Graduate Diploma of Commerce

Who's it for?

The Graduate Diploma of Commerce is designed for students with an undergraduate degree, in any field, from a recognised Australian university, or equivalent international qualification. Following the diploma, you may be given credit towards the Master of Commerce or MBA.

What's involved?

You'll study eight subjects that may count towards a range of advanced CSU postgraduate qualifications, including the MBA and Master of Commerce.

Why should you apply?

The diploma helps you deepen your understanding of business and management principles.

How much will it cost?

Find out the Graduate Diploma of Commerce tuition fees

Where can I study?

Sydney and Melbourne.

Entry Requirements


An undergraduate degree in any field, from a recognised Australian college or university, or equivalent

English Language

Academic IELTS overall score of at least 6.0 overall, with at least 6.0 in writing and no score below 5.5 (or equivalent grades)

You may receive up to 50% credit for studies completed at a postgraduate or equivalent level.

Find out more about our English language and academic entry requirements.


The Graduate Diploma of Commerce provides a route into the Master of Commerce. Credit may be granted for the subjects studied during the diploma. 

Whether or not you have work experience, if you successfully complete the Master of Commerce or the Graduate Diploma of Commerce, you may receive credit for up to eight subjects towards the CSU MBA. In this case you may complete your MBA in one year, receiving the Graduate Diploma of Commerce / Master of Commerce and the Master of Business Administration in a total of two years. 

You should declare your plan to continue onto the MBA when you enrol for the Master of Commerce, to make sure you take the correct subjects. If you don’t have an Australian bachelor’s degree in business (or equivalent) you will be required to pass the Graduate Certificate of Commerce before being admitted to the MBA program, with or without credit.

Career Options

Gain the technical knowledge required for a range of senior positions within specialist areas, including:

  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management.


CSU Study Centres progression pathway chart for Commerce

*Students with three years relevant management work experience can continue to the 12 subject MBA.

Course Structure

Non-specialisation Elective Subjects
ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
ACC513 Management Accounting for Decisions
ACC514 Financial Accounting
ACG504 Communication in Business
ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes
ECO501 Business Economics
HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
LAW504 Business and Corporations Law

Not all subjects are offered each session.



 Corporate Finance
 Plus three of the following:
 International Financial Management
 Money and Capital Markets
 Investments Analysis
 Financial Planning

General Management

 Management Theory and Practice
 Plus three of the following:
 Human Resource Management
 Strategic Management
 International Business
 Management of Change

HR Management

 Human Resource Management
 Plus three of the following:
 International Human Resource Management
 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
 Strategic Human Resource Management
 Human Resource Development Context

Information Technology

 Four of the following:
 Systems Development Project Management
 Information Systems Strategy
 IT Infrastructure Management PG
 IT Management Issues
 IT Risk Management

International Management

 Management Theory and Practice
 Plus three of the following:
 International Human Resource Management
 Strategic Management
 International Business
 Global Marketing


 Marketing and Management
 Plus three of the following:
 Consumer Behaviour
 Managing Product and Service Innovation
 Global Marketing
 Integrated Marketing Communications

Strategic Management

 Management Theory and Practice
 Plus three of the following:
 Strategic Management
 Management of Change
 Operations Management*
 Forecasting and Risk Assessment*