Master of Commerce Degree » Programmes, Entry and Fees

PROGRAMME, ENTRY AND FEES

Programme

The Master of Commerce degree (180 points)
  • Is a taught specialist masters comprising coursework and a short dissertation.
  • Enables students with a first degree in the same discipline to pursue a specialised qualification through further study at an advanced level.
  • Prepares students for specialist positions in the public and private sector.
  • May be completed as a 12 or 15 month programme.
  • Provides a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (120 point) exit option for students who do not meet the minimum standards required for progression within the masters programme or due to other circumstances are unable to continue.
The Master of Commerce degree (120 points)
  • Is a one-year research degree comprising a 120-point supervised dissertation.
  • Available to students who have completed one year of postgraduate study in the same discipline including appropriate courses in research methods.
  • Must be completed on a full-time basis within 12 months or on a part-time basis within 24 months.

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Postgraduate prospectus

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Degree structure

The MCom (180 point) degree comprises 120 points of taught courses and a 60-point dissertation.

Full-time students intending to complete within 12 months will commence their studies in Semester 1 (late February/early March) and enrol in 60 points of taught courses in each of Semesters 1 and 2. They should expect to complete their 60-point dissertation over Semester 3 (early December to late February).

Full-time students intending to complete over 15 months will commence their studies at the start of Semester 1 (late February/early March) and enrol in 60 points of taught courses in each of Semesters 1 and 2. They will complete their 60-point dissertation by the end of Semester 1 (early June) of the following academic year.

The MCom (120-point) degree comprises a 120 point thesis and it is expected that a full time student will complete this over a 12 month period.

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Fees and scholarships

Fees

  • Fees for a full-time (120 points) domestic student enrolled in an MCom in 2019 are approximately NZ$8,597-9,337.
  • Fees for a full-time (120 points) international student enrolled in an MCom in 2019 are approximately NZ$ 33,688.

In addition to tuition fees, students pay a Student Services Fee, in 2019 this fee is estimated at NZ$847.20 for a full-time MCom student.

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website when available. All fees are inclusive of 15% GST but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs.

Scholarships

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

MCom (180 points)

To gain entry you will need to have :

  • Completed a bachelors degree with a major or specialisation in a field relevant to your chosen specialisation business discipline from a recognised university.
  • Achieved the equivalent of at least a B grade average (GPA/GPE of 5 on a 9-point scale) in the most advanced courses in your major or specialisation (NB Entry to specialisations in Accounting and Finance will require at least a B+ average).
  • Met any specific prerequisite courses (or equivalent) as listed for your chosen specialisation.

In assessing your application we will take into account the ranking of the institution at which you completed your bachelors degree as well as the grades achieved in the relevant subjects/courses.

MCom (research masters) (120 point)

To gain entry you will need to have :

  • Completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, in a field relevant to your chosen specialisation at a recognised university.
  • Achieved the equivalent of at least a B grade average (GPA/GPE of 5 on a 9 point scale) in your postgraduate year (NB Entry to some specialisations may require a higher score).
  • Met any specific prerequisite courses (or equivalent) as listed for your chosen specialisation.

Grades or marks achieved at other institutions are given a Grade Point Equivalent (GPE) on the University of Auckland’s 0-9 point grading scale. To view an indication of your GPE, use our GPE Calculator.

For indicative entry scores by country please see the table below.

Country Entry score
Australia Credit average
China (211/985) 80-85%
India First Class
Indonesia 3.0/4
Iran 14/20
Malaysia 3.0/4
New Zealand B average
Singapore 3.5/5
Taiwan 75/100
Thailand 3.0/4
UK (Honours) 2.1
USA 3.0/4
Vietnam 7.0/10

English requirements

Our Master of Commerce programmes are taught entirely in English. If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English, you must present evidence of your English proficiency.

Domestic applicants who are under 20 years of age and whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence of their competence in written and spoken English.

Minimum postgraduate English language requirements for 2017

English language tests and scores shown below meet our English language requirements.

You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting. The results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50. You must authorise the University to view and verify your PTE scores. See: How can I submit verified PTE Academic results to the University of Auckland?
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85

English Language Academy pathway programmes

If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English Language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA).

The English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) is designed for students who need to increase their English IELTS score by 0.5.

The Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) is designed for students who need to increase their English IELTS score by 1.0.

The ELA grades shown below are deemed to be equivalent to the following IELTS bands for admissions purposes.

  • IELTS 7.0: A- in FCertEAP or EPPS
  • IELTS 6.5: B- in FCertEAP or EPPS

Approved alternatives to IELTS requirements and English language waivers

If you have successfully completed University study in the English medium, you may not need to undertake a language test. University of Auckland English language requirements 2017 (PDF).

