Charles Sturt University is committed to excellence in research to further determine and assist the areas and specific projects that allow the school to take part in research and research training that is globally competitive. Students can take advantage of support services such as student counseling, mentoring, spiritual, support, indigenous services, and more. Supporting the students are about 140 professors, 15 of which are Strategic Research Professors that are employed to aid in furthering the University's capacity for research. Those students with financial needs can take advantage of the Research Scholarships as well as the fee support that is provided by CSU.
CSU values sustainability and strives to be socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable, which includes the responsible acquisition of resources. For those who are committed to their research, there is a digital archive of the University's research that includes conference papers, journal articles, and even creative work. Students will also have access to the professional development programs that are configured to supply students with support, skills, knowledge, and tools that will assist them on their journey with research. There are campuses in Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Canberra, Goulburn, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Parramatta and Wagga Wagga, complemented with courses online for those who prefer distance education. One of the most important things about CSU is the ability to recognize that one educational path does not fit every student's needs, so there is a wide range of options available for those who are entering college for the first time, or are continuing their education.
This program is an industry accredited professional qualification that can offer a wide range of employment opportunities after graduation in the cultural, information, and library sectors. The duration of the course is normally 1 and a half years while taking classes full time, and 3 years while taking classes part time. This degree can be completed using distance education, as well as on-campus through the University of Hong Kong. For each subject required, students should expect to dedicate about 150 hours to all involved aspects like readings, lectures, assistance, group and individual research, assignments and exams, workplace learning, and forum activity. Students will be evaluated on their completed assignments, workplace learning, exams, and other methods that are determined by each individual subject.
For those who are in need of reinforcing their knowledge of the skills needed to start this program, it is suggested to take the course titled Developing Skills in Information Technology. While this is not required, it is suggested for those who need the boost. The program is available for any student that has a recognized undergraduate degree in any subject or work experience that can be deemed relevant. Those who enter the Masters of Information Studies program can expect to complete nine core subjects as well as 4 subjects that are listed within their specialization. This program is recognized by the Australian Library and Information Association and the Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia, as well as international recognition from the American Library Association and Canadian Library Association.