Master of Commerce

Master of Commerce

Postgraduate study represents a high level of academic achievement and is a key way to differentiate yourself in a competitive business environment.

The Master of Commerce (MCom) programme provides you with specialist skills and applied experience, so you can enhance your knowledge in topics that you care about, and better equip yourself for entry into specific occupations.

Why study an MCom at UC?

Intensive, interactive

The MCom can be completed in one calendar year. Smaller classes allow for more interaction with the lecturers and you will participate more in the life of the department.

Learn from the experts

Our academics are world-renowned in their fields. The opportunity to work alongside such experts provides you with a unique UC postgraduate experience.
You will join a School that is proud of its research reputation. UC is ranked 1st in New Zealand for research in marketing and tourism, and 2nd in accounting, finance, management, human resources and industrial relations (2012 Tertiary Education Commission Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) assessment).

Fast-track into a profession

Postgraduate study can facilitate professional attributes valued in the workplace, such as specialist skills, communications, statistical analysis, professional practice, critical thinking, and cultural awareness.

Focus on research

Postgraduate research is rewarding in itself as you delve more deeply into a discipline that fascinates you. It allows you to develop your research capability and contribute to current academic thinking on contemporary issues. UC has a thriving postgraduate research community and there are opportunities to pursue further research through PhD studies.

The MCom is offered in the following subject areas:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Taxation

Your MCom courses and research project will be unique to you and your interests. Talk to a programme coordinator about your options and matching your MCom topic to a supervisor with expertise in that area, who can help support you in your studies.

The MCom consists of two parts:

  1. coursework (between five and eight courses)
  2. a thesis or dissertation.

MCom courses can be adapted according to the latest issues, events and cases. Your programme may include a mixture of reviewing the latest research, completing enquiries, and writing and presenting results – all at the level expected in global businesses and organisations.

The main purpose of the thesis is to demonstrate your ability to undertake independent research under guidance, using the established methods of research appropriate to your specialist area.

Across the programme, assessment tasks may include oral and written assignments, independent study and collaborative activities. Academic standards are high and you will be expected to use your initiative and take responsibility for your own learning by seeking out additional sources of information and managing your study.

The minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university in the relevant subject area, or a qualification (or combination of qualifications) considered to be equivalent.

If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

Prerequisites vary between subjects, but you normally require good grades in your 300-level undergraduate courses in the subject concerned.

There are two entry pathways through the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom):

  • Entry via BCom - For the MCom, you complete 180 points and undertake either a dissertation or a thesis. It requires 12-18 months full-time study or up to three years part-time. The course requirements differ according to the majoring subject, so check with your MCom coordinator.
  • Entry via BCom(Hons) - If you have qualified for a BCom(Hons) or equivalent, you may be admitted to the MCom by thesis only in that subject. For Honours, you will have completed advanced academic courses, as well as empirical or theoretical research methods and a research project. Then for the MCom, you complete a 120 point thesis that usually takes 7–12 months full-time

When can I start?

The MCom programme commences in February each year and can be studied part-time or fulltime. You may be able to commence your studies in July of each year (at the approval of the Dean of Business).

How long does it take?

The MCom takes 12–18 months full-time or 18–36 months part-time study to complete. MCom coordinators usually run an Induction Programme before formal classes commence.

Checklist for MCom candidates

As you’ll need to work under a supervisor, start your MCom enquiries early to make sure your interests match with a UC academic who is able to support you in your studies.

  1. Check that you meet the entry criteria for the MCom programme.
  2. Check the courses available for your subject including research and thesis options.
  3. Discuss your study programme with an MCom or postgraduate coordinator.
  4. After choosing your topics and courses, the next step is to apply for admission (international students) or apply to enrol (domestic students). NOTE: International students: If you are granted admission to UC, you will be emailed an Offer of Place letter, and details of how to apply to enrol in your courses.

How do I apply?

The University determines your eligibility for admission to postgraduate programmes. In most cases this requires evidence of you having completed an undergraduate degree.

You can apply to enrol online. Simply go online to myUC, register your details with us and then follow the online prompts. 

For most qualifications, you will be able to select your desired courses online from October and the deadline for domestic students is December.

All international students must complete enrolment on campus.

Master’s degrees by thesis only

Master’s degree by thesis only candidates should follow UC’s normal enrolment process for Semester 1 and Semester 2. To apply outside of these times, you should seek College approval.

To find out more about the MCom contact our postgraduate student advisor

Nicole Anfang

Postgraduate Student Advisor
Meremere 209
Internal Phone: 92964

For all postgraduate enquiries

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