Bachelor of Commerce
A Bachelor of Commerce, often abbreviated as BCom, BComm, or B.Comm. is an undergraduate
degree in commerce. The degree is also known as the Bachelor of Commerce and Administration.
The degree is designed to provide the student with a wide range of managerial skills
while at the same time building competence in a particular area. Most universities
therefore plan the degree such that additional to their major, the student is exposed
to general business principles, quantitative analysis and organizational behaviour.
The curriculum thus focuses both on academic subjects, such as statistics, mathematics
and economics, as well as practical business subjects, such as accountancy, law,
management, marketing, finance, etc. Cooperative education programs are also common.
For a comparison with other degrees in business and management, see further under
The precise requirements for the degree vary, and the course structure tends to
vary in different countries. The curriculum generally lasts three years in Australia,
New Zealand, India, Malta, South Africa, the United States of America, parts of
Canada and the United Kingdom, and four years in majority of Canada, Republic of
Ireland, Ghana, Pakistan, Philippines and the Netherlands. In South Africa, and
some universitites in India, many students extend their studies to a fourth "Honours"
year ("B.Com. (Hons.)" - an additional postgraduate qualification), usually focused
exclusively on one subject.
The Bachelor of Commerce develops a student's managerial skills by giving him/her
a broader perspective through knowledge of all functions, enhancing his decision-making
capability and sharpening his communication skills. The methodology involves training
through practical experience in the form of case studies, projects, presentations,
industrial visits, and interaction with experts from the industry. With such inputs,
BCom graduates have an edge over other graduates and get direct entry into the corporate
world. Valued by professionals for its challenging curriculum, most graduates find
entry into analyst/advisor positions within specific fields including marketing,
auditing, accounting, human resources and finance. Graduates can be found in all
levels of government, not for profit entities, and the majority of private sector
A BCom graduate may pursue the Master of Commerce, or other post-graduate masters
programs such as the Master of Finance (MFin), Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master
in Business Administration (MBA). The degree is usually recognised by the various
professional accounting bodies, and graduates often therefore pursue accounting
designations such as the Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Public Accountant
(CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified General Accountant (CGA),
or Financial qualifications such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Areas of study
Depending on the institution, a formal academic major may or may not be established.
Regardless, the Bachelor of Commerce requires a student to take the majority of
their courses in business-related subjects, namely the following and others depending
on the student's particular interest.
- Business Ethics
- Computers and Management Information Systems
- Decision analysis
- Electronic commerce
- Finance and financial markets
- Human resources
- Industrial psychology
- Labor relations
- Management science
- Operations Management
- Organizational studies
- Politics and Public Policy
- Risk management / Financial risk management
- Statistics Taxation
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