Bachelor of Entrepreneurship

Want to be your own boss? Transform your passion into a rewarding start-up business with this highly practical business degree, which provides a solid foundation of applied knowledge in entrepreneurship and management.

Please note

From 2018 Bachelor of Entrepreneurship will not be available for new enrolments, and will be replaced by the Bachelor of Business.

If you'd like to create your own business from the ground up, this specialist three-year degree will equip you with the practical skills and insights needed to become a successful entrepreneur.

You'll learn how to find new market opportunities, write a business plan, come up with innovative business strategies, assemble resources, and turn your passion into a rewarding business.

New Zealand has the most start-ups per capita in the world, but many of them also fail within the first three years due to an intensely competitive global market. Put the odds back in your favour.

With this degree, you’ll also develop the skills to assess product and market fit, manage finances, gain access to start-up capital, design supply chains, lead teams of people, use digital technologies, and understand what it takes to keep customers satisfied and survive in business.

The Bachelor of Entrepreneurship includes a core range of key papers to develop your skills. These include new venture creation, management, marketing, strategy, accounting, economics, human resources, e-commerce, corporate communication, and legal issues in business.

We also teach you about sustainable business practices and being socially responsible, to help you make a positive difference to society.

By the time you graduate, you'll be ready to start your own enterprise; or work as a business consultant to help other entrepreneurs get their idea off the ground.

Waikato has an international reputation

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.

We're also ranked in the world's top 150 universities for the teaching of Accounting, Finance, Business & Management Studies and Communication & Media Studies, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.


For this degree, your first major will be in Entrepreneurship.

Your second major can be in any other undergraduate subject, but it is strongly recommended that you choose another management subject such as Strategic Management or Supply Chain Management to give you broader career options.

 Career opportunities

  • Business entrepreneur
  • Business consultant
  • Entrepreneurial innovator
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Business development manager
button for easy access to information about this qualification

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
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 Entrepreneurship

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Electronic Business
Electronic Commerce
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
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

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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.

BEntre 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 also 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.

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, by connecting you with other students who've been in your shoes before.

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.

  • In first year you'll compete against other teams to come up with the best idea for an innovative new product. You'll conduct market research and plan a full marketing strategy around design, promotion, price and distribution. You'll then showcase your product for judging in a ‘trade show’ environment.
  • In third year, you'll  work in teams to develop a plan for your own start-up business venture. You'll then take part in a showcase event to pitch your idea to a panel of industry judges. The best venture will win access to angel funding and one-to-one mentoring.
  • In third year your team will devise a business growth strategy for a real company and take part in the Waikato Management School Case Competition, with the chance to win a cash prize. Previous clients include the likes of Jucy Rentals, Tainui Group Holdings, Pavlovich Coachlines, Nice Blocks, and Yealands Wine Estate. For more details see Waikato Management School Case Competition.

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 Entrepreneurship 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.

  • 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 MCOM133 Introduction to Corporate Communication.
  • 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


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

Degree Structure

*Required choice paper. Choose one from:

  • HRMG242 Human Resource Management
  • MSYS221 Entrepreneurial Electronic Commerce

BEntre programme requirements

Degree requirements:

To graduate from the BEntre, 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 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:

For this degree, you'll take the subject of Entrepreneurship for your first major, and have the option to take a second major. For each of these major subjects, you must:

  • Pass 120 points above 100-level, including at least 60 points above 200-level.
  • Complete any specific paper requirements for your subject major/s.
  • Note: You are not able to count any compulsory papers for this degree towards your major/s.

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.
  • Sometimes choosing a second major may mean that more than 360 points are required to complete your degree, or you may need to complete prerequisite papers. For specific paper requirements, please refer to the relevant subject page.
  • 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 Entrepreneurship:

  • 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: An integrated understanding of entrepreneurship theory and practice, as well as specialist knowledge in one additional area.

Assurance of Learning:

Assessments for the BEntre have been designed to measure how well learning outcomes are being met. Your Assurance of Learning assessments are embedded as part of your compulsory papers.

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

View all undergraduate degree planners and further information about our degree structures.