Bachelor of Business Analysis

Interested in analysing data to help make better decisions for New Zealand business and the economy? This specialist three-year degree will equip you with sought-after skills in financial and economic analysis, to prepare for professional careers in the financial, business and government sectors.

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The Bachelor of Business Analysis qualification is changing.

Thinking about enroling in the Bachelor of Business Analysis in 2018 and beyond? Check out the updated qualification details.

The Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) will open the door to career pathways in accounting, economics, investment banking, stock broking, financial planning, and much more.

You could end up advising companies on how to increase their profits and reduce exposure to financial risk; or help private clients to grow their investment portfolios. Or you could become a policy advisor, helping government departments to make better decisions for the economy, jobs, housing or public transport.

With this three-year degree, you'll gain advanced skills in financial and economic analysis, learn how markets and economies operate, and develop a solid understanding of the commercial business environment.

By taking specific papers, you can use the BBA degree to accelerate your pathway towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Waikato has an international reputation

We're ranked in the world's top 150 universities for the teaching of Accounting and Finance, and the top 250 universities for Economics and Business & Management Studies, aby the prestigious QS World UNiversity Subject Rankings 2017.

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, a Triple Crown international business school accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB since 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research, achieved by less than 1% of the world's business schools.

Major subjects

For this degree, you'll major in one or two of the subjects below - you don't need to decide until second year.

  • Accounting
  • Economics (Hamilton only)
  • Finance

If you choose to major in Accounting, you can use this degree to fast-track your pathway towards becoming a Chartered Accountant once you graduate, by following a tailored package of papers. On completion of your BBA, you can then apply for provisional membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia, or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

If you decide to take a second major, this could be another management subject, or almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

 Career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Business analyst
  • Commercial and investment banker
  • Corporate financer
  • Economist
  • Finance manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment adviser
  • Policy analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Sharebroker
  • Taxation adviser
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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 $6,335 per year
International Fees $25,865 per year
Tuition fees shown above 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.


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Business Analysis

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Electronic Business
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Health, Sport and Human Performance
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
Labour Studies
Leadership Communication
Management Education Abroad
Maori Media and Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Political Science
Population Studies
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

Scholarships and prizes

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Want to travel while studying?

Take an overseas study exchange for 1-2 semesters, and credit the points back to your Waikato degree!

Prepare yourself for a global career and broaden your horizons by going on a student exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada or Mexico. Contact the University of Waikato Student Exchange team to find out more.

BBA students can apply for the Waikato Management School International Exchange Scholarships, offered twice a year and worth up to $2,500 each (depending on the study destination).

From second year, you may be eligible to apply for the Discover SWUFE International Summer Camp Scholarships. These provide funding for two or more Waikato management students to visit Chengdu, China for two weeks of lectures, business trips and cultural activities.

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.

The BBA(Hons) degree provides a year of postgraduate study in a specialist subject following your bachelor's degree. Learn more about our Honours programme.

Or you may wish to go straight into a professional or research-focused master's degree (120, 180 or 240 points).

Choose from the following options:

For more information, 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.

Hands-on learning and industry experience

Through this degree, you'll gain strong analytical and problem-solving skills, team-work, communication and interpersonal skills, and a holistic understanding of the commercial business environment.

Our students learn by applying theories and concepts to real-world busines cases, engaging class discussions, group work, and a variety of practical experiences.

  • FINA312 Portfolios and Markets provides the chance to work on a funds portfolio management simulation project, and compete with your classmates to see who can make the highest return.
  • ACCT313 Accounting Information Technology and Systems will give you hands-on experience with the latest accounting software, spreadsheets and databases.
  • In ECON304 Econometrics, you'll gain applied skills in the analysis and interpretation of economic and financial data needed for a professional career as a policy analyst, economist, or in the financial sector.
  • If you choose to do a '399' applied research project, you'll investigate an accounting, economics or financial issue in an organisational context.

Gain the skills to succeed at university

For help with writing essays and reports, APA referencing and giving oral presentations, you can access a team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

We also have a student mentoring programme to provide extra help to first-year management students. This aims to ease the academic and social transition from high school to university, by connecting you with other students who've been in your shoes before. Mentors can provide guidance on everything from study strategies and papers to social activities.

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

For more details visit see the admissions criteria and University Admissions Statute.

International students are required to have 13 years of school study and meet the English language requirements. Find out more here.

