Student Q&A: Studying the Master of Information Systems at the University of Melbourne

Originally from India, Sukirtha Aruna was working as an analyst for a top business management consulting firm, but aspired to enhance her understanding of information technology. Now she studies the Master of Information Systems at Melbourne. In this special Q&A, Sukirtha reveals what graduate IT is really like.

What is information technology?
Information technology is more than a bunch of computers sitting in the back room of an organisation; it is the very backbone of any organisation in today’s world! Studying IT is like understanding all the work that goes into making a movie—which is more than picking the right cast, director and cameraman. A big part of understanding IT is recognising its role in business strategy implementation.

University of Melbourne Information Technology School
Melbourne IT student Sukirtha Aruna (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Why did you choose the Master of Information Systems?
Prior to my Masters I worked as an analyst at a business management consulting firm, but had no background in information systems. It was like a treasure hunt—I lacked the skills and knowledge to support my work!

After completing one year of the MIS, I have a clearer picture of information systems and its role in a business setting. This course has given me context and explained how aligned technologies can complement business models and has enabled me to provide higher-quality consulting skills.

Stepping out of the office and into the classroom, what was the transition from full-time work to full-time study like?
From an academic standpoint, I found having prior work experience to be a huge benefit. A lot of the course content, especially assignments, are practical and focused on industry. My professional experience was a huge advantage to draw from, giving me the confidence to participate actively in class discussions and helping me to pose relevant, real-life questions to professors. Many students in my course have prior work experience as well, so we have scope to work together and learn from each other.

How is the course structured?
We look at a lot of practical case examples in our assignments and lectures, so the things we learn each week stays with us beyond the semester. The professors have designed the course in a very progressive manner, so we can build upon our knowledge from the previous week.

There are also options to take subjects during the summer and winter break, which can help lighten the study load during semester.

Where are you headed next? 
I would like to become a Subject Matter Expert on one of the application areas of technology, such as IT Strategy or Risk Services and take these skills to the top Strategy Consulting firms. These firms handle large scale projects that affect the wider community, which would enable me to be part of the transformative process that IT has on the current world.
Story by Kristen Goodgame, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne Master of Information Systems

The Master of Information Systems (MIS) is a premier professional degree for aspiring and current practitioners and consultants in digital business.

The course was designed in consultation with leading IT decision-makers, ensuring that it is among the most industry-relevant graduate IT programs in Australia. The program covers areas of critical importance to IT employers, such as project and change management, emerging technologies, IT strategy and governance, security and service provision.

You will develop strong capability in supporting, managing and changing business processes through information and communications technology and information systems. You will also develop valuable transferable skills in solving business problems, collaboration, project management and application of models, frameworks and management theory.

Elective streams are available in areas such as
  • eHealth
  • IS Project and Change Management
  • IT Service Provision, Business Analytics
  • IT Innovation and Interaction Design
  • Spatial Information, Information Systems Research
  • Accounting and Finance
  • People Management
  • Operations and Marketing
  • General Management
The University of Melbourne is currently ranked as the #1 university in Australia for Computer Science & Information Systems according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.

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