Graduate Certificate in Commerce

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

The Sydney Graduate Certificate in Commerce is designed for those who want to undertake a short academic training course for career reasons, or to sample further study to assess whether a Graduate Diploma in Commerce or Master of Commerce program would be suitable for them.

A graduate certificate is a good entry point for students wanting to consolidate their understanding of Commerce. In most circumstances, you can choose to progress to the graduate diploma or master’s course in Commerce on successful completion of the graduate certificate.

Course outline


The Graduate Certificate in Commerce requires the completion 24 credit points comprising:

(1) a core unit of study;

(2) two to three foundational units of study; and/or 

(3) an elective advanced unit of study.

Core units of study

All students must enrol in the core unit of study: BUSS5000 Critical Thinking in Business in their first semester of study.

Foundational units of study for 2015

The two or three foundational units of study are selected from a list of Commerce foundational units:

For further details of available units, please refer to the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

Elective units of study

Students completing two foundational units complete one elective unit from the Commerce specialisation subject areas listing under the Master of Commerce (excluding foundational units). For further details of available units, please refer to the Business School (Postgraduate) Handbook.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

Specialist in focus while covering a broad range of study, the Commerce courses develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for a high-level position in industry, commerce and government. Career opportunities include positions in accounting, marketing or other specialist fields, as well as roles in a variety of business fields.


Admission requirements

Entry into a graduate certificate requires a tertiary qualification (pass degree) or at least three years work experience. For specific entry requirements:

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

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

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, 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 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 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.