Dr Atif Ahmad
Programme Name: Master IT Management (Executive)
Institution: The University of Melbourne

What is this programme about?
As the role of IT in global business becomes more sophisticated, there is an increased need for leaders who can bridge technology and strategy. In the modern era, CIOs and those working in information systems are moving from merely a supportive role within an organisation to one that focuses on innovation and leadership.

We’ve designed the Master of IT Management (Executive) to meet the demand for high-quality education for enterprise leaders in information systems and digital business. The 100% online course, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, draws on a wealth of knowledge and practical experience from leading academic and industry experts. Covering vital topics for digital leaders (including change leadership, cyber security, people management, emerging tech and business analytics), it will help you understand how to drive business innovation by leveraging IT and finesse your leadership skills.

Who should take the programme?
It has been designed for ambitious senior information technology managers already in an executive role as well as those who aspire to be a C-level executive. You will be a seasoned IT professional, with eight to ten years of experience under your belt. You may already be working in the role of IT manager, IT procurement manager, IT security manager, lead system architect, or global head of information technology or information systems.

Throughout this course, you’ll gain the strategic expertise to influence decisionmaking, learn advanced collaborative skills to manage complex teams, and gain the ability to identify, evaluate and communicate operational issues. As the course is delivered online, students are welcomed from anywhere in the world.

For more junior candidates who have recently completed their bachelor degrees, we recommend our Master of Information Systems, a two-year, on-campus program in Melbourne that examines how IT and business can be aligned more strategically.

Talk about an interesting module
Our Cyber Security Management subject examines contemporary information security management practices. You will cover the fundamental principles and practice of security risk assessment, incident response and disaster recovery, knowledge leakage, systems and network security, and policy and culture. As part of the subject, you will write a comprehensive consulting proposal within a team and conduct research into critical security issues faced by organisations.

How can the postgraduate degree help participants in their career?
As a graduate of the Master of IT Management (Executive) you will distinguish yourself as a leader in your field. The University of Melbourne is renowned for delivering world-class education and we have a proven track record of producing highly employable graduates. You will ensure you have an advanced knowledge of technology, people and managerial skills and will be equipped with the strategic thinking ability needed for the future of the information industry.