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Graduate Certificate in Commerce

The Graduate Certificate in Commerce is designed for professionals who are looking to upskill in a range of business areas. An Undergraduate Degree is not required and the program also offers a pathway into the Masters of Commerce.

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  • How to apply
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Why choose this graduate certificate?

  • Excellent pathway to a qualification in business or commerce for those with extensive work experience but no bachelor degree
  • Learn the fundamentals of business and management at one of Australia’s top business schools
  • Exposure to contemporary business thinking, principles and their applications
  • Articulation pathway: Opportunity to continue your studies with the Master of Commerce in one of 17 business specialisations on offer
  • Recognition of prior learning: Courses successfully completed in this graduate certificate are transferable to the Master of Commerce

Who is this degree for?

  • You are a professional with more than 5 years of work experience but no bachelor degree
  • You are interested in developing your capabilities in a particular business area
  • You are looking for a pathway to a postgraduate qualification in business 

Job and career prospects

Enhance your career flexibility and pave your way for further studies

To be eligible for this program you must have:

  • A recognised undergraduate degree(or equivalent qualification), as determined by UNSW Business School with an average grade of 60% or greater


  • 5 years relevant work experience: For example, clerical or administrative work in a commercial or public service organisation, supervisory or management, banking, finance or marketing experience or other business-related positions.

Application Requirements

  • Detailed resume (outlining competencies and achievements)
  • Supporting statement responding to the following question:
    In no more than 500 words outline why you would like to study the Graduate Certificate at UNSW Business School, and which specialisation you are interested in pursuing to meet your career options.

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Progression Requirements:

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Commerce comprising 24UOC from the Business School Postgraduate suite (excluding AGSM courses), and having achieved a minimum WAM of 65 overall, you may articulate into the Master of Commerce or Master of Commerce (Extension). To articulate into the Master of Commerce or Master of Commerce (Extension) you are required to complete an internal transfer request form.

Note: The Graduate Certificate in Commerce allows students to choose any courses from the Business School Postgraduate suite (excluding AGSM courses) to make up the 24UOC required. It is recommended that you consult the handbook for the MCom or MCom (ext.) to ensure that you are following a sequence that meets the requirements of a specialisation (major).

For more information on university policy or progression requirements please visit Academic Progression.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process

  4. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

   a. Official academic transcripts
   b. Proof of completion of qualification
   c. Proof of identity and citizenship
   d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

    You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are three intakes per year:

  • Term 1 (February): 30 November
  • Term 3 (September): 31 July

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 intake.

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

Need help?

Still need help finding the right postgraduate business program for you? Contact us now.

We know you're busy balancing postgraduate study with your personal and other work commitments. So UNSW Business School's dynamic learning spaces, facilities and student support helps you make the most of every day on campus.

Expand your professional network

Your postgraduate cohort is more than a valuable future business network – you'll make lifelong friends in class and at a range of social events. Join a student club – there are more than 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs to choose from. The Graduate Student Association is a great place to start.  Find out more

All the support you need to achieve

If it has been a while since you last studied, you may need to brush up on your skills. We'll help with study skills workshops and Career Mentoring programs. Our Meet the Executive series offers unique behind the scenes business insights and the Business School's LEAD Business Leadership program, as well as many other orientation, leadership and mentor programs, can open the door to new opportunities. Find out more

Stay active on campus

Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It's easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams. Find out more

Everything you need in one place

The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres as well as retail outlets. It's a short bus trip to Sydney's CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios. Find out more

Make the most of every opportunity

Your postgraduate degree is a unique chance to get a new perspective on life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It's a great way to further develop your leadership, project management or specialist skills.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
Graduate Certificate
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Study Mode
Face to face
0.7 years full-time, 1.2 year part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 – February
Term 3 – September
Course fee*
Program fee (total)*
* Fees are indicative only

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