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Course structure

To be awarded the Master of Commerce, students must successfully complete a total of 16 units of study (96 credit points), comprising:

  • two core units of study (12 credit points)
  • two to six foundational units of study (12 to 36 credit points)*
  • a specialisation selected from one of the Commerce areas of specialisation
  • . additional specialisation/s, dissertation and/or elective units of study required to make 96 credit points in total for the degree (excluding foundational units).

Depending on prior study and/or industry experience, students may be eligible for recognition of prior learning, reducing the duration of the degree by up to 12 months. See below for more details.

Core units of study

Master of Commerce students complete two units of study:

Foundational units of study

Master of Commerce students complete two to six foundational units of study. 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 (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences):

* This unit replaces TPTM5001 Logistics and Supply Chain Management from 2014.

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

Specialisations and electives

Students complete at least one specialisation as a requirement for the Master's degree. For a specialisation, students complete at least one foundational unit of study (six credit points) and four advanced units of study (24 credit points). The foundational unit for a specialisation is completed within a student's first semester of study. Students select their specialisation and/or electives from the following areas:

(i) Specialisations from the University of Sydney Business School:

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

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Business School recognises the importance of prior learning and industry experience. If you hold a prior qualification or have industry experience of at least 3 years in duration, you could be eligible for recognition of prior learning in your Master of Commerce degree.

RPL means that you could save up to a year of full time study, and complete your degree in just 12 months. For more information, please visit the recognition of prior learning information page.

Industry placement

Students who achieve a WAM of 65%+ in a minimum of eight units in the Master of Commerce (48 credit points) may apply for an assessable work integrated learning unit, BUSS6500 Industry Placement (six credit points). Access to this unit will be subject to the availability of suitable placements, with available placements offered on a competitive basis and subject to WAM performance and interview by the Program Director.

Please note: This unit cannot be counted towards a specialisation.

Commerce dissertation

Students in the Master of Commerce program who achieve a WAM of 80%+ in a minimum of eight units of study (48 credit points) in the Master of Commerce may apply to complete a research dissertation (24 credit points) comprising: BUSS7002 Business Dissertation (full-time students), OR BUSS7000 Business Dissertation A and BUSS7001 Business Dissertation B (part-time students). Access to these units will be subject to the availability of suitable supervisors, WAM performance and interview by the Program Director.

Please note: These units cannot be counted towards a specialisation.