Commerce provides a solid foundation in business studies. Deakin offers a variety of majors, from accounting through to marketing and international trade. If you're after a career in business, a degree in commerce could be your first smart business decision.

Get work-ready

Commerce at Deakin gives you valuable practical learning experiences including the ability to research and resolve real business and social issues. Professional development opportunities start from day one. You’ll work with the same programs and tools industry professionals use, and build core business skills. Hone your expertise in a range of specialised areas of business and you'll get a taste of your future career.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.


Other/non-award courses

Non-award courses are generally single units of study that don’t add up to a university qualification. They’re a great way to explore an area of study before committing to a full degree, and can often be used as credit towards a degree course. Short courses and stand-alone study abroad programs also fall under this category.

Career opportunities

Depending on the subjects you choose, typical graduate roles may include:

  • credit analyst
  • data analyst
  • financial broker
  • financial manager
  • fund manager
  • international banking
  • portfolio manager
  • public accountant
  • risk management
  • securities sales agent
  • stockbroker
  • treasurer.

I was offered a job without even applying due to the contacts and reputation I had built through these [internship] opportunities.

Courtney Mathew

Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in marketing)

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Deakin has been awarded the following prestigious accreditations:

  • Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition.
  • DBS has been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1 per cent of business schools worldwide.

Professional recognition

Depending on units undertaken, commerce graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the following programs:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Australian Computer Society
  • Australian Marketing Institute
  • CPA Australia
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Economics Society of Australia.
Study overseas and earn a dual degree

Study overseas and earn a dual degree

The Deakin Business School partners with international universities to offer two masters degrees where you study a component overseas. You’ll learn at world-class business schools and have the chance to explore another country and culture.

Research with us

Develop independent research skills that will enable you to pursue your own theories and ideas, at a high conceptual level, in one of our core disciplines. Develop  the skills and abilities necessary to pursue an academic or research career.

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