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Graduate Certificate of Commerce

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

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  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne University of Technology

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What you'll learn

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About this course

Studying this Graduate Certificate of Commerce program with Swinburne University through Open Universities Australia will give you the knowledge and skills to forge a successful career in commerce.

In this postgraduate commerce program, you will learn the fundamentals of what makes the business world tick, and the underlying principles that guide modern business activities and behaviour.

You will receive the education and training to get ahead in business, learning everything from strategic human resource management to public relations, supply chain management and contemporary marketing. You’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing businesses in the 21st century, including sustainability and sustainable business practices, corporate responsibility and the global knowledge economy.


Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent, or sufficient business experience.

Prior learning

Applicants may be eligible for recognition of previous studies.

Areas of study

In this postgraduate commerce program, the subjects you will study include:

  • Sustainable business practice in a dynamic global environment
  • Commercial accountability
  • Challenges in a global environment
  • The global knowledge economy
  • Technology, knowledge management and global integration
  • Leading and managing people in chaos and complexity
  • Measuring strategic performance in an era of constant change
  • Organisational design: agility and sustainability
  • Public relations: reputation to risk
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Corporate social responsibility: the quest for business sustainability
  • Adaptive strategy and business sustainability
  • Public/private interface for sustainable infrastructure
  • Contemporary applied marketing
  • Business research methods
  • Research project

Study periods

Open Universities courses are offered in specific study intakes every year, known as Study Periods or Sessions. This means more flexibility as you can choose when to start studying. If you are studying undergraduate units you can start at the beginning of any of the four Study Periods each year, each lasting 13 weeks. Most postgraduate courses are offered in three Sessions per year, with each Session lasting 14 weeks. Exams are usually held in the week following the end of each Study Period or Session.

For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

How will this course advance my career?

Study commerce, and the world is your oyster. Upon completion of this graduate certificate, you will have the skills and knowledge to help organisations navigate the complex and ever-changing relationship between external market forces and internal business strategies, and guide them to success. The emphasis this course places on strategic business management, sustainable business practices and corporate reponsibility, as well as strategic human resource management, makes it a course that will equip you with the practical training and understanding necessary to succeed in business today.

How else will I benefit from this graduate certificate?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Certificate of Commerce from Swinburne University, as if you had studied on campus.
  • Flexible study: studying by correspondence means you study on your terms – at a time and place that suits you.
  • Government financial support available through FEE-HELP.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

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Payment options & support

Financial options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive Abstudy/Austudy, Youth Allowance, FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP or scholarships.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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