Carnegie Mellon University – Australia

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 Carnegie Mellon University is an American, internationally renowned research university that offers graduate degree programs in Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Silicon Valley in the United States, Qatar in the Middle East, and Adelaide in Australia. Carnegie Mellon University – Australia offers two internationally-ranked master degree programs: Master of Science in Public Policy and Management and Master of Science in Information Technology. Carnegie Mellon University – Australia also runs a FUTURESPEAK Leadership Speaker Series, an Advanced Education Program, and courses from the Asia-Pacific base of the Software Engineering Institute.

http://www.heinz.cmu.edu/australia/index.aspx

 

Information Technology (MSIT)

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is available as a one-year track program and the Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) (MSIT (ITM)) as a two-year track program

Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) – One-year   Track  CRICOS Course Code: 057780G

The MSIT one-year track program is available to students with three years or more professional experience.

The MSIT one-year track requires 144 units:

  •     66 units of core courses
  •     72 units of elective courses

Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) (MSIT (ITM)) – Two-year TrackCRICOS Course Code: 072573M

The MSIT (ITM) two-year track program is available to students with less than three years professional experience.

The MSIT (ITM) two-year track requires 168 Units:

  •     114 units of core courses
  •     30 units of elective courses
  •     24 unit capstone project (Information Systems Project)
  •     One full-semester internship

Students have the opportunity to study one semester at Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh campus through the University Exchange Program.

Programming Prerequisite

At least one college level computer-programming course is required. We recommend an object-oriented programming course, specifically Java. Taking a Java programming course prior to enrolling will allow you more curriculum flexibility.

Learning Outcomes

At completion of the MSIT program, graduates will be able to competently:

  •     Design, document and develop robust, extensible and highly maintainable data-intensive applications using cutting edge technologies tailored to the specific needs of any business scenario
  •     Explain and apply the core aspects of information technology principles and tools, and manage their implementation in a business context
  •     Understand and facilitate the strategic and operational benefits of business models and technology applications
  •     Manage complex IT projects with consideration of the human, financial and environmental factors and an understanding of risk management processes, and operational and policy implications
  •     Understand the strengths and limitations of current technologies and apply them intelligently to meet the needs of each application
  •     Apply their practical experience in IT projects developed through assessment projects for real world clients focussing on technology auditing and recommendations, and system development
  •     Utilise high level interpersonal skills to negotiate and communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders verbally and in writing

Curriculum:

Carnegie Mellon University’s MSIT and MSIT (ITM) degree feature a unique interdisciplinary curriculum of analytical and quantitative studies. Students are empowered to customise their degree by selecting from a variety of course electives carried out via coursework and independent study.

Exemptions:

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for exemption of a required course if they possess the skills taught in that course (excluding project work courses). Exemptions allow students to take additional electives without reducing the total number of units required for the degree. To receive an exemption, you must either take a qualifying exam or petition the instructor of the relevant course. Further details are provided to students at orientation.

Independent Study:

Independent study courses provide students the flexibility to direct their program. Independent study comprises a student undertaking an elective course of interest through one-on-one interaction with a professor, rather than in a class format. Students are permitted to count up to 12 units of independent study towards their degree.

Real World Experience

MSIT students undertake extensive learning and practical experience in the field of information technology and management through Information System Projects unique to Carnegie Mellon University, internships and convocations providing them with a competitive career advantage.

Information System Projects

The Information Systems Project course takes students beyond theory into the practical application of skills through the opportunity to work with public and private companies, government agencies on real-world projects. The goal of these projects is to provide MSIT students with the skills necessary for structuring, managing, and carrying out information systems projects within an organisation.

Internship:

Students of the MSIT program are provided the opportunity to undertake an internship with public and private companies or government agencies to gain invaluable real world work experience. Internships provide the opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the practical challenges facing today’s institutions, adding greater depth of knowledge and experience to an already robust degree.

Convocations:

Convocations are an exclusive forum in which students have the invaluable opportunity to learn from high profile guest speakers who lead organisations, analyse and develop policy and play an integral role in information technology, public policy and management.

MSIT Apply Now:

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution. Please follow the instructions below to apply for admission to Carnegie Mellon University – Australia. Applications must be completed online.

