Bachelor of Business

If you’re a trailblazer who wants to help drive the changes needed for businesses to thrive in the 21st century, the Bachelor of Business (BBus) will help you achieve your goals.

Bachelor of Business is a new qualification and will be available from 2018

Looking for a dynamic career that will put you at the forefront of strategic and technological changes within the business world?

The Bachelor of Business is a three-year degree that will equip you with well-rounded business acumen, plus specialist knowledge of one or more of New Zealand’s high-growth export sectors.

As a BBus student, you’ll gain valuable insights into why companies need to be agile and innovative to succeed in today's ever-changing global marketplace.

For example, you'll learn how to make an organisation more efficient and profitable, what's involved in managing international supply chains, and the process of bringing new products to market.

You'll be introduced to disruptive digital technologies – such as big data and cloud computing – that are revolutionising the business world.

Through practical assignments and case studies, you'll start to develop the skills required to lead transformative business projects, work collaboratively with others, and apply your critical thinking to find solutions for problems.

In third year, you'll take advanced papers that build expertise in your major and minor subject/s. You'll also complete a business experience paper.

1st Major subjects

For this degree, choose one of the following subjects as your 1st major:

2nd Major/Minor subjects

For your elective papers, this degree gives you the freedom to take either a 2nd Major, or 1-2 Minors, or elective papers, in almost any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato, such as Economics, Data Analytics or Strategic Management.

Have a chat to one of our advisers in the Management Student Centre to help you plan your programme of study.

More about this degree

Waikato University is the ideal place to become an expert in these fields – we’re located in New Zealand’s export-driven agricultural heartland, with two inland ports and a seaport right on our doorstep.

The Waikato region is also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies. And we're close to the tourism hotspots of Rotorua, Tauranga, Waitomo and Auckland.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally, having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB in 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research.

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and the top 250 universities for Business & Management Studies, in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

Career opportunities

  • Agribusiness analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business manager
  • Entrepreneur/Managing director
  • Logistics/Supply chain manager
  • Operations manager
  • Project manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Tourism operations manager
  • Website developer

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 3
Points 360
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,462 (approx) per year

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Prepare yourself for a global career and broaden your horizons by going on an overseas student exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, North America or Mexico. You can study overseas for 1-2 semesters, pay your usual Waikato fees, and then credit the points back to your BBus degree.

Management students can apply for the Waikato Management School International Exchange Scholarship, offered twice a year and worth up to $2,500.

You can also apply for the Discover SWUFE International Summer Camp Scholarship, which provides a fully-funded trip to China for two weeks of business lectures and cultural activities, hosted by the South-Western University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE).

Graduate or postgraduate study lets you develop advanced knowledge in an area of management that you are passionate about, giving you an edge in the job market.

Choose from the following options:

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture that offers plenty of social and learning opportunities.
You can meet like-minded people through student clubs, such as:

We offer a student mentor programme for first-year management students to help you make the academic transition from high school to university.

For expert advice on writing essays and reports, contact our team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

Check out the Waikato Management School Facebook page for the latest news and events.

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Business if you have University Entrance, or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you don't meet the admission criteria, please contact, as there may be other pathways you can take to study at the University of Waikato.


Management Student Centre

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
1st Major
1st Major
1st Major
Accounting for Management
1st Major
1st Major
Business Economics & the NZ Economy
1st Major
1st Major
Introduction to Finance
Required paper
1st Major or 2nd Major
Digital Business & Supply Chain Management
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
Organisation Behaviour
Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
Business Experience
Introduction to Management
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
120 points 120 points 120 points
Compulsory Paper
Elective Paper

This degree planner is indicative only, and is subject to final approval. Some subjects may not be offered in 2018.