Warning! This degree has changed. Read the transition arrangements. 

Warning! This degree has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in subjects.

Degree structure

Degree details

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.

Career objectives

This degree provides you with the concepts, models, frameworks, research and analytical skills to enable you to understand, strategise and deal effectively with complex business challenges.

This degree will prepare you for the global business environment. It will build your understanding of sustainability (commercial, environmental and people oriented) in the business world and your skills in leadership, management, business decision-making and risk taking in a constantly changing business environment.

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.

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 http://www.swinburne.edu.au/ltu/oua/credit.html

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.

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: http://www.swinburne.edu.au/open-universities-australia/current/AWOL-and-LOA.html

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.

If you were admitted before 2017 into the Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Commerce you can find out which subjects you need to complete by downloading the Transition Plan applicable your course and admission year from Swinburne’s OUA course transition webpage.

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. 

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