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What will I learn?

Build a creative and innovative mindset with a course designed to future-proof a career in commerce.

What to expect

Gain an understanding of foundational concepts of commerce and pursue your passion in one or two key commerce areas. Learn the importance of data-driven decision making and graduate with skills relevant to a large number of industries.

Develop essential job-readiness skills through the work-integrated learning capstone program and network with leading commerce professionals. Broaden your horizons and gain a global perspective by completing one semester at JCU Singapore, or at one of our 52 partnering universities around the world.


You can choose from six majors. A major is your chosen area of specialisation. While all majors are available Online (or externally), not all majors are available face-to-face at all campuses.


As an accountant, you will contribute to the most critical function of all businesses and organisations their financial viability. You will learn how to recognise financial patterns and be an efficient problem solver for all businesses in various industries.

Core subjects will give you foundational skills in decision making, analysis and interpreting data for businesses. You will gain an in-depth understanding of financial management, business modelling, company accounting, taxation and auditing.

Banking and Finance

Study funds management, financial markets and risk management. You will learn the different approaches to managing financial institutions, including commercial banks, rural cooperatives and microfinance institutions.

Develop the skills to help businesses develop and thrive, whether they're government, non-government, private or not-for-profit organisations. With an understanding of international finance and sustainable economic growth, employers will value your theoretical and practical knowledge.

Business Law

Specialise your skills and gain a competitive edge in the fast-paced world of commerce and business.

Learn how to apply key foundational knowledge of business law to the world of commerce. Become an asset to any organisation through your understanding of business in a legal context in the areas of dispute resolution, law of business organisations, taxation law, contract law and employment and industrial relations law. Upon completion, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the Tax Practitioners Board.

Business Law is only available as a second major.


Develop the skills to predict the behaviour of market participants, including governments, competing businesses and consumers. Become essential to the success of businesses by anticipating the behaviour of market participants.

Financial Management

Understand different approaches to manage the finance of businesses effectively and efficiently. You will learn business modelling, investment portfolio management, financial risk management and multinational business finance.

International Trade

Gain a global perspective and develop analytical, communication and critical thinking skills to pursue a career that crosses borders.


Honours is available in each discipline as additional 24 credit points of study.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2021, February 2022, May 2022


James Cook University

Douglas campus,

1 James Cook Drive,



4814, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,400.00 (16,27,409) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2021, February 2022, May 2022


Smithfield Campus

14-88 McGregor Road,



4878, CAIRNS, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based): 550 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 4.5); TOEFL (internet-based): 79 (minimum writing score of 19); Pearson (PTE Academic): 57; Occupational English Test (OET): Completion and an overall pass with minimum grades A or B only in each of the four components.

For international students

Students are required to complete academic qualification of Australia grade 12 or equivalent. Entry requirements may vary from country to country.

Course prerequisites: English (Units 3/4,C), Recommended: Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4)

IELTS - 6.0 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 74 (no component less than 18); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 52 (no component less than 52); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 169 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About James Cook University

James Cook University (JCU) is ranked among the top 2% of universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2020.

  • Ranked in the top 250 of universities in the world
  • Rated as “world-class or better” in 83% areas of research
  • Top 100 universities in the world for UN SDG
  • Rated 5 stars for employment, student support and skills