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Free IT and Cybersecurity Related Graduate Certificates and Undergraduate Certificates @ MIT


Hi folks,

You may remember last year there were a few great deals on discounted higher education courses (commonly referred to as covid short courses). Whilst the deals have continued this year, they are nowhere near as good as the prices were last year (seems to be only about 50% off now, rather than the solid 80% or so off), anecdotally speaking.

One institution is offering graduate certificates, so post-graduate level qualifications, for free, first in first served! There is a July intake for the half-year course. Undergrad certs as well. Chance to broaden your career prospects in IT and cybersecurity. Online study for domestic students.

I am in no way affiliated, I've just been stalking the covid short courses for a while. This is a great chance for self-taught people to get some paper qualifications. It is TEQSA regulated. Some people may prefer quals from institutions with higher rankings or greater public profiles. And some people simply cannot afford the thousands of dollars to do this. So if this benefits some people who would otherwise not have been able to engage in study, that's good news.

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  • +4

    I assume they're doing this because they get some level of government funding from being able to list us as students.

    • +2

      Perhaps in a similar fashion to the gardening courses that were being offered by UTAS, they were pretty popular a while back.

      • +2

        Yah, no hit against them intended. Free education is free education.

        • -6

          OP, kindly differentiate our "MIT" fr OCW.MIT.edu, eg, w/ a title prefix, like:

          • "[MEL, SYD] Free IT + Cybersecurity Related Graduate- & Undergraduate-Certificates @ MIT"

          MIT.edu.au is one thing… & the US$ 500K MIT is another;
          the 2014 OzB listing for the latter could look like this:

          • "[MA, USA] Access All* MIT Course Material FREE"

          Do you like Renewable Energy? Then, you'll need Grid-Scale Batteries. Would-be engineers in the audience will find this OCW course useful:

          • The inventor of (Ambri's) Grid-Scale Battery (Donald Sadoway) has an excellent "Intro to Solid State CHEMISTRY" course.

          For a taste of his unique [focused] style, cf his TED talk OR better:

          A more recent version of the course (fr ~5 months ago) is here:

          +1. Introduction (Intro to Solid-State Chemistry):

          For would-be Women-in-STEM, OTOH, cf: YT channel "Tech for "Luddites" for a range of short vid's (several of Battery Technologies, etc.) OR YT channel "Illinois EnergyProf" (~twice as many short videos).

          (The former are upbeat, in a style, that reminds me of Bollywood movies. ;~)


          "AU needs more Canada" (and the spirit of [pre-COVID'] Bollywood :~)

          • -4

            @IVI: ERRATUM: Replace "fr ~5 months ago" with "Fall 2018"
            Instructor: Jeffery C Grossman

      • Can comment that the UTAS courses don't ask as much documentation than this one does… Not sure how useful these 1 semester courses would be.. but it is free

    • i like how the digitalisation of information now has made getting certs now free,

    • It says commonwealth supported places. So this would be a yes.

  • Do we get a .edu.au email that we can use for education stores?

    Also can you realistically get a job with a grad cert? I always thought you needed a grad dip at the minimum.

    • +8

      You can get a job as long as you can demonstrate you know what you are talking about and have followed what they prescribe in the application process.

      Either that or it’s who you know which is the easier option.

    • If you are already working in IT, grad cert will help you move in to security. If not, there’s very low chances .

  • Are these still available to register for July intake?
    All I see is registering before 28th Feb 2021 dates?

    • +8

      On the fees information tab:

      You must apply for an eligible course by Friday 12th March for March intake 2021 and Friday 2nd July 2021 for July intake. Students must complete the course by December 2021 to be eligible for the free course.

  • Am i right in saying you only get 4 units for free?

    • +8

      That's the total for a grad cert, hence the whole course is free

      • +1

        Can we legally say we are MIT grads? And can we legally wear MIT letterman jackets?

        • ofcourse! and on ur CV too…

  • +1

    I’m confused how I apply for this , I made an account and started application but the application requires me to choose either a Sydney or Melbourne campus to study at and doesn’t seem to offer me an online option? (I’m in WA so can’t go to campus at all)

    • +2

      Just go to https://www.courseseeker.edu.au/, find a short course under Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

      • how to find / filter all CSP courses?

        • Select "Short Courses", some still have fees after subsidy so look careful.

    • +1

      I'm in WA too. Confused now because this bargain says "Online study for domestic students". Wondering why it matters where you live? If it does, then shouldn't this post title be updated to say [NSW/VIC] since it's not a national deal?

