Graduate Diploma in Commerce


The Graduate Diploma in Commerce offers students an opportunity to complement and extend their undergraduate studies with further study in one of six commerce subjects. It is ideal for those who wish to transition into postgraduate study and is also suitable for graduates with a non-commerce degree who have an interest or career goals in any of these areas.

For non-commerce graduates who are working in roles with a business focus, studying the GradDipCom part-time can help expand your knowledge in a business discipline and upskill you on current concepts and practices. This makes the diploma a great option for professional development.

Entry requirements

Graduate certificates and diplomas require a bachelor's degree. 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 specific requirements

Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of previous studies. Candidates are expected to have attained at least a B+ GPA in their final year of undergraduate study. All candidates need to be approved by the Dean of Business.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Commerce or use the admission requirements checker

Qualification structure and duration

Graduate Diploma in Commerce (GradDipCom) students are required to pass at least 120 points from courses at 200 or 300-level from the Bachelor of Commerce. Of these, 75 points must be at 300-level including 60 points in a single subject of the diploma (see also 'Subjects and courses' information below).

The flexible structure means students can tailor their programme according to their immediate needs and career goals. Students can choose to specialise by taking the majority of courses in a single subject area, or they can select a wider range of courses for a broader overview of commerce.


Students can study the diploma full-time over a year, or part-time up to four years. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

The GradDipCom can be awarded in the following subjects:

Courses can be selected from Schedule C of the Regulations for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Further study

Students will graduate having obtained advanced knowledge in their subject of choice, which will enable them to progress into a research-based postgraduate qualification in this area if they wish. UC offers a range of master's qualifications and the Doctor of Philosophy.

Career opportunities

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

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Commerce.

For study planning help contact the UC Business School or the College of Business and Law:

College of Business and Law | Te Rāngai Umanga me te Ture
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3888
Email business@canterbury.ac.nz