Master of Customs Administration

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 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.

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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)

Course Structure

This course has an international focus to allow for a common framework for all students. Students will undertake 4 core subjects and a series of electives where they will study a range of Customs strategic policy and management issues and acquire an advanced body of knowledge in the customs and border regulatory and facilitatory context for professional practice, scholarship or further higher learning

The course consists of the following subjects totalling 96 credit points:
  • 4 Core Subjects (56 credit points)
  • 3 Electives (40 credit points)

Core Subjects
  • CUS401 Customs Management Theory and Practice (16)
  • CUS550 Customs Research Project (16)
  • CUS551 Customs Research Methods (8)
  • CUS402 International Customs Law (16)
  • CSU403 European Customs Law (16)
  • CUS503 International Trade Policy and Practice (16)
  • CUS504 Border Revenue (16)
  • CUS403 European Customs Law (16)
  • CUS520 Excise (8)
  • CUS521 Customs Reform and Modernisation (8)
  • CUS522 International Supply Chain Management (8)
  • CUS530 International Air Law (8)
  • CUS531 Maritime Enforcement (8)
  • CUS532 Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (8)

Study Load

The duration of the course is 3 Sessions full time and 6 Sessions part time. Students are able to commence their studies at Charles Sturt in either Session 1 or Session 2.

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Students will study on line using Charles Sturt University’s on line learning platform, Interact 2.


If you’ve completed related study or have recognisable professional experience, you could be eligible for credit towards your degree. Explore ways you can fast-track your course with recognition of prior learning by getting in touch with us to discuss your options.

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