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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, Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon, V8 SuperTourer Driver Richard Moore and Guy Horrocks, co-founder of the world’s first iPhone app company and CEO of Carnival Labs.From financial markets to the latest management practices and the rapidly expanding world of e-commerce, a BCom at UC gives you the knowledge and skills to succeed in a global business environment.

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, get innovative and network with industry professionals.

Features of the BCom at UC

  • A choice of 11 different major subjects
  • Flexible degree that allows you to include courses from other degrees
  • Award-winning lecturers
  • Competitions such as Entré and inter-university business challenges develop your entrepreneurial, project management and teamwork skills
  • Potential to qualify as a chartered accountant through the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and/or Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia
  • Student-run commerce, economics and finance clubs offer support and fun

Recommended preparation

It is useful to have studied accounting, economics, business studies and mathematics (especially statistics) at school. However, provided you have entry to the University, all Commerce courses can be started at 100-level without prior subject knowledge.

If you have achieved top results in accounting and/or economics at school you may be eligible for direct entry to some 200-level courses.

You will need good written and spoken English.

Degree structure

The three year 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 12 major subjects. Each major includes in its compulsory courses five 100-level courses (75 points) selected from seven 'core' BCom courses.

You should aim to complete the core courses in your first year of study as they provide a good general business background and are required for entry to some 200 and 300-level courses. However, you can complete some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your major.

See the degree structure diagram for each subject.

For 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. In particular, a BCom and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a highly marketable combination. The BCom also combines well with degrees in Arts, Science, Forestry Science and Engineering. It is normally possible to complete the two degrees in five years (some degree combinations may take longer). See 'Further Study' below for postgraduate and graduate options.

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.

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2014

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

You can complete a Master of Commerce (MCom) in an additional 12 months, or in two semesters you can complete a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours (BCom(Hons))

Three new master's degrees offer graduates and professionals a savvy way to upskill and gain an edge in relevant employment markets:

All postgraduate and graduate options include:

Career opportunities

UC business students have a chance to integrate work and international experiences into their study, for example through MGMT 228, the end-of-year business and cultural study tour to China and/or undertaking internships and projects that count towards your degree.

As a commerce graduate, you could work in numerous and varied roles from accountant, economist and financial analyst, through to manager, marketer and information systems specialist. You could become a manager, consultant or be your own boss.

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).