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Bachelor of Commerce (Level 7)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Program description

Gain applied business knowledge and hands-on skills connected to local industry so you can hit the ground running. Choose a single or double major in Accounting, Management or Marketing.

We live in a world of information, but you also need soft skills to succeed in business. For example:

  • effective communication
  • managing yourself and working collaboratively
  • problem solving using creative and innovative thinking
  • building and developing business relationships
  • professional and ethical behaviour

You will gain these key transferable skills along with business knowledge in your chosen area of interest and have the opportunity to practise in real-life scenarios through our Merging Futures programme.

From day one, you will apply what you learn to real-world scenarios. You will spend part of your time in a traditional classroom environment and the rest working through challenges as part of a business team. Organising events, balancing project budgets, negotiating contracts are just some examples of the skills you will be practising.

Three majors to choose from

In the first year of the degree you will complete four compulsory courses, and four courses in either Leadership and Management or Accounting.

In years two and three you will specialise in your chosen major; Accounting, Management or Marketing. Add six months full time to complete a second major.

Graduate outcomes

As a graduate of the NMIT Bachelor of Commerce you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply core business competencies such as - but not limited to - critical thinking, decision making, negotiation, presentation, problem solving, managing self and others.
  • Research, assess and critically evaluate business information relevant to their selected business areas and business environment.
  • Evaluate and adopt different approaches to decision making as required by the environment.
  • Establish and actively support various methods of collaboration and teamwork in real and virtual environments.
  • Plan and manage their continued learning and career development.
  • Practise business in a legal, sustainable, ethical and culturally appropriate manner.

Accounting Major

The accounting major contains all the necessary courses to cover the competencies required by CA ANZ and CPA Australia

Graduate outcomes

In addition to the skills listed for the Bachelor of Commerce, with the Accounting major you will be able to:

  • Prepare and analyse information about economic transactions and events in a range of business environments and use this to support effective decision making.
  • Process and evaluate a full set of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices in New Zealand.

Management major

Delve into the people side for business and gain the soft skills needed to get people to work together to achieve business goals.

There is heaps of room with elective courses to focus on your particular area of interest. For example; International and global business, Marketing management, Law or Operations.

The Merging Futures programme, with applied, team-based projects, will give you plenty of opportunities to practice the different management skills you learn, and find your unique management style. Taking practical experience with you when you graduate.

Marketing major

The marketing major will teach you to think like a marketer and develop marketing strategies for a wide variety of different business environments. Learn about; the psychology of motivation and appealing to customers, market research and quantifying marketing effort, marketing for small business', international marketing and service marketing in comparison to product marketing.

Admission requirements

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 3 qualification. Entry requirements vary from country to country.


  • A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above.

English language requirements:

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English must have:

An International English Language Testing System (IELTs) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band), issued within the last two years or equivalent.

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

University of Cambridge English Examinations: FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50

City & Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score 66

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Tuition fees

NZ$18,900 per year.
*Fees are valid for study in 2020

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), established in 1905, is today the northern South Island’s premier education provider of post-secondary school education through to postgraduate level. NMIT is a Category 1 ranked institution by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and...

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

322 Hardy Street
7042 Nelson
New Zealand

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