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Master of Cybersecurity
Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity


Ranked above world standard*


14–24 months to complete your Master’s

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Unlock your career in Cybersecurity

No Bachelor degree? Demonstrate 3 years of relevant IT work experience or 4 years work experience in any field and successfully complete two specified online Cybersecurity microcredentials** to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity at La Trobe. Speak to us today to find out more.

Save on your course fees

There are a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for our July 2024 intake. With this government subsidy, there are significant fee savings on the cost of your study.

  • The cost of the Graduate Certificate with a CSP is $4,474 (normally $15,600).
  • The cost of the Masters with a CSP is $19,740 (normally $62,400).***

Become a cybersecurity expert

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

The La Trobe online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a nested qualification within the Master of Cybersecurity.  

The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity has been developed by La Trobe’s dedicated cybersecurity team. Through relationships and consultations with industry partners, we’ve built a curriculum and subjects focused on preparing students for the cybersecurity field.

Study anytime, anywhere and learn skills in: 

  • Information technology fundamentals: You’ll learn computer system organisation and its associated topics, the hardware components of the computer, data storage and retrieval, and much more.
  • Introduction to programming: You’ll be introduced to the steps involved in designing and creating software solutions for a range of practical problems, as well as methods for analysing requirements.
  • Cyber security principles: You’ll learn about the principles and strategies for the future of cybersecurity. The topics focus on information security, ethical and legal practices, mitigating cyber vulnerabilities, and the process of incident response and analysis.
  • Inside the mind of a hacker: You’ll learn the motivations, mindset and techniques used by hackers, including understanding computer networks and systems, and how users/customers behave in online environments.  

In as little as six months, you’ll gain the foundational skills you need for an entry-level career in cybersecurity. There are cybersecurity roles across many industries, including business, finance, criminal justice, science, medicine and government. Completing the Graduate Certificate allows you to transfer directly into the Master of Cybersecurity if you choose to further your studies. 

Master in Cybersecurity

La Trobe’s 100 per cent online Master of Cybersecurity is designed to advance your career in this in-demand field.

With pathway opportunities available, you can apply for our Master of Cybersecurity with an undergraduate degree in any field. 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.

Study anytime, anywhere and learn: 

  • cyberlaw and risk management 
  • ethical hacking and defence 
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning 
  • secure programming 
  • project management
  • database management

You’ll have the opportunity to choose an industry-focused specialisation in artificial intelligence, business operations or computer science. Through this, you’ll stand out as a leader with deep knowledge and experience in the area you want to advance your career.

Through the Master of Cybersecurity you will learn how to:

  • Identify and critically evaluate functions of the main hardware components of computers, software and design, and construct basic web pages using HTML.  
  • Analyse data processing problems, design solutions through the application of programming constructs, and design algorithmic solutions to domain-specific task definitions. 
  • Appraise and formulate approaches in cybersecurity, cyber law, intellectual property and cybercrime, security networks, firewalls, intrusion detection systems and intrusion prevention systems.  
  • Critically analyse typologies of hackers, their mindsets, the motivations behind hacking, and the various tactics that hackers use in breaching communication networks.  

Take advantage of
La Trobe’s alternate entry

Demonstrate 3 years of relevant IT work experience or 4 years work experience in any field; and,

  • Successfully complete the following 2 microcredentials to be eligible to apply for Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity – waiving the requirement for an undergraduate degree:
    • Cybersecurity Principles for Professionals
    • Cyber and Data Security for Professionals
  • Upon completion, apply for the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity at La Trobe with advanced standing for 1 subject. Students may be eligible to apply for the Master of Cybersecurity upon completion of the Graduate Certificate.
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La Trobe’s online Master of Cybersecurity is:

ACS accredited

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) is recognised as the accreditation body in Australia for the ICT sector.

Ranked above world standard

Learn in-demand skills from a world-renowned team. Ranked by the Australian Research Council in 2019 for our research in information systems.


You don’t need an undergraduate degree in computer science or technology to enrol–we’ll teach you what you need to know through fundamental courses.


Our curriculum was built in partnership with industry leaders, so subjects focus on the advanced, detailed skills you’ll need to succeed in cybersecurity.


Our partnerships with large companies allow us to create projects and assignments that give you real-world experience in this exciting industry.

Your career with a Master of Cybersecurity

AU$3.6 billion

Cybersecurity revenue in 2020.1


Projected growth for cybersecurity professionals through 2024.1

AU$5 billion

Projected revenue by 2024, nearly double its 2017 amount.1


Cybersecurity providers who plan to expand their workforce in 2021.1

Career Spotlight: Cybersecurity Engineer


With a specialisation in AI, you’ll be ready to jump straight into cybersecurity engineer positions to develop and implement secure network solutions, whether to protect a company’s assets or comply with regulations in building smart cities. Cybersecurity engineers earn an average salary of AU$90,982, but those with more than five of experience see a big increase in pay and earn an average of AU$128,000.

About La Trobe University

At La Trobe University, we believe you need a powerful skill set beyond what you learn in a textbook. We teach you how to adapt to new situations, connect with others, take the lead and think differently, all while you learn the skills and knowledge you need to advance your career.

Citations and disclaimers

  1. AustCyber’s Digital Census 2020
  2. https://www.payscale.com/

*Ranked above world standard for research in information systems, mathematical and statistical sciences – Australian Research council, 2019

**Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements at La Trobe University: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/apply/international/requirements

***Fees may vary depending on subject selection

****CSP – Commonwealth Supported Place eligibility criteria applies

The Computer Science specialisation within the Master of Cybersecurity is seeking accreditation from the Australian Computer Society (ACS).