As a very general rule, a Bachelor of Business has a stronger focus on people-based topics like marketing, management, business law, and HR. You’ll develop a genuine insight into how organisations work, and how to run your own business.
Commerce is more analytical, with a bigger emphasis on mathematical topics like business analytics, econometrics and behavioural science.
Both courses offer industry placements, double degrees, a strong foundation in core business units and an excellent mix of majors to choose from, but they have different combinations of double degree options and majors. There’s also a difference in the ATAR and maths prerequisites for both courses.
1. Include a language as your second major in many of our degrees (as a double with Arts)
2. Complete a Diploma of Languages in addition to your degree. You can take it at the same time – it usually adds an extra year to your time at university (sometimes less). You can also still go on the intensive in-country programs as part of your study.
A double major means you can cover two different areas within the one degree.
For example, you could study a double major in business and choose two business or commerce disciplines, such as accounting and marketing, or economics and actuarial studies. Or, for something really varied, you can study one business or commerce discipline and one discipline from another faculty within the University, like accounting and a language or economics and politics.
A double degree allows you to study two separate degrees at the same time.
It's structured so that you graduate with both degrees in a much shorter time than it would take to finish them individually, and you’ll have a similar workload as a single degree course.
It’s a formal acknowledgement of your professional status, and in some cases, gives you the right to practice in the profession of your choice.
There are professional organisations for accounting, auditing, actuarial science, computing, finance, human resources, management, marketing and more. Our course advisers can help you make sure that the units you take will qualify you for membership of the organisation that represents your profession.
Check out our professional recognition page for more.
We know that not all students study commerce in high school. In fact, we teach our units with no expectation of prior knowledge – and there aren’t pre-requisite commerce subjects for our courses. But some courses will award subject bonuses for particular areas of study.
They depend on your degree. Most degrees involve three to four contact hours per unit per week. And you’ll be expected to do around nine hours a week of independent study for each unit.
The Bachelor of Business at our Peninsula campus is based on the Problem Based Learning (PBL) style and involves six-and-a-half contact hours per subject each week, with additional hours of independent study. PBL students have four days of study on campus.
Yes. One way around this is to enrol in another course that has the prerequisite maths subjects you need. Once you've completed the appropriate Monash maths unit in that course, you can apply to transfer to your preferred course. You'll just need to keep in mind that your first year results will have a bearing on whether your transfer application is successful.
If you're a local student you can defer for up to one year. You’ll need to let student services know you want to defer, and we can tell you how to do this once you’ve received your offer. In particular circumstances, you may be able to defer for longer.