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Master of Commerce


Offered at Burwood (Melbourne),

Cloud (online)

Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code027129E
Deakin course codeM755

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Commerce (MCom) 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); a selection of at least two units from a further six co-core units (Corporate Governance and Ethics, Critical Thinking for Managers, Ethics for Managers, Analytical Skills for Managers, Managing for Environmental Sustainability and Postgraduate Internship); at least one specialisation (four units); and the option to take a second specialisation or select further elective units of study.


It is designed for graduates of any discipline.


The course is suitable for graduates in diverse fields (e.g. arts, science, nursing or education) who wish to prepare themselves for a professional career by gaining a thorough knowledge of the key business disciplines.


As part of the Master of Commerce you must complete at least one specialisation as listed.  By choosing appropriate units within the Master of Commerce, you may satisfy the professional requirements of CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) or associate membership requirements of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The MCom is a 16 credit point degree. Students will be required to complete a core of 8 credit points and at least one specialisation of 4 credit points, which may include a core unit. The remaining credit points may be selected from the range of specialisations offered.


Students may choose to complete more than one specialisation. Students may also choose to exit the Master of Commerce early with either a Graduate Certificate of Commerce (consisting of any four Master of Commerce units) or a Graduate Diploma of Commerce (consisting of any eight Master of Commerce units).

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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Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.


Arts and Entertainment Management

Business Analytics

eBusiness and Supply Chain Management

Financial Planning
Insurance and Risk Management
International Trade and Business

Project Management

Public Sector Studies  

Retail Management

Social Media and Mobile Strategies

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Course structure

Core Units

MPA701 Accounting  

MPM701 Business Process Management  

MPM703 Business Strategy and Analysis  

MPM731 Business Communication for Managers  

MPT753/MPF753 Finance  #

MPT781/MPE781 Economics for Managers  #


Plus 2 credit points from:


MPA711 Corporate Governance and Ethics  

MPM732 Critical Thinking for Managers  

MMH733 Ethics for Managers  

MIS770 Analytical Skills for Managers  

MPM704 Managing for Environmental Sustainability  

MPI700 Postgraduate Internship  


Elective Units

The remaining credit points are selected from any unit listed in the MCom specialisations below.  Selection of elective units must form at least one Master of Commerce specialisation. Students may choose other postgraduate units with prior written approval of the Course Team Chair.


MLC707 Commercial and Corporations Law  
is a recommended elective for students undertaking the Accounting specialisation to fulfil CPA requirements.



#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

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Details of specialisations

Accounting (unit set code SP-M75501)

MAA703 Accounting for Management  

MAA705 Corporate Auditing  

MAA716 Financial Accounting  

MAA725 Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice  


From 1 January 2004, candidates who complete an accredited degree in Australia have the option of either completing Auditing and/or Taxation at university OR at postgraduate level in the CPA Program. All other core curriculum areas must be completed for entry as an Associate member.

Arts and Entertainment Management (unit set code SP-M755013)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MMK792 Arts Marketing  

MMM790 Arts Management  

MMM793 Managing Cultural Projects and Events  

MMM796 Managing Arts in Community Settings  

MMM799 Arts Fundraising and Sponsorship  

MPI700 Postgraduate Internship  

Business Analytics (unit set code SP-M75519)

MIS771 Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation  

MIS772 Predictive Analytics  

MIS775 Decision Modelling for Business Analytics  

MIS781 Business Intelligence  

eBusiness and Supply Chain Management (unit set code SP-M75521)

MIS712 eBusiness Strategies  

MIS713 Supply Chain Management and Logistics  

MIS731 Information Security and Governance  

MIS781 Business Intelligence  

Finance (unit set code SP-M75505)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MAF702 Financial Markets  

MAF703 Applied Corporate Finance  

MAF704 Treasury and Risk Management  

MAF707 Investments and Portfolio Management  

MAF711 Modelling Techniques for Finance  

Financial Planning (unit set code SP-M755011)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MAF702 Financial Markets  

MAF707 Investments and Portfolio Management  

MAF708 Retirement Income Streams  

MAF709 Financial Planning Development  

MAF765 Financial Planning and Analysis  

MLC703 Principles of Income Tax Law  


Note: Students should consult with the Financial Planning Association or their website for professional recognition or RG146 and should check the ASIC website. Students seeking professional recognition may be required to undertake an additional unit.

Insurance and Risk Management (unit set code SP-M755018)

MPS701 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance  

MAA754 Enterprise Risk Management  

MPS707 Life Risk  

MPS708 General Insurance  


International Trade and Business (unit set code SP-M75514)

MPE707 International Banking and Finance  

MPE711 Global Trade and Markets  

MPM703 Business Strategy and Analysis  

MPT735/MPM735 International Business Management  #


#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Marketing (unit set code SP-M75509)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MMK738 Integrated Marketing Communication  

MMK751 Services Marketing  

MPK701 Research Design and Analysis  

MPK713 Consumer Behaviour  

MPT732/MPK732 Marketing Management  #

MPT736/MPK736 International Marketing  #


# MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

Project Management (unit set code SP-M75522)

MIS701 Business Requirements Analysis  

MIS798 Project Management  


plus 2 credit points of units from:

MIS771 Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation  

MIS782 Business Value of Information  

MPI702 Applied Business Project  


MPI700 Postgraduate Internship  

Public Sector Studies (unit set code SP-M75517)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

AIP740 Public Policy Analysis  

AIP747 Policy and Program Evaluation  

AIP748 Intergovernmental Relations  

AIP773 Governance and Accountability  

AIP780 Managing Public Expenditure  

AIP784 Executive Government  

MPA711 Corporate Governance and Ethics  

MPI702 Applied Business Project  

MPR721/MPM721 Organisational Behaviour  *

MPR779 Management Communication (Residential)  *


* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.

Social Media and Mobile Strategies (unit set code SP-M75520)

MIS712 eBusiness Strategies  

MIS721 Social Media and Mobile Strategies  

MIS771 Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation  

MMK737 Online Marketing  

Retail Management (unit set code SP-M75516)

MPM705 Retailing  

MPM716 Merchandise Management  

MPT732/MPK732 Marketing Management  #


plus 1 credit point from:

MIS713 Supply Chain Management and Logistics  

MMK751 Services Marketing  

MPK713 Consumer Behaviour  

MPM712 Managing Innovation  


#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

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Credit for Prior Learning

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.


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8th June 2007