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Graduate Certificate in Commerce (GradCertCom)

Course CodeGCCOMMER1000
Course TypePostgraduate
Credit Points Required 24
This program is not available
to international students.


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

The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is for students who wish to undertake a short academic training course for career purposes, or who would like to experience further study options to ascertain whether a graduate diploma or master's program would be suitable. It is also an entry point for students with extensive work experience but without a previous academic qualification. Students can choose to progress to the graduate diploma or master's course in Commerce after successful completion of the graduate certificate (with a WAM of 65%).

Duration of course

Full-time (minimum duration) Part-time
0.5 years 1 to 3 years

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

Course structure

Please Note: The following structure is for students commencing study in this course from 2012. 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 Handbooks archives).

To be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Commerce, students must successfully complete a total of four units of study (24 credit points), comprising:

  • one core unit of study (six credit points)
  • two to three foundational units of study (12 to 18 credit points)
  • up to one elective unit of study (6 credit points)

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

Core unit of study

Students must complete the following core unit of study in their first semester of enrolment.

Foundational units of study

Students select two to three units (12 to 18 credit points) from the following units of study.

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

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

* 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.  

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 optional elective from the units offered by the Business School including those from the following subject areas. The electives must be a non-foundational unit of study.

* Not available to commencing students from 2016 

Specialisations are NOT available under this course.

Progression guide

The following table shows an example progression for a student enrolled in the Graduate Certificate 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



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 before enrolling. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their course in different sequences to that listed above (including studying in Summer or Winter School sessions). You are advised to plan your program based upon your individual needs and to contact Staff and Student Services if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your course.