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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 puts you at the forefront of strategic and technological changes in the business world?

Waikato's new three-year Bachelor of Business will prepare you to lead and manage a successful company or organisation in a wide range of industries. Or you could take the entrepreneurial route and create your own start-up business.

This degree will equip you with a well-rounded skillset across all the key areas of management, including marketing, strategy, accounting, finance, economics and information systems.

It will ensure you graduate with the relevant business knowledge and practical skills that today's employers are looking for.

The Bachelor of Business is available to students based at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, and to new students at Toi Ohomai in Tauranga once they have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5).

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

You'll understand why it's important to focus on satisfying the needs of your customers, and discover the process of bringing new products to market.

You'll learn how to make organisations more efficient and profitable, and what's involved in managing international supply chains.

And 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, students will develop the know-how to manage transformative business projects, work collaboratively with others, and apply critical thinking to find solutions for complex problems.

Whichever career path you take, with the Bachelor of Business you'll develop core skills in decision-making, analysis, innovation, teamwork, leadership and communication that will stand you in good stead throughout your career.

1st Major subjects

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

**Note: Some of the 1st Majors for the BBus are subject to final approval. However, they can always be taken as a 2nd Major or Minor subject for this degree.

In first year, you'll take five of the 'business fundamentals' papers, which provide an introduction to six key areas of management.

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant, you can use the BBus to fast-track your journey by taking a specific suite of accounting papers recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA; three of the world's leading professional accounting bodies.

2nd Major subjects

This degree also offers the flexibility to take a 2nd Major in any of the nine 1st Major subjects listed above, or almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato - even if it's from another faculty.

If you choose to do a double major for your degree, you will need to complete eight papers (120 points) in each of those subjects.

If you prefer to focus on a single major, you will need to complete nine papers (135 points) in that subject.

Minor subjects/Elective papers

Instead of doing a 2nd Major, you have the option of taking 1-2 Minor subjects to complement your 1st Major. A Minor consists of four papers in the same subject (60 points).

Alternatively, you may choose up to eight elective papers during the course of your degree.

In addition to the nine Major subjects listed above, the following three subjects are also available as a Minor:

Have a chat to one of our advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC) to help you plan your programme of study. Phone 0800 654 303 or email msc@waikato.ac.nz

Pathway from the NZDipBus (Level 5) in Tauranga

It's possible to take this degree in Tauranga by first completing the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in 2018, with at least a B grade average.

Then you can transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Business at the University of Waikato in Tauranga, and credit your NZDipBus towards up to eight 100-level papers (120 points) - subject to final approval.

If you want to complete years 2 and 3 of the BBus in Tauranga, starting in 2019, you can choose to major in either Accounting, Finance, Marketing or Strategic Management (**subject to final approval).

To choose from a wider range of subjects, you'll need to study at the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.

Note: The new BBus degree is not open to Bay of Plenty Polytechnic/Toi Ohomai students who completed the NZDipBus (Level 6) in 2017. You will need to transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Business Analysis (Financial), majoring in either Accounting or Finance.

To make an appointment with our Tauranga Future Student Advisor, email recruitment@waikato.ac.nz or phone 0800 WAIKATO.

Waikato has an international reputation

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

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, in the top 250 for Business & Management Studies and Economics, and is ranked as the world's 24th best university  for Hospitality and Leisure Management.

Waikato is the only university in New Zealand or Australasia whose Public Relations programme is certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which sets the global education standards for the PR industry.

Why study business at Waikato?

Waikato University is the ideal place to study business and management – we’re located at the heart of New Zealand’s export-driven 'Golden Triangle', formed by the rapidly expanding cities of Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland. And we're surrounded by some of the best agricultural land in New Zealand.

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions have two inland ports, two seaports and an international airport right on our doorstep; and we're close to some of New Zealand's most popular tourism destinations, such as Rotorua, 'Hobbiton' (Matamata) and Waitomo Caves.

We're also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies.

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Banker (commercial or investment)
  • Business analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business or e-commerce manager
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial advisor
  • Hospitality manager
  • International trade advisor
  • Logistics/Supply chain manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
  • Project manager
  • Sharebroker
  • Systems analyst
  • Taxation advisor
  • Tourism operations manager

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
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 recruitment@waikato.ac.nz, as there may be other pathways you can take to study at the University of Waikato.

  • To complete the requirements of a major for the Bachelor of Business, students must gain 135 points for a single major (nine papers), or 120 points for a double major (eight papers).
  • For a single major, these nine papers must include at least 105 points (seven papers) above 100-level, and at least 60 points (four papers) above 200-level. This includes the Business Experience paper (MNMGT495/496/499).
  • Students must complete at least five List A 'Business Fundamentals' papers (60 points) from any of the following (one of them will count towards your 1st Major):
    • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
    • ECONS101 Business Economics and the NZ Economy
    • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
    • MGSYS101 Integrated Thinking: Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
    • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
  • Students must complete one List A paper (15 points) from any of the following:
    • ACCTN2xx Accounting
    • ECONS2xx Economics
    • FINAN2xx Finance
    • MGSYS2xx Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG2xx Marketing
  • Students must complete one paper (15 points) from either of the following:
    • HRMGT201 Organisational Behaviour
    • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • Students must complete one Cultural Perspectives paper at 300 level (15 points)
  • Students must complete one Business Experience paper at 400 level (15 points) from any of the following:
    • MNMGT495
    • MNMGT496
    • MNMGT499
  • Students must pass any required papers for their major subject, as outlined in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook. Please refer to the handbook for the year in which you enrolled in the degree.
  • Students may take up to 120 points (eight papers) from subjects listed outside the field of the degree.

Contacts

Management Student Centre

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
100 LEVEL
1st Major
200 LEVEL
1st Major
300 LEVEL
1st Major
STMGT101
1st Major - Introduction to Management
200 LEVEL
1st Major
300 LEVEL
1st Major
100 LEVEL
List A paper
200 LEVEL
1st Major
300 LEVEL
1st Major
100 LEVEL
List A paper
200 LEVEL
Choose either: HRMGT201 Organisational Behaviour or ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
300 LEVEL
Cultural Perspectives paper
100 LEVEL
List A paper
200 LEVEL
List A paper
400 LEVEL
Business Experience (MNMGT494/496/499) Note: This paper counts towards a Single Major
100 LEVEL
List A paper
200 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
300 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
100 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
200 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
300 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
100 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
200 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
300 LEVEL
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
120 points 120 points 120 points
Major
Compulsory Paper
Elective Paper

Note: This degree planner is subject to final approval.

List A papers (100 level - Year 1)

Take four of the following five papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the NZ Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Integrated Thinking: Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing

List A papers (200 level - Year 2):

Choose one of the following five papers:

  • ACCTN201 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS201 Business Economics and the NZ Economy
  • FINAN201 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS201 Integrated Thinking: Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG201 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing