Graduate Diploma of Commerce

About the course

These courses are for students who wish to further their understanding of business and management fundamentals, as well as improve their knowledge and skills in particular professional or occupational areas.

The goal is to produce graduates with strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills relevant to their occupational area. In addition, this course offers technical knowledge required for a variety of senior positions in specialist areas.

The advantage of studying the Graduate Diploma of Commerce or Master of Commerce over other postgraduate programs is that you select exactly which business subjects you wish to study, tailoring the course to your individual goals and career needs.

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

The course consists of eight subjects chosen from the pool of approved MCom subjects. Students may enter directly into the Graduate Diploma or exit with that award from the MCom.

Master of Business Administration electives (Set C)^
ACC501 Business Accounting and Finance
ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs and Control
ACC514 Financial Accounting
ACC515 Accounting & Finance
ACC518 Current Developments in Accounting Thought
ACC544 Decision Support Tools
ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes
ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
ACC568 Auditing
ECO501 Business Economics
FIN516 Corporate Finance
FIN518 International Financial Management
FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
FIN531 Investments Analysis
FIN560 Financial Planning
HRM502 Human Resource Management
HRM514 International Human Resource Management
HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
HRM560 Training and Development Environment
ITC505 ICT Project Management
ITC514 Linux Security Administration
ITC516 Data Mining and Visualisation for Business Intelligence
ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management
ITC544 Computer Organisation and ArchitectureI
TC595 Information Security
ITC596 IT Risk Management
ITC561 Cloud Computing
ITC568 Cloud Security and Privacy
ITC563 IT Management Issues
ITC560 Internet of Things
LAW504 Business and Corporations Law 1
LAW505 Taxation 1
MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
MGT505 Managing Quality and Innovation
MGT510 Strategic Management
MGT530 International Business
MGT536 Leadership - A critical Perspective
MGT537 Entrepreneurship Project
MGT540 Management of Change
MKT501 Marketing Management
MKT510 Customer Behaviour
MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
MKT525 Digital & Social Media Marketing
MKT550 Global Marketing
MKT563 Big Data and Marketing Analytics
MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications

Not all subjects are offered each session.