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Graduate Certificate in Commerce

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Graduate Certificate in Commerce

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Have you been working your way up the career ladder for the past five to 10 years and now reached the point where you feel you could benefit from some formal university qualifications? Then enrol in CSU's Graduate Certificate in Commerce, where your work experience is recognised and valued. CSU offers you the complete flexibility to study whatever business subjects you want, when you want. You can choose any four subjects from more than 100 business-related subjects, ensuring that your studies suit your own career and development needs. Our online program means you can study from any location and at a time that suits you.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Certificate offers you flexibility in subject choice and study mode. You can choose from more than 100 commerce-related subjects that meet your career needs, interests and aspirations.

    Studying online gives you the flexibility to study from any location and at any time that suits you. This means you can continue to study while travelling for work or balancing other commitments, such as family responsibilities.

    Subjects are taught using a range of blended learning techniques, which include online education study materials, online meetings and subject forums. The course has been designed to maximise learning applications from a personal and professional perspective. The course will challenge the way you think and enable you to add real value to your workplace.

    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.

    Single Subject Study

    If you're not sure you have the time to complete a whole degree, consider enrolling in a single subject of your choice. This is a great way to find out what study at university is like and see how you can balance study with your lifestyle, as well as topping up your knowledge in a particular area quickly. You can then receive credit when you come back and complete your degree at CSU. That's true flexibility - study what you want, when you want and how you want.

    More about Single Subject Study

  • 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
    FIN525 Financial Institutions Management
    FIN530 Financial Markets and Instruments
    FIN531 Investments Analysis
    FIN535 Strategic and Contemporary Financial Issues
    FIN560 Financial Planning
    FIN563 Estate Planning
    FIN564 Superannuation and Retirement Planning
    FIN567 Investing in Property
    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
    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
    HRM561 Developing Training Capabilities
    HRM563 Developing Workforce 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
    ITC563 IT Management Issues
    ITC596 IT Risk Management
    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
    MGT510 Strategic Management
    MGT530 International Business
    MGT531 Business Ethics
    MGT536 Leadership - A Critical Perspective
    MGT537 Entrepreneurial Project
    MGT540 Management of Change
    MGT547 Ethics of Corporate Governance
    MGT550 Operations Management
    MGT553 Project Management
    MGT580 Forecasting and Risk Assessment
    MGT583 Managing for Sustainability
    MGT584 Leadership in Teams
    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
    ACC518 Current Developments In Accounting Thought
    LAW519 Negotiation Skills

  • Admission information

    Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Commerce on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will then be eligible for admission to a number of Masters programs offered by the Faculty of Business and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Free textbook - online students receive one free textbook per subject.

    Alumni discount

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

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.


    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYYJBCO
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOBCO

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: 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
    Apply direct to CSU

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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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  • About the School
    School of Management and Marketing

    The School of Management and Marketing is a multi-campus school with staff and students on each of the University’s main campuses: Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; and Wagga Wagga. The School also has many online students from across Australia as well as internationally located.

    Academic staff within the School teach and research in the discipline areas of Management and Marketing and many have extensive business and practical workplace experience that informs their teaching and research.

    We seek to nurture a culture of excellence in teaching, research and professional practice. With a strong focus on quality work-integrated learning and teaching, the School seeks to produce graduates who are highly knowledgeable, insightful, reflective, ethical and workplace capable. The School offers generalist business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Bachelor of Business Studies and the Master of Business Administration (with specialisations). We also offer specialist courses that build core knowledge and skills in particular discipline areas such as Management, Leadership, Organisational Change, Strategy, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Staff in the School are also actively engaged in research and higher degree supervision. Research from our marketing staff has been ranked as internationally significant by Excellence in Research Australia.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINKThis School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • Academic Writing Skills - SSS031 (intensive face-to-face weekend workshop only)
    • Transition to University Study - SSS021
    • Transition from TAFE / VET to University - SSS033
    • Writing at University - SSS022
  • 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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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