Stella Maris College is a Catholic institution of higher education for women in Chennai, India. It is an autonomous college affiliated to the University of Madras and is partly residential. The college, which is under the direction of the Society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, is a minority institution that provides university education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community.The college is under the management of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. It was founded on 15 August 1947 with an enrollment of 32 students in the intermediate class. Stella Maris was granted permanent recognition in 1951. The college has the unique credit of having initiated bachelor’s degrees in Western Music and History of Fine Arts, as well as master’s degrees in Social Work and Indian Music, at the University of Madras.
The Department of Commerce was started in the year 1985 in response to a growing demand for Commerce education. To meet the growing demand for the subject, three more Sections were added under the Self-Financing Stream in 1993, 1997 and 2001. B.Com (Corporate Secretaryship) was introduced in 2010.
The Department aims at maintaining academic excellence and equipping students with the skills necessary to face the challenges of the business world. The undergraduate programme offers an innovative syllabus which caters to the varying needs of students. The Foundation Courses in Commerce place special emphasis on addressing real life business while the Professional and Skill Development Courses expose students to case studies and specific problems drawn from the Industry which serves as the backdrop for problem discussion and problem solving.