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The Customs environment is constantly changing. Modern customs administrations must be adaptable and resilient to change in order to maintain their national and international effectiveness, relevance and professional standing. The foundation of resilience and adaptability is a workforce of skilled management and staff.

Course Overview

The Master of Customs Administration at Charles Sturt University (CSU) provides students with advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of customs and border management and has been designed for professionals engaged in both government employment and in the trading community. This degree has an international focus making it suitable for professionals from around the world.

The course has been designed by the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) with industry, government and international agency collaboration, including the World Customs Organization (WCO). CCES is the world’s leading provider of training and education in the highly specialised area of customs and border management. CCES has established a global reputation for its work in helping to strengthen the organisational capability and professional standards of customs and other border enforcement agencies globally.

Students will study the roles and policy objectives of Customs administrations, including key aspects of Customs policy and practice, and different approaches to managing the import, export and transit of goods. Students will gain knowledge in international customs law, key conventions and international best practice as promoted by the WCO. They will examine strategic and operational management issues in the customs context, including international trends that impact on customs and international trade such as social expectations, emerging technologies and the global economy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Master of Customs Administration will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired to a diverse range of challenges that practitioners in, or who interact with, Customs administrations would be expected to deal with. As students progress through the course, they will develop the capacity to exercise their own initiative and judgement. They will analyse problems that require creative and critical thought and require application of concepts from an advanced body of knowledge to a variety of cross border trading situations. Communication, applied research, and negotiation skills will be developed through many scenario based assignments.

Completion of the Masters will facilitate career opportunities in the border management field.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either the Bachelor of Border Management (or an equivalent award in the same discipline), or the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration (or an equivalent award in the same discipline). Applicants must have English language proficiency to the minimum requirements set by the University (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent). Applications for Admission are now open. Click here for full details on how to apply.

Enrolment Information

Study Mode Distance Education
Admission Code Domestic OAQA
International JAQA
Session Intake February, July
Course Duration 1.5 Years Full-Time

3 Years Part-Time

Students studying CSU’s Master of Customs Administration will study four core subjects, two restricted electives and one open elective to complete a total of 96 credit points. Students who have already completed the Graduate Certificate in Customs Administration will only be required to complete a total of 64 credit points.

The course consists of the following subjects:

4 core subjects (56 credit points)
2 restricted electives (32 credit points)
1 open elective (8 credit points)

Core Subjects

CUS501 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
CUS502 International Customs Law (16)
CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)
CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)

Restricted Electives

CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
CUS505 International Air and Maritime Law (16)

Open Electives

CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)

CUS520 Excise (8)
CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)

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Enrolment Pattern – Full-time
Session 1 (Feb)* Session 2 (Jul)
1st Year CUS501 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)

CUS502 International Customs Law (16)

CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16) or another restricted elective (16)

HRM507 Research Methods (8)

CUS520 Excise or another open elective (8)

2nd Year CUS504 Border Revenue (16) or another restricted elective (16)

CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)

*Students are also able to commence their studies in Session 2
Enrolment Pattern – Part-time
1st Year CUS501 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16) CUS502 International Customs Law (16)
2nd Year CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16) or another restricted elective (16) HRM507 Research Methods (8)

CUS520 Excise or another open elective (8)

3rd Year CUS504 Border Revenue (16) or another restricted elective (16) CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)

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To receive information on how you can apply for the Master of Customs Administration, please contact us on the details below:

Phone:        +61 2 6272 6300
Email:        customs@csu.edu.au
Web:        www.customscentre.com