Mastering Java skills at uni

Sun Microsystems is now accepting the first round of enrolment applications in its Masters of System Development degree in Java technology.

The degree, which is being offered through the IT Masters program at Charles Sturt University, is designed to give IT professionals interested in gaining Java programming and development skills the opportunity to complete their Sun-based certification while also earning a university degree.

The Master of Java Technology course consists of 12 subjects, ranging from object modelling and Web component development, to data communications, network security and business application development.

The course is expected to take two years to complete. Those undertaking the course have the option of completing the degree via distance education or by attending instructor-led training courses delivered by Sun Education.

IT Masters CEO Martin Hale said applications will be considered from people who have an undergraduate degree and at least two years commercial programming. “The only effective [student intake] limit is the pool of quality applicants that is available. This is a tough program,” he said.

Intakes in the Sun Java development masters program will be taken three times a year (in line with the university’s three trimesters). Those who enroll in the masters course as part of the first student intake this month will start their studies on May10.

As well as receiving a masters degree from IT Masters partner and education provider Charles Sturt University, students who complete the degree will be qualified both as a Sun Certified Programmer and a Sun Certified Developer.

The cost of completing the degree is $1650 per subject. Similarly to the undergraduate Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS), those who apply for the course will be eligible for the Postgraduate Education Loans Scheme (PELS).

IT Masters also offers a masters of Information System Development stream based on Microsoft’s .NET framework.

IT Masters' Hale said 91 people had enrolled in the .NET-based masters degree since its inception in April 2003, with a further 229 registered for future intakes.

“Given that as of December 2003, there were only 5,170 .NET MCSDs [Microsoft certified software developers] in the entire world (source and achieving certification is mandatory requirement of the Masters, it looks as though the Masters [program] is set to have a significant impact,” he said.

Hale added the IT Masters program has just been opened up to applicants from the US and New Zealand. The group will also be looking into developing master programs with Hewlett-Packard and Oracle over the next 12 months, he said.

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