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Our Graduate Certificate in Commerce allows you to develop the knowledge and transferable skills to advance your career in business. 

It is specifically designed for those who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline or for applicants with no undergraduate degree but extensive practical experience in their specialist area.

On successful completion of the program, many of our students go on to study a graduate diploma or masters.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

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How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1: 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2: 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

This course is currently not available to international students. 

Starting date

What you'll study

Foundational units of study

  • Accounting Principles
  • Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • Digital Business Foundations
  • Foundations of Supply Chain Management
  • Global Business
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Management and Organisations.
  • Marketing Principles
  • Microeconomics for Business
  • Project Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Business
  • Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Elective units of study

Students completing two foundational units complete one elective unit from the Commerce specialisation subject areas listing under the Master of Commerce (excluding foundational units). For further details of available units, please refer to the Business School Handbook.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The Graduate Certificate in Commerce requires the completion 24 credit points comprising:

  • 12 to 18 credit points in foundational units of study; and
  • additional elective units of study required to make 24 credit points in total (excluding foundational units).

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher (or equivalent qualification) or professional work experience in a relevant field (typically three years).

Students are able to apply to upgrade from the graduate certificate to the graduate diploma or master's degree, upon achieving a credit average (65 percent).

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the University of Sydney Business School admission criteria guide (81.2KB).

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to hold the coveted triple crown accreditation from AACSBAMBA and EQUIS, in addition to achieving membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education.

Career Pathways

Specialist in focus while covering a broad range of study, the Commerce courses develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, commerce and government. Career opportunities include positions in accounting, marketing or other specialist fields, as well as roles in a variety of business fields.

Future study

The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is a pathway option for the Graduate Diploma in Commerce and Master of Commerce. 

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Domestic students

International students

“After five years working in investment banking and funds management, I wanted to extend my technical knowledge by undertaking the finance specialisation within the Master of Commerce.

“As a part-time student, I found my postgraduate studies enjoyable and appreciated the high-quality teaching provided by the University’s academic staff. The Business School’s flexible class schedules allowed me to balance full-time work and studies effectively.”

Emmanuel Vergara
Master of Commerce
Key Account Manager, Walsh & Co Asset Management

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