Master of Commerce

Postgraduate coursework

Apply for Deakin's postgraduate course, the Master of Commerce to pursue a career in any area of business and government in Australia and internationally.

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Key facts

Duration

The time and cost can be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 2 years down to 1.5 years, or even 1 year duration. See entry requirements below for more information.

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2021 have closed
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

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

The Master of Commerce is typically 8, 12 or 16 credit points. The exact number of credit points you study depends on how much credit you receive as recognition of prior learning (RPL) - your professional experience and previous qualifications - which can save you time and money.

For students undertaking 16 credit points, you study 5 credit points of course-grouped electives, one specialisation of 4 credit points, taken from the available Faculty-wide specialisations, 3 credit points of core units, and 4 credit points of general electives, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module.

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

Core Units

complete 3 credit points of core Master of Commerce units:

  • International Consultancy Experience
  • Business Strategy and Analysis
  • Building Success in Commerce
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course Grouped Electives

    Students complete 5 credit points of course grouped electives, which must include at least one from each of the following groups:

    Group 1- Capital Markets

  • Accounting
  • Financial Interpretation
  • Finance
  • Financial Markets


  • Group 2- Business and Technology

  • Value of Information
  • Managing Digital Transformation
  • Digital Transformation of Supply Chains
  • Artificial Intelligence for Business
  • Group 3- Business and Society

  • Economics for Managers ^
  • Marketing Management ^
  • Business Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • Group 4- Business and Ethics

  • Governance and Fraud
  • Ethics and Corporate Sustainability
  • Ethics of Digital Transformation
  • ^ MPT code denotes Study Tour version of the unit

    Specialisations

    All students must complete one 4 credit point specialisations chosen from the following list of Faculty-wide specialisations.

    Note: It is important that students use their course grouped elective choices (or general elective unit choices) to satisfy prerequisite requirements of their chosen specialisation.

    Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

    Elective units

    Students are able to select 4 credit points of general electives which can be chosen from:

    - any units listed in the Postgraduate Faculty-wide specialisations

    - Work Integrated Learning (WIL) units

    - other postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)

    Note: Students may use their elective unit choices to complete a second specialisation.

    Additional Notes:

    Students seeking professional recognition by CPA Australia and CA ANZ should complete the following units within their course:

    MPA701 Accounting (Group 1 unit) MPF753 Finance (Group 1 unit)

    MPE781 Economics for Managers (Group 3 unit)

    MLC707 Business Law (Group 3 unit) MLC703 Principles of Income Tax Law (Accounting specialisation or elective) MAA703 Accounting for Managers (Accounting specialisation)

    MAA705 Corporate Auditing (Accounting specialisation or elective)

    MAA716 Financial Accounting (Accounting  specialisation or elective)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Commerce
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    M755
    CRICOS code?
    027129E Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications 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

    For students commencing before T1 2022, please see the 2021 handbook for the Master of Commerce course structure.

    Additional course information

    Recognition of Prior Learning
    Recognition of Prior Learning into the Master of Commerce may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate studies. There are negotiated Recognition of Prior Learning arrangements in place for CPA members.


    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Study overseas and earn a dual degree

    The Deakin Business School offers the opportunity to study a dual degree with an overseas partner university in Sweden. You’ll learn at world-class business schools and have the chance to explore another country and culture. Learn more about the Master of Commerce/ Master in International Strategic Management

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more elective work integrated learning units.

    More information: WIL Programs

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Depending on your previous qualifications and professional experience, your course will be 1, 1.5 or 2 years duration.

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline, or
    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
    • Graduate certificate or graduate diploma in a related discipline, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline, or
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    2 year full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points
    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline, or
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    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).

    Fees and scholarships

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    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 Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

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    FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $46,620.

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    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Alternative exits

    Contact information

    Prospective students:
    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888
    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Current students:
    Student Services Network
    61 3 9244 6555
    buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Careers

    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, 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.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally by holding both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

    By choosing appropriate units within the Master of Commerce, you may satisfy the professional recognition requirements for entry into alternate professional bodies including CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) or the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA).

    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, and to make evidence-based business decisions.

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse a range of complex business-related information to make and evaluate informed business decisions in regard to investment, ethical, economic, and business management issues.

    Problem Solving

    Conceptualise and construct informed recommendations and solutions to real-world and ill-defined problem 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 business disciplines and backgrounds

    Global Citizenship

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