Master of Commerce
A Master of Commerce degree will allow you to learn more about your chosen subject area, critically view the world, and carry out an independent piece of research. These knowledge, skills, and competencies mean MCom graduates are well-prepared for professional roles and business consulting.
If you have been following the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand programme, study in the MCom counts as one year of professional experience.
Students who have qualified for a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours or equivalent may be admitted to the MCom by thesis only in that major (one year, worth 120 points).
As an MCom graduate you will be able to:
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of contemporary thought and developments within your specific research area
- evaluate the implications of your own research findings for the wider body of relevant academic literature
- synthesise academic literature and communicate research findings, both orally and in written form, consistent with academics working in your chosen discipline.
Students must have completed one of the following:
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Science in Economics, Finance, or Computer Science
- any bachelor's degree, and a relevant graduate diploma in your major subject.
Prerequisites vary between majors, but normally good grades in 300-level courses in the subject concerned are required. For information on the prerequisites for each subject see the Master of Commerce Schedule.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Master of Commerce degree consists of 180 points, of which between 90–120 points is coursework (between six and nine courses), and a 90-point thesis or a 60-point dissertation.
The MCom take 12–18 months full-time, or 18–36 months part-time to complete. Enrolment is normally full-time unless the Dean of Business approves part-time study.
See the Master of Commerce Schedule for course options and requirements for each subject.
Major subjects for the Master of Commerce are:
- Information Systems
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
- 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.
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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Commerce.
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