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Graduate Diploma in Commerce

09 October 2023

Study a Graduate Diploma in Commerce through Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School at the University of Canterbury.


Graduate Diploma in Commerce

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Graduate Diploma in Commerce

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,142 - $7,390
  • International — $34,000


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.

Graduate Diploma in Commerce

Entry requirements

Entry to the Graduate Diploma requires a bachelor's degree, which does not need to be in the same area of study. If you gained your qualification overseas, this will need to be assessed to ensure it is of an equivalent standard.

Acceptance for the programme will depend on the standard and relevance of your previous studies.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

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

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Graduate Diploma in Commerce

Further study

You will graduate having obtained advanced knowledge in your subject of choice, which will enable you to progress into a research-based postgraduate qualification in this area.

UC offers a range of master's qualifications and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Graduate Diploma in Commerce

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.

Useful information:


2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,142 - $7,390
  • International — $34,000

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,947 - $7,189
  • International — $32,600

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study

Graduate Diploma in Commerce

How do I plan my diploma?

Graduate Diploma in Commerce students are required to pass at least 120 points from courses at 200 or 300-level from Commerce subjects. Of these, 75 points must be at 300-level, including 60 points in a single subject.

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

You will complete the Diploma in 1 year full-time, or can choose to study the Diploma part-time up to 4 years.

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


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