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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    February, September

  • Course Duration

    1.5 years

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    A$66,960

  • Last Updated

    15 January 2019

UNSW Business School

One benefit of studying at an internationally renowned university is that your degree is respected and valued across the globe. In the 2018 QS World University Rankings, UNSW's Business School was ranked 11th for Accounting and Finance, 23rd for Business and Management Studies, and 32nd for Economics and Econometrics.

Why choose this master's degree?

  • Gain a solid grounding in business and be taught by experts in their specialist fields
  • Acquire breadth and depth of knowledge that is innovative, industry relevant and incorporates the latest thinking in business
  • Apply concepts to contemporary business issues and develop your knowledge in a specific business field
  • Wide range of specialisations: Choice of 17 specialisations to suit your interests and career aspirations
  • Professional recognition: Meet the education requirement of various professional bodies including Australian Human Resources Institute (Human Resource Management), Australian Securities and Investment Commission (RG-146) (Finance), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK) (Management Accounting), and SAS (Business Analytics) depending on course selection
  • Recognition of prior learning: Up to 4 courses may be awarded based on your previous studies in business
  • Additional information: Students studying the Finance specialisation would be well-prepared to sit for the CFA exams

Who is this degree for?

  • You’re a graduate with a non-business degree seeking a postgraduate degree in business
  • You’re a business graduate interested in studying a new area of specialisation
  • You’re interested in a career change

Job and career prospects

Depending on your specialisation, there is a wide range of career opportunities available, including:

  • Business analyst
  • Compliance officer
  • Funds manager
  • Human resource consultant
  • Investment banker
  • IS analyst
  • Management accountant
  • Management and organisation analyst
  • Marketing or brand manager
  • Risk analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Systems analyst

Course structure

The Master of Commerce is a 1.5 year degree program consisting of 12 courses (72 UOC):

Two core courses

Three gateway core courses

Six specialisation courses

One capstone course

Core courses

MGMT5050 Professional Skills and Ethics

Then choose one from the following*

COMM5005 Quantitative Methods for Business

COMM5011 Data Analysis for Business

ECON5248 Business Forecasting

Which data analysis course is right for me? (pdf)

Gateway courses

Choose three from the following*

ACCT5906 Financial Literacy for Business Decisions

ACCT5930 Financial Accounting

ECON5103 Business Economics

FINS5512 Financial Markets and Institutions

INFS5885 e-Business

MARK5700 Elements of Marketing

MGMT5710 Managing and Leading People

RISK5001 Fundamentals of Risk and Risk Management

TABL5511 Legal Foundations of Business

Specialisation courses

Choose six courses from one of the following specialisations

·        Accounting

·        Banking

·        Business Analytics

·        Business Strategy

·        Economics and Finance

·        Enterprise Systems and Business Design

·        Finance

·        Global Sustainability and Social Enterprise

·        Human Resource Management

·        Innovation and Entrepreneurship

·        International Business

·        Management Accounting

·        Marketing

·        Marketing Analytics

·        Organisation and Management Studies

·        Risk Management

·        Supply Chain Management

Capstone course

Choose one from the following*

ACCT5931 Strategic Management Accounting

COMM5010 Strategy Marketing and Management

FINS5568 Capstone - Portfolio Management Process

INFS5997 Enterprise Systems and Business Design Practicum

COMM5030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

*Course selection will depend on chosen specialisation and prior studies.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Check if you are eligible to apply for credits or advanced standing based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this program
  4. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process
  5. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

a. Official academic transcripts 

b. Proof of completion of qualification 

c. Proof of identity and citizenship 

d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are three intakes per year:

  • Term 1 (February): 30 November
  • Term 2 (June)*: 31 March
  • Term 3 (September): 31 July

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 intake.

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.


Visit the Master of Commerce page on the UNSW Sydney website for more details!

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