Bachelor of Business Studies

Diploma of Business Studies [exit point only]

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What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Business Studies is our most flexible business degree. This generalist undergraduate degree offers a wide range of study opportunities and subject choices, allowing you to construct a program of study that best meets your interests and future work plans.

About the course

The course draws upon the extensive portfolio of subjects offered by the Faculty of Business, as well as subject offerings of other CSU Faculties. There are no specialisations in this program, however, you may choose to cluster subject choices around particular areas of interest or opt for a variety of study areas to better inform you about potential career choices. You are also encouraged to consider undertaking subjects that develop work ready skills.

Subjects offered within the Faculty of Business provide and optimum blend of theory and practice and aim to provide you with both soft skills such as communication, problem solving and ethical understanding to enable you to work with people, as well as the hard skills associated with particular areas of study, including accounting, computing, economics, finance, law, management, marketing, mathematics, operations and project management. Workplace learning subjects will offer strategic and international perspectives that will prepare you for employment in regional, national and international organisations.

International students may study the Bachelor of Business Studies through CSU regional campuses or the CSU Study Centres in Sydney or Melbourne. An intake in Session 3 is available for CSU Study Centres and distance education students. The Port Macquarie Campus offering is available to domestic students only.

As with all our courses, the Bachelor of Business Studies is designed and delivered with study flexibility in mind. You can choose between full-time and part-time study options to fit in with work and lifestyle commitments. You could choose to study just one subject in an academic session or, with approval, fast-track degree completion by undertaking four subjects per session if part-time.

China offering

The Bachelor of Business Studies is offered at four institutes in China:

  • Jilin University of Finance and Economics (formerly Changchun Taxation College)
  • Tianjin University of Commerce
  • Yangzhou University
  • Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (formerly Yunnan Finance and Trade Institute)

For more information about studying the Bachelor of Business Studies in China refer to the China section of the course structure.

Workplace learning

A number of Business workplace learning subjects are available that provide students with the opportunity to undertake a business placement in each of their three years of study (or equivalent). The expectations and outcomes associated with these subjects increase each year - for example, the length of placement will increase from 35 hours in Year 1 to 70 hours in Year 2 and 120 hours in Year 3. Placements may occur in practicum blocks or a dedicated regular time throughout the session. Students will be expected to make a meaningful contribution that will benefit the business and the student's key employability skills. The focus of each of the workplace learning subjects will be the nexus between theory (what the student will be learning in their studies) and practice (what actually happens in the workplace).

There may be ancillary costs associated with your workplace learning subject (for example, travel costs to reach the workplace). These costs may vary depending on the location of the work placement. Costs associated with completing workplace learning are the responsibility of the student.

Work placements are not available to international students due to current Australian Government visa regulations.

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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Albury-Wodonga; Bathurst; Dubbo; Melbourne (Study Centre); Sydney (Study Centre); Wagga Wagga; Port Macquarie


Session 1; Session 2; Session 3




The minimum full-time duration for this course is six sessions.



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