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What's the best business major for me?

Find the Bachelor of Commerce major that will advance your career
The University of Sydney Business School offers one of the largest ranges of majors of any business school in Australia. Explore our full list of Bachelor of Commerce majors and the career possibilities they offer.

When you undertake our Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you'll be required to complete one or two business majors. Majors are sequences of units of study which equip you with depth of expertise in a particular subject area, such as business law, finance or marketing.

Explore the full list of business majors below to see what topics and career pathways each subject area offers:


Accounting major

Accounting is the 'language of business', providing organisations with information they need to make key business decisions relating to financial performance.

  • Analyse and record business financial transactions
  • Allocate costs and prepare budgets and other reports to inform operational and strategic decisions
  • Prepare and audit financial statements in line with international accounting and auditing standards
  • Apply analytical skills to understand and appraise the value of financial information

Explore units of study in the Accounting major.

  • Auditing and assurance
  • Financial analyst
  • Internal audit and risk
  • Management accountant/analyst
  • Financial accounting

For an example of how you might structure an Accounting major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring an Accounting major flyer (pdf, 39KB).

Muhammad Rehan Rana

Majors: Accounting and Business Information Systems
"One of the reasons I decided to study at the Business School is the flexibility. I have a wide variety of majors to choose from and I can also combine subjects from other faculties and schools with the Bachelor of Commerce."
Learn more about studying an Accounting major

Banking major

Banks play a critical role in our globalised economy, providing financial services to business and individuals, and facilitating sustainable economic growth.

  • Understand the role of banks
  • Expertise in bank management and risk management
  • How to measure and manage financial risk
  • Analysis of monetary policy
  • Communication of financial information

Explore units of study in the Banking major.

  • Commercial and investment banking
  • Financial services
  • Consulting
  • Risk management
  • Financial industry regulation
  • Central banking

For an example of how you might structure a Banking major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Banking major flyer (pdf, 28KB).

Alexander Zeyu Shu

Alexander Zeyu Shu
Majors: Banking and Marketing
"Studying banking helped me to gain strong data management and financial analysis skills. I've had the chance to dive into the banking world and enrich my view of financial operations, which has also really complimented my marketing major."
Learn more about studying a Banking major

Business Analytics major

Use data to discover new insights and gain a deeper understanding of business performance to drive future planning.

  • Use of statistical software to analyse real datasets
  • How to mathematically develop problem solving models
  • Methods for tasks including credit scoring, market segmentation, consumer behaviour modelling and product positioning
  • Communication of business intelligence
  • Machine-learning methods

Explore units of study in the Business Analytics major.

  • Consulting
  • Data analyst
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Data scientist
  • Market research
  • Retail analytics

For an example of how you might structure a Business Analytics major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Business Analytics major flyer (pdf, 28KB).

Cindy Ngo

Cindy Ngo
Majors: Business Analytics and Marketing
"With an influx of data and rapid technological advancement, I saw the field of business analytics as an exciting area in which to specialise. Coursework in the business analytics major often presents us with real business problems and involves using datasets from actual businesses to solve issues."
Learn more about studying a Business Analytics major

Business Information Systems major

Business information systems are the key enabler of innovation and operational efficiency, ensuring the right information is available to the right people at the right time.

  • Expertise on business information systems strategy and e-commerce, business intelligence and business process management
  • Business analysis techniques
  • Data modelling and process mapping
  • Agile project management methodologies
  • Software including Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, SAP
  • Technology assurance and data management frameworks

Explore units of study in the Business Information Systems major.

  • Business analyst: bridge the gap between business and IT to solve business problems using current and future technologies and assess and improve business performance and models in an ever-changing world of FinTech, Machine Learning and Big Data.
  • Management consultant: join a major consulting firm such as Deloitte Consulting, Bain & Co., McKinsey, PwC or KPMG as an external analyst working on business and technology related issues.
  • Compliance/IT auditor: evaluate the suitability and effectiveness of your firm's IT systems and internal controls against policies and regulations. Work on projects that improve the organisations’ internal processes and performance.
  • Enterprise architect: a senior role in which you will be part of a team that translates business strategy into concrete solutions and designs and executes the blueprint of IT solutions to support that strategy.

