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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

To enrol in a Graduate Certificate of Commerce applicants require either:

  • A recognised degree in business; or
  • 4 years relevant work experience

English Proficiency Requirements

English Language Requirements
Swinburne College English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0; OR, a TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5); OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18.

The Graduate Certificate of Commerce aims to provide students from a wide range of disciplines and business experiences with concepts, frameworks, research and analytical skills to enable them to operate confidently and effectively in a global environment, characterised by constant environmental change and requiring flexible and innovative responses. In the design and development of this program we canvassed industry perspectives on program design and its relevance to contemporary organisational challenges.

At completion of the Graduate Certificate of Commerce, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply coherent and developed knowledge of complex interrelationships between the drivers of change in the global knowledge economy and implications for business sustainability agendas
  2. Demonstrate integrity, ethical conduct, accountability, and respect and developing awareness of professional practices and cultural norms in a sustainable environment
  3. Communicate proficiently and in a professional manner with regard to the building of social capital to support sustainable business practices
  4. Apply problem solving, design, and decision making methodologies to provide innovative solutions to issues concerning sustainable business practice on issues concerning sustainable business practice.

Organisations increasingly require people with skills, knowledge and attributes that reflect an understanding of the complex interactions between external pressures and an adaptive business strategy. There is also a need for strategic human resource management that sustains people and respects wider community interests. This degree should help graduates to drive these agendas and display sophisticated understanding of business sustainability issues and practices in private not-for-profit and public enterprise.

Applicants with prior post graduate studies that satisfy the academic requirements of this degree may be granted ‘credit’ and/or entry to the degree with ‘advanced standing’. University policies apply and applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

For information on how to apply for credit please refer to Swinburne’s website at

Master of Commerce Teach-Out

The Master of Commerce suite and nested courses including the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma were moved to teach out from Study Period 1, 2017. Please refer to the Teach Out information below to see how you are affected by these changes.

No further admissions are permitted in to any of the levels within the suite.

If you are continuing in the Master of Commerce or the nested Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma it is imperative that you take into consideration the last offerings of any units that are in teach out.  Please also note unit replacements listed in the teach out plans provided below.

MCom Teach Out Plan for students who commenced pre-2015

MCom Teach Out Plan for students who commenced SP1 to SP2, 2015

MCom Teach Out Plan for students who commenced SP3, 2015 to SP1, 2017

Recommended Study Pattern

Graduate Certificate of Commerce students are required to complete 3 core subjects and 1 recommended elective.
Students who want to enrol in Graduate Diploma or Masters level subjects must have prior approval from the program coordinator.
Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects that you have already passed.
Absent Without Leave and Leave of Absence: How to apply for an approved leave of absence and minimise the risk of having to reapply for degree admission:

Award Requirements

To qualify for a Graduate Certificate of Commerce, a student must complete 4 subjects (50 credit points) comprising:

  • 3 core, level 1 subjects (37.5 credit points)
  • 1 recommended elective (12.5 credit points)

Please note: You cannot re-enrol into Swinburne subjects that you have already passed.

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