Diploma of Commerce

Diploma of Commerce


An introduction to commerce for a global market.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable


Not applicable

Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:


Full-time 1 year

AU$29,760 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Melbourne City


Be RMIT Proud! Join this dynamic program to ‘kick start’ your exciting journey from student to qualified business leader.

The Diploma of Commerce is a guaranteed pathway to a Business Degree at RMIT, so you will study the same core subjects as our first year Bachelor of Business students, but with smaller class sizes, more personal attention and greater support. 

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RMIT Trading Facility

Use innovative facilities to gain real-world skills. The RTF provides a live market data feed from Thomson Reuters, as well as financial analysis tools used by professionals at the world’s leading banks and investment firms.

Why study the Diploma of Commerce at RMIT?

Guaranteed entry

If you pass all of your Diploma subjects, you will be guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Business at RMIT.

Global connections

Connect with high profile brands and get real-world work experience through industry placements, client projects, guest speakers, seminars and events.

Quality teaching

Learn from highly-qualified and caring teachers who will support your journey to success.

Experience RMIT

RMIT creates a wonderful experience which includes:

  • a full year of study equivalent to the first year of a RMIT Bachelor of Business Program.
  • caring, understanding and industry trained teachers who will personally support and guide you to on this  journey to your global career destination.
  • unique academic and industry learning experiences specifically designed to inspire.
  • a friendly and social environment  led by staff who understand the challenges faced by international students and who can enhance your motivation and keep you focused on your dream goals and visions.

Come join the RMIT family.

This program is available to international students only.

Driving industry connections in the classroom

Zagame Automotive Group is Australia’s pre-eminent automotive retail organisation representing 14 prestige automotive brands. RMIT marketing students were briefed by the brand managers to deliver a marketing project to help their business.

Student Experience

"The group in the Diploma of Commerce is quite a bit smaller than the normal Bachelor classes, and so that the teacher could focus much more on every student. My teacher always provides a lot of opportunities for us to do more exercises, try to inspire me, try to motivate me. So I actually got a lot more experiences that what I expected." – Yuanying (Maggie) Liao


What you will learn in this program

The Diploma of Commerce covers the fundamentals of management, accounting and marketing, so you can enter the second year of the Bachelor of Business after 12 months of full time study.

Most of your classes will be held in RMIT's Swanston Academic Building which features innovative learning spaces interspersed with retail and social spaces resulting in a stimulating environment for students.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, workshops, presentations, group discussions and project work.

Through RMIT University’s online learning portal, you will be able to view online resources and learning activities created by lecturers, access course materials via Blackboard, collaborate with lecturers and fellow students, and access your student email account

Educational software, the Learning Hub, resources and printers are accessible on campus via the RMIT wireless network using your own laptop, tablet or smart phone or via computer facilities on-campus. You will be able to access the same software from home using myDesktop.

Find out more about student computing at RMIT.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral presentations, group projects, research projects and practical assignments.

As part of the program you will have the chance to apply and refine a range of professional skills in a workplace or in a simulated business environment.

You will:

  • demonstrate your professional or vocational skills by completing an activity in a work context or situation; and
  • interact with industry and the community when you undertake this activity and benefit from their feedback.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

The diploma comprises eight business core courses, providing a sound basis for further study and specialisation.

These courses are in the areas of accounting, business computing, business statistics, commercial law, macroeconomics, management, marketing and microeconomics.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Diploma of Commerce
Program code: DP003

Plan code
Diploma of Commerce
City Campus
1 year full-time (two semesters)
City Campus
1 year full-time (two semesters)
Plan code

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

IMPORTANT: International students can only enrol in plans that have a CRICOS code. Plans listed above which do not display a CRICOS code are not CRICOS registered. RMIT is in the process of seeking CRICOS registration for these plans and is awaiting the outcome.


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Your career in commerce

Take your first step towards a global career with this general introduction to business studies.

If you’d like to pursue further study after completion of this course, you will be guaranteed entry into second-year Bachelor of Business courses.

With practical experience from the RMIT Trading Facility, you’re well placed to start your career. You can expand on your experience through workshops and volunteer roles sourced through Career Hub and Job Shop.

During your studies, you can connect with high profile brands and gain work experience through industry placements, client projects, guest speakers, and seminars.

You have the opportunity to build relationships with industry through the micro-credential Networking is Working, by attending industry events hosted by RMIT, and connecting with a professional through RMIT Mentoring. You can also build your network through various associations, including:


You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

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Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.


You can gain entry into the Diploma of Commerce from RMIT Foundation Studies.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

You are guaranteed entry to one of the following RMIT programs with 2 semesters of credit (equivalent to 96 credit points) when you successfully complete the Diploma of Commerce:

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT undergraduate programs.


The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$29,760.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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The Diploma of Commerce is available to international students only.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.