Bachelor of Commerce
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 Bachelor of Commerce 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 Bachelor of Commerce at UC
- A choice of 12 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
Bachelor's degrees require University Entrance to gain admission to UC. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The Bachelor of Commerce requires a minimum total of 360 points:
- A minimum of 255 points of 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
A minimum of 225 points must be from courses above 100-level, with at least 90 points at 300-level.
For more Bachelor of Commerce degree structure diagrams see School of Business and Economics.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Commerce
Commerce major courses
Other Commerce courses
Courses from Commerce or other degrees
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
It is possible to combine a Commerce degree with other degrees, in particular, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws is a highly marketable combination.
Normally you can complete the two degrees in five years, but some degree combinations may take longer.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
Subjects and courses
The UC Bachelor of Commerce is a highly flexible degree that allows you to choose from 12 different majors as well as include courses from other degrees.
To graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce you must complete the requirements of at least one of the 12 major subjects. Each major includes five 100-level compulsory courses (75 points).
You should aim to take the core courses in your first year of study as they provide a good grounding and are required for entry to some 200 and 300-level courses.
However, you can take some of these courses in your second and third years depending on the requirements of your major.
There is also potential to qualify as a chartered accountant through the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and/or Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Australia.
Commerce major subjects
- Business Economics (Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2014)
- Human Resource Management
- Information Systems
- International Business
- Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Strategy and Entrepreneurship
- Taxation and Accounting
As a Bachelor of Commerce student you will have a chance to integrate work and international experiences into your study.
It is useful to have studied accounting, economics, business studies and mathematics (especially statistics) at school. However, provided you have University Entrance, all Commerce courses can be started at 100-level without previous study.
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.
A good standard of oral and written English is important.
How to apply
Find out more about how to Apply for undergraduate qualifications.
The School of Business and Economics has a wide range of options for graduate and postgraduate study.
New Master's degrees
Three new master's degrees offer graduates and professionals a savvy way to up-skill and gain an edge in relevant employment markets.
Master of Applied Finance and Economics
Offers advanced coursework in Finance and Economics, followed by a practical applications course.
Master of Business Management
If you have no prior experience in commerce and want to enter a business-related role.
Master of Professional Accounting
Requires no previous knowledge of accounting and prepares you for provisional membership to professional bodies including NZICA and CPA Australia.
Graduate and postgraduate qualifications
- Bachelor of Commerce with Honours
- Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Information Systems
- Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
- Graduate Diploma in Economics
- Graduate Diploma in Management
- Master of Commerce
- Master of Applied Finance and Economics
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Business Management
- Master of Professional Accounting
- Postgraduate Diploma in Business
- Doctor of Philosophy
As a commerce graduate, you could work in numerous and varied roles from an accountant, economist or financial analyst, through to a manager, marketer or information systems specialist.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a School of Business and Economics Student Advisor (advancing students).