Do you see yourself managing the nation’s critical security resources from finances and personnel to aircraft, ships and tanks? Do you want to grow your career in key business areas such as project management, logistics and human resources? You'll stand out by studying for a business degree at UNSW Canberra. Develop the skills and knowledge that will help you excel as an effective business leader.

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3 years full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1

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Delivery mode

On campus

Studying Business at UNSW Canberra

A UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Business degree prepares you for your Australian Defence Force career by developing key business management skills. 

The UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Business degree uses the world class academic expertise of UNSW researchers to develop a sophisticated knowledge of strategy, leadership and other managerial concepts.  

The diverse range of electives form discipline pathways in economics, accounting, management and human resources and build a solid core of fundamental business knowledge. If you want qualifications and skills highly sought after internationally by industry and government, the UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Business has you covered. 

As an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Trainee Officer, a business degree will prepare you for a fulfilling career in the Navy, Army or Air Force. 

Learn with outstanding educators

As an ADFA Trainee Officer studying business at UNSW Canberra, you’ll benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Learning from leading academics and industry experts, your qualifications and business knowledge will be highly sought after by industry and governments around the world. The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation and amplify impact in business education.  

View our suggested degree structures

A Bachelor of Business delves into the dynamic world of Business and examines how organisations, brands and markets function effectively. View our suggested program structures.

Bachelor of Business

Business Major Program

What our students say

“I have always been interested in business. My degree will prepare me for my job as a Logistics Officer in the RAAF and open up a range of future career opportunities in business.”  
Emma Stansbie, Bachelor of Business student

Are you a high performer and looking to graduate with a competitive edge?

Bachelor of Business CDF

Under the Chief of Defence Force (CDF) Program in Business, students who enter UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank and maintain a high level of performance are invited to undertake research in a variety of fields.

In the program, you will be exposed to courses in critical analysis and research methods, which will offer a significant extension to the ideas and analysis normally available in the standard degree program. In addition to attending lectures, seminars, readings, and social events, you will engage with other CDF students throughout your degree to both support your studies and promote a strong student community. This program is anchored by an individual research project that you will complete in close collaboration with academic staff on a topic of mutual interest. This will enable you to develop your full potential and graduate with a unique and competitive edge.

Program requirements

Transfer to CDF Student Program.

A candidate enrolled in a standard Bachelor of Business degree program may, at the discretion of the relevant Head of School, transfer to the CDF Students Program in the same degree area upon completion of a minimum of 24 units of credit in either semester of the Year 1 program with a semester-based Weighted Average Mean (WAM) equal to or greater than 80. The latest date by which candidates may transfer to the CDF Student Program in the same degree area is for the commencement of Semester 1 of the Year 2 program.

View our suggested CDF degree structure:

CDF degree structure


Business in an ADF career

The study of business broadly covers economics, accounting, management and human resources, setting you up with fundamental skills to propel you into a successful career. By studying business, you’ll develop a practical knowledge of strategy, leadership, effective decision-making and other fundamental managerial concepts. Your degree will equip you with the analytical and leadership skills needed to work in vital business operations within the Australian Defence Force – including acquisition and procurement, project management, logistics management, and people management.

Key contacts

Student Enquiries

T: (02) 5114 5000 

Available to
ADFA Trainee Officers
ADF Current Serving Members

Assumed knowledge

Additional selection criteria
Defence Force Recruiting process