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Specialisations

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Accounting

The MCom in Accounting provides advanced knowledge and skills in performance measurement and decision-making.

You will select courses from a range of financial and management accounting topics and study research methodology techniques, while also developing your skills in critical interpretation in preparation for a short dissertation in an advanced accounting topic.

A postgraduate qualification in accounting will lead to more senior or specialised career roles in both financial and management accounting in a chartered accountancy practice, industry, or the public sector. Opportunities may also include a business consultant or financial manager in a manufacturing, service or consultancy organisation.

An academic career is also an option for those who pursue further study and research.

 

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Accounting including MATHS 208or STATS 208, or an equivalent course as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 30 points: ACCTG 701, 702
  • At least 60 points from ACCTG 711-782
  • Up to 30 points from FINANCE 705-782
  • 60 points: ACCTG 791 Dissertation
Code Points Course Description
ACCTG 701 15 Research Methods in Accounting  
ACCTG 702 15 Governance Issues in Accounting  
ACCTG 711 15 Financial Accounting Research  
ACCTG 714 15 Contemporary Auditing Research  
ACCTG 721 15 Research in Management Control  
ACCTG 722 15 Research in Revenue and Cost Management  
ACCTG 771 15 Accounting Information and Capital Markets  
ACCTG 791 60 Dissertation  
Commercial Law

In Commercial Law you will study the legal frameworks used to make business decisions in the public and private sectors.

Studying commercial law will give you an array of skills that are valued highly in business. It will develop your analytical and critical thinking skills, improve your written communication skills, and help you to think strategically about business opportunities and business risks.

Commercial law may lead to wide range of careers in business including consulting, business policy advising, and general management.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Commercial Law, as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 30 points: COMLAW 703
  • 90 points from COMLAW 741, 746-758, LAWCOMM 701-769
  • 60 points: COMLAW 791 Dissertation
Code Points Course Description
COMLAW 703 30 Legal Research, Writing and Contemporary Issues The theory and
COMLAW 741A 15 International Taxation Tests of
COMLAW 741B 15
COMLAW 746 15 Taxation of Corporates An advanced
COMLAW 747 15 Goods and Services Tax An advanced
COMLAW 748 15 Tax Disputes An advanced
COMLAW 749 15 Tax Avoidance An advanced
COMLAW 750 15 Tax Policy An examination
COMLAW 751 15 Taxation of Property Transactions Examines all
COMLAW 752 15 Taxation of Corporate Finance An examination
COMLAW 753 15 Tax Administration An advanced
COMLAW 756 15 Taxation of Trusts and Non-corporate Entities An advanced
LAWCOMM Please check the schedule of LAWCOMM courses in the 2017 Calendar.
Economics

Economics enables you to use frameworks and methods to analyse social and economic issues. You will develop an understanding of strategic decision-making and an ability to view issues within a national or international context.

You will study a set of advanced courses in the core areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics as well as elective courses in fields such as international trade and finance and public policy.

You will also extend your knowledge and analytical ability and develop valuable research skills by conducting research projects under the guidance of academic staff.

With an MCom in Economics you will have one of the strongest possible platforms for launching your career. You may choose to work as an economist or choose a career in public policy.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Economics including ECON 301311 and 321, or equivalent courses as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 60 points: ECON 701, 711, 721, 723
  • 60 points from ECON 702-784
  • 60 points: ECON 791 Dissertation
Code Points Course Description
ECON 701 15 Microeconomic Theory  
ECON 702 15 Industrial Organisation  
ECON 711 15 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy  
ECON 712 15 Topics in Money, Banking and Finance  
ECON 721 15 Econometrics 1  
ECON 723 15 Econometrics 2  
ECON 741 15 Topics in International Trade  
ECON 742 15 Trade Policy  
ECON 751 15 Advanced International Finance  
ECON 761 15 Public Economics and Policy  
ECON 771 15 Economics of Development  
ECON 773 15 The History of Economic Thought  
ECON 781 15 Topics in Microeconomics  
ECON 783 15 Energy Economics  
ECON 791 60 Dissertation  
Finance

You will learn about the capital markets and the financing decisions facing organisations.

Our MCom courses are designed to build your understanding of concepts such as good corporate governance, investments, valuation theory, asset pricing, market micro-structure, capital structure and dividend policy, risk-hedging and liquidity management.

