Postgraduate coursework

Graduate Diploma of Commerce

Build on your undergraduate qualification in any field, with Deakin's postgraduate course, the Graduate Diploma of Commerce.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

Gain real-world business expertise that you can apply to a range of careers or to the management of your own business. Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Commerce will give you a foundation in commerce and business theories with opportunities to put them into practice through hands-on industry experience.

The Graduate Diploma of Commerce builds on an undergraduate qualification in any discipline. This one-year program is designed to give you advanced knowledge of the key business disciplines, which can then be applied to business-related careers across any field.

On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Commerce you may progress to Deakin’s Master of Commerce.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Commerce, students must attain a total of 8 credit points, consisting of 5 credit points of core units and 3 credit points of elective units.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Electives may be selected from the full range of units available in the Master of Commerce (see M755 Master of Commerce entry for list of units available).

5

Core units

3

Elective units

8

Total units

Core units

  • Accounting MPA701
  • Finance MPF753
  • MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management ^
  • Business Communication for Managers MPM731
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • ^MPM701A is a Start Anytime unit.

    Elective units

    Select 3 credit points of units from the full range of units available in M755 Master of Commerce.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Commerce
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M616
    CRICOS code
    062715G
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Credit for prior learning into the Graduate Diploma of Commerce may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies. There are negotiated credit for prior learning arrangements in place for CPA members.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
    • Graduate Certificate in any discipline OR
    • At least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)* OR
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended)

    *Note: relevant professional experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of business or other related field

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of a contemporary body of commerce and business theories and their application.

    Communication

    Apply appropriate communication skills within the context of commerce and business.

    Digital Literacy

    Apply appropriate digital technologies to find, use, manage and disseminate complex commerce knowledge and ideas.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse a range of business related information to make informed business decisions, and to provide informed recommendations and courses of action.

    Problem Solving

    Conceptualise, construct and recommend solutions to real world and ill-defined problems faced by decision-makers in a business environment.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate independent study and learning the field of commerce.

    Teamwork

    Work with and learn from others from different business disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global Citizenship

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    M755 Master of Commerce

    Alternative exits

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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