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Business combined degrees

Combine the Bachelor of Commerce with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science and expand your future career opportunities.

  • Four years of full-time study
  • Personalise your degree to suit your interests, strengths and career plans as you choose from hundreds of subject combinations

Today's workplaces demand a different kind of graduate. The ability to think critically, solve problems and work as a team could prove advantageous in your future career. Studying for a multidisciplinary degree demonstrates adaptability and resourcefulness – skills that many employers are seeking.

The Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)

The Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) is an exciting new degree that will enable you to combine your passion for arts and business in one degree.

What will the BACom give you?

The BACom will give you both a creative and a business background to work in arts and business professions, or related areas, such as consumer behaviour, ethics, international relations, leadership, and communication.

How long will the degree take?

  • It will normally take four years, although if you choose a higher workload you could complete in three and a half years
  • It takes less time than a double degree, so you’ll be able to launch your career or go on to further study sooner

What your degree might look like

Choose two different majors from two study areas, one from Arts and one from Business. There are over 400 combinations of majors available. Here are some examples:

  • Communication Studies and Marketing
  • Geography and Economics
  • English and Human Resources Management
  • History and Tourism
  • Music and Management
  • Politics and Management
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Finance

How is the degree structured?

Majors and papers

Each major usually consists of between nine and eleven papers.

The BACom requires papers worth 486 points (normally 27 x 18-point papers). This must include at least 216 points (normally 12 x 18-point papers) for papers from Arts and Music and at least 216 points (normally 12 x 18-point papers) for papers from Business.

Get course advice so you're on the right track from the start

If you’re considering studying for a BACom talk to a Schools’ Liaison Officer first. They can help you personalise your degree to suit your interests and goals and will ensure you’re taking the correct number of papers to complete your qualification. Once you get to Otago course advice and planning is available as many times as you need throughout your time with us.

Find your Schools’ Liaison Officer

Are you already at university?

If you are already at university, contact the course advisers on campus.

Talk to an adviser

Programme requirements and applying for a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom)

Read the programme requirements and apply for the degree

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The Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)

The Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) is an exciting new degree that will enable you to combine your passion for arts and business in one degree.

What will the BComSc give you?

The BComSc gives graduates a professional and scientific experience. Graduates will develop proficiency across subjects and the ability to apply thinking to both the experimental and industry application of a subject, setting them up for success in areas such as nature, nutrition, animal studies and maths.

How long will the degree take?

  • It will normally take four years, although if you choose a higher workload you could complete in three and a half years
  • It takes less time than a double degree, so you’ll be able to launch your career or go on to further study sooner

What your degree might look like

Choose two different majors from two study areas, one from Business and one from Science or Applied Science. There are nearly 300 combinations of major subjects available. Here are some examples:

  • Food Science and Marketing
  • Zoology and Accounting
  • Energy Studies and Economics
  • Agricultural Innovation and Tourism
  • Sport Development and Management and Marketing
  • Psychology and Marketing
  • Human Nutrition and Management
  • Land Planning and Development and Management
  • Psychology and Philosophy, Politics and Economics

How is the degree structured?

Majors and papers

You’ll choose two different majors, one from Business subjects and one from either Science or Applied Science subjects. Each major usually consists of a minimum of nine papers.

The BComSc requires papers worth 486 points (normally 27 x 18-point papers). This must include at least 216 points (normally 12 x 18-point papers) for papers from Business and at least 216 points (normally 12 x 18-point papers) for papers from Science or Applied Science.

Get course advice so you're on the right track from the start

If you’re considering studying for a BComSc talk to a Schools’ Liaison Officer first. They can help you personalise your degree to suit your interests and goals and will ensure you’re taking the correct number of papers to complete your qualification. Once you get to Otago course advice and planning is available as many times as you need throughout your time with us.

Find your Schools’ Liaison Officer

Are you already at university?

If you are already at university, contact the course advisers on campus.

Talk to an adviser

Programme requirements and applying for a Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc)

Read the programme requirements and apply for the degree

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What our students say

The Bachelor of Arts and Commerce and the Bachelor of Commerce and Science are new degrees so we don’t have any students who have completed them. Featured here are quotes and profiles from students or graduates with double degrees in Arts and Commerce and in Commerce and the Sciences who talk about the benefits of studying two subjects.

Tess Aitken thumbnail"I think my combination of Chinese and commerce will help me understand the differences in the way global businesses are run and forge better trade relationships."

Tessa Aitken

Studying for a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)

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India Power thumbnail"When I became interested in business within the biotech industry, studying economics was a natural fit."

India Power

Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Bachelor of Applied Science (Molecular Biotechnology)

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Merekara Warrington thumbnail"Completing my degrees inspired me to pursue employment in a space where I could blend my knowledge of Māori culture with the potential benefits that tourism could offer."

Merekara Warrington

Bachelor of Commerce (Tourism) and Bachelor of Arts (Māori Studies)

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