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.

Please note: this qualification will be available from 2018.

The Bachelor of Business is aimed at those looking for a dynamic career that will put them at the forefront of strategic and technological changes within the business world.

This three-year degree will equip you with general skills in business and management, as well as specialist knowledge about one or more of New Zealand’s high-growth export sectors:

  • Agribusiness
  • Digital Business
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Tourism and Hospitality

As a BBus student, you’ll gain valuable insights into why companies must be agile and future-focused to succeed in today's global marketplace; how to make an organisation more efficient and profitable, and what's involved in managing international supply chains.

You'll be introduced to disruptive digital technologies – such as big data and cloud computing – that are transforming the nature of business operations.

Through practical assignments and case studies, you'll learn how to bring new products to market, manage business projects in collaboration with others, and apply your critical and creative thinking to find solutions for business problems.

In third year, you'll put your learning into practice by developing a business plan for a new commercial or not-for-profit start-up venture.

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 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 the teaching of Business & Management Studies, Accounting and Finance by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

Career opportunities

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

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 3
Points 360
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