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Master of Commerce (MCom)

The University of Otago Business School's Master of Commerce is a one year programme, involving the completion of a thesis prepared under supervision.

The MCom degree allows for the development of individual research, giving students the opportunity to contribute to existing fields or to begin to develop new areas of research.

o Programme Structure
o Majors
o Admission to the Programme
o Fees
o Supervision
o Thesis Examination
o MCom Regulations & Graduate Profile
o Programme Enquiries & Prospectus

Programme Structure

Students who have a good honours degree or a PGDipCom (or equivalent qualification) can complete an MCom by thesis only (minimum one year).

Students who have a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) must first complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom) which consists of a selection of papers worth 144 points at 400-level.

The programme can also be undertaken part-time, to be completed within four years.


The MCom offers majors in seven different subjects, as detailed below:
o Accounting
o Economics
o Finance
o Information Science
o International Business
o Management
o Marketing
o Tourism

Admission to the programme

Applicants may be required to include particular papers in their study programme in order to ensure they are fully prepared for undertaking a thesis. This will be discussed during the application process. Students are required to complete the MCom application form and return it to the Office of the Dean on Level 3 of the Commerce Building by the date stated on the form.

Download the Application Form.

Students are also required to enrol for the University of Otago.


Fees are set annually by the University of Otago, for information, see Study Fees.


MCom students are assigned a primary supervisor and either a co-supervisor or advisor. For more information on staff expertise, see the staff profile pages on School of Business Department websites. These provide details on the research interest and experience of School of Business faculty. Students are encouraged to meet with their supervisor early in their programme to establish an understanding of the expectations of each party.

Thesis Examination

Every MCom thesis is examined by two examiners, one internal to the University, and an external examiner. An MCom may be awarded Distinction or Credit.

MCom Regulations & Graduate Profile

o MCom Regulations
o MCom Graduate Profile

Programme Enquiries & Prospectus

The School of Business Student & Course Administrator is available to assist with MCom enquiries:
Mark Wilesmith
Academic Manager
Appointment Request Form
Phone: +64 3 479 5635

If you know the Department in which your prospective studies will be based, please contact that Department.

General information for postgraduate students at the University of Otago is available here.

Request a Postgraduate Information Pack.


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