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.

BBus students

Looking for a dynamic business career that puts you at the forefront of strategic and technological changes in the global marketplace?

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 take the entrepreneurial route and create your own start-up business.

This degree will equip you with well-rounded business and financial acumen across all the key areas of management, including accounting, digital business, economics, finance, marketing and supply chain management.

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

All students will gain practical business experience in third year through a workplace internship or applied research project, where you'll have the opportunity to apply your new skills to a real-world organisation.

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 learn how to help organisations become more profitable and efficient, and what's involved in managing international supply chains. 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.

And you'll be introduced to disruptive digital technologies – such as big data and cloud computing – that are revolutionising all aspects of business.

In second and third years, you’ll take more advanced papers that build expertise in your major subject/s.

Through practical assignments and case studies, students will develop the critical thinking required to  manage transformative business projects, lead and work collaboratively with others, and apply critical thinking to find innovative 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.

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant, you can use this degree to fast-track your journey by majoring in Accounting. You'll need to take a specific suite of 16 papers recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA. See below for full details.

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

1st Major subjects

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

2nd Major subjects

This degree also offers the flexibility to take a 2nd Major in any of the nine major subjects listed above, or almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

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

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 (Level 5) towards the first year of your degree (up to eight papers).

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.

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 original Bachelor of Business Analysis (Financial), majoring in either Accounting or Finance.

To make an appointment with our Tauranga Future Student Advisor, email 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, and in the top 250 for Business & Management Studies and Economics.

We're also ranked 16th best university in the world for Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

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
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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
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Business

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.

  • To complete the requirements of a major for the Bachelor of Business, students must gain 135 points in that subject for a single major (nine papers), or 120 points in that subject 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).
  • You must pass any required papers for your major subject/s, as outlined on the website and in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook. Please refer to the handbook for the year in which you enrolled in the degree.
  • For a minor subject, you must complete four papers (60 points) in that subject, including at least two papers (30 points) above 100 level.
  • For this degree, you need to complete six 'Business Fundamentals' papers from any of the following, including at least one paper at 200 level. One of these papers will also count towards your 1st Major subject:
    • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
    • ACCTN101/201 Accounting for Management
    • ECONS101/201 Business Economics and the NZ Economy
    • FINAN101/201 Introduction to Finance
    • MGSYS101/201 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101/201 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • You also need to complete one paper from either of the following:
    • HRMGT201 Organisational Behaviour
    • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • You must complete the following paper:
    • MNMGT300 Cultural Perspectives and Sustainability for Management
  • You must complete one Business Experience paper from any of the following:
    • MNMGT495
    • MNMGT496
    • MNMGT499
  • You  may take up to 120 points (eight papers) from subjects listed outside the field of the degree.

To meet the academic requirements for provisional CA membership once you graduate from your bachelor's degree - of either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA - you need to take Accounting as a 1st Major and follow a specific programme of study.

This means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete extra papers. However, you still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject, or taking elective papers instead.

These 16 papers are as follows:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing
  • ACCTN306 Taxation
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCT309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment


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

For advice on which papers you need to take for your Degrees, Major or Minor subjects, please contact the Management Student Centre (MSC), Email: or phone (07) 838 4303.