Official Transcript/s

Please provide official transcript/s for each higher education institution you have attended, including transcript/s where credit or a degree was not obtained. Transcript/s must be provided in English, in an enclosed envelope signed across the seal by the Registrar’s Office, OR certified copies with the original certification stamp can be sent by a public notary or attorney.

If you are applying for full-time study and are currently enrolled at another higher education institution, please ensure grades from your term of study prior to the application deadline are included in your official transcript. If this is not possible, please contact Admissions to discuss alternative arrangements.

Recommendation Forms

Please provide Recommendation Forms from three individuals able to evaluate your intellectual, academic and/or professional aptitude. Recommendation Forms are to be submitted electronically via the online application system. Recommendation Forms can also be scanned and uploaded by the recommender.

Please contact Admissions if any of your recommenders do not read and/or write in English.

Graduate Records Exam (GRE) and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

All applicants are required to complete the GRE, GMAT or Carnegie Mellon University – Australia online test. Test scores must be submitted directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College using the following codes (the same codes apply for the Australia and Pittsburgh campus):

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If completing the GRE, the General Test only is required and is valid for five (5) years.

Language Proficiency Exams

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official score results from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An IELTS score of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) is required for admission.

Applicants from assessment level three (3) or four (4) countries who have completed studies for the duration of at least five (5) years at a higher education institution in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America or South Africa are exempt.

Intensive English Tuition

Carnegie Mellon University Australia can arrange English tuition at the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) in Adelaide, South Australia for students who need to improve their English language skills to an IELTS score of 6.5 prior to commencing study at Carnegie Mellon University.

IELI develops the skills necessary for academic study, such as listening to lectures, note-taking, planning and writing essays and reports, and taking part in group discussions and spoken presentations. Students at IELI spend an average of 10 -30 weeks on intensive study to attain an IELTS score of 6.5.

IELTS
Test scores are valid for two (2) years and must be submitted directly by IELTS to the Carnegie Mellon University – Australia Admissions Office or emailed directly to Admissions for verification.

TOEFL
Test scores are valid for two (2) years and accepted for applicants who are citizens from assessment level 1 and 2 countries for visa purposes, whose native language is not English. Please use the following codes when registering for the test:

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Essay/s

The essay/s is a vital component of your application. Applicants must submit a 1000-word essay describing their background, career goals and how the MSIT/MSPPM program will help them achieve these goals. Essay/s must be uploaded as part of your online application.

Resume

Please provide a current resume (maximum two pages) summarising your education, employment, volunteer experience, and relevant accomplishments. Please ensure you include a brief description of your employment responsibilities, position and the dates during which you were employed. The resume must be uploaded with your online application.

Contact Details

Questions about the application and admission process should be directed the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

C/O Admissions Officer
Carnegie Mellon University Australia
Torrens Building
220 Victoria Square
Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Australia

Admissions Office:
T: + 61 08 81109910
E: admissions@cmu.edu.au
W: www.cmu.edu.au 

Further Information

GRE:            www.ets.org/gre
GMAT:           www.mba.com/mba
IELTS:          www.ielts.org
TOEFL:        www.ets.org/toefl/
IELI:              www.flinders.edu.au/intloffice/info/ieli/

Costs

Tuition below is indicated in AU Dollars.

Academic Year 2012-13 Student Expenses (effective 1 August 2012)

Master of Science in Information Technology – One-year Track

$70,128 total tuition for three (3) full-time semesters, completion of 144 units.

Master of Science in Information Technology (Information Technology Management) – Two-year Track

$81,816 total tuition for five (5) full-time semesters, completion of 168 units. The Internship semester does not incur any tuition fee.

  1. Tuition is charged on the same per unit basis for full and part time students.
  2. Tuition fees are fixed at the student’s commencement date and remain the same throughout the course provided there is no break in studies.
  3. Deferral of entry will incur tuition fees at the prevailing rate.
  4. MSIT Unit Fee: $487.00 per unit.

Future Intakes

Academic Year 2013-14 Student Expenses (effective 1 August 2013)
MSIT Tuition — $501.00 per unit.

Academic Year 2014-15 Student Expenses (effective 1 August 2014)
MSIT Tuition — $516.00 per unit.

Cost of Living

The information in this section outlines the estimated cost of living for a student at the Adelaide campus of Heinz College. Note that these costs are in Australian dollars.