Studying finance at postgraduate level can lead you to more senior or specialised career roles such as academic, chief financial officer, corporate advisor or valuer, multinational funds manager, or portfolio manager.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Finance including MATHS 208 or STATS 208, or an equivalent course as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 30 points: FINANCE 701, 702
  • At least 60 points from FINANCE 705-782, including 15 points from FINANCE 751, 761
  • Up to 30 points from ACCTG 711-782
  • 60 points: FINANCE 791 Dissertation
Code Points Course Description
FINANCE 701 15 Research Methods in Finance  
FINANCE 702 15 Governance Issues in Finance  
FINANCE 705 15 Empirical Finance  
FINANCE 751 15 Modern Corporate Finance  
FINANCE 761 15 Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis  
FINANCE 762 15 Risk Management  
FINANCE 791 60 Dissertation  
Global Management and Innovation

Global Management and Innovation is a new specialisation that reflects the multidisciplinary nature of management practice.

The programme recognises that managers operate in a global context to pursue innovative solutions for organisational and societal challenges, and to identify new opportunities. Courses on international management, management in diverse and uncertain contexts, and innovation and creativity are integrated to equip students to create, manage, sustain and change organisations.

The programme also extends analytical capabilities and develops valuable research skills through a research project carried out with the guidance of academic staff.

An MCom in GLMI provides an understanding of business through multiple lens, and prepares graduates to deal with the contemporary issues mangers face, no matter their sector or size of firm. The programme also provides a strong base for working in a start-up, innovative business, or in business development or management consulting.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in International Business or Management or Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or equivalent as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 15 points: BUSINESS 710
  • 15 points from BUSINESS 704, 705
  • 90 points from BUSINESS 704, 705, 711, 712, GLMI 701-712, 750, 751
  • 60 points: GLMI 791 Dissertation

Business

Code Points Course Description
BUSINESS 704 15 Quantitative Research Methods  
BUSINESS 705 15 Qualitative Research Methods  
BUSINESS 710 15 Research Design  
BUSINESS 711 15 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods  
BUSINESS 712 15 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods  

Global Management and Innovation

Code Points Course Description
GLMI 701 15 Competing Internationally  
GLMI 702 15 International Management  
GLMI 703 15 Global Strategy  
GLMI 704 15 People, Performance and Well-being  
GLMI 706 15 Working in an Age of Uncertainty  
GLMI 707 15 Responsible Business and Sustainability  
GLMI 708 15 Critical, Creative and Strategic Thinking  
GLMI 709 15 Creating Global Venture  
GLMI 710 15 Innovation and Knowledge Management  
GLMI 711 15 Strategic Entrepreneurship and Innovation  
GLMI 712 15 Understanding and Managing Creativity  
GLMI 750 15 Contemporary Themes in Global Management and Innovation  
GLMI 751 15 Directed Readings in Global Management and Innovation  
GLMI 791 60 Dissertation  
Information Systems

Studying an MCom in Information Systems will equip you to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems in government, businesses and non-profit organisations.

You will explore how information and communications technology can be used to achieve strategic goals. The focus is on digital innovation and transformation.

You may choose to concentrate on the analysis of systems, the design of systems, or the use of information systems and data communications networks in organisations.

You will extend your knowledge and analytical ability and develop valuable research skills by conducting research projects under the guidance of academic staff.

An MCom in Information Systems can lead to an exciting range of careers depending on your chosen niche e.g., application or systems developer/consultant, software engineer, network analyst/consultant, data communications specialist, IT consultant/ project manager, enterprise resource planning consultant or security assessor.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Information Systems including 15 points at Stage II in Statistics, or an equivalent course as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 45 points: INFOSYS 720, 750, 751
  • Up to 75 points: INFOSYS 700, 701, 722-740, OPSMGT 752, 757
  • 60 points: INFOSYS 791 Dissertation

Information Systems

Code Points Course Description
INFOSYS 700 15 Digital Innovation  
INFOSYS 701 15 Global Outsourcing  
INFOSYS 720 15 Information Systems Research  
INFOSYS 722 15 Data Mining and Big Data  
INFOSYS 725 15 New Perspectives on Organisations and Information Systems  
INFOSYS 727 15 Advanced Information Security  
INFOSYS 730 15 Telecommunications Management  
INFOSYS 732 15 Readings in Information Systems  
INFOSYS 737 15 Adaptive Enterprise Systems  
INFOSYS 740 15 System Dynamics and Complex Modelling  
INFOSYS 750 15 Research Methods – Quantitative  
INFOSYS 751 15 Research Methods – Qualitative  
INFOSYS 791 60 Dissertation  

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Code Points Course Description
OPSMGT 752 15 Research Methods – Modelling  
OPSMGT 757 15 Project Management  
Marketing

An MCom in Marketing will assist you in developing the advanced knowledge, skills and strategic and industry awareness that you will need to advance your career in marketing.

You can combine courses to focus your studies in any of the following areas: marketing management, advertising and communications management, marketing science or services management. You will also have the choice of two electives from Global Management and Innovation (GLMI) and Information Systems.

