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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

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

  • A recognised degree in business; or
  • The successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Commerce

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 Diploma 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. A common theme linking subjects of study in the degree is that of business sustainability in a globalised environment. 

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

  1. Critically analyse challenges associated with the leadership and management of people in complex change environments
  2. Apply coherent and advanced knowledge of organisational performance frameworks in developing sustainability strategies
  3. Apply advanced knowledge and skills around reputation management for effective stakeholder engagement
  4. Apply problem solving methodology to organisational design theory and frameworks to facilitate innovation, collaboration and organisational learning
  5. Demonstrate integrity, ethical conduct, and accountability and respect and a broad awareness of professional practices and cultural news in a global and sustainable context
  6. Communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences and function as an effective leader and member of a diverse team.

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 Diploma of Commerce students are required to complete 3 prescribed core subjects and 5 electives. Students who want to enrol in the Master 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 the award of Graduate Diploma of Commerce students must complete 100 credit points comprising of:

  • Four (4) core subjects of study (50 credit points)
  • Four (4) elective subjects (50 credit points)

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

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