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 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. Students are expected to have attained at least a B+ Grade Point Average in their final year of undergraduate study. All students need to be approved by the Dean of Business.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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 Schedule C. Of these, 75 points must be at 300-level including 60 points in a single subject of the Diploma.
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 will complete the Diploma in 1 year full-time, or can choose to study the Diploma part-time up to 4 years.
Course options for each subject can be selected from the Bachelor of Commerce Schedule C.
Of the 120 points for the Diploma, at least 75 must be at 300-level, and at least 60 must be from one of these subjects:
- Information Systems
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|120||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection|| $6,447 - $6,672 |
$6,576 - $6,805
|120||Accounting; Economics; Finance; Management; Marketing (Band 2)|| $6,447 |
|120||Information Systems (Band 6)|| $6,672|
|2019||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$25,000|
|2020||120||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$29,500|
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Commerce.
For study planning help contact the UC Business School | Te Kura Umanga 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