Master of Commerce

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Master of Commerce (MCom or MComm; sometimes Magister Commercii as (MagComm or Mag. comm.); or Master of Science in Commerce (MS-Comm, MS-Com, MS-MComm, or MS-MCom) is a postgraduate master's degree focusing on commerce-, accounting-, business administration-, management- and economics-related subjects. Like the undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce, the degree is mainly offered in Commonwealth nations;[1] it is also offered in Spain[2] and some states in Latin America.[3] It is also offered by some universities in the United States where it is much more related to the Master of Management and Master of Science in Management.[4]


The Master of Commerce typically requires one or two years of full-time study. The curriculum is generally concentrated on one subject area, see aside, and emphasizes underlying theory. Relatedly, programs usually include a thesis component,[5] and may be exclusively research based.[6][7][8]

Given this structure, the MCom differs from other business and management degrees:

Admission to the MCom usually requires completion of a Bachelor of Commerce, or similar compatible degree; often, an Honours degree will be required. Depending on the degree focus, a related undergraduate major and / or a fairly strong quantitative background may also be a prerequisite. Some MCom programs admit students from science or engineering backgrounds - these programs usually require that students complete a bridging course,[11] or undertake an extended program.[12]

Post graduation[edit]

Based on specialisation, MCom graduates are typically employed in fields related to their degree foci, such as international commerce, financial services, marketing and project management; graduates also often work in general management and business consulting[12]

Programs are sometimes structured such that graduates are eligible for membership of various professional bodies or institutes. [12] [13] [14] [15] In some cases, the institutional qualification program itself may, in fact, be offered as an MCom degree (e.g. the Australian Institute of Public Accountants formerly offered its IPA program as an MCom in Public Accounting[16] prior to July, 2017.)

The MCom includes a research component and thus provides access to a doctorate; progressing from the MCom, a student can pursue a Doctor of Commerce (DCom), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MCom". University of Queensland.
  2. ^ "MCom". Universidad Europea de Madrid.
  3. ^ "MCom". Universidad Tecnológica de México.
  4. ^ a b "University of Virginia McIntire — M.S. in Commerce | McIntire School of Commerce - UVA". University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce. Retrieved 2024-01-29.
  5. ^ "Masters & PhD | Postgrad programmes | SEBS | Commerce Law and Management | Faculties & Schools - Wits University". Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  6. ^ "University College Cork(UCC): Study at UCC: Postgraduate Students : What are my Research Options? Masters by Research". Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Master of Commerce". Macquarie University. 10 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Financial Mail - How rules will change". Archived from the original on 24 September 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  11. ^ "MCom Business Management". Archived from the original on 9 May 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  12. ^ a b c "Master of Commerce". The University of Queensland.
  13. ^ "Masters In Financial Markets". Rhodes University. 25 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Information Systems". The University of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 2011-04-11.
  15. ^ MComm (Finance Specialisation)- UNSW
  16. ^ "Master of Commerce (Public Accounting)". The University of New England.