Department of Statistics


Planning a BCom

The quantitative skills learned in the study of Statistics can provide BCom graduates with an employment advantage. Achievement in Statistics proves to prospective employers that a graduate is capable of using data driven analytical techniques for informed planning and decision making.

Many commerce students study several papers in Statistics. At present, the best vehicles for students with substantial interest in both Statistics and Commerce are:

  1. Major in Statistics as part of a conjoint degree BCom/BSc or BCom/BA. For more information visit Planning a Conjoint BCom/BSc or Conjoint BA/BCom and contact our academic advisers.
  2. Undertake a post graduate diploma in Statistics. There is space within the BCom programme to take sufficient statistics courses, along with a commerce subject major, to gain eligibility for entry to a postgraduate programme in Statistics. For more information go to Planning a PgDipSci.

Planning a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)


A Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is a three year programme. You can combine selected papers in Statistics with any of the following majors:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Computer Information Systems

At this stage it is not possible to formally major in Statistics within a BCom although it is quite easy to do sufficient statistics within the BCom (along with a Commerce subject major) to gain eligibility for entry to a postgraduate programme in Statistics. At present, the best vehicles for students with substantial interests in both Statistics and Commerce are the conjoin BCom/BA and BCom/BSc degrees. If this possibility interests you, please contact our academic advisers for further information.

Career success for recent BCom graduates with Statistics majors


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Jason Michael Pushon: Analytics graduate within the risk management department at Westpac New Zealand

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Statistics and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)

I have always been interested in economics and finance and the postgraduate Diploma in Statistics at The University of Auckland offered me the opportunity to look in-depth at these areas. The lecturers in the Department of Statistics are approachable and extremely knowledgeable. They put so much time and effort into the courses. Their commitment is infectious and I really enjoyed working alongside them.

Although it was hard work I really enjoyed my post grad year. My qualification from The University of Auckland has led me to secure a position in the Analytics Graduate Programme at Westpac, where I now combine my passion in economics and statistics on a daily basis.

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Nick Gray: Long-term interest rate trader at Deutsche Bank

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics

My primary responsibility is calculating and setting interest rates. This is achieved by looking at things like pricing models, the economics that drive financial markets and risk management. I then analyse all the data and predict how movements in interest rates will affect our profits.

I would recommend studying statistics in conjunction with other courses as it can be applied to nearly any industry that is of interest to you. When combined with other areas of expertise statistics is a very powerful tool which will open up a wide range of job opportunities.