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Graduate Diploma in Commerce (GradDipCom)

Course Code GNCOMMER2000
Course Type Postgraduate
Credit Points Required  48
CRICOS code 019182M


The Graduate Diploma in Commerce has been revised for students commencing from 2012.

The Graduate Diploma in Commerce is based on the master's programs 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 65%+).

Duration of course

Full-time (minimum duration)Part-time

1 year

2 to 4 years

Note: Students who commenced their degree prior to 2012 should refer to the course structure, available major subject areas and resolutions in the faculty handbook for the year they commenced. Archived faculty handbooks can be accessed on the Handbooks website.

Course structure

Please Note: The following structure is for students commencing study in this course between 2012 and 2016. Students who commenced study prior to 2012 may choose to follow this structure or complete their course according to the structure set out in the handbook of the year they commenced their study in this course (see Handbook archives). New students commencing study from 2017 follow the structure outline under or in the 2017 version of the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Commerce, students must successfully complete a total of eight units of study (48 credit points), comprising:

  • one core unit of study (six credit points)
  • two to three foundational units of study (12 to 18 credit points)
  • four to five elective units of study (24 to 30 credit points) (excluding foundational units)

Please Note: The structure and specialisations subject areas for the Graduate Diploma in Commerce have been revised for students commencing in 2012. The details are outlined below. For 2011 continuing students please refer to the information available from the following link:

Core unit of study

All students must complete the core unit of study in their first semester of study:

  • BUSS5000 Critical Thinking in Business.*

* BUSS5000 will no be offered from 2017. Students who have not successfully completed this unit by this time will replace the unit with an additional foundational or elective unit for the course. The Business School recommends that students complete the new unit BUSS5020 Business Insights as a replacement for BUSS5000.

Foundational units of study

Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma complete two or three foundational units. The available foundational units are as follows:

(i) Foundational units from the University of Sydney Business School:

(ii) Foundational units from the School of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

  • ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics +
  • ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory #

+ This unit will not be offered from 2017.

* IBUS5002 and IBUS5003 replace IBUS5001 from 2013.

^ ITLS5000 replaces TPTM5001 from 2014.

+ This unit will not be available as a foundational unit for students commencing study from 2016.

# This unit will not be available as a foundational unit for students commencing study from 2017.

Note. Students commencing study prior to 2014 are able to count the unit BUSS5001 as a foundational unit for their course.

Elective units of study

Students select their electives any units available to students enrolled in this course including from under the following subject areas. Electives must be non-foundational units of study.

* Not available from 2016.

^ Not available from 2017.

Specialisations are NOT available under this course.

Please Note: The information set out here is for students commencing their Graduate Diploma in Commerce program from 2012. Continuing pre-2012 students should follow the structure outlined in the Handbook for the year they commenced their studies.

Progression guide

The following table illustrates a progression example for a student enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Commerce on a full-time basis undertaking four units of study per semester.




Year 1 Semester 1

foundational unit

foundational unit

foundational or elective unit



Semester 2 elective unit elective unit elective unit elective unit 24



Please Note: The information listed in this program of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their course in different sequences to that listed above. You are advised to plan your course based upon your individual needs and to contact Staff and Student Services if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your course.