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  • No. 1 in Australia

    The University is ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

  • Top 1% worldwide

    The University of Sydney Business School is triple accredited, placing it in the top one percent of business schools in the world.


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page

About the Graduate Certificate in Commerce

Your career, future-proofed. Based on our transformed Master of Commerce, but with fewer units of study, our Graduate Certificate in Commerce will equip you with a global, responsible and adaptable mindset to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution and beyond. 

Co-designed with industry, the program has new entrepreneurial and analytical streams to prepare you for an agile career.

It is specifically designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in another discipline or for applicants with relevant qualifications and work experience.

On successful completion of the program, many of our students go on to study the Graduate Diploma in Commerce or Master of Commerce.

Armed with a Graduate Certificate in Commerce from Australia’s number 1 university for graduate employability* one thing is for sure, upon graduation you will be in demand.

Where will the transformed Graduate Certificate in Commerce lead you?

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
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

Explore your options.

Explore your options.

How to apply

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

This course is not available to student visa holders to study full-time onshore. International students on other visas with study right may apply.

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year. CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 31 January 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)

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 24 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply, check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study in the Graduate Certificate in Commerce

Core units of study

  • Analytic and Creative Mindsets
  • Responsible and Business Mindsets

Foundational units of study

  • Foundation in Accounting
  • Foundation in Economics
  • Foundation in Finance
  • Foundation in Digital Business
  • Foundation in Global Logistics
  • Foundation in Marketing
  • Foundation in Data Analytics for Business
  • Foundation in Strategy, Innovation and Management

Elective units of study

Students can complete elective units of study from the specialisation subject areas within the Master of Commerce. Please note, specialisations are only awarded in the Master’s degrees.

Completion requirement

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

  • 12 credit points in core units of study;
  • 6 to 12 credit points in foundational units of study; and
  • additional elective units of study required to make 24 credit points in total.

Admission criteria

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

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

Students are able to apply to transfer from the graduate certificate to the graduate diploma or master's degree with full credit, 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.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

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 options

Many of our students go on to study the Graduate Diploma in Commerce or 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

Emmanuel Vergara

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

“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.”

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