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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

Build your degree around the lifestyle that suits you. With the flexibility of studying on-campus, online, part-time or full-time, over two or three trimesters each year, you have more control over your studies and can fit your degree into your life. At Nathan and the Gold Coast, you can start your degree sooner with intakes in February, July and October.

Fast-track option

At Logan, you can complete your Bachelor of Commerce in two years by studying on a three-trimester per year basis (four courses per trimester). Fast-track options are also available at Nathan and the Gold Coast by studying over three trimesters.

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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Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Become a researcher

If you are considering ongoing research study, Griffith Business School has a number of disciplines where you can specialise by studying a PHD.

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Unsure if you meet the entry requirements?

If you don’t meet the criteria for your degree, you can still come to Griffith. Our admission pathway options can help you improve your selection rank, upgrade to your preferred degree or satisfy subject prerequisites.

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Scholarships for July start

Applications close 28 June

BusinessPLUS scholarships

We offer three new BusinessPLUS scholarship categories this year, which seek to reward potential as well as excellence - so it’s worthwhile investigating whether you might qualify to receive one. Scholarships can cover tuition fees, education and living expenses. You can apply if you are coming straight from year 12, or if you have left high school and are applying to start an undergraduate university degree. They add to over 600 scholarships available at Griffith. You can also apply for multiple scholarships with just one application; we’ll match you with the Griffith University scholarship you are eligible for and it's free.

What is BusinessPLUS?

When you study Business at Griffith you get more than just a high-quality degree. You get the BusinessPLUS advantage. BusinessPLUS is a program designed to give Griffith business school students the skills and networks they will later rely on in the workplace. Open to any Griffith Business School student, the program caters for beginners as well as those who have more advanced skills. BusinessPLUS combines skills based, career management training with opportunities for internships, our mentoring program and industry engagement projects that introduce you to the business networks you’ll rely on later.

BusinessPLUS Academic Excellence Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, OP 1-8

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BusinessPLUS Transition Scholarships

Valued between $7,500 - $10,000, OP 9-14

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BusinessPLUS First Peoples Scholarships

Valued between $15,000 - $20,000, open to first peoples

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Career outcomes

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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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 25 February — Saturday 8 June

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 27 May to Saturday 8 June.

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Sunday 7 April — Monday 8 April

Adelaide Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Adelaide Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Thursday 2 May — Sunday 5 May

Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 13 May — Thursday 16 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 23 May — Thursday 23 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Tuesday 11 June — Tuesday 11 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Thursday 13 June — Thursday 13 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Monday 1 July — Friday 5 July

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 4 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Tuesday 8 October to Saturday 19 October.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 12 July

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Saturday 20 July — Sunday 21 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 23 July — Tuesday 23 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 5 August — Monday 5 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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