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 Establishment Costs

  •     Bond (usually one (1) month’s rent) 4.333 x weekly rent
  •     Telephone/utilities connection $150 – $160
  •     Internet (home) – ADSL $90 – $130
  •     ADSL Modem $70 – $130
  •     Mobile Broadband USB Modem $120 (with 12-month plan)
  •     Books and Supplies approximately $650 per semester

Other ongoing costs

The following cost estimates should be added to weekly expenses if necessary:

  •     Mobile (cellular) phone $5 – $15
  •     Telephone (not mobile) $10 – $15
  •     Internet access (home)
  •     ADSL 1, 256K/64K, 5000MB $9
  •     ADSL 2, 2400K/1000K, 20000MB $15
  •     Mobile Broadband (1GB per month) $10

Permission to Work (PTW) for a student visa holder

Application Fee (one-off cost): $60

All student visas granted on or after 26 April 2008 will have the limited work condition 8105 (for Students) or Condition 8104 (for Dependants) which is 20 hours per week while their course is in session, instead of condition 8101 (No work).

The Student VAC will increase by $20, from $430 to $450 from April 26. There is no change to how work limitations apply to students. Students must still commence their studies before applying for work and if they are found to be working in breach of their condition, their visas maybe canceled.

Students intending to work in Australia still need to have a tax file number.

Families & Dependents

The programs offered at Heinz College are intensive and students are expected to dedicate much of their time towards studies (an average of 12 hours per week for each class taken). Therefore students should seriously consider the demands of the academic workload and family responsibilities. It is strongly recommended that prospective students contact the Director of Programs to discuss prior to making any decision.

Cost of living estimates provided on the Financial Aid are for the individual student. The following information is to assist with assessing the likely costs for a student and a spouse or partner and/or dependent children.

Spouse or partner*

It is recommended that you increase your annual cost of living estimate by approximately 66% (two-thirds) to account for additional costs for a spouse or partner. For example:

Individual cost of living estimate $16,500
For spouse/partner $10,890
Total: $27,390

Dependent Children*

Additional costs for dependent children will vary. As a general guide, for living costs, add on approximately $6,000 for each very young child, $8,000 for each child 5-12 years old, and $10,000 for each older child. Note: these estimations do not include education and/or childcare costs (see below).

*US federal loan borrowers please note that, with the exception of allowable childcare costs, family, spousal, partner & dependent children expenses are not eligible for inclusion in the cost of attendance when determining the amount of loan eligibility.

Childcare

There are a wide range of childcare facilities (including day-care, after-hours and vacation care) within an easy walk of the campus. Most residential areas in and around the city have childcare facilities. Note however that childcare services are quite expensive; costs are approximately $250 per week per child.

Education Costs – School Age Children

If you have children between the ages of 5 and 18, you will be required to show that you have made suitable arrangements for their education in South Australia.

Parents will need to complete a Dependent application form for each accompanying child and forward it to International Education Services (IES), South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services (DECS). In addition you must submit to IES a copy of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) or your Visa for entry to Australia.

With the exception of children of AusAID-sponsored students, tuition fees for children of international students will need to be paid to DECS. Fees can range from $4,000 to $5,000 per year. Fees are charged for tuition and administration. These figures are a guide only – detailed information can be obtained from IES.

If an international fee is payable, this will need to be paid before you can commence school.
Additional information for AusAID-sponsored students

AusAID-sponsored students with children are exempt from paying tuition fees at government schools. However they must pay any administrative fees charged by the school (as a guide, annual fees can range from $200 for primary schools to $800 for secondary schools). Costs should be confirmed with IES. Note that wearing of school uniforms is generally compulsory and these must be purchased by parents. Prices vary between schools; however, a total cost of $300 – $500 should be considered as a guide.

Overseas Student Health Cover – Medical Insurance for Family Members
Dependents of international students will also require medical insurance. A family policy can be purchased (covering one or more dependents). This will add an additional $6 – $7 to a student’s weekly cost of living.

(Note: Norwegian students covered under the Norwegian National Insurance and Swedish students entitled to grants and loans from the Swedish National Board of Student Aid are exempt from this requirement and do not need to obtain OSHC.)

Employer Reimbursement

If you are expecting to receive employer reimbursement, you’re still required to pay your full tuition by the due date published by the HUB. Students who receive Carnegie Mellon employee tuition remission are not eligible for scholarships from the school.

