Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Economics)

School of Business, Fremantle Campus

The Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Economics from The University of Notre Dame Australia is designed for those students with a curiosity about how the world works. Over the course of your studies, you are taught how to use economic reasoning to solve pressing social and business problems. This entails developing much sought-after analytical and empirical skills that enable you to better comprehend a range of topical issues, such as environmental conservation, financial crises, industrial downturns, unemployment, poverty and appropriate government policy settings.

  • Why study this degree?

    When you study a Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Economics from The University of Notre Dame Australia, you develop the aptitude necessary to thrive in the modern business environment. This is due to our commitment to small class sizes and individual learning, ensuring every student receives the care and attention they need.

    With regular guest speakers and field trips, this program will lead you behind the scenes of the world of commerce, government and finance. As part of your degree program you will complete 150 hours of hands-on work experience known as practicum. This placement will provide you with the opportunity to apply your newly-acquired knowledge in a real commercial setting.

    Designed to leave you with the necessary technical and conceptual competencies necessary for success, the Economics Major prepares you for roles in a multitude of fields including banking, mining, retail, government, and more.

  • Program summary

    Three Core Curriculum courses

    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Introduction to Theology
    • Ethics

    Eight Business foundation courses

    • Accounting
    • Business Communication
    • Business Information Technology
    • Business Law
    • Economics
    • Principles of Management
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Quantitative Methods for Business

    Five Economics courses

    • Advanced Economics
    • Econometrics
    • Intermediate Mathematics for Economics and Finance
    • Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
    • Microeconomic Theory and Policy

    One Economics elective course

    • The Economics of Financial Crises
    • History of Austrian Economics
    • Topics in Economics
    • Human Resource Economics

    Six general electives

    Choose from other electives in Business, Arts & Sciences, Health Sciences, and Philosophy & Theology (some restrictions may apply). Electives can also be used to create another Major or Minor area of specialisation in the School of Business.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • Professional and work experience;
    • completion of a non-award qualification in a relevant field
    • STAT score of 145 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    More information can be found at the Fees page.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Economist
    • Financial controller
    • Banker
    • Policy advisor
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Economics), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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