Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for international students

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Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)Yes
Length3 years full time
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)*, November (Trimester 3)#

Indicative annual fee 2015$23,220* AUD
CRICOS course code001838A
IELTS Requirement

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

Deakin course code M300
VTAC Codes1400414513 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514513 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714513 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

* Trimester 2 intake is not offered at Warrnambool for Intternational students

# Trimester 3 intakes are only available at the Burwood (Melbourne) for Domestic and International Students. Trimester 3 Cloud (online) offerings are only available to Domestic Students.

** Not all major sequences are available via Campus study at Warrnambool.  International students studying on a student visa may take a maximum of 25% of their total course units via Cloud (online) study so should seek course advice to plan their studies if they are enrolled at Warrnambool and wish to undertake a major sequence not available at that campus.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce is one of the most flexible business programs available at any Australian university. Bachelor of Commerce graduates will acquire a broad knowledge in all aspects of business.

After a first year of study in key business disciplines, you can choose from a wide range of major sequences in areas such as accounting, business information systems, commercial law, economics, finance, human resource management, management and marketing. You can also choose from specialised areas offered by other faculties such as journalism, sociology, politics and policy studies, languages and psychology (subject to satisfying entry requirements).

You have the option of undertaking a business internship program as part of this course, providing hands on experience in your chosen major sequence.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Commerce can lead to accreditation with many professional bodies, such as the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) Program of CPA Australia, entry into the CA program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA), the Institute of Public Accountants, the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) the Economics Society of Australia and the Australian Marketing Institute, providing you meet the specified requirements within the course.

Eligibility may also depend on work place experience and students are advised to consult the professional body.

To check your eligibility for entry to the CA Program of the ICAA click here.

To check your eligibility for entry to the CPA Program of CPA Australia click here.

To check your eligibility for entry to the IPA Program of the Institute of Public Accountants click here.

Details are also available from Faculty Enrolment Officers, who can assist you with course planning.

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

There are employment opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce graduates in virtually every area of business and government – in Australia and overseas. Potential careers 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 rules

The BCom is a course of study amounting to 24 credit points.
At least 16 of these credit points must be units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law and must include the 10 credit points of core units and MCA010 ( 0 credit points).

At least one major sequence of 6 credit points must be included.

At least 6 credit points must be taken at level 3, of which 4 must be Faculty of Business and Law units course grouped to a Faculty of Business and Law undergraduate degree.

No more than 10 credit points may be taken at level 1.

Full-time enrolment is normally a maximum of 4 credit points per trimester. With the flexibility offered, students are able to choose one, two or even three major sequences within the 24 credit points required to complete the BCom degree. Students may take up to 8 credit points from approved units offered by other faculties.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
All students in the Bachelor of Commerce are required to complete at least one major sequence chosen from the following:

Accounting ^
Accounting Information Systems
Business Analytics
Business Information Systems
Commercial Law 
Financial Planning ^
Human Resource Management 
Interactive Marketing 
International Business
International Management
International Trade and Economic Policy
Quantitative Business Analysis
Supply Chain Management
^ M300 Bachelor of Commerce is the recommended pathway to qualify for membership of professional organisations.

Course structure

Core units

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MAE101Economic Principles

MAE102The Global Economy

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit point unit)

MIS101Business Information Systems

MIS171Business Analytics

MLC101Business Law


MMH299Business Communication

MMK277Marketing Management

Elective units

MIS291Community Based Volunteering A

MIS292Community Based Volunteering B

MIS293Work Based Learning

MIS390Business Internship A

MIS391Business Internship B

MIS393Team Based Learning B

MIS394Industry Based Learning in Business A

MIS395Industry Based Learning in Business B

MIS396Industry Based Learning in Business C

MIS397Industry Based Learning in Business D

MME101Business Academic Skills

MMM233Business and the Environment

MMM241Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MMM385Business in Asia

MMP111Introduction to Property

MMS308Sport Marketing

SHD201Creating Sustainable Futures

SHD301Creating Sustainable Futures

Students are encouraged to join international study tours and to undertake internship units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law.


The Business Scholars Program (BSP) is open to students of Commerce, Information Systems, Management, Property and Real Estate, Sport Management and Sport Development to recognise, reward and nurture high achieving students admitted to a business degree in the Faculty of Business and Law.

Please refer to the following link for further information:

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

M400 Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)