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Associate Degree of Business and Commerce

Associate Degree of Business and Commerce (ADBC)
  • CRICOS: 093267C

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

  • 2 years or part-time equivalent

  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

Students can commence study in semester 3 at Springfield campus or online only.
View USQ Handbook

Start your degree in Business

The Associate Degree of Business and Commerce is the perfect way to start your degree in business at university. An Associate Degree is a qualification in its own right, but it is also a pathway to a Bachelor degree. This means that the 16 courses that you study can count towards a Bachelor degree.

Essential business knowledge

You will complete eight core courses and then choose from an array of business and commerce courses which interest you. Course options include Advertising, Business Law, Human Resource Management, e-Commerce, Finance, and Politics and International Relations.

It is best to have a chat to our Student Relationship Officers before finalising your decision on courses. If you are considering continuing onto a Bachelor degree, your choice of courses may have an impact later.

Further study

After completing the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce, you can potentially go on to study a Bachelor of Business and Commerce.

As a graduate you will have general business knowledge suitable for a career in the public or private sector, and dependent on the courses you studied, career opportunities in the disciplines of human resources, marketing, administration, information technology, logistics management, inventory management, tourism, small business management, international business and commerce.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
2 x 4-unit minors from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce
1 x 4-unit minor and 4 other courses selected from the Associate Degree of Business and Commerce
Total 16 
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Aviation Management and Safety
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Law
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • e-Commerce
  • Economics and Politics
  • Finance
  • Global Political Economy
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Information Technology Management
  • Journalism
  • Logistics and Supply Chains
  • Management and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Sustainable Business
  • Tourism Management
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 23200
On-campus AUD 23200

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.
  • Assumed knowledge: Maths A (4 SA) or equivalent

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.

How to apply

CRICOS: 093267C

Note: Semester 3 courses are only available online or on-campus at Springfield.

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 2, 2019 - Monday 15 July 2019.
  • Semester 3, 2019 - Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for credit to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.