What will I learn?

Make the career change you’ve dreamed of with the Graduate Diploma of Computer Science delivered online through Monash. Gain the key computing and specialist skills to shift into a career in the computing industry, prepared to tackle challenges in a broad range of industries and sectors.

This degree is your pathway to changing the direction of your career through the development of core computer science skills and a specialisation in an ever-important area of the field. The in-depth study of software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence will leave you with graduate-level knowledge of the technology making a lasting impact on the world.

The Graduate Diploma of Computer Science is designed by award-winning and internationally recognised academics from the Faculty of Information Technology, who are committed to driving transformative change through strategic collaboration and world-leading research. A graduate degree from the only Group of Eight university to dedicate an entire faculty to IT will see you placed among a diverse group of graduates leading some of the world’s top companies.

Where can the Graduate Diploma of Computer Science take me?

The comprehensive foundation units combined with specialist study in software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence will prepare you to shift your career into the computing industry. Integral knowledge in these key areas will leave you well-positioned to compete in the job market, with career opportunities including software engineers, information security analysts and data analysts.

The Graduate Diploma of Computer Science combines foundational knowledge and skills with specialist study, providing you with a relevant qualification setting you up to effectively tackle advanced issues in the application on computer science.

The course is your opportunity to gain a speciality within the field, choosing from software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence. You’ll have the chance to explore each topic at the beginning of your course.

Software engineering

With organisations increasingly looking to digital systems and solutions, software engineering specialists are integral. This speciality covers aspects of the software lifecycle, together with the tools, processes, management methods and quality assurance techniques required to deliver robust reliable software, on time and within budget.


As the security risks that arise from an increasingly digital world increase, specialists in cybersecurity has never been more important. This specialisation covers the skills to manage and administer cybersecurity and blockchain, and prepares you for roles such as a security systems analyst, designer, blockchain engineer and software or network security engineer or administrator.

Artificial intelligence

With artificial intelligence making its way into every aspect of our lives, the field requires specialists with the knowledge and skills to effectively build AI-based products and intelligent systems. This specialisation covers statistical learning models and algorithms, modern optimisation techniques, natural language fundamentals, modern concepts in image and video, roles of AI and its ethics and impact on organisations, society and the world.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Information Technology

Study options

Online/Distance (0.7 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

25 October 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a major in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with at least a distinction (70%) average across second and third year psychology units (including psychology electives);

For international students

Entry level 1: 48 points to complete

Duration: 1.4 years part time

Applicants must have completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline with at least a credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

To undertake the artificial intelligence specialisation, you must have knowledge of calculus and linear algebra at the level of undergraduate physical science or engineering.

Entry level 2: 24 points to complete

Duration: 0.7 years part time

Applicants must have completed an Australian Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, with at least credit (60%) average.

Level A

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, No PTE communicative skills score below 50

TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21

Paper-based TOEFL 550 Test of written English: 4.5

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 No skill score below 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 176 No skill score below 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.