      If you find any CSP courses in Perth please let me know :)

  • Does one have to complete all 4 units by Dec? If only 1 were completed would that one be free?

    • One of the units is just academic integrity so it's basically a 3 unit course.

  • +8

    Box Hill Institute also has free CSP grad certs and under grad certs in cyber security

    • I'm interested., please provide link?

        • +2

          Aha, awesome. Thanks :)

          Also found this.

        • These guys don't do online-only do they?

          • +1

            @ngengerous: The grad cert is.

            From that page:
            Mode of delivery is online. Online engagement hours are typically 16 hours per week. An additional 32 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

            This course is delivered online. Online learning can involve a range of programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Online delivery means that you can enrol in this course when you wish, and complete at your own pace.

            • +5

              @girlshaped: I contacted Box Hill about the Grad Cert and received the following response this morning:

              Thank you for your enquiry for the above course.

              At this stage – the course has not been confirmed for the Commonwealth Supported Place funding. This is the funding that allows for the $0 towards the course fees.

              I have placed your name on my list so once the course has been confirmed, I will be able to send out all the relevant information.

              The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) will be open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents currently residing in Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree or above.

              This will be a FULLY REMOTE (Online) course.

              At this stage I am not sure whether we will be offering a part time option (there will be confirmation later). Studying full time equals 4 units per semester – approximately 2 hours of recorded lectures + 2 hours of live tutorials per unit. I will be able to let you know the timetable of the course once we confirm the course will be running.

              • @girlshaped: I was doing online free Cert IV Cyber Security and it was pretty basic and I dropped out, didn't see the value in it for myself.

        • I think still you have to pay $249 with Box Hill..

          (Service Fee $166 + Core Skills Support Fee $83)

          Payable Estimate (at commencement) $249

    • which one is better valued in Industry ?

      • +5

        Box Hill is ranked better. When hiring I always look at experience first and then degrees. Where it comes from doesn't matter too much normally.

  • +23

    I though it's Massachusetts Institute of Technology XDDDDD

    • +2

      mi tu

    • +3

      Me too, just abbreviate it on your resume ;) "wow this guy studied at MIT"

    • When I was at RMIT we considered this MIT to be snobby ;)

    • +1

      Not the Massachusetts one, but this is another world famous MIT - Mumb… sorry, Melbourne Institute of Technology.

    • +1

      At least it isnt Melbourne IT!

  • +2

    I highly recommend these courses as they have shown me how to cybersecuritised my THIS IS NORAD YOU HAVE 5 SECONDS TO ABORT NUCLEAR LAUNCH pc and phone.

  • Hi just want to ask how does the CSP work. If I have already completed a Master Degree before in Aus. Am I still eligible for the CSP supported course?

  • If you have been out of school for a few years now can you still do this or only for recent highschool grads?
    (this if for the under grad courses im talking about)

  • So the fees just get added to your HECS

    • +2

      What fees?

    • Ok I read further.. and this is what I found. Which means no HECS. Yay!!

      Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a place at a university or higher education provider where the government pays part of your fees. This part is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don’t have to pay it back.

      • Correct. Government is really keen on getting people into cyber security.

  • I’m in my 30s and looking at doing some cybersecurity education - looks like you can only do the undergraduate ones full time is that correct? Don’t know if I can manage that with full time work and kids :(

    • +4

      It would be hectic as all hell, but a free course is a free course. It'd be a few solid months of cramming but future you will probably be really glad when you finish. If your family can support you and you can justify how it fits into longer term goals for your career development, they might be more supportive.

    • i heard you, family kids and full time work does not go well with any studies at all.

  • Hey guys,

    Do you need to sign up for the undergraduate to do postgraduate?
    If you have a bachelors degree within the IT domain, would you be able to do postgrad cert without undergrad cert?

    • +1

      No. If you have a Bachelor degree you can go ahead and apply for the Grad Certificate.

      • Thanks kind sir.

      • Sorry to hijack the post, what if I have a degree but its not a computer/IT related, can I still apply for a postgrade? Is it going to be a mission impossible to complete if I have no expereince whatsoever.

        • +2

          You'll be able to enroll. The individual pages for the GradCerts both have this as the entry requirement:

          Entry Requirements
          The requirements for admission to this course are:

          An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline.

          • @Clear: Thanks for your reply.
            Do you think I will be struggling given my experience?

