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 16 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
ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes
ECO501 Business Economics
HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
LAW504 Business and Corporations Law

Not all subjects are offered each session.