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Global leaders in business education

  • No. 1 in Australia

    We are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

  • Top 25 globally

    Our accounting and finance subjects are ranked top 25 in the world in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2020.

Overview

Your global business journey starts here. Our new Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies combined degree allows you to explore your interest in business alongside study in other disciplines from maths to music and tailor your studies for a career in a specialised industry.

When doing the Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you can complete a second major, combine studies from a range of disciplines, undertake advanced coursework, and get involved in a cross-disciplinary community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

In the Bachelor of Commerce, you will gain a strong commercial grounding in areas such as accounting, economics and business statistics.

In addition to technical development, you will gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills to apply your knowledge effectively in the business world. Our core units, Future of Business and Leading and Influencing in Business, have been specifically designed to prepare you for the contemporary workforce, equipping you with leadership and entrepreneurial skills, as well as the tools to develop a global mindset.

Take advantage of our international exchange and industry placement opportunities to graduate with the experience to launch your career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world.

By tailoring your commerce degree with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you can focus your study on the pursuit of a particular professional qualification. You can also explore different subjects and interests to gain a broad and versatile business education and skills in areas that will benefit your career.

Majors

Building on this foundation, you can choose two majors. At least one major must be chosen from our wide range of business subject areas:

The other may be chosen from business subject areas or the pool of shared majors across the university.

Why study here?

  • Choose from one of the largest ranges of majors of any business school in Australia.
  • Build your global network as you connect with our Australian and international partners.
  • Take advantage of exchange opportunities and work with leading companies in Sydney, Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States and South America through our industry placements.
  • Access our dedicated Careers and Employability Office for specialised services that will help you achieve your career aspirations.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the faculty listing below and a second major either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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

English language proficiency

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

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the 'Apply Now' button on the right-hand side of this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

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 apply – visit the scholarships website for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Our degree will provide you with a solid education in areas such as accounting, management and business analytics, as well as effective interpersonal and leadership skills.

Degree core units

  • Future of Business
  • Quantitative Business Analysis
  • Accounting, Business and Society
  • Leading and Influencing in Business

Business majors, minors and programs 

Majors:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Finance
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Minors:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Programs:

  • Professional Accounting

Completion requirement

All students must complete four degree-core units of study – three 1000-level units and one 2000-level unit. Full-time students must complete all 1000-level core units in the first year of study. All students must complete the core unit BUSS1000 in their first semester of study.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Taken in your final semester of study for each major, our capstone units provide the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you'll gain throughout your major. We work with our industry partners and alumni to bring real-world experience into the classroom. You will complete a semester-long project developed by our scholars with industry experts and emulating career experiences.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. 

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Future of Business Quantitative Business Analytics Accounting, Business and Society Introductory Macroeconomics
  2 OLE: Writing for the Digital World Accounting and Financial Management Hollywood: Art, Industry, Entertainment Economics for Business Decision Making
2 1 Leading and Influencing in Business Financial Accounting A Business Law for Accountants Corporate Finance I
  2 OLE unit: Digital Influence from Social Media Management Accounting Marketing Principles Corporate Finance II
3 1 Financial Accounting B Australian Taxation System Investments and Portfolio Management Behavioural Finance
  2 Accounting and Auditing in Practice Information Systems for Accountants Trading and Dealing in Security Markets Finance in Practice
4 1 Advanced Business A Advanced Business B Sustainability Accounting Personal Finance and Superannuation
  2 Advanced Business Project A (12 credit points) Industry and Community Project Business Placement A (internship)  

Note: this student is completing the Professional Accounting Program with a finance major. They are completing the coursework stream in advanced studies (4th year).

This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other majors, minors and electives. For further progression examples for this degree,  please refer to the Business School Handbook and the University's Current students website.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on the first-year subjects selected. 

Prerequisites

Mathematics (an equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in Australia. For details including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Credit for previous study

If you've already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Commerce allow for students to take part in the Business School's student exchange program. The program involves you attending a host university overseas for a period of time (usually one or two semesters) before returning to complete your studies in Sydney. The program is literally a swap of students between the universities, which means you can undertake approved overseas study and have the credits you achieve there count towards your degree at Sydney.

The Business School also has an Industry Placement Program, which offers a unit of study that you can credit towards your degree. Highly coveted by students, acceptance into the program's unit of study is competitive. The unit provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for nine weeks. At the end of your placement, you are assessed based on a work-learning journal, your preparation of a business report that integrates your prior learning with your industry experience, and a presentation with the other students enrolled in the program.

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is actively involved in quality assurance and accreditation activities aimed at further enhancing the quality of our teaching, research and community-related programs. We strive for excellence and this has earned us the top international accreditations available to business schools and enabled us to forge strategic alliances.

These include the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), EQUIS the quality assurance arm of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), and CEMS the Global Alliance in Management Education. The Business School is the only Australian business school to be admitted to CEMS, which is a prestigious alliance of 17 renowned European business schools, nine non-European academic institutions, and 60 of the world's leading multinational corporations.

Professional accreditations

For certain career options, external accreditation is a requirement for entering the workforce. Further accreditations are available to students who complete the requirements and meet eligibility criteria for the following:

Refer to the Business School (Undergraduate) Handbook or Business School website for further details.

Career Pathways

  • Accountant
  • Business analyst
  • Corporate/government relations officer
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Enterprise architect
  • Financial dealer and broker
  • Human resources specialist
  • International business consultant
  • Investment banker
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing executive
  • Policy adviser
  • Project manager
  • Advertising and market research executive

The dedicated Careers and Employer Relations Office (CEO) in the Business School provides access to advise, resources and a wide range of opportunities and employer activities in the corporate and public sectors.

Career information for UAC

Examples include accounting, advertising and market research, auditing, banking and financial management, business analysis, consulting, corporate banking, human resource management and industrial relations, investment banking, marketing and sales, media research, policy analysis and formulation, public sector management, research analysis, and securities.

Student testimonial

Khuat Son Tra (Hazel) Nguyen

Bachelor of Commerce

"Because our lectures are recorded, I found online learning gave me more flexibility and control of my schedule. That’s really helped me study better. For example, I find I am more creative at night, so I like to work on the more creative subjects then and concentrate on maths subjects during the day.

It’s helped me better understand the material too, because I can watch the lecture over and over again. This is helpful for international students because there are some specialised English terms that we aren’t familiar with."

Read more about Hazel's online study experience

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Minh Tri Nguyen

Minh Tri Nguyen

Bachelor of Commerce (Business Information Systems and Finance)


“I’ve had a lot of freedom to try a variety of electives and majors that I’ve been interested in. The soft skills and technical knowledge that I’ve developed at university have been really useful during my industry placement at Macquarie Group. It’s been extremely rewarding to be able to apply the skills that I’ve been taught in the classroom to the real world.”

 

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