Master of Commerce (MCom) - MANCOSA

Master of Commerce

An intellectually stimulating and rewarding, research-based, postgraduate programme, the Master of Commerce is designed to expand intellectual interests by augmenting research skills and expertise. Develop your ability to reflect critically on theory and its application in practice by accurately framing problems, asking interesting and important questions, and formulating appropriate solutions.

1 year
NQF Level 9
180 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • MCom distance learning


The Master of Commerce (MCom) degree is an intellectually stimulating and rewarding, research-based, postgraduate programme. The primary purpose of the programme is to educate and train researchers who can contribute to the development of knowledge.

Through producing a dissertation under supervision, MCom students must be able to reflect critically on theory and its application in practice by accurately framing problems, asking interesting and important questions, as well as formulating appropriate strategies for
investigating these questions. The programme is also designed to equip students with the ability conduct, evaluate and communicate outcomes of research, with a high degree of competence.


Upon successful completion of the MCom programme, students should be able to:

  • Integrate and contextualise a comprehensive and systematic knowledge of one or more disciplines or fields, with depth, specialisation and up-to-date, benchmarked knowledge.
  • Think epistemologically and relate theory into practice via an informed and critical understanding of the theory and research methodology of one or more disciplines or fields, and an understanding of how these relate to research problems in their specific arena of employment.
  • Select and apply research methods effectively, and undertake a research project in the area of business and management.
  • Deal with complex problems using the intellectual, research and technological resources and tools provided by a discipline or profession and thereby possibly contributing novice and unique elements to the greater body of scientific knowledge.
  • Effectively retrieve and process information, and engage critically with current research and scholarship in an area of specialisation.
  •  Present and communicate academic or professional work effectively, using the full resources of an academic discourse appropriately.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year

Year 1


Admission requirements

  • Prospective students must hold an Honour’s Degree in Commerce (NQF Level 8) or a Postgraduate Diploma (NQF level 8) from an accredited institution or a SAQA equivalent qualification.
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years working experience, of which two years should be at a supervisory/managerial capacity in the public sector, or related sector.
  • Be at least 25 years of age.
  • Write a personal letter of motivation written by the applicant.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from the applicant’s employer, where relevant.
  • Submit proof of scholarly achievements as evidenced from publications, technical reports, monographs etc.


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