Public Policy Management (MSPPM)

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) is available as a one-year or two-year track program to cater for individual student’s needs. Carnegie Mellon University – Australia provides students of the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) the unique opportunity to undertake their degree at the campuses in Adelaide, Australia, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. in the U.S. and at Bocconi University in Italy, through the University Exchange Program.

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management – One-year Track CRICOS Course Code: 056767A

Through the one-year track program, students with significant work experience are provided the opportunity to tailor courses to meet their career requirements and specialisations.

The MSPPM one-year track requires 168 units:
• 144 units of core courses
• 12 unit capstone project (System Synthesis Project).

 

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management – Two-year Track CRICOS Course Code: 056555B

Through the two-year track program students undertake an internship with public and private companies, and government agencies, providing them with practical experience in public policy and management.

The MSPPM two-year track requires 198 units:
• 144 units of core courses
• Minimum 12-week internship
• 12 unit capstone project (System Synthesis Project).

 

MSPPM Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management program is to educate innovative, ethical leaders who create and implement policy, manage organizations effectively, transform organizations, and develop new solutions to important social issues.

Students in the MSPPM should be able to:

  •     Describe the theoretical foundations of government, public policy development and adoption and professional management;
  •     Develop and apply technical and analytical tools, skills and techniques in real world projects;
  •     Function effectively in diverse groups and operate in an increasingly connected world.

We achieve this mission through:

  •     Rigorous yet practical, innovative curricula and programs; An academic community that values diversity, promotes creative thought, and mandates ethical behavior;
  •     Individual attention to the needs and aspirations of all students; and
  •     A culture that nurtures personal commitment to serve the public interest.

Curriculum

Carnegie Mellon University’s MSPPM degree features a unique interdisciplinary curriculum of analytical and quantitative studies. Students are empowered to customise their degree by selecting from a variety of course electives carried out via coursework, independent study and System Synthesis Project.

Learning Outcomes

At completion of the MSPPM program, graduates will be able to competently:

  •     Assume positions in policy development, implementation and evaluation, and manage these functions in government, non-profit organisations, international organisations and the private sector
  •     Implement skills in all aspects of management, including general management, leadership, organisation management, strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, and IT management
  •     Utilise training grounded in theory and practical application of theory
  •     Work in organisations in developed countries and countries with emerging economies
  •     Understand how to analyse data and make effective management decisions
  •     Look beyond traditional paradigms, looking instead to non-traditional path-breaking solutions
  •     Advance the public interest by utilising exceptional analytical, quantitative and technical skills

Exemptions

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for exemption of a required course if they possess the skills taught in that course (excluding project work courses). Exemptions allow students to take additional electives without reducing the total number of units required for the degree. To receive an exemption, you must either take a qualifying exam or petition the instructor of the relevant course. Further details are provided to students at orientation.

Independent Study

Independent study courses provide students the flexibility to direct their program. Independent study comprises a student undertaking an elective course of interest through one-on-one interaction with a professor, rather than in a class format. Students are permitted to count up to 12 units of independent study towards their degree.

Real World Experience

MSPPM students undertake extensive learning and practical experience in the field of public policy and management through System Synthesis Projects unique to Carnegie Mellon University – Australia, internships and convocations providing them with a competitive career advantage.

System Synthesis Projects

System Synthesis Projects take students beyond theory into the practical application of skills through the opportunity to work with public and private companies, and government agencies on real-world projects. The goal of these projects is to provide MSPPM students with the skills necessary for structuring, managing, and carrying out projects within an organisation. The projects provide the opportunity for students to give back to the local community by adding value to local businesses and organisations.

Internship

Students of the two-year MSPPM program undertake an internship with public and private companies or government agencies to gain invaluable real-world work experience. Internships provide the opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the practical challenges facing today’s institutions, adding greater depth of knowledge and experience to an already robust degree.

Convocations

Convocations are an exclusive forum in which students have the invaluable opportunity to learn from high profile guest speakers who lead organisations, analyse and develop policy and play an integral role in information technology, public policy and management.

MSPPM Class Profile

There are currently 50 students enrolled in the MSPPM in Adelaide:  37 full-time students and 13 part-time students.

86% of full and part-time students who enrolled in the MSPPM three-semester track during the 2006-2007 academic year graduated within 5 semesters of starting the program. The other 14% of students did not complete the program.

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