Master of Commerce

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Sydney Master of Commerce (MCom) will equip you with the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, business and government. Whether your background is in business or in some other field – such as arts, engineering or science – the MCom is the ideal degree to either fast-track your current career or take it in a new direction entirely.

This program is a two-year program of full-time study (or four years part-time) designed to enable graduates with a recognised bachelor's qualification in any field (and at a standard acceptable to the Business School) the opportunity to acquire an applied understanding of business concepts and practices, including in-depth knowledge in up to three preferred areas of business practice.

Recognition of prior learning and work experience can mean a reduction in the number of units required from 16 to 12 or even 8 units of study. For example, a student with a bachelor’s degree in a business-related area or professional work experience, and meeting other standard admission requirements, will be eligible for a 25 percent (4 unit) reduction, decreasing the duration of the course from 2 to 1.5 years.

Course outline

Structure

The Master of Commerce requires the completion of units of study totalling 96 credit points, comprising:

  1. two core units of study (12 credit points)
  2. two to six foundational units of study (12 to 36 credit points)
  3. at least one specialisation selected from the areas of specialisation
  4. additional specialisation/s, dissertation or  elective units of study.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The Business School recognises the importance of prior learning and industry experience. If you hold a prior qualification and/or have industry experience of at least 3 years in duration, you could be eligible for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in your Master of Commerce degree, reducing the duration of your studies by up to one year. Find out more details at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Core units of study

BUSS5000 Critical Thinking in Business

This compulsory entry point unit equips you with key thinking and decision-making skills that are vital to effectiveness in today’s competitive business environment. In particular, it gives you the capability to analyse and respond to business-related problems and opportunities in ways that are both innovative and practical.

BUSS6000 Succeeding in Business

This compulsory Capstone unit, undertaken in the final semester of study, equips you with high-level cross-disciplinary and cross-functional insights, knowledge and skills. You will work collaboratively with peers and expert advisers to integrate specific knowledge acquired from your chosen specialisations to address real-world business challenges.

Foundational units of study

  • ACCT5001 Accounting Principles
  • BUSS5002 Business Fundamentals (new unit from 2015)
  • CLAW5001 Legal Environment of Business
  • ECMT5001 Principles of Econometrics
  • ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
  • FINC5001 Capital Markets and Corporate Finance
  • IBUS5002 Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS5003 Global Business
  • INFS5001 Project Management
  • INFS5002 Digital Business Foundations (new unit from 2015)
  • ITLS5000 Foundations of Supply Chain Management
  • ITLS5100 Transport & Infrastructure Foundations (new foundational unit from 2015)
  • MKTG5001 Marketing Principles
  • QBUS5001 Quantitative Methods for Business
  • WORK5003 Management and Organisations.

Areas for specialisation

For 2015, the following specialisation subject areas will be available to students:

Elective units of study

Students can select elective units of study from any of the Commerce specialisation subject areas and other available electives listed in the unit tables in University of Sydney Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

Industry Placement

High-achieving students may elect to undertake an assessable industry placement in Sydney, regional NSW or internationally. Places are offered on a competitive basis, subject to availability.

Business Dissertation

Students who achieve a weighted average mark (WAM) of 80 percent or higher in at least eight units of study have the option to complete a supervised research dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words (equivalent to four units of study) on an approved business topic.

Specialisations

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate for the Master of Commerce completes their core unit BUSS5000 in the first semester of enrolment. Any foundational unit/s required for their specialisation/s should also be completed at this time. The capstone core unit, BUSS6000, is completed in the final semester of enrolment. Units for specialisation/s, electives and remaining foundational units (if required) can be completed in any order depending on prerequisite/corequisite requirements.

Capstone experience

The core capstone unit of study, BUSS6000 Succeeding in Business, is designed to provide you with an integrated learning experience. This unit will consolidate your learning and teach you how to apply your knowledge and skills to real-world business problems.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Master of Commerce graduates will acquire the skills and knowledge to pursue high-level positions in industry or government, in areas relevant to their specialisation/s. For example, the degree can prepare you for positions in accounting, marketing or other specialist fields. It also gives you a thorough understanding of commerce for use in many business fields.

Course accreditation

Depending on units of study completed, students may complete accreditation requirements for CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA).

Further study

The University of Sydney Business School has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The Master of Commerce is an entry pathway to our higher degree by research programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil).

The postgraduate research programs offered by the Business School attract a large number of domestic and international students each year. With more than 180 research students currently enrolled, we have one of the largest and most diverse higher degree by research programs in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more information about Sydney research at http://sydney.edu.au/business/research.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Commerce will hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree, graduate diploma/certificate from a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average. Qualifications awarded outside Australia can also be used for admission but equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. You can find a guideline of the most common international entry requirements at
http://sydney.edu.au/business/futurestudents/postgraduate_study/pg_coursework_studies

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Business School.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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