Master of Commerce in Accounting in The University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury

Campus: Christchurch

Duration: 12-18 months

Intake: Feb and July

*Fee: NZD $37,500

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The degree will help you to know about chosen subject field, view the world and go for an independent piece of research. These practices, skills and capabilities mean MCom students are well-prepared for professional fields and business consulting.

If you want to be the part of New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) programme (now the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand), study MCom programme which is counted as one year of professional experience.

Why choose Master of Commerce at UC?

As MCom student you will be able to:

  1. Develop the knowledge and understanding of contemporary thought and enhancements within specific research area.
  2. Discover the conclusions of your own research findings for the broader entity of relevant academic literature.
  3. Synthesize academic and professional data and communicates findings to a range of people in different ways.


It covers a range of accounting theories in a number of contexts, providing a solid base for a successful professional career.

Accountants give financial data for external groups such as owners, investors and regulators.

Course Structure:

The degree consists of 180 points of which between 90-120 points are coursework and a 90-point thesis or a 60-point dissertation.

Further Study Options:

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

Career Outcomes:

As a specialist in accounting you will be able to work in a variety of fields throughout your career. The common roles are: Chartered Accountant, Accounting Manager, Auditor, Consultant, Credit Analyst, Manager or Executive, Chief Financial Officer.

You can consider a range of areas such as tax, audit, financial management, investment analysis, business services, company or treasury systems accountancy, government finance or third sector development work.

Many graduates want to become chartered accountants, through Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, or become members of CPA (Australia) or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Eligibility criteria

Academic eligibility:

Candidate must have done BCom.

English language proficiency score:

  1. IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0

Speaking, Reading, Writing and listening score required is 6.0

  1. TOEFL Score of 90 is required
  2. PTE required score is 64

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