            • @wangad: Do you have any experience or knowledge in IT? They both are focusing on networking.

              • @Clear: No, not at all.
                I consider myself a quick learn at tech but not sure if I can cop with the catching ups to do…….

  • If I show some proof of my disability, can I choose to do the course part time instead of full?

    • I suggest talking to the provider.

    • Their funding has strings, you’ll find - subjects have to be started in 2021. I thought it was finished in 2021 but CSU still has this (Covid extra CSPs, not free though) covering Summer session. So basically if you want to finish it off in 2022 it likely won’t be funded the same way and may resort to full fee.

  • Applied for the undergrad course, let's see how it goes. Thanks OP

  • Are the courses online or in-class?

    • online

  • Note that MIT is NOT the same as the "more prestigious" and similarly named uni, RMIT.

    This is not commentary on the usefulness and value of the listed courses…apples and oranges.

    Still worth considering!

    Here is some comparisons between the institutions.

    But be aware this not RMIT.


    • +5

      I'm a Udemy graduate…just as soon as I get around to completing the course.

  • Are these accept work experience related entry? I don't have a Bachelor degree but have 2 years of experience woking as a software developer. I appied graduate certificate of IT from CSU and got offered a place. But if I could get these free course that would be great. My goal is to use the graduate certificate to apply for Master of CS so it doesn't matter which Institute I study the graduate certificate with.

    • Have a look at the subjects.
      I’m 3 subjects in at CSU and have been very happy with the choice of subjects.

      • Yeah, their subjects range is very good. I guess I’ll go with them, even if I have to pay a student contribution.

  • +3

    Are there any consequences in any way if I was to sign up to the course but unable to complete it on time?

    • GPA wise? Would be interested in the answer.

    • +1

      And potentially you'll be charged for it

  • +1

    Just signed up and will review the detail if accepted.

  • +2

    Signed up & received my letter of offer. I've been procrastinating on doing a masters in cyber security, so this scratches that itch and doesn't require a massive time commitment or and money.

  • +2

    The most important thing to beware of here is that the courses are not free if you fail to complete the whole certificate before the end of 2021.

    You better make sure you can commit to and complete a full-time study workload in the second half of this year - otherwise you're going to be landed with a bunch of debt for a course that you really didn't want to be paying for.

    • +5

      Only if you choose to re-enrol in the units after failing to complete/pass these.

      • Important Note: MIT’s waiver of the Student Contribution Amount for the 3units of study in this course is a once off waiver, applying only to your first enrolment in these 3 units of study. In the event that you withdraw from a unit,or fail a unit, you will be subject to the full tuition fee payable for the repeat unit applicable at the time of reapplying, The tuition fee for the units of study ispublished on our website at: MIT Census Dates and Schedule of Fees 2020 |Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Sydney Australia
      • Of course there's a catch if you don't pass you get charged.

        "You must apply for an eligible course by Friday 12th March for March intake 2021 and Friday 2nd July 2021 for July intake. Students must complete the course by December 2021 to be eligible for the free course."

  • +1

    UniSA has something similar, but more in health, aging and education. Not free, but heavily discounted (ie $11k down to $2k).

  • so if one does this cert course they will get a edu email and apply to apply for austudy?

  • +1

    Any thoughts on applying for both (if its possible), i expect the Information Technology Cert i would know 99% (or at least i'd like to think i do!) of the content, as this is what i primarily do in the real world.

    Im not really involved in Cyber Security, its the one i would gain the most learning from, but i dont really see myself going into cyber security full time as a professional. Even then i think i'd only really gain some stuff from the last module. The first (i'll call it) elective module seems pretty straight forward.

    Looks like the first three modules for the two streams are identical. Then its two more modules on each stream with 48 hours each.

    PS. thanks for the post this is really quite intriguing for someone who never finished Uni as Comp Sci back then was a complete waste of time to me.

  • I really want to know these course online, do you have to attend lectures at set times? is it flexible for family man with 2 kids and full time work at all. The only time I have is afterhours.

    How much commitment do you really need to do these? its like attending uni but online?

    Interested in cyber security

    • I've sent an email to them, hoping to get response in the morning.

      • Thanks mate let us know what they say.

  • +8

    For those new to Uni or Cybersecurity:

    I am doing the Graduate Cybersecurity Cert at Charles Sturt Uni (CSU) - 1 year part time (2 subjects per session). There is no onsite requirement, even for exams, due to COVID, this may change over time.

