Graduate Diploma of Commerce

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Commerce
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code062715G
Deakin course codeM616

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Indicative student 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.

Fees and charges

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Course Learning Outcomes

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.


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.


Demonstrate independent study and learning the field of commerce.


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

Global Citizenship

Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.

Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course rules

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).

Course structure

Core units



MPM701/MPM701ABusiness Process Management ^

MPM731Business Communication for Managers

MPE781Economics for Managers

^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.

Advanced Standing/Credit for Prior Study

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.