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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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Customs Administration should hold:

1. an undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised university or tertiary institution;

2. Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Customs Administration (or an equivalent award in the same discipline)
3. English language proficiency (IELTS 6.0 or equivalent)

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Enrolment Information

Study Mode Distance Education
Admission Code Domestic OAQA
International JAQA
Session Intake Session 1 & 2
Course Duration 1.5 Years Full-Time3 Years Part-Time

This course has an international focus to provide a common framework for all students. Students will study 10 core subjects and eight electives where they will be introduced to a range of border management and customs issues including policy, legislation, compliance management and international best practice.

The course consists of the following subjects totalling 96 credit points:

4 Core Subjects (56 credit points)
3 Eelectives (40 credit points)

Core Subjects

CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
CUS402 International Customs Law (16)
CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)
CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)


CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
CUS403 European Customs Law (16)
CUS423 Environment Taxation (8)
CUS520 Excise (8)
CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
CUS530 International Air Law (8)
CUS531 Maritime Enforcement (8)


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Enrolment Pattern – Full-time
Session 1 Session 2
1st Year CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)CUS402 International Customs Law (16) CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16) or another restricted elective (16)CUS551 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 CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16) CUS402 International Customs Law (16)
2nd Year CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16) or another restricted elective (16) CUS551 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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