All You Want to Know: Department of Commerce, MAHE, Manipal

The Department of Commerce (DOC) was established in 2007 with the launch of a new, flagship programme, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in E-Banking and Finance. MAHE’s vision while establishing the new department was to be one of the top institutes both within India and globally that imparts education, training and in-depth research to develop capable and sound professionals in the banking sector.

This vision has not changed over the years, but only diversified. DOC may be a much smaller institution when compared to the likes of Manipal Institute of Technology or even Kasturba Medical College, but experienced and rich faculty drawing best students from all over India has grown DOC into a formidable force.

Here is some insight into what to expect as a new student at the Department of Commerce.

Course Structure at Department of Commerce

Being a private institute has its advantages, one of which is the freedom to choose and set a curriculum that best suits the current needs of the market and the industry. The course is developed in a manner that offers the  student a complete overview of what it takes to be a blue blood business professional in today’s economy.

Department of Commerce, MAHE offers four degrees; B.Com, BBA, M.Com, a Post Graduate Diploma course in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and a 6-month certification course on Logistics and Supply Chain Management. In a more recent addition to the long list of existing programmes on offer, the Department has a new M.Sc in Health Economics course.

Some of the courses on offer in DOC can be considered bleeding edge or niche with respect to the current corporate scenarios because students are exposed to segments like the stock market, law, business economics etc., at a very early stage giving them a platform to launch themselves higher right from the start.

Bachelor of Business Administration [BBA] –

This programme emphasizes highly on offering practical knowledge with real-life examples of both Indian and International business environments while developing a student’s networking and communication skills, analytical and reasoning strength and at the same time create a deep-rooted understanding of business trends, laws, and practices.

The BBA course is widely known as the spiritual precursor to an MBA because it gives a student an early edge over other similar courses owing to its versatility and market-centrist approach.

Department of Commerce, MAHE offers the following specializations:

  1. E-Banking & Finance
  2. Financial Markets
  3. Professional
  4. Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  5. Family Business Management
  6. Insurance & Risk Management
  7. Human Resource
  8. Marketing
  9. Hospitality & Tourism (On request only)

You can find more details about the elective subjects, additional electives and specialization subjects here.

Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com (Professional)] –

This is a course for students looking to develop excellence in the fields of accounting, taxation and finance. This course is tailor-made for those who alongside their formal education wish to take up professional qualifications or certification courses such as CA, ACCA, CIMA etc. Such a course prepares the student to meet the industry requirements not only in India but internationally as well.

Syllabus of B.Com  is deeply integrated with that of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK which means that students who enroll into the course can also sign up for ACCA. Owing to this integration of the syllabus with ACCA, subject exemptions are also provided.

There is a 6-paper exemption (F1 to F6) which means students can start preparing directly from F7.

A recent addition to the B.Com course is the Evening Programme for working professionals where classes will be held in the evenings, on weekends and also on public holidays to meet the academic requirements of the professionals enrolled into the course.

You can find more information here.

Bachelor of Commerce [B.Com (Business Process Services)] –

An extension of the same Professional course mentioned above is Business Process Services (BPS).

The programme focuses on developing proficiency in commerce and industry specific subjects. This programme is offered in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and has the following subjects alongside the normal B.Com subjects:

  1. Finance & Accounting
  2. Managing Business Process I
  3. Managing Business Process II
  4. Retail & Market Research
  5. Capital Markets
  6. Campus to Corporate

This programme aims at providing its students real-time domain knowledge of the BPS industry.

Master of Commerce [M.Com] –

There are three programmes on offer;

  1. Logistics & Supply Chain
  2. Professional
  3. Banking Technology

Each of the three courses exposes the students to comprehensive knowledge and understanding. The basic motive of these programmes is to educate the students about the global economy as well as stimulate critical thinking on economic reasoning, business negotiations etc.

Master of Science [M.Sc (Health Economics)] –

This is a new course that aims to contribute towards the development of health professionals and economists who want to make their presence felt in the niche field of health economics. It is an interdisciplinary research-oriented programme developed closely with industry requirements.

More information click here.

Master of Science [M.Sc (Financial Economics)] –

The financial sector globally has grown leaps and bounds over the last decade and it was essential to bridge the gap between the theories of economics and the practical aspects of finance and here is where the programme steps in. It aims to help students enhance their analytical skills which will prepare them for a wide variety of careers in this fledgling segment.

You can find a course overview here.

Post Graduate Diploma in Logistics & Supply Chain –

The basic goal of this certificate diploma course is to educate the students on the role that logistics and supply chain plays in the global economic scenario while providing a holistic, diverse and research-oriented programme offering enough opportunities to grow with the guidance of well trained and experienced faculties.

Click here to get an overview of this program.

Staff and Faculty

The faculty of Department of Commerce is highly diverse and enthused with each of them extremely specialized in their respective fields. It offers great insights not only in their own fields but also other aspects. The faculty seamlessly integrate the changing Indian and global scenarios to give the students an upper hand in the long run with live case studies and research projects.

The faculty  is not just lecturers or professors but are truly your mentor and friend, thanks to the Teacher-Guardian system (a.k.a TG) wherein every student is put under the wing of a faculty before the first semester. As the name suggests, the assigned faculty becomes the students’ guide and mentor.

A guest faculty from the industry is brought in every semester to provide a more experienced and realistic view of the subjects taught in the various courses. Experienced educationists with over 4 decades of teaching experience, retired bankers, practicing Chartered Accountants are just a few examples of the kind of people who impart their knowledge to students in DOC.

Lectures from industry renowned professionals are also held frequently with people coming in from the consulting and training industries as well as the capital market sector to give students further insight into what corporates expect of them.

The department also has tie-ups with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Stock Exchange (NSE), Mumbai, Safexpress, MaGE and the Konkan Railways.

Extra and Co-Curricular Activities

  1. Conscendo –

Conscendo’ in Latin, essentially means to climb or ascend. It is an international level management fest which thrusts its participants into a corporate environment with an accurate simulation of how life is outside of college. Conscendo provides its participants a platform to showcase everything they’ve learnt inside a classroom, apply the same inside a simulated atmosphere and get a chance to be a real-life manager and live his life.

  1. Convergence –

This is an intra-department fest that pits classmates and batch-mates against each other. This shows students what it takes to stand up to challenges they can face in their workplace soon as well as get a first-hand experience of what business fests are like.

  1. Step n’ Beat

This is a cultural night of sorts to showcase the talents of the students who come from various states of the country as well as the world. It is organised by the Department’s cultural committee and student council.


An attractive factor for many is the existence of several in-campus clubs that add to the Manipal Experience. The Department saw the genesis of two homegrown clubs exclusively for the students of DOC in 2017.

  1. Rangasthala

Started by a couple of students with a deep passion for dramatics in 2017 to primarily take part in cultural fests and competitions has rapidly grown both in size and stature organizing several street-plays, theater and live-band events across Manipal garnering interest even from MIT’s bigger drama clubs.

  1. The Poetry Society

This club was established to offer an exclusive forum to anyone who writes, performs, or appreciates prose.

DOC thus imparts all round development of cognitive and industry skills to the students by offering best in class academic standards. It is in sync with the changing business scenario and aligns itself for the emergent needs of the students to make them ready for demanding exactitude of industry.

Welcome to DOC!

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