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Commerce makes the world go round

Commercial activity is in every field and industry, involving the legal, economic, political, social, and technological systems that support the financial side of business. A degree in commerce provides you with a wide range of managerial skills plus in-depth knowledge of your chosen major in accounting, economics, finance or financial planning.

Demand for commerce graduates is high with job growth projected to continue in the future. Commerce professionals advise on and influence a wide range of business activities from the financial position of small firms to the amount of taxation large companies should pay, investment strategies for organisations or individuals to the risks involved in releasing a new product, the relationship between economic activity and unemployment to the importance of free trade.

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Study commerce at Griffith

Put theory into practice

When you study commerce at Griffith, you'll learn from lecturers who are members of peak industry bodies with expertise gained through extensive qualifications, industry experience and ongoing research. Through our cutting-edge trading rooms, you will have access to Bloomberg Professional Services, a software platform providing real-time market data, news and analytics, and be able to put theory into practice from the start of your degree. You’ll also have the opportunity to build your own network and skills through industry internships, visits from professional firms and simulation activities with organisations like AGL and QIC.

Foundation first year

In your first year of study you'll explore the core skills and concepts relating to commerce and have the opportunity to try some different courses before choosing your major (or majors) in second year. First year is also a great time to get to know the students you'll be studying alongside for most of your degree.

Choose your specialisation

You can choose a single commerce major, which will give you specialist skills in one profession:

Or you can expand your expertise with an additional commerce major, a politics and public policy major, or a major from the Bachelor of Business. You can also complement your commerce major with a minor in Tax that is recognised by the Tax Practitioners Board and be on your way to becoming a Registered Tax Agent.

If you’re not sure which majors to choose just yet, that’s okay. Once you enrol you can try some different courses before you choose the combination that’s right for you.

Study your way

At Logan campus, you can complete your Bachelor of Commerce in two years by studying on a three-trimester per year basis. At Nathan and the Gold Coast, you can start your commerce degree in February, July or October and choose to fast-track your degree by studying over three trimesters.

Alternatively, you can choose to study fewer subjects each trimester, giving you more time for work and other commitments.

Multiply your career options

Combine your commerce degree with studies from another area and expand your career opportunities without doubling your study time. In as little as four years, you can graduate with a unique skill set that will give you an edge in the employment market. A double degree allows you to make your passion profitable and build a career that is as unique as your interests.

For example, you can combine management and finance if you want a career in a multinational investment firm. Or you can combine accounting with law to gain the skills needed to work in a commercial law firm.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

John O'Brien

A Bachelor of Commerce put John O'Brien in the driving seat from the moment his career took off in the finance industry. After focusing on finance and risk management during his studies at Griffith, he felt fully primed in the technical aspects of forecasting, investing and financial markets. 'As students we were exposed to current industry knowledge in the classroom', says John, who is a partner at Visis Private Wealth. 'Some of our lecturers were also practitioners in the field.'

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Build a career in commerce

Careers in commerce are not just restricted to major banking and financial institutions

Depending on your major, you'll find employment across many industries in areas such as:

  • Accounting: accountancy, administration, auditing, business management, commercial and taxation law, managerial accounting and taxation
  • Economics: finance analyst or advisor, economic policy analyst, market and investment analyst, business management, stockbroker
  • Finance: financial advisor or controller, financial planner, stockbroker, retail and merchant banks, Treasury operations and taxation, international trade
  • Financial Planning: financial planner, financial advisor or controller, stockbroker, superannuation and insurance

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