Commerce - 8404

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1.5 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 72


Master of Commerce (Specialisation)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

The Master of Commerce program has a long and distinguished history in providing high quality, relevant business education. If you are a non-business graduate wanting to develop your skills and knowledge in business, or if you are a business graduate who would like to broaden your business knowledge, then this program allows you to specialise, choosing from a range of disciplines, to pursue your career ambitions.

The Master of Commerce is innovative, industry-relevant and incorporates the latest thinking in business.

Note: if you commenced the Master of Commerce degree prior to S1 2018 you should refer to the program structure for the year you first enrolled into the degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Learning goals and associated learning outcomes for the Master of Commerce
  1. Knowledge: Our graduates will have current disciplinary knowledge applicable in local and global contexts.
  2. Critical thinking and problem solving: Our graduates will have critical thinking and problem solving skills applicable to business and/or management practice or issues.
  3. Communication: Our graduates will be effective communicators in professional contexts.
  4. Teamwork: Our graduates will be effective team participants.
  5. Ethical, social and environmental responsibility: Our graduates will be aware of ethical, social, cultural and environmental implications of business issues and practice.

Program Structure

One Compulsory Core Courses (business foundation courses)
One Data Analysis course depending on the specialisation chosen.

Three Gateway Core Courses, These courses are designed to give students fundamental business knowledge in a rang of fields. Students must choose 1 gateway course related to the specialisation chosen and 2 additional gateway courses for depth and breadth of learning.

Five Specialisation Courses - refer to your chosen specialisation

One free Elective - can be any course from Master of Commerce

One Specialisation Capstone Course - depending on your specialisation. The capstone course will integrate student learning across the program.

High performing students will have the opportunity to apply for participate in a MCom Practicum. This would replace the Capstone course. How to apply COMM5030.

Area of Specialisations

Academic Rules

The program consists of 12 courses – as per the program structure outlined above.

A maximum of (24 UOC) may be awarded based on your previous business studies.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Commerce a pathway program into the Master of Commerce.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average, as determined by the UNSW Business School.

For additional entry requirements visit UNSW Business School website for further details.Click Here

If you do not have an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Commerce, a pathway program into the Master of Commerce – domestic students only.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Up to 24 units of credit (4 courses) may be awarded based on previous studies.
For further information refer to:

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students are advised to follow requirements according to the year they commenced. Please refer to previous editions of the Online Handbook for your program requirements.

Current Students:
Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
Forms, policies and procedures
Frequently asked questions

Prospective Students:
Contact Student Recruitment
T: +61 2 9385 3507

Related Program(s)

8417 Commerce (Extension)

Area(s) of Specialisation