For an example of how you might structure a Business Information Systems major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Business Information Systems major flyer (pdf, 38KB).

Minh Tri Nguyen

Minh Tri Nguyen
Majors: Business Information Systems and Finance
"I've had a lot of freedom to try out various electives and majors. The soft skills and technical knowledge I've developed have been really useful during my industry placement at Macquarie Group. It's been so rewarding to apply the skills I gained in the classroom to the real world."
Learn more about studying a Business Information Systems major

Business Law major

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are impacted by the legal and regulatory frameworks in which they operate.

  • How to conduct case-based analysis of the law
  • Identifying the legal implications, opportunities and risks of business activities
  • Constructing written and oral arguments relevant to commercial legal issues
  • Project management
  • Specialist knowledge in legal areas such as securities and derivatives law, finance and banking, taxation, employment, corporate crime, trade practices and consumer law

Explore units of study in the Business Law major.

  • Compliance and regulatory specialist
  • Business manager
  • Tax adviser
  • Financial planner
  • Investment adviser
  • Policy adviser

For an example of how you might structure a Business Law major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Business Law major flyer (pdf, 38KB).

Paris Vergan

Paris Vergan
Majors: Business Law and Marketing
"I chose to major in business law after completing an elective which I thoroughly enjoyed. Understanding the legislative processes behind management decisions has provided great insight into business operations and assisted in my internship role as an Assistant Trade Advisor for Business France."
Learn more about studying a Business Law major

Finance major

Finance affects every area of business, as organisations use financial information to make strategic decisions that improve profitability.

  • Measurement and management of financial risk
  • Building financial models
  • Asset pricing
  • Portfolio management
  • How to present financial information

Explore units of study in the Finance major.

  • Financial analyst
  • Economist
  • Financial Planning
  • Funds management
  • Investment banker
  • Markets analyst
  • Trader
  • Financial advisor
  • Managing companies
  • Wealth management
  • Financial consultant

For an example of how you might structure a Finance major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Finance major flyer (pdf, 38KB).

Elicia McDonald

Elicia McDonald
Major: Finance
"Studying at the Business School gave me the best possible foundation to secure a competitive graduate position in investment banking. I wouldn't be where I am today without the experience and education I received at the University of Sydney."
Learn more about studying a Finance major

Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major

Industrial relations and human resource management explores current and future challenges around employment, the forces shaping workplaces and organisational performance.

  • Expertise in labour law and industrial relations policy
  • How to analyse current issues in work and employment
  • Assessment of existing theory and practice in the field of human resource management
  • Managing diversity
  • Problem solving in the area of human resource management
  • Influence and negotiation skills

Explore units of study in the Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major.

  • Human resources coordinator
  • People and change consultant
  • Diversity consultant
  • Industrial officer
  • Employer branding consultant
  • Policy analyst

For an example of how you might structure an Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring an Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major flyer (pdf, 40KB).

Jasmin Jade Hamade

Jasmin Jade Hamade
Major: Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
"The University is transforming students like me into truly employable graduates, with leadership attributes and a legitimate passion to make a difference. I've been shaped by a range of incredible opportunities during my studies."
Learn more about studying an Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major

Innovation and Entrepreneurship major

Develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset along with the practical skills required to disrupt with purpose.

  • Technological innovation
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Digital disruption
  • Sustainability-focused innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Design thinking for new product or service development
  • How to build new for-profit or social ventures and launch start-ups
  • How to lead innovation projects in large private, public or not-for-profit organisations
  • How to apply innovation skills to areas ranging from global social problems to music festivals and digital games
  • Creativity and opportunity framing
  • Collaboration and leadership of multidisciplinary teams
  • Entrepreneur
  • Venture capital analyst
  • Business innovation consultant
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Social innovation consultant
  • Research and development manager
  • Incubator or accelerator manager

For an example of how you might structure an Innovation and Entrepreneurship major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring an Innovation and Entrepreneurship major flyer (pdf, 110KB).

Professor Steven Maguire

Steven Maguire
Professor of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
"The new Innovation and Entrepreneurship major is groundbreaking in its scope. You'll work with students from across the university to creatively solve real-world problems in units of study from six faculties and schools, while developing the skills to launch your own new ventures or become a champion for innovation in larger private, public or not-for-profit organisations."
Learn more about studying an Innovation and Entrepreneurship major

International Business major

In a globalised world, international business supports the development, strategy and management of organisations at a global level.

