Graduate Certificate in Commerce


Graduate Certificate in Commerce

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Commerce is a highly flexible course, providing quality education in commerce-related fields. It particularly caters to students from diverse educational backgrounds who wish to consolidate their understanding of commerce.

  • Why study this course?

    The strength of this course is the flexibility for students to choose from a wide variety of subjects that meet their career needs, interest and aspirations, without the need to specialise in one discipline.

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Commerce is also a pathway to a number of CSU's Masters programs, including the Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Commerce, for students without an undergraduate degree. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce, students may receive credit for up to four subjects in most of CSU's Masters programs.

    The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. Our flexible learning environment allows students to study this online course from anywhere in the world. Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques which include online education study materials, online meetings and subject forums.

  • Career opportunities

    The skills obtained in the Graduate Certificate in Commerce are transferable across many different roles and organisations. Graduates could work in all types of businesses and industries, including retail, hospitality, medical or services, in government, public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

    The program allows students to gain a postgraduate qualification that best suits their particular career needs. It is also a pathway to the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Commerce for those who aspire to senior management positions.

  • Credit and pathways

    Candidates may receive transfer credit for up to 50% of the course for prior study if they can demonstrate that such study was completed at a recognised higher education institution within the last 10 years at the postgraduate level. To apply for credit, candidates are required to submit with their application for admission a certified transcript of results and subject outline/curriculum of those subjects

    Credit in the Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is also a pathway into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) for students without an undergraduate degree. Students may receive credit for up to four subjects into the Master of Business Administration (MBA) upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

    More about Credit

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Graduate Certificate in Commerce consists of four subjects (32 points) with the following requirements to be met:

    1. all subjects must be selected from the range of restricted elective subjects offered by the Faculty of Business at Level 5 or equivalent;
    2. students may not enrol in any subject which is substantially similar to a subject already completed; and
    3. students shall meet all prerequisite requirements.

    Credit in the Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is also a pathway into the MBA for students without an undergraduate degree. Students may receive credit for up to four subjects into the MBA upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate.

    Faculty of Business restricted elective subjects

    ACC501 Business Accounting & Finance
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC518 Current Developments In Accounting Thought
    ACC525 Financial Accountability in the Public Sector
    ACC585 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    ACG504 Communication in Business
    ACG506 FInancial Management of Small Business
    ACC566 Accounting Systems and Processes
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    ECO501 Business Economics
    ECO503 International Economics
    ECO511 Economics for Business
    ECO515 Managerial Economics
    ECO517 Economic Evaluation
    FIN516 Corporate Finance
    FIN518 International Financial Management
    FIN521 Corporate Treasury Management
    FIN522 Financial Modelling
    FIN523 Lending and Financial Institutions
    FIN524 Applied Portfolio Management
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    FIN530 Money and Capital Markets
    FIN531 Investments Analysis
    FIN535 Strategic Finance
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
    FIN567 Property Investment
    HRM501 Labour Market Studies
    HRM502 Human Resource Management
    HRM507 Research Methods
    HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations
    HRM514 International Human Resource Management
    HRM516 International Management Behaviour
    HRM523 Advanced Studies in Industrial Relations
    HRM528 Strategic Human Resource Management
    HRM531 Organisational Politics and Culture and Change Management
    HRM532 International Human Resource Development
    HRM539 Managing People in Small Business
    HRM540 Theory of Conflict Resolution
    HRM545 Skills of Conflict Resolution
    HRM550 Evaluating Human Resources
    HRM552 Organisational Behaviour
    HRM560 Human Resource Development Context
    HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
    HRM563 Developing Organisational Capabilities
    INR501 Industrial Relations Environment
    INR502 Industrial Relations System and Issues
    INR503 Industrial Relations Practice
    INR510 Comparative Labour Relations
    ITC505 ICT Project Management
    ITC540 IT Infrastructure Management PG
    ITC549 Web Site Operations and Publishing
    ITC557 Web Based Info Systems PG
    ITC563 IT Managment Issues
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    LAW502 Law of International Business
    LAW503 Administrative Law
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    LAW505 Taxation 1
    LAW515 Law of Employment
    LAW516 Dispute Resolution: Methods and Results
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    LAW518 Taxation 2
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills
    LAW530 Environmental Law and Management
    LAW540 Australian Law & Legal System
    LAW545 Taxation Strategies
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice
    MGT503 The Social and Economic Environment
    MGT505 Foundations of Quality Management
    MGT506 The Learning Organisation
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT517 Advanced Research Methods
    MGT520 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development
    MGT530 International Business
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership and Entrepreneurship
    MGT537 Entrepreneurial Project
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT550 Operations Management
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
    MGT583 Management of Sustainable Business
    MGT589 Managing Risk
    MGT594 Leadership and Business Ethics
    MKT501 Marketing Management
    MKT510 Customer Behaviour
    MKT519 Marketing for Small Business
    MKT520 Managing Product and Service Innovation
    MKT525 Electronic Marketing
    MKT540 Marketing Strategy
    MKT550 Global Marketing
    MKT560 Marketing and Organisational Research
    MKT561 Services Marketing
    MKT562 Business to Business Marketing
    MKT570 Integrated Marketing Communications
    PAD591 Public Sector Management

    Students should obtain the permission of the Course Director, if they wish to complete subjects not on the list above.

    Enrolment pattern

    Due to the flexibility of the course requirements, there is no prescribed enrolment pattern. Students may choose the order in which they undertake subjects, depending upon the availability of subjects and the meeting of any pre-requisites.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ECO511 Economics for Business
    LAW517 Mediation: Processes and Uses
    ACC514 Financial Accounting
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    ACC567 Financial Accounting 2
    LAW504 Business and Corporations Law
    ACC512 Management Accounting for Costs & Control
    ACC515 Accounting & Finance
    ACC566 Acc Systems and Processes
    LAW505 Taxation 1
    LAW518 Taxation 2
    ACC518 Current Developments In Accounting Thought
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

  • Admission information

    Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or a qualification deemed to be equivalent.

    Applicants with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or 5 years relevant work experience acceptable to the University will be considered.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2015 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.


    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    2700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2900*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2015.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBCO
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBCO

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 32 points (four subjects) and meet the requirements outlined in the course structure guidelines.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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