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Master of Customs Administration

Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration
Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration
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CSU’s Master of Customs Administration provides professionals with advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of customs and border management. This course has an international focus making it suitable for professionals from around the world. It is delivered by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES).

The Master of Customs Administration is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    CCES logoCSU's degree prepares graduates with advanced cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge, identify and provide solutions to complex problems relating to customs and border management. Students will have opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to a diverse range of problems faced by practitioners in, or those who interact with, border administrations. This includes different approaches to managing the import, export and transit of goods across the private and public sector agencies involved in cross-border trade.

    The course has been designed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) with industry, government and international agency collaboration, including the World Customs Organization (WCO). CCES is the world’s leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised area of customs and border management.

    Students will obtain knowledge about international customs policy and practice including key international instruments affecting customs operations and regulatory practices in conformity with the rules of international law. They will also gain an understanding of key conventions, standards, guidelines and recommended practices of the World Customs Organization. Students will be equipped with strategic and operational management issues in the customs context, including international trends that impact on customs such as social expectations, emerging technologies and the global economy.

    As students progress through the course, they will develop the capacity to exercise their own initiative and judgment to analyse problems that require creative and critical thought and require application of concepts from an advanced body of knowledge to a variety of cross border trading situations. Graduates will demonstrate advanced communication skills and identify and provide solutions to complex problems relating to customs administration.

    Professional recognition

    This course has been accredited by the World Customs Organisation.

    Articulation agreements

    Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration will provide a pathway providing credit for the first two units in the Master of Customs Administration.

  • Career opportunities

    This course enhances prospects for employment and advancement for those with or seeking careers in customs administration, other public sector agencies and businesses involved in cross border trade. Graduates will develop skills and knowledge that will be highly attractive to employers in these fields.

  • 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

     

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATIONThe course comprises two core subjects.  Students must satisfactorily complete 32 points to graduate.

     

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

     

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CUSTOMS ADMINSTRATIONThe course comprises two core subjects (32) and a further 32 credit points chosen from available electives/non-core subjects. 

     

    Students must satisfactorily complete 64 points to graduate.

    Core Subjects (32)

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Non-Core Subjects (32)

    chosen from:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)*

    Note*: Students who wish to progress to the Master of Customs Administration must complete CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)


    MASTER OF CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION
    The course comprises four core subjects (56) and a further 40 credit points chosen from available electives/non-core subjects.  Students must satisfactorily complete 96 points to graduate.

    Core Subjects (56)

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)
    CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)
    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)

    Non-Core Subjects (40)

    chosen from:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

    Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

    Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration

    Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 2

    Electives to the value of 32 credit points chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement
    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)*

    Note* - Students who wish to progress to the Master of Customs Administration must complete CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8) in Session 2.

    Master of Customs Administration

    Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 2

    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8), and
    Electives to the value of 24 credit points chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16), CUS402 (16) and completed electives to the value of a further 32 credit points

    Session 3

    CUS550 Customs Research Project (16), and
    Electives to the value of 16 credit points chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement

    PART TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

    Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration

    Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    Session 2

    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration

    Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    Session 2

    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 3

    Electives to the value of 16 credit points chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement

    Session 4

    Electives to the value of 32 credit points chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement
    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)*

    Note* - Students who wish to progress to the Master of Customs Administration must complete CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8) in Session 4.

    Master of Customs Administration

    Session 1

    CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

    Session 2

    CUS402 International Customs Law (16)

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16) and CUS402 (16)

    Session 3

    Elective(s) to the value of 16 credit points chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement

    Session 4

    Elective(s) to the value of 16 credit points chosen non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
    CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement

    Students may choose to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration following the completion of CUS401 (16), CUS402 (16) and completed electives to the value of 32 credit points

    Session 5

    CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8), and an
    Elective (8) chosen from non-core subjects as follows:

    CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
    CUS520 Excise (8)
    CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
    CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
    CUS523 International Trade Transactions (8)
    CUS530 International Air Law
    CUS531 Maritime Enforcement

    Session 6

    CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Master of Customs Administration should hold:

    1. an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university or tertiary institution, or
    2. a Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration from Charles Sturt University or an equivalent postgraduate award, or
    3. a Graduate Diploma of Customs Administration from Charles Sturt University or an equivalent postgraduate award.

    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!
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  • Course details

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


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJASL
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJAQA
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOAQA

    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

    Students must satisfactorily complete 96 credit points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES)

    The Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) is the world's leading provider of training, education and research in the highly specialised areas of customs, excise and border management. The Centre’s international leadership role has been acknowledged by the World Customs Organization (WCO) with whom the School has a formal Memorandum of Understanding, and from whom we received a Certificate of Recognition for our continuing support of international customs research and development. CSU’s courses have been formally recognised as meeting the requirements of the WCO Professional Standards, and are continually updated through our ongoing research activities to reflect contemporary and emerging issues. A key strength of the School is the global network of experts which is expanding to keep pace with the high level of demand in this emerging area of academic pursuit. Our students have backgrounds in customs, government agencies, international organisations and companies in more than 180 countries.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • 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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