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Master of Commerce (MCom) in Management

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
1 year
Start date: 10-January-2022
Campus:
University of Otago
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Summary

The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree allows for the development of individual research. Starting with a sound background of coursework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to existing fields or to begin to develop new areas of research.

The MCom can be pursued by a combination of papers and thesis, or by thesis only. Students who have a good Bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) will complete the MCom by papers and thesis (at least two years' full-time study). The first year consists of a selection of papers worth 144 points, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom). Students who have a good Honours degree or a PGDipCom (or equivalent qualification) can complete an MCom by thesis only (minimum one year).

Why study Management?

Even if you end up as a surgeon, rock-star, business consultant or fighter pilot, your career will surely involve working in organisations. In any job, your effectiveness will depend on how adept you are at understanding your organisation and your ability to accomplish goals and objectives. You will also need a good appreciation of how staff behave, of power and influence, and of the nature of leadership.

New Zealand is one of the smallest, most isolated countries on earth. For that reason, we work extra hard at connecting to the global economy and producing graduates who can deal with the complexity of our world. If you wish to understand more about how to effectively conduct business in a national context, and learn about the global business system and the giant global corporations that run it, then Management at Otago should be your number one choice.

Maybe you aim to be your own boss – self- employed, an entrepreneur, or head your own company. These are the people who most need the models, insights and answers we have to offer. Our department has key contacts across private and public sectors and leading experts in the field delivering authentic, evidence-based learning.

Career opportunities

Our graduates can be found in a range of jobs in private business, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, health care providers, applied science and technology companies, and arts and leisure management companies, while others form their own entrepreneurial startup companies.

Often students will complement their Management degree with another degree, major or minor from Arts, Law or Science to enhance their career prospects and marketability to employers.

Recent graduates have gained the following jobs:

Project manager

Solicitor

Marketing Research Analyst

Employment Advocate

Retail Customer Experience Specialist

Marketing Communications Manager

Strategy and Operations Analyst

Consultant and IT Recruitment

HR Consultant

Recent employers include: Spark, Shell/Z, Westpac, Mainfreight, Ernst & Young, Fonterra, and Deloitte.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). Applicants must either be a graduate, normally with qualifications requiring a total of at least four years of tertiary study, or have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Commerce). In considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be had to the detail of the course of study followed to gain the qualification, as well as the applicant's performance in the programme.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 95 with a minimum writing score of 22, Paper-based TOEFL: score of 587 (TWE 4.5); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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