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); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), 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.
Months of entry
Master of Commerce
The Master of Commerce (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.
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 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).
Accounting at Otago
Almost everyone practises accounting in one form or another on a daily basis.
Accounting is part of measuring, communicating, and interpreting financial activity. Whether you are preparing a household budget, balancing your cheque book, preparing your income tax return, or running a large corporation you are working with accounting concepts and accounting information.
The government, cities, boards of trustees and businesses all use accounting as a basis for controlling their resources and measuring their accomplishments. Everyone needs some knowledge of accounting if they are to act intelligently in meeting the challenges of our society.
Several distinct subject areas are taught within the Department of Accountancy and Finance: financial accounting, management accounting, financial management, business law, taxation and auditing. All levels of study include coverage of financial accounting and management accounting.
Information for international students
Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 international students, from over 100 countries.
Fees and funding
New Zealand is a relatively affordable country to live in. Dunedin, being a student-focused city, has living and entertainment options for all budgets.
Students are eligible for the Otago International Excellence Scholarship.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Further details of qualification
For those completing a one-year research-only degree, study can commence at anytime.
Course contact details