Bachelor of Business Analysis

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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Thinking about enroling in the Bachelor of Business Analysis in 2017? Check out the current qualification information.

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.

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant, the BBA provides an ideal pathway to reach that goal by following a tailored programme of accounting papers at Waikato recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA; three of the world's leading professional accounting bodies.

Economics graduates could 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.

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.

1st Major subjects

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

2nd Major/Minor subjects

For your elective papers, the BBA gives you the freedom to take either a 2nd Major, or 1-2 Minors, or elective papers, in almost any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato, such as Agribusiness or Public Policy.

2nd Major/Minor subjects

This degree offers the flexibility to take either a 2nd Major, or 1-2 Minors, or up to eight elective papers, in almost any of the undergraduate subjects offered at the University of Waikato - including any of the 1st Major subjects listed above.

A 2nd Major is equivalent to eight papers in the same subject (120 points), while a Minor consists of four papers in the same subject (60 points).

Not all subjects are available as majors.

If you choose to take a single major only, you will need to complete nine papers in the same subject (135 points).

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 Tauranga

Toi Ohomai students in Tauranga who have completed the two-year NZDipBus (Level 6) can transfer into the third year of the original Bachelor of Business Analysis (Financial) in 2018, majoring in either Accounting or Finance.

However, any new students in Tauranga who complete the one-year NZDipBus (Level 5) starting in 2018 will instead need to transfer into the second year of the new Bachelor of Business in 2019, majoring in either Accounting, Finance, Marketing or Strategic Management (**subject to approval).

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

 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 (eg. Treasury)
  • Sharebroker
  • Taxation adviser

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

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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 BBA 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:

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.

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.

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

This degree planner is indicative only, and is subject to final approval.

Note: Either ACCTN101 or ECONS101 or FINAN101 will be counted towards the papers required for your 1st major subject.

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