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The transformed Master of Commerce

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Global leaders in business education

  • 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. The future of work is connected, complex and dynamic. In response, we have transformed our Master of Commerce.

Our flagship business and management program is now more versatile than ever, giving you greater opportunity to follow your passions and study in a timeframe that suits you.

Co-designed with industry, the program has new entrepreneurial and analytical streams within eight future-focused specialisations. Combine data-analytics with marketing; or strategy, innovation and management with finance to prepare yourself for an agile career.

You will develop a global, responsible and adaptable mindset as well as the skills and real-world experience to succeed in the fourth industrial revolution and beyond.

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

Who is the Master of Commerce for?

The Master of Commerce is designed for students with prior business or management qualifications seeking to build on their existing expertise.

Why study the Master of Commerce with us?

  • Just 18 months in duration.
  • Gain an understanding of business concepts and practices.
  • Choose one specialisation from eight areas of study. 
  • Co-designed with industry.
  • We offer flexible pathway options and recognition of prior learning.
  • Undertake work placements in Australia or overseas.
  • Access our award-winning Careers and Employability Office for specialised services that will help you achieve your career aspirations.
  • Participate in our award-winning free Job Smart program, which enables international students to gain the skills and professional experience to gain employment upon graduation.
  • The University of Sydney Business School is triple accredited, placing it in the top one percent of business schools in the world.
  • We are ranked no. 1 in Australia and no. 4 in the world for graduate employability.

Specialisations

You can choose to study one specialisation from eight specialisation areas, including:

If you are interested in our two year program, view the course page for the Master of Commerce (Extension) for more information. 

Subject areas

Choose one specialisation from the available subject areas listed below. 

Shared pool

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 31 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 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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

Areas of specialisation

Capstone units of study

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

Degree level selective units of study

  • Business Practicum
  • Industry Placement Program (Local)
  • Industry Placement Program (US)
  • Industry Placement Program (Europe)
  • Industry Placement Program (China)
  • Student Self-Sourced Placement Program
  • Leadership and Collaboration Study Tour
  • Digital Information Regulation
  • International Financial Crime
  • Global Economic History
  • Global Business
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Enterprise Management in China
  • Digital, Data and Decisions
  • Project Management in Business
  • Social Media Analyses for Marketing
  • Small Business Marketing
  • Thinking with Data
  • Data and Business Efficiency and Productivity
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Dashboarding / Data Visuals
  • Management Decision Making
  • The Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Startups
  • Management and Organisations
  • Organisational Change and Development
  • Managing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Managing Communication in Organisations

Elective units of study

Students can complete elective units of study from either the specialisation subject areas or degree level selective units of study.

Completion requirement

The Master of Commerce requires the completion of units of study totalling 72 credit points, as follows:

  • 12 credit points in core units of study;
  • 6 to 12 credit points in foundational units of study;
  • one specialisation selected from the Commerce areas of specialisation;
  • 6 credit points in capstone units of study; 
  • a minimum of 18 credit points in degree level selective units of study; and 
  • any additional elective units of study required to make 72 credit points in total.

Admission criteria

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

  • an Australian bachelor's degree in commerce, business or related discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher in commerce, business or related discipline (minimum 50 percent average) or equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630), or 
  • an Australian bachelor's degree in any discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification and a minimum of one-year relevant work experience, or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree with honours or higher in any discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, or
  • the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate in Commerce with a credit average (65 percent).

Units completed in the graduate diploma or graduate certificate can be credited to the master's degree.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney guide to grades.

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

Recognition of prior learning

Applicants may be eligible for up to 12 credit points (half a semester) of credit where they have completed study deemed equivalent to foundational units of study.

Course opportunities

Business internship for high-achieving students

High-achieving students have the option to undertake an assessable work placement in Australia or overseas, worth six credit points. Places in these units will be offered on a competitive basis and are subject to availability.

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

University of Sydney Master of Commerce graduates will acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue high-level positions in industry or government, in areas relevant to their specialisations. For example, the degree can prepare you for positions in accounting, marketing or other specialist fields. It also gives you a thorough understanding of commerce for use in many business fields.

Future study options

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.

Where will the Master of Commerce lead you?

Disty Winata

Master of Commerce (Marketing) ’18, Cultural Streetscaper, Kantar Consulting

Disty holds an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences from Canada.
She was looking for a new career direction in business and marketing and decided to study the Master of Commerce (Marketing specialisation) at the University of Sydney.
Disty completed internships in both Sydney and Singapore as part of her Master of Commerce degree.
She built a start-up and undertook a research project. She was the recipient of the Best Quick Pivoting Award from Incubate, a start-up incubator at the University of Sydney.
Since completing a Master of Commerce with us, Disty has worked for marketing leaders such as Spotify and ClickView. Currently, Disty is a CulturalStreetscaper at Kantar Consulting.

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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