Master of Commerce by coursework

Business your way

The University of Adelaide’s Business School has been pushing boundaries in business education for over 115 years. We have a wide range of innovative postgraduate courses designed to build advanced business skills and knowledge.

Our Master of Commerce provides an opportunity to design an individual study program tailored to your needs, interests and career goals.

What will you do?

Your degree can include courses from a variety of different disciplines. You will:

  • enrol in five core topics
  • choose eight electives—from Strategic Marketing or Understanding Consumers, to Income Taxation or Derivatives
  • undertake industry internships and placements (subject to approval)
  • complete a research methods course and a research project.

Where could it take you?

If your strengths lie in understanding and working with people you might pursue marketing or project management. You could put your skills to use championing early-stage start-ups. Perhaps you’ve a knack for patterns and numbers that will see you move into corporate accounting or market research.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM176
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Bachelor degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM176

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,000


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.


Career Readiness

Graduates are well equipped for a wide range of positions, including: accountant, administrative assistant, lecturer, market researcher, marketer/marketing manager, auditor, banker, business analyst, business consultant, business data analyst, education coordinator, natural resource manager, business lawyer, natural resource planner, curator, police officer, political adviser, politician, or project officer.

Roles may also be found in the areas of agricultural marketing, food and wine, wine advertising/promotion, and parks management.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

Work placement can include:

Professional Accreditation

Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Potential careers

Manager / Business Management, Market Researcher, Marketer / Marketing Manager, Finance Manager, Financial Adviser, Financial Analyst, Financial Manager, Financial Planner, Financial Services Officer

Degree Structure

Students complete five core courses and six closed elective courses. The remaining two elective courses will be chosen from a number of electives, depending on the student's main specialisation.

Students must also complete a research methods course and a research project.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Core Courses Select all of the following courses from the list below:

Six closed electives 

ACCTING 7009: Auditing and Assurance Services
ACCTING 7014: Management Accounting 
ACCTING 7023: Advanced Financial Accounting
COMMLAW 7013: Income Taxation 
COMMLAW 7012: Business and Corporations Law
ACCTFIN 7001: Ethical Principles in Finance and Accounting 

CORPFIN 7019: Advanced Funds Management
CORPFIN 7020: Derivatives 
CORPFIN 7021: Corporate Investment Evaluation 
CORPFIN 7022: Advanced Corporate Finance 
CORPFIN 7039: Equity Valuation and Analysis 
CORPFIN 7040: Fixed Income Securities
CORPFIN 7042: Corporate Financial Risk Management

MARKETNG 7023: Understanding Consumers
MARKETNG 7024: Developing Global Markets 
MARKETNG 7025: Integrated Marketing Communications
MARKETNG 7032: Strategic Marketing


Two general electives chosen from:

Any other postgraduate coursework courses within the Faculty of the Professions approved by the Program Coordinator. 

Subject to approval students may be eligible to undertake the following electives:

PROF 7500: Professions Internship Program
PROF 7502: International Professions Internship
PROF 7503: Industry Placements 

Research A research methods course and a research project


May include, but not limited to: examinations, group assignments, individual assignments, consulting projects, presentations, quizzes, tests, tutorial work as prescribed within each course.

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This program has equipped me with skills and attributes that shaped my career. The market research, analytics, management and leadership skills, and the ability to deliver results in limited time is a great unique skill and appreciated at my work.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021