The Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Commerce was established in 1969 as a part of the PG Centre of the University of Mysore, and became an integral part of Mangalore University in 1980. Prof B.T. Nagaraj was the founder chairman. The department offers M.Com (2 batches), M.Com (HRD), and PhD programmes. From the past 50 years the department is continuously engaged in research activities and is active in responding to the problems of this region. The commerce department of Mangalore University has given a versatile talent pool to the society in the form of its talented alumni.
M.Com course is the most sought out program of the university and the department has the maximum number of students on the campus. Nearly twenty one colleges affiliated to the university offer M.Com courses and the Department of Commerce extends its assistance to these colleges. The M.Com (HRD) course is a super speciality course with major focus on the area of Human Resource Management and Development. The thrust areas of research studies in the commerce base are Trade and Exchange, Banking, Human Resource Development and Management, Finance, Small Business Management, Marketing Management, Rural Development and other cutting edge topics