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 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) programme (now the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand), study in the MCom programme 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).

The Master of Commerce graduate 

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.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, 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. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Students must have completed one of the following:

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 Schedule to the Regulations for the Master of Commerce or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

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.

Subjects and courses

Major subjects for the Master of Commerce are:

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications

Further study

UC offers a Doctor of Philosophy in a number of commerce subjects.

Career opportunities

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. 

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Master of 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

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