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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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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 subjects

This degree also offers the flexibility to take a 2nd Major in any of the nine subjects listed below, 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

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.

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.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
BBA Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 (approx) per year
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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.

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

Matt Kenrick My degree...put me one step ahead of the competition, as it enabled me to develop contacts in the industry much earlier than some of my peers.

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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.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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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).

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).

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.

BBA programme requirements

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

  • Pass at least 360 points, including at least 240 points above 100-level, and at least 80 points above 200-level.
  • To complete the requirements of a major for the Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA), students must gain 135 points for a single major (nine papers), or 120 points for a double major (eight papers).
  • For your first major, you'll choose either Accounting, Economics or Finance.
  • 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 all the required papers for your major subject/s, as outlined on the relevant subject page 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 at least five List A 'Business Fundamentals' papers (60 points) from any of the following (one of them will count towards your 1st Major):
    • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
    • 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
  • You must also complete the following required papers:
    • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
    • MNMGT200 Cultural Perspectives and Sustainability for Management
    • Any Accounting, Economics or Finance paper at 300 level
  • You must complete one Business Experience paper at 400 level (15 points) 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 (ie. not Accounting, Finance or Economics).

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.

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