Master of Commerce

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Year2015 course information
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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

This 16 credit point course commences in 2015

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).

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

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).


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.


Arts and Cultural 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

Course structure

Core Units


MPM701Business Process Management

MPM731Business Communication for Managers

MPM755Building Success in Commerce

MPT753/MPF753Finance #

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

Plus 2 credit points from:

MPA711Corporate Governance and Ethics

MPM732Critical Thinking for Managers

MMH733Ethics for Managers

MIS770Analytical Skills for Managers

MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing

MPI700Postgraduate 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.

MLC707Commercial 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

Details of specialisations

Accounting (unit set code SP-M75501)

MAA703Accounting for Management

MAA705Corporate Auditing

MAA716Financial Accounting

MAA725Advanced 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 Cultural Management (unit set code SP-M755013)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MMK792Arts Marketing

MMM790Arts Management

MMM793Managing Cultural Projects and Events

MMM796Managing Arts in Community Settings

MMM799Arts Fundraising and Sponsorship

MPI700Postgraduate Internship

Business Analytics (unit set code SP-M75519)

MIS771Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation

MIS772Predictive Analytics

MIS775Decision Modelling for Business Analytics

MIS781Business Intelligence

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

MIS712eBusiness Strategies

MIS713Supply Chain Management and Logistics

MIS731Information Security and Governance

MIS781Business Intelligence

Finance (unit set code SP-M75505)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF703Applied Corporate Finance

MAF704Treasury and Risk Management

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MAF711Modelling Techniques for Finance

Financial Planning (unit set code SP-M755011)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MAF708Superannuation and Retirement Planning

MAF709Financial Planning Development

MAF714Managing Client Relationships

MAF715Estate Planning Strategies

MAF765Financial Planning and Analysis

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law

Note: Students will be required to complete all eight units to satisfy the Financial Planning Association's approved degree requirement for entry into the CFP Certification Program.

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

MPS701Principles of Risk Management and Insurance

MAA754Enterprise Risk Management

MPS707Life Risk

MPS708General Insurance

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

MPE707International Banking and Finance

MPE711Global Trade and Markets

MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MPT735/MPM735International Business Management #

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit.

Marketing (unit set code SP-M75509)

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

plus 3 credit points of units from:

MMK738Integrated Marketing Communication

MMK739Strategic Brand Management

MMK751Services Marketing

MPK701Research Design and Analysis

MPK713Consumer Behaviour

MPT736/MPK736International Marketing #

# MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

Project Management (unit set code SP-M75522)

MIS701Business Requirements Analysis

MIS798Project Management

plus 2 credit points of units from:

MIS771Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation

MIS782Business Value of Information

MPI702Applied Business Project


MPI700Postgraduate Internship

Public Sector Studies (unit set code SP-M75517)

Select 4 credit points of units from:

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP773Governance and Accountability

AIP780Managing Public Expenditure

AIP784Executive Government

MPA711Corporate Governance and Ethics

MPI702Applied Business Project

MPR721/MPM721Organisational Behaviour *

MPR779Leadership in the Real World *

* MPR code denotes residential version of the unit.

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

MIS712eBusiness Strategies

MIS721Social Media and Mobile Strategies

MIS771Descriptive Analytics and Visualisation

MMK737Online Marketing

Retail Management (unit set code SP-M75516)


MPM716Merchandise Management

MPT732/MPK732Marketing Management #

plus 1 credit point from:

MIS713Supply Chain Management and Logistics

MMK751Services Marketing

MPK713Consumer Behaviour

MPM712Managing Innovation

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit

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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