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Master of Commerce (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Management and Commerce
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Management and Commerce
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Commerce (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:


66 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting

BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting

BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting

BUSN7052 Commercial Law

BUSN8007 Analysis of Financial Reporting

BUSN8013 Seminar in Research Method in Commerce

BUSN8804 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce) (24 units)

STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance

18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN7006 Public Sector Accounting and Reporting

BUSN7017 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

BUSN7021 Taxation Law

BUSN7031 Management Accounting and Cost Analysis

BUSN7036 Financial Statement Analysis 

BUSN7049 Corporate Financial Reporting 

BUSN7051 Accounting Analytics

BUSN7054 Auditing and Assurance Services

BUSN7057 Business Association Law

BUSN8003 Advanced Managerial Decision Making

ECON8069 Business Economics

FINM7006 Applied Foundations of Finance

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

EMET6007 Econometrics I: Econometric Methods

STAT6038 Regression Modelling

6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BUSN8111 Seminal Research in Accounting

BUSN8016 Taxation Concepts and Issues

BUSN8056 Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services

BUSN8101 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN8102 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN8103 Special Topics in Commerce

BUSN8145 Corporate Governance: Research Preparation


Students must pass and achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark in the first 48 units attempted to remain enrolled in the Master of Commerce (Advanced).

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 48 in the same teaching period in which the 48th unit is attempted, exactly 48 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from other courses in descending order of marks. 

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 75% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Master of Accounting or Master of Professional Accounting program.


Additional Information:

Completion of the Master of Commerce program does not provide automatic entry into the PhD program. Students must apply for the PhD program and meet the admission criteria.

Master Research

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. Courses in the program include substantial research-based assessments. Students are required to undertake a research method course (BUSN8013) and a research project worth 24 units (BUSN8804). These courses include 100% research-based assessments.

Master Research Training

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. Courses in the program include substantial research-based assessments. Students are required to undertake a research method course (BUSN8013) and a research project worth 24 units (BUSN8804). These courses include 100% research-based assessments.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units BUSN7008 Financial Statements and Reporting 6 units BUSN7052 Commercial Law 6 units STAT7055 Introductory Statistics for Business and Finance 6 units ECON8069 Business Economics 6 units
BUSN7050 Corporate Accounting 6 units BUSN7005 Contemporary Issues in Accounting 6 units Elective from list of the approved BUSN 7000-level courses Elective from list of the approved BUSN 7000-level courses
Year 2 48 units BUSN8007 Analysis of Financial Reporting 6 units BUSN8013 Seminar in Research Method in Commerce 6 units EMET6007 Econometrics I: Econometric Methods 6 units OR EMET8005; BUSN8804 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce) 6 to 24 units
BUSN8010 Special Topics in Commerce 6 units BUSN8804 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce) 6 to 24 units BUSN8804 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce) 6 to 24 units BUSN8804 Master Sub-Thesis (Commerce) 6 to 24 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0


Cognate Disciplines

Accounting; Economics; Finance


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Cognate Disciplines

Accounting; Economics; Finance

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$36,288.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$47,880.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Commerce (Advanced) offers a pathway to PhD study specialising in accounting. Students with little background in accounting can still reach an advanced level of academic study. The program provides an advanced level of study in one or more accounting disciplines and requires the completion of research preparation coursework, and a research thesis in an accounting discipline.

The program is taught by research active academic staff. Students are exposed to professional and scholarly academic research in accounting, enhancing their academic competence. Students will also acquire research skills in accounting and will demonstrate the ability to undertake independent research.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate advanced theoretical and technical accounting knowledge in a business context, including issues in accounting research and research methods in accounting.

  2. Exercise independent judgement to analyse and provide possible solutions to emerging and advanced accounting problems in complex contexts using where appropriate social, ethical, economic, regulatory, sustainability, governance and/or global perspectives.

  3. Critically apply advanced theoretical, technical accounting knowledge and research-based skills to evaluate emerging and advanced accounting problems, and to conduct a research-based project.

  4. Justify and communicate accounting ideas and theoretical issues to both specialists and non-specialists.

Research Strengths

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. Courses in the program include substantial research-based assessments. Students are required to undertake a research method course (BUSN8013) and a research project worth 24 units (BUSN8804). These courses include 100% research-based assessments.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

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