Bachelor of Commerce

Choose Commerce at La Trobe

Our accounting and finance subjects are ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016).

La Trobe also ranks in the top 3 universities in Victoria for research in banking, finance and investment; and accounting, auditing and accountability (Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA): National Report 2015-16).

La Trobe University’s Bachelor of Commerce gives you the opportunity to:

  • study the fundamentals of business
  • shape your study program to your interests and strengths
  • talk and work with business professionals while you study.

Our professional business practice program offers practical work experience, case studies, study tours, company visits and industry-led seminars. Through these experiences you’ll be able to discuss current issues in business and see how your studies apply in a professional working environment.

  • Study majors in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.
  • Graduate with practical work experience and professional industry networks.
  • Accelerate your career with work-integrated learning opportunities.
  • Learn in a professional working environment with excellent networking opportunities.

Career opportunities with a commerce degree

This is the ideal preparation for working in a challenging and competitive professional business environment, either in Australia or internationally. You'll graduate ready to work in multinational organisations, local firms, financial institutions, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations.

A Bachelor of Commerce can prepare you for a range of careers, such as:

  • auditor
  • economist
  • financial advisor
  • manager
  • market researcher.

What you'll learn

Intended learning outcomes for a Bachelor of Commerce include:

  • analysing social, environmental and business problems
  • applying business principles that are future-focused, socially and environmentally responsible, to generate sustainable economic value
  • communicating professionally and effectively with a range of audiences, for a variety of purposes, using appropriate communication tools
  • applying your knowledge and skills in a professional working environment.


Students from Australia and New Zealand

2016 indicative: AUD$10,264 per 120 credit points (based on typical first year fees with a deferred HECS-HELP loan). Find out more.

International students

2016 indicative: AUD$28,000 annual tuition fee based on 120 credit points. Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Course structure

This course gives you the fundamentals of commerce and scope to create your own program.

You'll choose a major from:

  • accounting
  • economics
  • finance
  • management
  • marketing.

These core commerce subjects offer you a broad introduction into business disciplines, as well as the opportunity to apply disciplinary knowledge, research, and analytical and problem solving skills to social, environment and business problems.

You also have the option of doing a second major or eight electives in areas including:

  • a second commerce major
  • arts and communications
  • languages
  • maths
  • science.

For information regarding course accreditation, registration or memberships, please refer to the course details.

First year subjects

Semester 1 Semester 2
Business Foundations Business Analytics
Accounting and Finance for Business*Primary major core subject
Business Economics Second major core subject or elective subject
Primary major core subject Second major core subject or elective subject

Please note: these are sample course structures only. For full subject details, including a list of core subjects for each major, please see the handbook. Once you've chosen your subjects, you can see your provisional timetable.

*Students enrolled in an Accounting major do not have to take Accounting and Finance for Business.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


There are a number of pathway options such as La Trobe Melbourne and Foundation Studies that are designed to give you the best chance of getting into your ideal course.

Check out some of our many other pathway options available.

Scholarships and financial support

You might also be eligible for other scholarships from La Trobe, external scholarships or financial support from La Trobe.