Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program ensures that students qualify with business acumen, leadership skills, specialisation in a business discipline, a comprehensive understanding of the ethics of values-based management and knowledge of the liberal arts. As part of the Bachelor of Arts, they can choose to study a range of units from the liberal arts fields such as history, mathematics, literature, psychology, economics, visual arts or theological studies. As part of the Bachelor of Commerce students can choose to specialise in either accounting, event management, finance, management, marketing or human resource management. In Sydney the course is offered over two campuses. Students undertake four commerce units in Years 1 and 2 at the Strathfield Campus and the remainder of the commerce units in Years 3 and 4 at the North Sydney campus.

Course Fee:

International: $98,048

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW: English; Assumed knowledge: For Mathematics major or minor: Mathematics (not Mathematics General 2); Recommended studies: For Visual Arts minor: Visual Arts; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English


320 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Arts: Drama; Economics; Education studies; Geography; History; Literature; Mathematics; Media; Music; Philosophy; Politics and international relations; Psychology; Sociology; Study of religions; Theological studies; Visual arts. Commerce: Accounting, Human resource management, Marketing, Management

Study Pathways:

An honours degree in arts or business is available for high-achieving students.

Further information:

In keeping with the Mission of the University, several units within the degree focus on business ethics and personal values. One compulsory unit of Professional Experience is also incorporated in the degree and is designed to assist with personal development. Students will have the opportunity to engage with the community in a tangible way through voluntary work in a not-for-profit organisation. An additional elective Professional Experience unit involves placement in a related business organisation and is designed to assist students to apply their studies to the real working environment, and to gain employment in their chosen career after graduating.


Graduates are eligible for membership of the following professional organisations depending on the business major and minor completed: Accounting - CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 61.2 No Full time 4 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 61.2 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Part time 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 8 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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