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Whether you're looking to further your knowledge in your chosen career, or wish to take your current career in a new direction, CSU's Graduate Diploma of Commerce allows you to tailor your studies to suit your career and professional needs by choosing from a wide range of subjects.

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  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Commerce provides you with the flexibility to develop your business skills and knowledge in areas of study directly related to your professional and career needs. You will select and complete eight subjects that you can choose from a suite of more than 100 subjects across business areas of accounting, business law, conflict and dispute resolution, finance, human resources, industrial relations, international business, IT management, leadership, marketing, management, public sector management and sustainability management. The course provides the opportunity to integrate learning into your workplace, to understand industry best practice through leaders, and to develop your network to achieve personal growth and career advancement.

    Our flexible learning environment allows you to study this course by distance education from anywhere in the world. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online study materials, video-captured lectures, online meetings, subject forums and additional study resources.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Commerce allows you to enhance your knowledge and progress your career in any area of business. Our graduates have achieved successful careers in the public and private business sectors within Australia and internationally.

    The Graduate Diploma of Commerce can help you gain a promotion by enhancing and maximising your skills development and professional interests. It may also prepare you to move into a new industry, or grow or expand your career. Whether you are aiming to be the CEO of your organisation, a management consultant with your own private business, an economist in a government department, a portfolio manager with an international finance company or a manager for a small to medium size business, the Graduate Diploma of Commerce can provide an excellent pathway.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have completed CSU's Graduate Certificate in Commerce will receive full credit for the subjects studied. Other applications for credit will be assessed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the CSU credit regulations.

    Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Commerce may apply for the Master of Commerce with full credit for all subjects studied.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students may receive credit for up to 50% of the course for studies completed at postgraduate or equivalent level.

  • Workplace learning

    Subjects in the Graduate Diploma of Commerce and Master of Commerce provide stimulating assignments that have both a theoretical base and a strong practical emphasis. Most assessments are designed to enable students to apply their learning to the workplace. These assignments offer tremendous learning opportunities, enabling students to test their knowledge and ideas and receive expert feedback. It is this focus on application, experimentation and feedback that is essential to developing good business and leadership skills.

    For example, assignments may require students to act as a consultant or business manager to identify business opportunities and/or problems and develop recommendations to overcome these challenges.

    Throughout the Graduate Diploma of Commerce, you may undertake assignments such as developing a strategic marketing plan, identifying change management problems and recommending solutions that may be implemented, and developing business strategies for the organisation.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure
     The Master of Commerce (MCom) is an articulated set with a Graduate Diploma subset which provides both entry and exit points.

    Each subject has a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    DISTANCE EDUCATION

    Master of Commerce (12 subjects)

    The twelve subject (96 point) Master of Commerce consists of subjects chosen from the pool of approved MCom subjects. Students may elect to tailor their degree to specific discipline areas by completing one or more of the designated specialisations, or may elect to study any twelve subjects from across the program.

    Subjects that are counted towards one specialisation may not be counted again towards another. Students must contact the Course Director to receive approval for an alternate subject.

    Students who complete one or more of the designated specialisations will graduate with the specialisation names on their testamur.

    Master of Commerce (16 subjects)

    The 128 point Master course consists of sixteen subjects. This extended version of the MCom offers an opportunity for students who wish to graduate with an additional Specialisation. If a subject in the additional Specialisation has already been studied as part of another specialisation, the student will be required to undertake substitute subjects with the approval of the Course Director to make up a total of sixteen specialisation subjects.

    The course structure for the 16 subject MCom is similar to the structure listed for the 12 subject MCom.

    Subjects that are counted towards one Specialisation may not be counted again towards another. Students must contact the Course Director to receive approval for a substitute subject.

    Students who complete one or more of the designated specialisations will graduate with the Specialisation names on their testamur.

    Graduate Diploma of Commerce (8 subjects)

    The course consists of eight subjects chosen from the pool of approved MCom subjects. Students may enter directly into the Graduate Diploma or exit with that award from the MCom.

    Specialisations available in the Master of Commerce

    Business Law

    Four of the following:
    LAW503 Administrative Law
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW505 Taxation 1
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills
    LAW540 Australian Law & Legal System

    Dispute Resolution

    HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods & Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses

    Educational Leadership

    ESA501 Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership
    ESA502 Educational Leadership in Contemporary Organisations
    ESA503 Leading Educational Change
    ESA504 Education Policy Analysis

    Finance

    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    plus three of the following:
    FIN518 International Financial Management
    FIN530 Money and Capital Markets
    FIN531 Investments Analysis
    FIN560 Financial Planning

    Financial Planning

    Four of the following:
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    FIN564 Superannuation & Retirement Planning
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies

    General Management

    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    plus three of the following:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Human Resource Management

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    plus three of the following:
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM560 Human Resource Development Context

    Industrial Relations

    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations Systems and Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    LAW515 Law of Employment

    Information Technology

    ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    International HRM

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    HRM516 International Management Behaviour
    HRM532 International HR Development