  • For this degree, you need to have either 18 credits at Level 2 in NCEA Mathematics, or 10 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Calculus, or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Statistics or NCEA Mathematics.
  • If you do not meet this prerequisite, select MATH168 when adding papers for your programme.
  • If you don't have a strong background in literacy, you may be directed to take MCOM104 Written Communication for Management to help prepare you before attempting STMG191 Introduction to Management.
  • Some first-year papers may have specific entry requirements, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully.
  • If you don't meet the prerequisites listed here, please contact as there may be other pathways you can take to study in this field. The catalogue of papers can be found at

You can do your BBA degree in Tauranga by first completing the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) through the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. You'll need to gain a B grade average, and can then credit up to 10 NZDipBus papers towards this degree.

It's possible to finish your BBA (majoring in Accounting or Finance) at the Bongard Centre in Tauranga, or if you'd like a wider range of subject majors, transfer to the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.


Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Study in Tauranga

For Tauranga-based students who wish to transfer from the NZDipBus to the BBA, you can also contact Anne-Marie Kell in the Bongard Centre, email or phone +64 7 557 8506.

Degree Structure

BBA programme requirements

Degree requirements:

To graduate from the BBA, you'll need to complete all the requirements for your programme:

  • Pass all the compulsory papers for your degree and your major subject/s.
  • Pass at least 360 points, including at least 240 points above 100-level, and at least 80 points above 200-level.
  • Include 40 points above 100-level in a different subject/s from your first major.
  • Pass a Writing Competency Module in your first semester. If you don't pass, you'll be directed to take the paper MCOM104 Written Communication for Management instead.
  • Pass a Computer Competency Module in your first year.
  • Take an Employment Skills Module.

Major subject requirements:

You can take either one or two subject majors for the BBA degree.

For your first major, you'll choose either Accounting, Economics or Finance. For each of these subjects, you'll need to:

  • Pass 120 points above 100-level, including at least 60 points above 200-level.
  • Include an X-type occurrence paper. Choose from either ACCT313, ECON309 or FINA306 to ensure you meet the Assurance of Learning requirements.
  • Complete any specific paper requirements for your major/s.
  • If you are taking two majors from Accounting, Economics or Finance, you may count the compulsory paper ECON200 or FINA201 towards your second major subject.
  • If you take two majors, and wish to complete the BBA within the minimum requirements, you'll need to take a 200-level major paper instead of a year elective paper.

Other choices:

  • Generic 2nd major: You can choose to take a second major from any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato. If it's not a Waikato Management School subject, you'll need to follow the regulations stated by the other faculty. You'll also need to take a 200-level major paper instead of a year one elective paper; or take an extra paper for your BBA degree. For specific paper requirements, please refer to the relevant subject page.
  • Specialisation: You can choose to take a 'Specialisation' (60 points) instead of a second major. For the BBA degree, choose from Agribusiness, a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Te Reo Maori) or Management Education Abroad.
  • Elective papers: Students who decide to take elective papers instead of a second major may take a maximum of 80 points from outside the field of the degree.

Learning goals:

We expect the following outcomes for graduates of the Bachelor of Business Analysis:

  • Commercial context: A broad understanding of the business environment and organisational context in which management decisions are made.
  • Connectedness: Able to think and act globally and locally.
  • Citizenship: Developed awareness and holistic understanding of their role as responsible citizens within their organisations and society more generally.
  • Critical thinking: Able to engage with real-world problems in a theoretically informed, rigorous and questioning manner.
  • Communication: Excellent oral, aural, written and electronic communication skills.
  • Collaboration: Interpersonal skills required to participate effectively within and between organisations.
  • Overall: A sound understanding of financial analysis and a specialisation (major) in at least one of the areas of accounting, economics and finance.

Assurance of Learning:

Assessments for the BBA have been designed to measure how well learning outcomes are being met. Some assessments are part of your compulsory papers and may have marks; while others are required to complete this degree.

Near the end of your programme, before you graduate, you will be required to:

  • Complete a Financial Analysis and Specialist Knowledge test, as part of the compulsory assessment for either ACCT313, ECON309 or FINA306. Full instructions will be made available in the paper outlines.
  • Submit an online Portfolio of Achievement. This will contain at least three previously assessed items of work - drawn from at least two papers - that you believe best represent your achievement of the learning goals for the BBA.

Conjoint degrees:

This degree can be taken with another degree of your choice. Conjoint degrees are taken simultaneously, and allow you to complete two degrees in a shorter period of time than would normally be possible.

For full details of degree and major requirements, see the Waikato Management School Student Handbook and the University regulations.

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