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 This degree has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants.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 Master of Commerce, graduates should be able to:

  1. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of trends in business sectors and organisations regarding competitive and sustainable strategy development and adaptation
  2. Apply advanced knowledge of corporation’s approaches to social responsibility and sustainable development
  3. Apply advanced knowledge of alliances between public and private sectors around sustainable physical and social infrastructure in achieving more effective collaborative cultures in the workplace
  4. Apply knowledge and skills in business theory and research to develop and implement sustainable, strategic and tactical business mixes in the contemporary business arena
  5. Apply knowledge of research principles to identify, critique and synthesise complex information and apply it to problem-solving and decision-making exercises as an individual and as a team member
  6. Apply advanced research and evaluation skills to support projects in specialist areas including: CSR strategies, approaches to adaptive strategy, the effectiveness of public – private partnerships and projects, and contemporary applied marketing practices.

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 Master of Commerce applicants require either:

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

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 Master 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 in the degree is that of business sustainability in a globalised environment.

The Master of Commerce consists of 12 subjects. Students not wishing to undertake the full Masters course may exit with a:

  • Graduate Certificate of Commerce (4 subjects)
  • Graduate Diploma of Commerce (8 subjects)

Recommended Study Pattern

Master of Commerce students are required to complete 5 core subjects and 7 elective subjects (3  must be at level 3).

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 the award of Master of Commerce, students must complete 150 credit points comprising of:

  • Five (5) Core subjects of study (62.5 credit points)
  • Seven (7) core elective subjects (87.5 credit points)

    • Three (3) subjects must be level 3

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.