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Bachelor of Business Analysis

The Bachelor of Business Analysis is only available to international students, and not domestic students. Please refer to the new Bachelor of Business instead.

Do you like numbers and enjoy looking for trends behind hard data to make better business decisions? This specialist degree will give you the sought-after analytical skills you need for a professional career in economics or the financial sector.

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Waikato's Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) will prepare you for a wide range of careers centred around helping clients and organisations to make better financial and economic decisions for the future.

BBA students will develop advanced skills in financial or economic analysis, which are required for many jobs working in government or the private sector. Future career pathways include accounting, corporate finance, investment banking, stockbroking, financial planning, insurance, government policy advice, business consultancy, and much more.

In first year, you'll take a variety of business fundamentals papers that provide a solid understanding of the global commercial environment. You'll also get to grips with legislation regulating business activities in New Zealand, and learn how different markets and economies operate around the world.

Students will evaluate data to find important trends, and consider business issues such as profitability and liquidity. You'll also gain the confidence to advise clients on business issues, and be able to clearly communicate this information.

Practical learning is a strong focus of the BBA degree. Students will learn how to prepare financial records using industry software such as MYOB, Xero and Excel; understand how to manage an investment portfolio; and be able to produce business reports.

Economics graduates can use their expertise to help local or central government make better informed policy decisions on issues that have the potential to change people's lives - such as jobs, housing, transport, migration, taxes and the environment.

If you'd like to become a professionally qualified accountant, with a degree that is internationally recognised by CA ANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA; the BBA provides an ideal pathway to reach that goal by following a tailored programme of papers.

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 in the top 250 universities for Business & Management Studies, in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2017.

Key information

Years: 3.0
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (International): $27,165 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.
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Choose a major

Or undertake a minor in any other subject within the University.

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Banker (commercial or investment)
  • Business analyst
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Economist
  • Finance manager
  • International trade adviser (eg. Ministry of Business and Innovation)
  • Investment banker
  • Policy analyst (e.g. Treasury)
  • Sharebroker
  • Taxation adviser

Degree planner — Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) - Single Major

Year 2

200 Level

200 Level

200 Level

Any UoW
Cultural Perspectives paper, eg. MNMGT302

Elective - 100 Level
or above

Elective - 200 Level
or above

Elective - 200 Level
or above

Year 3

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

MNMGT 495/496/499
Industry experience or applied research

Elective - 200 Level
or above

Elective - 200 Level
or above

Elective - 200 Level
or above

  • Major
  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Entry Requirements

For details on international undergraduate entry requirements, please see here.

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.

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

The BBA(Hons) degree provides one year of postgraduate study that follows on from the BBA(Fin) or the BBA degree.

You can apply for the BBA(Hons) if you have been awarded either the BBA(Fin) or BBA degree, or equivalent, and achieved a B average in the specialist subject you intend to take for Honours.

To graduate from the BBA(Hons), you will need to:

  • Pass 120 points of papers at 500-level, including at least 60 points in one of the main subjects: Accounting, Economics or Finance
  • Complete a research dissertation
  • Complete any specific requirements for your specialist subject
  • Submit a Portfolio of Achievement. This will contain at least three items of previously assessed work (across at least two papers). You can submit different chapters or sections of work from your dissertation as separate items of assessment.

The BBA(Hons) degree will be awarded with:

  • First Class Honours: equivalent to a GPA of 7 or higher
  • Second Class Honours (first division): equivalent to a GPA of 6
  • Second Class Honours (second division): equivalent to a GPA of 5
  • Third Class Honours: equivalent to a GPA of 2

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:

For more information about the best study pathway for you, please talk to an adviser in the Management Student Centre (MSC).

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.

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

These 16 papers are as follows:

  • ACCTN101/201 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102/222 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204/304 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

This means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete 3-5 extra papers, depending on your degree. However, you may still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject.


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