You will extend your knowledge and analytical ability and develop valuable research skills by conducting research projects under the guidance of academic staff.

An MCom in Marketing will provide you with a platform for more senior marketing roles such as advertising manager, consumer behaviour consultant, marketing researcher, product and brand manager, public relations manager and retail manager.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Marketing including MATHS 208 or STATS 208, or an equivalent course as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 60 points: MKTG 701, 703, 704, 705
  • 30 points from MKTG 702, 710, 717-719
  • 30 points: MKTG 700
  • 60 points: MKTG 791 Dissertation
Code Points Course Description
MKTG 700 30 Developing Research Ideas in Marketing  
MKTG 701 15 Advanced Marketing 1  
MKTG 702 15 Advanced Marketing 2  
MKTG 703 15 Research Methods in Marketing 1  
MKTG 704 15 Research Methods in Marketing 2  
MKTG 705 15 Advanced Buyer Behaviour 1  
MKTG 710 15 Advanced Communications Research  
MKTG 791 60 Dissertation  
Operations and Supply Chain Management

Studying Operations and Supply Chain Management will develop your understanding of the design, management and improvement of processes, systems and networks for use within and between organisations.

In the MCom you will develop skills in solving complex business problems related to the journey of products from the manufacturer to the customer as well as techniques for managing and improving the integration of design, resources, processes and customer requirements.

Completion of the MCom would lead to roles such as an operations analyst/consultant/manager, business process engineer, production and scheduling planner/manager, quality manager, ERP consultant, supply chain consultant or change manager.

Prerequisite Requirement
A major in Operations and Supply Chain Management including INFOMGMT 290 or STATS 255, or an equivalent course as approved by the Head of Department.
  • 15 points: OPSMGT 760
  • 30 points from INFOSYS 750, 751, OPSMGT 752
  • up to 75 points from INFOSYS 700, 701, 722, 737, 740, 750, 751, OPSMGT 732, 752, 757, 762-780
  • 60 points: OPSMGT 791 Dissertation

Information Systems

Code Points Course Description
INFOSYS 700 15 Digital Innovation  
INFOSYS 701 15 Global Outsourcing  
INFOSYS 722 15 Data Mining and Big Data  
INFOSYS 737 15 Adaptive Enterprise Systems  
INFOSYS 740 15 System Dynamics and Complex Modelling  
INFOSYS 750 15 Research Methods – Quantitative  
INFOSYS 751 15 Research Methods – Qualitative  

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Cdoe Points Course Description
OPSMGT 732 15 Readings in Operations Management  
OPSMGT 752 15 Research Methods – Modelling  
OPSMGT 757 15 Project Management  
OPSMGT 760 15 Advanced Operations Systems  
OPSMGT 762 15 Quality Management  
OPSMGT 766 15 Fundamentals of Supply Chain Coordination  
Property

In the Master of Property you will develop knowledge and skills across a range of property disciplines including management, development, finance and investment, valuation, market analysis, and marketing.

You will be exposed to advanced theoretical concepts surrounding property markets as well as the developing analytical skills required to engage with contemporary property issues.

In the MProp the teaching is research-led and provides an advanced knowledge of cutting-edge methods and theories in property analysis.

A MProp prepares you for an exciting range of career opportunities. Possible roles include managing property portfolios for local and international corporations, managing commercial property, becoming a valuer, undertaking property development analysis and commercial property advisory.

The MProp is accredited by major international professional bodies including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Property Institute of New Zealand (Australia).

For more information on the Master of Property go to the Business School website.

Key dates

Semester One 2018 (semester code: 1183)
Orientation Welcome In week beginning 19 February 2018
Semester One begins Monday 26 February 2018
Mid-semester break/Easter Friday 30 March – Saturday 14 April 2018
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April 2018
Graduation Monday 7, Wednesday 9, Friday 11 May 2018
Lectures end Friday 1 June 2018
Study break Saturday 2 – Wednesday 6 June 2018
Examinations Thursday 7 – Monday 25 June 2018
Queen’s Birthday Monday 4 June 2018
Semester One ends Monday 25 June 2018
Inter-semester break Tuesday 26 June – Saturday 14 July 2018
Semester Two 2018 (semester code: 1185)
Orientation Welcome In week beginning 9 July 2018
Semester Two begins Monday 16 July 2018
Courses and Careers Day Saturday 25 August 2018 (TBC)
Mid-semester break Monday 27 August – Saturday 8 September 2018
Graduation Tuesday 25 September 2018
Lectures end Friday 19 October 2018
Study break Saturday 20 – Wednesday 24 October 2018
Labour Day Monday 22 October 2018
Examinations Thursday 25 October – Monday 12 November 2018
Semester Two ends Monday 12 November 2018

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