  • Multinational and transnational business strategies
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Strategy formulation and design thinking
  • Managing employees and organisations in cross-cultural contexts
  • Project management
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to work with people across cultures and borders
  • Entrepreneurship skills in an international business context

Explore units of study in the International Business major.

  • International business consulting
  • Import and export management
  • International human resource management
  • Global management
  • Consultant in government and nongovernment organisations, such as the World Bank, Austrade or the United Nations

For an example of how you might structure an International Business major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring an International Business major flyer (pdf, 39KB).

Anna Bezuglova

Anna Bezuglova
Majors: International Business and Marketing
"Studying at the Business School has given me some incredible opportunities, including working and studying in Paris and Los Angeles. These invaluable experiences have developed me professionally and personally, and helped me clarify what I want to do after graduation."
Learn more about studying an International Business major

Management and Leadership major

Critical to achieving business objectives, management and leadership involves planning, directing people and organisations and making a positive societal contribution as a leader.

  • Project management
  • Leadership, team-working and networking
  • Negotiation skills
  • Change management
  • Management communication skills

Explore units of study in the Management and Leadership major.

  • Graduate management positions
  • Management consulting
  • Organisational development consulting
  • Change management
  • Sustainability management
  • Executive management

For an example of how you might structure a Management and Leadership major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Management and Leadership major flyer (pdf, 103KB).

Brandon Morgan

Brandon Morgan
Majors: Management and Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management
"Business is such a broad field with the chance to study everything from accounting to human resources. The transferable skills taught in this degree offer plenty of opportunities to move around, change careers and follow your passion."
Learn more about studying a Management and Leadership major

Marketing major

Marketing creates value for customers, organisations and society by understanding market needs and aligning what companies offer based on market insights.

  • How to design business proposals and marketing strategies
  • Creating, positioning and developing brands
  • Formulating research questions and developing consumer insights
  • Advertising and producing creative material
  • Persuasive communication and pitching ideas

Explore units of study in the Marketing major.

  • Marketing director
  • Business strategist
  • Advertising executive
  • Marketing communication specialist
  • Brand manager
  • Product manager
  • Market researcher and analyst
  • Digital marketing specialist

For an example of how you might structure a Marketing major in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Marketing major flyer (pdf, 38KB).

Dean Jones

Dean Jones
Majors: Marketing and Finance
"My commerce degree helped me develop the skills needed for a career across a range of industries. After graduating, I spent four years as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in Sydney, London and New York. I am now a co-founder and CEO of GlamCorner, Australia's largest online designer fashion rental business."
Learn more about studying a Marketing major

Professional Accounting program

Our Professional Accounting program offers you the opportunity to complete a professionally accredited accounting degree and develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a rewarding career.

The Professional Accounting program meets the requirements for professional accounting accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. Completion of an accredited degree course is a recognised pathway to a career in professional accounting.

For more detailed information download the Professional Accounting Accreditation Guide (pdf, 201KB).

To complete the Professional Accounting program and gain associate membership into CPA Australia and CAANZ, you need to undertake 12 units from accounting and other essential business disciplines. Explore units of study in the Professional Accounting program.

For a one-page outline of the differences between the Professional Accounting Program and the Accounting major, download the Professional Accounting Program versus the Accounting Major flyer (pdf, 42kb).

  Professional Accounting Program Accounting Major
Accreditation 2020 students accredited pathway to CPA and/or CAANZ and ACCA (partial exam exemption) This option provides a depth of specialised  knowledge in Accounting but does not provide a membership pathway to CPA/CAANZ/ACCA
Units of study Visit the Professional Accounting Program page for unit of study requirements.  Visit the Accounting major page for unit of study requirements. 
Availability

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws should follow the requirements set out in the Professional Accounting Program accreditation guide.

Available to students enrolled in a range of undergraduate degrees, including the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, as a shared pool major or minor.

For an example of how you might structure the Professional Accounting program in the Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, download the Structuring a Professional Accounting program flyer (pdf, 30KB).

21 August 2020

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