Postgraduate coursework

Master of Commerce

Pursuing a commerce postgraduate course can lead to a career in virtually any area of business and government. Apply for a Master 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

1.5 to 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (please refer to course pathways below)

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne) Cloud (online)

Course information

This course is designed for graduates of any field of study as a first qualification in business.

Deakin’s Master of Commerce is a discipline-based coursework degree with six core units: Accounting, Finance, Economics for Managers, Business Process Management, Business Communication for Managers, and Business Strategy and Analysis. You’ll also complete units, which will lead to the completion of a specialisation of your choice.

The course is also intended to give you a solid introduction to the theoretical principles of finance and the practical requirements of financial management within for-profit corporate organisations.

Learning through classes, conferences, group work and debates among students, graduates will possess highly-developed computer and technology skills for employees in today’s commerce and related industries.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Commerce, students must attain a total of 16 credit points, consisting of 8 credit points of core units, at least one specialisation of 4 credit points and 4 credit points of electives.  Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Students will undertake a one-credit point research training unit and one credit point research-based project unit.

8

Credit points of Core units

4

Credit point specialisation

4

Credit points of Elective units

16

Total Credit points

Core units

  • Accounting MPA701
  • MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management ^
  • Business Communication for Managers MPM731
  • Building Success in Commerce MPM755
  • Finance MPF753
  • Economics for Managers MPE781
  • Plus 2 credit points from:

  • Governance and Fraud MAA763
  • Critical Thinking for Managers MPM732
  • Ethics for Managers MMH733
  • MIS770/MIS770AFoundation Skills in Data Analysis ^*
  • Sustainable Environmental Marketing MPK704
  • which may also include one unit from:

  • Integrated Reporting and Value Creation MAA767
  • Business Practicum MWL702
  • Team Internship MWL703
  • Work Based Learning MWL704
  • ^MPM701A and MIS770A are Start Anytime units.

    *Please note: Students intending to complete the Business Analytics specialisation, must complete co-core unit, MIS770/MIS770A.

    Elective units

    The remaining credit points are selected from any unit listed in the MCom specialisations. Selection of elective units must form at least one Master of Commerce specialisation. Students may choose other postgraduate units (if eligible).

    The below unit is a recommended elective for students undertaking the Accounting specialisation to fulfil CPA requirements.

  • Commercial and Corporations Law MLC707
  • Specialisations

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

     

    Key information

    Award granted

    Master of Commerce

    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M755
    CRICOS code
    027129E
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 9.

    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 Master 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 or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • Successful completion of Masters Qualifying Program (or Masters Qualifying Program Extended), OR
    • Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    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.

    Cloud studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

    In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

    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

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The specialisations in commerce studies lead to careers in virtually every area of business and government in Australia and internationally. Broad career paths include becoming a professional accountant, IT and systems professional, economist, financial planner, human resources manager, social and economic policy developer, international trade officer and marketing assistant/manager. As this is a very broad course there are further possibilities in other professions especially if taken with further study.

    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

    Synthesise a broad base of critical commerce knowledge with specialised discipline knowledge and apply this in contemporary business contexts, drawing from this to explore advanced concepts through conducting independent research on a chosen commerce-related issue.

    Communication

    Demonstrate business communication techniques to convey complex commerce concepts and proposals to both specialists and non-specialists.

    Digital Literacy

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

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse a range of complex business related information to make informed business decisions in regard to investment, ethical, economical, and business management issues, 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 initiative and independence in learning and research in both a broad and a specialised field of commerce.

    Teamwork

    Work and learn with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

    Global Citizenship

    Interpret and reflect on the impact of ethics, culture and internationalization on contemporary business issues.

     

    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

    If you have a Bachelor degree in the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points) If you have a Bachelor degree in any discipline AND 5 years of relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units), which means you need to complete 1.5 years full time, or part-time equivalent (12 credit points)

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    *A shorter course duration is available to students entering from a same discipline background. A "same discipline" award for this course is a Bachelor degree in Commerce or Business with a major sequence; students are expected to specialise in an area other than their undergraduate majors.

    ^ Relevant work experience is determined as business experience either in a broad commerce role or in a managerial position with business oversight responsibilities in any field that is representative of the specialisations of the course, which includes either Accounting, Arts and Cultural Management, Business Analytics, Finance, Financial Planning, Information Systems, International Trade and Business, Marketing, Project Management, Public Sector Studies or eBusiness and Social Media Strategies.

    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.

    Commerce graduates would normally be precluded from one or more of the core units and required to undertake substitute units from the full range of MCom units. These students are expected to specialise in an area other than their undergraduate major(s).

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