Courses After Your B.Com

In this article we discuss the best courses to take after graduating from your B.Com degree.

What to do after graduation?

Congratulations, after four hard years of work you’ve finally finished your B.Com!

Now what?

Let’s take a look at the most common career paths for continued study after your B.Com (in some casses, assuming that you’ve also worked in a fulltime job for a few years).

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA is a highly sought after degree with over 250,000 people sitting the GMAT exam each year (which is required for admission into most schools).

Pros: If you go to a good school then an MBA can carry a lot of weight (like Harvard or Wharton for example).  There is a lot of networking in an MBA, so if you do it in the right city it can really help you in your job search.  Finally, the MBA is very broad and well rounded, so you will learn a lot about general management.  It’s a great way to get into careers like investment banking and private equity.

For more on careers in I.B. see our guide on how to get a job in investment banking.

Cons: It can be very expensive, and if you don’t go to a top school you will be lumped in with millions of others who have a diluted degree.  You can’t take an MBA right after graduation from your B.Com; you typically need 2-3 years of job experience.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

Becoming a CFA charterholder is also a popular path for more courses after a B.Com. Over 180,000 people sit the CFA exams each year around the world, however the pass rates through all three exams are very low.

Pros: This is a great path for someone wants to become a financial analyst.  The CFA is a highly regarded designation and carries a lot of prestige.  MBAs vary by school, but CFA are all equal.  The CFA is also much less expensive than the MBA.

Cons: The pass rate is very low, it often takes more than three years to complete, and it’s very specifically focused on portfolio management, which is great if you want to have a job as a PM or work in equity research.

More Info: compare the CFA and MBA.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The exact designation varies by country, but in the U.S. the CPA is gold standard of accounting designations.  This is a popular path for continuing your development after a B.Com with more courses.

Pros: Highly regarded internationally and opens the most career options for accounting and eventually CFO positions.  Typically paid for by your employer.

Cons: Lots of studying and you have to be employed by an accounting firm to earn your designation.

More Info: compare the CPA and CFA.

CFI online courses

At CFI our mission is to help you advance your career with relevant courses and certifications that don’t require you to go back to school full time or take on student debt.

The best place to start is to explore our Career Map so you can find out which path in corporate finance is right for you.

From there we offer a wider range of skills-based courses that teach you exactly what you need for on the job training after you BCom.

Our most popular courses include: