Gain deep expertise in two areas of business and complement your knowledge with future-focused electives. Your breadth of experience will set you apart and support your career ambitions. 

 

Faculty
UNSW Business School
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Commerce (Extension)
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
2 Year(s)

Overview

UNSW’s Business School’s Master of Commerce Extension (MCom (Ext)) is a postgraduate coursework degree that can be completed in two-years full-time. Designed in consultation with industry, this degree prepares you with a depth of knowledge, a breadth of experience, and the hands-on experience needed to succeed across diverse careers in business.  

With 14 specialisations to choose from, the MCom (Ext) allows you to study one or two areas of business. You’ll then broaden your knowledge through electives that prepare you for future careers, such as analytics or FinTech.

You’ll be guided by highly reputable academics and professionals, as you explore essential concepts and gain practical experience to enhance your learning. This degree is career-focused from day one. Whatever you specialise in, you’ll connect with industry, learn with real-world tools and technology, and have access to work-experience, career development, and mentoring opportunities.

Through the Master of Commerce (MCom), you can also choose two specialisations. The MCom includes less electives and can be finished in 1.7 years.

Key features

  • Co-designed with leaders from across business professions.
  • 14 specialisations to choose from.
  • Option to study one or two specialisations. 
  • Choose from a range of future focused electives, to give you broad business knowledge. 
  • Access work experience aligned with your goals.
  • Use real-world professional technologies – the same tools and platforms you will use in the workplace.
  • Learn with business professionals and world-leading academics. 
  • Get professional accreditation in areas like human resources, accounting, financial analysis, and more.
  • Access to a global alumni community with networking and mentoring opportunities. 
  • Join a community dedicated to shaping an ethical and sustainable future for business

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Comprehensive experience
With two specialisations and complementary business electives, the MCom (Ext) will give you a breadth of experience and knowledge that will set you apart in the eyes of employers.

World-class business education
UNSW is a world-leader in career-focused education, consistently ranking in the top 50 universities worldwide* and recognised as the Most Employable University by the Australian Financial Review (AFR). UNSW Business School ranks 1st in Australia and Sydney for Business & Management*, and 1st in Sydney for Economics & Econometrics**.

Career support
Career Accelerator is a program unique to UNSW Business School students that gives you access to work experience, professional development, and global business project opportunities.

We also supports start-ups. UNSW is the number one university attended by start-up founders, are renowned for our successful innovators, and are home to Australia’s most comprehensive university entrepreneurship program

Industry connections
MCom (Ext) students have the opportunity to connect and work with a global network of UNSW Business School’s alumni and industry partners including TotalEnergies (Vietnam), Cricket One, Emtek Group, Givvable, NetNada, and more. 

*QS World University Rankings
**QS QS World University Rankings by Subject

 

Program Code
8417
CRICOS Code
056227G
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
920

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Entry requirements

The degree’s admission requirements are based on you having a recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average, as determined by the UNSW Business School. You may be considered eligible if your undergraduate degree WAM is between 60-64% and your GMAT score is 600 or above.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
If you’ve studied an undergraduate degree that relates to the areas of business you’d like to study, you could be eligible for up to 24 Units of Credit (UOC), or four courses of RPL. These credit points will allow you to take fewer subjects and graduate sooner.  

Admission pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible to study the Graduate Certificate in Commerce a pathway into the MCom (Ext). Upon successful completion, your Graduate Certificate in Commerce courses may be credited towards your Master's.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The degree’s admission requirements are based on you having a recognised undergraduate degree (or equivalent qualification) with a credit average, as determined by the UNSW Business School. You may be considered eligible if your undergraduate degree WAM is between 60-64% and your GMAT score is 600 or above.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
If you’ve studied an undergraduate degree that relates to the areas of business you’d like to study, you could be eligible for up to 24 Units of Credit (UOC), or four courses of RPL. These credit points will allow you to take fewer subjects and graduate sooner.  

Note: Applicants from non-211 universities in China wishing to study Postgraduate Coursework in the UNSW Business School must achieve a minimum overall average of 88 in their current university’s grading system. This is equivalent to an 85% Australian scaled average using the calculator.

Admission pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible to study the Graduate Certificate in Commerce a pathway into the Master of Commerce. Upon successful completion, your Graduate Certificate in Commerce courses may be credited towards your MCom.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Master of Commerce (Ext) is a two-year program consisting of 14 courses and a capstone project. The program includes:

  • Core units on professional skills, ethics, data literacy and data communication
  • Gateway courses that support your specialisation/s
  • Courses in one or two specialisations
  • Business and free electives
  • A Coding for Business course
  • A capstone or practicum

The number of electives you take will depend on whether you study one or two specialisations. You can study up to two courses from other faculties as electives.

Full program structure

This Master’s degree can be studied full-time or part-time. Full-time study is considered two to three courses per term, however it’s normal for postgraduate students to plan their studies around other life commitments.

Each UNSW university year has three terms and an optional summer study period. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is an example of what you might study with a full-time study load. The number of electives you take will depend on whether you choose to study one or two specialisations.

First year 

Term 1

  • 1 Core course in Professional Skills and Ethics
  • 1 Core course in Data Analysis or Data Visualisation and Communication
  • 1 Gateway course to support your specialisation/s

Term 2

  • 2 Gateway courses to support your specialisation/s
  • 1 Course in your chosen specialisation/s

Term 3

  • 3 Courses in your chosen specialisation/s or electives

Summer Study Period

  • Take a break

Second year 

Term 1

  • 2 Courses in your chosen specialisation/s or electives
  • 1 Business School elective course or Coding for Business

Term 2

  • 3 Courses in your chosen specialisation/s or electives

Term 3

  • 1 Capstone course

You can explore the course structure of each subject in the handbook below. 

UNSW graduates are renowned for their employability, and postgraduate study will help set you apart. Career-focused and real-world learning embedded into the MCom (Ext) from the outset of your degree, which is supported by a large community of industry partners. This means you’ll graduate with the confidence, experience and networks you need to go after and succeed in diverse careers.

Potential careers

  • Business Administration
  • Business Analyst 
  • Business Development Manager 
  • Commercialisation Manager 
  • Compliance Manager 
  • Consultant 
  • Customer Experience Manager 
  • Data Analyst 
  • Data Scientist 
  • Digital Innovation Manager 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Financial Advisor 
  • Financial Technology Developer 
  • Funds Manager 
  • Human Resource Consultant 
  • Investment Banker 
  • Marketing Analyst 
  • Management Accountant 
  • Management Analyst 
  • Marketing or Brand Manager 
  • People and Culture Specialist 
  • Portfolio Manager 
  • Product Manager 
  • Regulatory Officer 
  • Risk Analyst 
  • Social Entrepreneur 
  • Stakeholder Engagement Manager 
  • Strategist 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Venture Capitalist 

Accreditation

Depending on your chosen specialisation, the MCom (Ext) meets the education requirement of various professional bodies including:  

  • Australian Human Resources Institute 
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission 
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) 
  • CPA Australia 
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand 
  • ACCA and Institute of Public Accountants 

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$35,760*
2022 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$72,235*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$50,200*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$101,355*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

I can flexibly choose my subjects each term depending on the workload that I’m able to take on.
A portrait of Master of Commerce Student Vanessa Gershkovich

Vanessa Gershkovich

Master's student

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