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Master of Commerce in Finance

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Auckland


Build on your existing academic excellence with a postgraduate qualification that prepares you for specialist positions in the public and private sectors and can be a pathway to doctoral study.

Programme overview

An MCom allows you to develop an advanced level of knowledge and competencies with an intellectually rewarding postgraduate programme in your specialist field.

Programme structure

The MCom is a 120 or 180-point, advanced, specialist masters degree that builds on an undergraduate degree in the same discipline.

The 180-point MCom is a 12 or 15-month specialist masters combining coursework and a research component in the form of either a short dissertation (60 points) or a more substantial research portfolio (90 points).

If you have completed a BCom(Hons) or equivalent, you may be eligible to undertake a 120-point MCom degree by research comprising a supervised thesis.

A high performance in the BCom(Hons) or MCom (120 or 180-point) enables you to apply for a doctoral programme.

The 180 point MCom has a single intake per year, in Semester One.

The 120 point MCom may start in either semester, depending on department approval.

Note: Semester Two start is available for the 120-point masters as well as for selected courses within the 180-point masters. Please contact the Business Student Centre for advice.

p>Jobs related to this programme


You can study Finance in three postgraduate programmes offered at the Business School.

Postgraduate study with us will prepare you for senior or specialised career roles such as chief financial officer, corporate adviser or valuer, multinational funds manager and portfolio manager. An academic career specialising in finance is also an option.

Courses include:

  • Research Methods in Finance
  • Governance Issues in Finance
  • Empirical Finance
  • Modern Corporate Finance
  • Portfolio Theory and Investment Analysis
  • Risk Management
  • Various special topics

Jobs related to this programme

  • Business policy adviser
  • Chief financial officer
  • Corporate advisor or valuer
  • Data communications specialist
  • Financial manager in a manufacturing, service or consultancy organisation
  • Multinational funds manager
  • Security assessor
  • Software engineer

Entry criteria

Taught 180 points: You must have completed an undergraduate degree in the same field as your intended specialisation at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 5.0.

Research 120 points: You must have completed one year of postgraduate study, following an undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution). Your study must have been in the same field as your intended specialisation and you will need a GPE of 5.0.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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