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Graduate Diploma in Commerce

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  • No. 1 in Australia

    The University is ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

  • 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.

Overview

Your career, future-proofed. Based on our transformed Master of Commerce, but with fewer units of study, our Graduate Diploma 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 Master of Commerce.

Armed with a Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma in Commerce lead you?

Subject areas

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 fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

What you'll study

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 Diploma in Commerce requires the completion of 48 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 48 credit points in total.

Admission criteria

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

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher with a minimum 60 percent average or equivalent qualification, or
  • the University of Sydney Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a credit average (65 percent). 

Units completed in the graduate certificate can be credited to the graduate diploma.

Students are able to apply to transfer from the graduate diploma to the master's degree.

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.

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 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

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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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