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Bachelor of Commerce BCom


The Bachelor of Commerce has been the choice for many distinguished New Zealanders and international alumni including Prime Minister John Key. As a graduate, you can work in many roles such as manager, economist, accountant, consultant, marketer and in many other areas in every kind of organisation.

UC and its business partners provide many opportunities for you to gain practical business experience and make important contacts. Internships, business case competitions, careers fairs and student groups all allow you to put classroom theories to the test in the real world and network with industry professionals.

Features of the BCom at UC

  • Flexible three-year degree
  • A choice of 11 different major subjects
  • UC is ranked in the world's top 100 for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings 2012)
  • Good employment rates into stimulating, diverse careers
  • World-class teaching and research facilities
  • Internationally renowned School of Business and Economics with strong links to business communities
  • Opportunities to gain real-world experience through internships and business competitions
  • Potential to qualify as a chartered accountant through the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and/or Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia

Recommended preparation

To enrol in a Bachelor of Commerce at UC you must meet the entry requirements of the University.

No prior experience or knowledge is required or assumed for those beginning a BCom. This means that no matter what background you come from, be it educational or employment, you are in a position to enter into 100-level UC Commerce classes. However it can be advantageous to have an interest in or understanding of certain subjects.

Degree structure

The BCom degree requires a minimum total of 360 points made up as follows:

  • At least 255 points from Commerce courses (up to 60 points of Mathematics and/or Statistics at 100 or 200-level may be included in the 255 points),
  • The remaining 105 points can be from Commerce courses or courses from other degrees,
  • At least 225 points from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.

To graduate with a BCom you must complete the requirements of at least one of the 11 major subjects. Each major includes in its compulsory courses five 100-level courses (75 points) selected from seven 'core' BCom courses. Commerce courses start with the following course codes: ACCT, COSC, ECON, FINC, INFO, MGMT, MKTG and MSCI.

The BCom core courses are listed in the degree structure diagrams for each subject. It is desirable to complete the core courses in your first year of study as they provide a good general business background and are prerequisites (required courses) for 200 and 300-level Commerce courses. However, it is possible to complete some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your BCom major.

For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce (University Regulations website).

BCom degree structure diagram

Double degrees

Many students study for a second degree in addition to a BCom. A BCom combines well with degrees in Law, Arts, Science, Forestry Science and Engineering. It is normally possible to complete the two degrees in five years (some degree combinations may take longer).

Postgraduate study

If you are thinking of undertaking a double degree you should also consider postgraduate study. In the time it takes to finish a double degree (five years) you can complete a Master of Commerce (MCom). Alternatively, in four years you can complete a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons)).

Both the BCom(Hons) and MCom are postgraduate qualifications and represent a higher level of achievement than a bachelor's degree. In an increasingly competitive job market these postgraduate qualifications help you to distinguish yourself.

If you are considering a double degree or a postgraduate qualification you should seek advice from a School of Business and Economics Student Advisor.

Major subjects

Please refer to the School of Business and Economics website for the latest information on the major subjects.

For complete BCom major degree plans see the School of Business and Economics website.

Graduate profile

As a BCom graduate you will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of your selected subject major, informed by the broader context of commerce.
  • use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address specific problems.
  • understand issues from a range of ethical, global and multicultural perspectives.
  • communicate effectively both orally and in written form.

Further study

Postgraduate and graduate options include:

*Subject to UNZ CUAP approval due August or December 2013.

Career opportunities

For further career information, please go to


For more information email or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact a School of Business and Economics Student Advisor (advancing students) or the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students).