network to complete a real-world project with one of our partner organisations.
  • Research-based learning. Complete industry research that adds to the sector.

Course highlights:

  • CSE4004 Cybersecurity Principles
  • CSE5010 Inside the Mind of a Hacker
  • CSE4001 Network Engineering Fundamentals
  • CSE4DBF Database Fundamentals
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Entry requirements: enrol today

No cognate degree required

No application fee

To enrol in La Trobe’s online Master of Cybersecurity course, you’ll need:

successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent)
transcripts from all prior universities

Professional entry opportunity available

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Fee details: invest in your future career

$3,900 per subject

12–16 subjects

Scholarships available

It’s not too late to step into the fast-growing industry of cybersecurity. La Trobe’s 100 per cent online Master of Cybersecurity provides learning pathways based upon the cognate area of your undergraduate degree. So regardless of your background, you can start building the skills, knowledge and experience you need to accept in-demand positions with high-paying salaries.

You’ll take 12–16 subjects based upon your educational background that are $3,900 each. Fees are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Scholarships are available.

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Course outcomes

When you graduate from La Trobe’s online Master of Cybersecurity, you’re ready for roles in this rapidly growing sector with the advanced skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience in:

  • Cybersecurity fundamentals Explore the aims, methods and outcomes of cybersecurity practice.
  • Ethical hacking and defence Learn techniques for evaluating the security of network configurations and defending against network-based threats.
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning Learn artificial intelligence-based cyber resilience and attack detection as well as deep learning-based cyber analytics.
  • Cyber governance and risk management Learn the frameworks for cybersecurity governance based on an understanding of business strategy and risk appetite.
  • Secure programming Learn a procedural language. Identify and analyse common coding practices that can avoid security vulnerabilities.

Enhance your education with online short courses in cybersecurity

La Trobe University offers short courses for students who are interested in cybersecurity but don’t want to commit to a complete degree. With options at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level, you can choose the option that’s right for you. Our industry-backed cybersecurity short courses prepare you to take on tech roles with confidence, no matter your previous professional or academic background. Learn alongside expert practitioners and researchers to prepare for your next step. Find out more.

Graduate certificate and diploma options

Early exit points mean that every part of your degree contributes to your future career. Exit after six months with a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Fundamentals, or after one year with a Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity.

Your teachers

Learn from experienced practitioners and researchers who can guide you through real-life examples and provide industry insights. They’ll provide expert guidance in the online Master of Cybersecurity so that you can take on in-demand roles with confidence.

Dr Chowdhury is currently working with Security, Privacy and Trust. He has published research related to data sharing, privacy, and Blockchain in top journals and industry conferences.

His certifications include EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), and Cisco CCNA-Security. He is also a Blockchain technology platform advisor for Wisecar, an Australian startup, and DreamSoft, a Bangladeshi startup.

What’s it like to learn online?

As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished teachers who deliver our on-campus subjects. You’ll receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our students on campus. However, you’ll get to learn where and when it’s most convenient for you.

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Study assist

La Trobe online courses are eligible for FEE-HELP for domestic students. Speak with an enrolment adviser. We can help you discover what’s available to help you pay for your course.

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Frequently asked questions

We’re always happy to chat with you. If you’d rather talk one-on-one or have a question you don’t see answered here, request more information or call (+61 3) 9917 3009.

Tuition fees do not include health insurance or living expenses such as food, accommodation, transport, medical costs, personal expenses and other fees you might incur. Individual subjects may include an additional fee. You can review all fee details here.

Yes, you’ll choose a specialisation in Artificial Intelligence, Business Operations or Computer Science.

If you’ve completed previous study, you may qualify to reduce the number of required subjects to complete your course, so you graduate sooner and spend less. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your studies and the number of subjects completed. You can review the full policy and search for credit here.

You can learn more about our entry requirements here.

The online Master of Cybersecurity does not follow a cohort model. You may choose from La Trobe’s four start dates per year.

  • 28 February 2022
  • 02 May 2022
  • 18 July 2022
  • 05 September 2022

Our online Master of Cybersecurity is designed for maximum flexibility and may be taken full-time if you have the time to do so successfully. Full-time means you’ll study and complete two subjects every seven weeks.

To see the curriculum, view our subjects page.

Our online course is designed for professionals who work full-time and is offered part-time with one subject every seven weeks. This allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, study, and personal responsibilities. To see the curriculum, view our subjects page.

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*Ranked by the Australian Research Council in 2019 for our research in information systems.

**Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements at La Trobe University.

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