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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 Bachelor of Commerce offers a wide variety of subject options, interactive learning experiences and a strong commercial grounding in business. Take advantage of our international exchange and industry placement opportunities and tailor your degree to launch your career in virtually any field, anywhere in the world.

The three-year, full-time (or equivalent part-time) program combines theory and practice to build your understanding of how businesses operate. You’ll gain the analytical, technical and practical skills to apply your knowledge effectively in your career.

To succeed in business, graduates need to be equipped with a solid grounding in areas such as accounting and business statistics, as well as leadership skills and a global mindset. Our Bachelor of Commerce combines theory and practice to teach you how businesses operate. Alongside 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 and a global career.

Majors

Building on this foundation, you can choose up to 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 or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and 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.

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 (February) 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). If you are a direct applicant when you are ready to apply, select the 'Apply' button on 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 webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) 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. You are required to choose one major from the faculty majors listing and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors

Degree core units

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

Units of Study

Professional Accounting program

Our program in Professional Accounting offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a rewarding career in accounting. Available to complete as part of the Bachelor of Commerce in place of a major, you will undertake 12 units from across accounting and other essential business disciplines. 

The Professional Accounting program meets the requirements for professional accounting accreditation with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and CPA Australia. Undertaking the CAANZ or CPA program after graduating from university will give you an internationally recognised qualification and the opportunity to complete specialist training and continuing professional development. 

Completion requirement

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce, a student must complete units of study totalling 144 credit points, comprising:

  • 24 credit points of degree core units of study
  • a major (48 credit points) or program
  • a minor (36 credit points) or a second major (48 credit points)
  • 12 credit points of units of study in the Open Learning Environment
  • where appropriate, any additional elective units of study required making a total of 144 credit points for the degree.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Commerce (with majors in Business Analytics and Finance)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Future of Business Quantitative Business Analytics Accounting, Business and Society Principles of Design
  2 Open Learning Environment units Foundation of Business Analytics Popular Culture and Politics Economics for Business Decision Making
2 1 Leading and Influencing in Business Statistical Modelling for Business International Business Strategy Corporate Finance
  2 Open Learning Environment units Management Science Predictive Analysis Corporate Finance II
3 1 Operations Management Industry and Community Project Investments and Portfolio Management International Financial Management
  2 Business Analytics in Practice  Machine Learning and Data Mining in Business Derivative Securities Finance in Practice

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.

Capstone (compulsory project)

Taken in your final semester of study for each business 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.

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 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 through 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
  • Industrial relations consultant
  • Advertising and market research executive
  • Public sector management

The world is changing, and university education needs to change too

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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Jasmin Jade Hamade

Jasmin Jade Hamade

Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations) / Bachelor of Laws


“The University is transforming students like me into truly employable graduates, with leadership attributes and a legitimate passion to make a difference. I’ve been shaped by a range of incredible opportunities during my studies. I’ve learned the importance of always being open to meeting new people and trying new things. The wealth of knowledge and diversity of experience will enrich your university life.” 

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