    International Management

    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    plus three of the following:
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MKT550 Global Marketing

    Leadership

    MGT599 Leadership: Theory and Practice (16 points)
    plus two of the following:
    MGT584 Leadership in Teams
    MGT549 Toxic Leadership
    MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership

    Management of Organisational Change

    HRM531 Organisational Politics and Culture and Change Management
    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT583 Managing for Sustainability

    Marketing

    MKT501 Marketing Management
    plus three of the following:
    MKT510 Customer Behaviour
    MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
    MKT540 Marketing Strategy
    MKT550 Global Marketing
    MKT560 Marketing and Organisational Research
    MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications

    Operations Management

    MGT505 Foundations of Quality Management
    MGT550 Operations Management
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment

    Public Sector Management

    ACC525 Financial Accountability in the Public Sector (offered alternate years)
    ECO501 Business Economics
    LAW503 Administrative Law
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Strategic Management

    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    plus three of the following:
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT550 Operations Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment

    Small Business Management

    Four of the following:
    MKT519 Marketing for Small Business
    HRM539 Managing People in Small Business
    ACG506 Financial Management for Small Business
    MGT501 Management, Theory and Practice
    MKT525 Digital Marketing

    Sustainability

    MGT583 Managing for Sustainability
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT559 Contemporary Issues in Leadership

    Additional Restricted Electives:

    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
    ACC544 Decision Support Tools
    ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    ACC568 Auditing
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis & Valuation
    ACG504 Communication in Business
    ECO503 International Economics
    ECO515 Managerial Economics
    ECO517 Economic Evaluation
    FIN522 Financial Modelling
    FIN523 Lending and Financial Institutions
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    FIN535 Strategic Finance
    HRM507 Research Methods
    HRM512 Values & Conflicts in Organisations
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    HRM561 Training Capabilities
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations
    LAW518 Taxation 2
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective
    MGT537 The Entrepreneurial Project
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT584 Leadership in Teams
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    MKT561 Services Marketing
    MKT562 Business to Business Marketing
    PHL401 Critical Reasoning

    Note: Not all of the subjects listed above will be delivered at the Study Centres. Study Centre students may undertake some of these subjects via DE subject to approval.

    CSU STUDY CENTRES (ON CAMPUS STUDY ONLY)

    Both the 12 and 16 subject Master of Commerce courses are offered on campus at the CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne. A limited number of specialisations and subjects are offered as part of the on campus delivery at the CSU Study Centres.

    Students enrolled at the CSU Study Centres choose from the following specialisations:

    Finance

    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    plus three of the following:
    FIN518 International Financial Management
    FIN530 Money and Capital Markets
    FIN531 Investments Analysis
    FIN560 Financial Planning

    General Management

    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    plus three of the following:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MGT540 Management of Change

    Human Resource Management

    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    plus three of the following:
    HRM514 International HRM
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM560 Human Resource Development Context

    Information Technology

    ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC596 IT Risk Management

    International Management

    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    plus three of the following:
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MKT550 Global Marketing

    Marketing

    MKT501 Marketing Management
    plus three of the following:
    MKT510 Customer Behaviour
    MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
    MKT540 Marketing Strategy
    MKT550 Global Marketing
    MKT560 Marketing and Organisational Research
    MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications

    Strategic Management

    MGT501 Management Theory & Practice
    plus three of the following:
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT550 Operations Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment


    Additional Restricted Elective subjects available at the Study Centres:

    ACC501 Business Accounting and Finance
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC544 Decision Support Tools
    ECO501 Business Economics
    HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
    HRM563 Developing Workforce Capabilities
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective
    MGT537 Entrepreneurial Project
    Enrolment pattern

    Because of the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of pre-requisites, particularly in the students' chosen specialisation.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for online students:


    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

  • CSU Study Centres

    CSU Study Centres offer courses in Accounting, Business and Information Technology to international students in the heart of Sydney and Melbourne. The CSU Study Centre Brisbane offers a course in Accounting. CSU Study Centres offer the latest technology, a busy calendar of student activities, and a diverse student population from all over the world. They are easily accessed by public transport and are close to shops, restaurants and city attractions.

    Visit the CSU Study Centres website.

  • Admission information

    Applicants are normally required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or qualification deemed to be equivalent, or the Graduate Certificate in Commerce. 

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre MelbourneFPOSYYYNO TAC
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBGD
    DirectOn CampusCSU Study Centre SydneyFPOSYYYNT-52
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBGD

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points (the equivalent of eight 8 point subjects).

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CSU Study Centres

    All applicants should apply direct to CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    065458F (CSU Study Centre Sydney, CSU Study Centre Melbourne)

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  • About the School
    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Preparing for Study
    STUDY LINK

    The following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects are recommended to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • Academic Writing Skills - SSS031 (intensive face-to-face weekend workshop only)
    • Transition from TAFE / VET to University - SSS033
    • Transition to University Study - SSS021
    • Writing at University - SSS022
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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