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This section outlines the course rules and other requirements for the postgraduate Commerce programs offered by the University of Sydney Business School.


Course name
Master of Commerce
Graduate Diploma in Commerce
Graduate Certificate in Commerce
CRICOS code  077328F 019182M 023939C
Course abbreviation MCom GradDipCom GradCertCom
Credit points required for completion 96 48 24
Duration (minimum) 2 years full-time 1 year full-time 0.5 years full-time
4 years part-time 2 years part-time 1 year part-time

Students commencing the Master of Commerce may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for certified prior business study or relevant work experience.

Master of Commerce

The Master of Commerce is a two-year program of full-time study (or four years part time) designed to provide graduates with the opportunity to acquire an applied understanding of business concepts and practices, including in-depth knowledge in up to three areas of business practice. While designed specifically for those from a non-business degree background, the program is also open to those with prior business qualifications. Graduates with a relevant bachelor's degree (or higher) or three or more years of professional experience in a business field may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL could result in a 25-50% reduction in credit points required for the degree.

Graduate Diploma in Commerce

The Graduate Diploma in Commerce is based on the master’s program but requires the completion of fewer units of study. It is an option for students who do not want to commit to a full master’s program in the first instance, but who still wish to gain a solid grounding in their chosen field. Students can choose to progress to the Master of Commerce after satisfactory completion of at least four units in the graduate diploma (with a WAM of at least 65%).

Graduate Certificate in Commerce

The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is designed for students who wish to undertake a short academic course for career purposes, or who would like to experience further study to ascertain whether a graduate diploma or master’s program would be suitable. It is also an entry point for students with extensive work experience but without a previous academic qualification. Students can choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma or Master of Commerce after successful completion of the graduate certificate (with a WAM of at least 65%).