Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Arts

La Trobe University

This program allows students to combine their interest in the arts and social sciences with a broad understanding of business through studies in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. The Bachelor of Commerce offers a choice of five majors: accounting, economics, finance, management or marketing. In first year, along with foundational business subjects, students work as part of a small multidisciplinary Business Foundations project team to research a social problem and develop an action plan. In second year, students take on a Sustainability project to define a solution to a local environmental issue. In third year, students further enhance their research, presentation, analysis and problem-solving skills through the Entrepreneurship project to identify a business opportunity and develop a business plan. Students can take part in the Professional Practice in Business program, which offers internships, practicums, case studies, travel tours, company visits and professional industry-led seminars. Students can also choose from a range of arts subjects including languages, literature, history, journalism, philosophy and politics to create a degree specifically tailored to their interests.

Course Fee:

International: $132,800

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Students must complete 480 credit points, including all core subjects of each degree. No more than 150 credit points may be at first year level, and at least 90 credit points must be at third year level from each degree. Students must complete 240 credit points in the Bachelor of Commerce, eight common core subjects and eight subjects from their chosen major. Students are required to complete a work-integrated learning experience in the subject Professional Practice in Business. Students must complete at least one major, chosen from the list offered within the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Subjects you can Study:

Accounting; Anthropology; Archaeology; Asian studies; Chinese; Creative and Professional Writing; Creative Arts; Crime, Justice and Legal Studies; Economics; English; Finance; French; Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies; Greek; History; Indonesian; Italian studies; Japanese; Linguistics; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Media Studies; Philosophy; Politics; Psychology; Sociology; Spanish.


The Marketing major in the Bachelor of Commerce is accredited by the Australian Marketing Institute. Depending on subject choice within the Bachelor of Commerce, students may be eligible to graduate with an accounting qualification accredited by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ); please refer to the Handbook for further details. Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 4 years
Melbourne No info No Part time
Melbourne No info No Online
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

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