    The course is awesome, you do need a basic IT understanding (ISO layer, how networks work, physical vs virtual machines - that sort of stuff) and the ability/willingness to do your own research. Basic cybersecurity knowledge would be a big advantage but, wasn't required at CSU.

    It is a graduate certificate though, so they expect you to do higher quality work and research, pay attention to referencing etc.
    I have not done any tertiary study and got in on the basis of 20 years experience in IT (none of it in IT security). Recognition of prior learning and I did a ton of their free short courses (IT Masters) beforehand which helped.

    I struggled massively at the start because I did not know how Uni works, what they look for in an assignment, how to analyse the assignment questions and marking guides and how to use my time effectively, so if you are the same then do all the Library sessions beforehand (you can do them as soon as you enroll, before the course starts) and talk to the librarians - it will save your sanity.
    The estimates for study are the minimum and do not include how much extra time you might spend on doing doing your assignments.

    There are a wide range of subjects to choose from at CSU and several also contribute towards or, prepare you for industry certification exams as well.

    For employment opportunities, I was advised to get a job in IT generally but, where you can interact with the cybersecurity team and then work towards moving into their team over time.

    You do get a .edu email address (actually only a forwarder to your own email but, it works for everything I've tried to use it for)

    I can't imagine MIT would be much different. YMMV.

    Hope this helps.

    • I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on any subjects you've done/started so far, if you've got the time. I've signed up for the same course and looking to finalise my subject selection.

  • +9

    Currently completing the "Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Networking" at MIT

    Some quick points, feel free to ask questions
    - It is an online course. You will be enrolled in 3 subjects, these depend on your background (cognate or non-cognate) plus a short course on ethics
    - My timetable is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (Lectures 1PM-3PM, Lab 3PM-5PM, Tutorial 5PM-6PM), I work full time and have not been able to attend any classes. Some lecturers record their lectures, others point you to lecture recordings from previous semesters.
    - Cost $0, I completed a Bachelors of Science over 10 years ago and was able to enroll with Commonwealth Supported Place
    - You receive an edu email address
    - 2 Assignments, the first is split in 2 sections and due in weeks 4 and 7, the second is a group assignment due in week 11
    - Final assessment from what I've heard will be 4 hour open book

    • Have you done any assignments so far? How is the course work? And are the lecturers any good?

      • +4

        The first set of assignments were
        - Given a specific topic (fog computing, online scams, wearable technologies, IOT, mobile apps), develop an annotated bibliography from 3 research sources (2 journal papers and 1 conference paper). Then conduct systematic analysis and incorporate feedback from the first part. At first finding sources was difficult but using the MIT library journal searches made it easier.
        - Analyse a recent cyber attack and address specific terms relating to information security. The second part discussed Cryptoperiods and hash, symmetric, asymmetric algorithms. Plus a section on HTTPS advantages/disadvantages and how it compares with HTTP.
        - Using a provided case study, analyse the scope, challenges, design concept, hardware requirements, network design including demonstration with Cisco packet tracer, outcomes, limitations. If you can't attend labs/tutorials, you miss out on the demonstration marks.

        Course work is interesting, a bit of a refresher of what I already know but also some new things. The labs from two courses have you playing with Kali Linux and Cisco packet tracer.
        Lecturers from the recordings have been good, as mentioned only one current lecturer is providing his recordings, can't comment on the other two.

        • was this the cognate stream or non-cognate?

        • Thanks. I just had flashbacks to my Bachelor degree reading that! I don't think I'll be able to balance it with full time work etc.

    • Thanks for the details!
      Do you know how the group assignment will work, given everyone is online (plus not being able to make it to the labs/tutorials)?

      • +3

        If you attend labs/tutorials you can create your own group. If however like me you can't, you're relying on the tutor/lab coordinator to put you into one. So far I know I'm in two groups, I've made contact with one and have had zero contact from the other. I'm waiting to be put into a group for the third subject, will escalate this to the lecturer if I don't hear anything today. All of these assignments are due in the first week of June.

        With one subject, a tool called SparkPlus is used to rate your own performance and that of your other team members with respect to contributions to the assignment. Meeting minutes must also be included in this one.
        The other two do not require SparkPlus or meeting minutes, these have separate sections that people could complete. There is a requirement for a zoom video in one and a demonstration with Cisco packet tracer in the other.

    • I'm guessing the non-cognate are for students that didn't study IT previously?

      • Correct

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