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Deakin University

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Master of Commerce

  • Masters (Coursework)

This course is designed for graduates of any field of study as a first qualification in business.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
M755, 027129E
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

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.

Entry requirements

Depending on your previous qualifications 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.

Career pathways

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.

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 8 credit points of core units, at least one specialisation of 4 credit points, taken from the available Faculty-wide specialisations* and 4 credit points of 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. Students may choose to complete more than one specialisation.

Electives may be selected from:-

  • a faculty-wide specialisation; or
  • other postgraduate units offered by the University (subject to eligibility)

Credit for prior study or work

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).

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Business & Management courses at Deakin University.
83.6%
Overall satisfaction
81.2%
Skill scale
68.6%
Teaching scale
92.2%
Employed full-time
$105k
Average salary