Bachelor of Management Studies

Develop the expertise to help businesses thrive with New Zealand’s most comprehensive four-year business degree, from a Triple Crown Accredited business school whose subjects are all ranked in the world's top 250.

Kelcy Ballantyne

Kelcy is in her first year of university and is studying towards a Bachelor of Management. Her most recent achievement in basketball is being selected into the Waikato Women's Wizards team who went on to finished second in the national league.

Alex Bardoul

Rowing has been a part of Alex’s life for six years, since taking up the sport in his first year at high school.

Stuart Barrass

Economics, Finance

Kaylee Bird

A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

Tommy Clout

Tommy Clout is a graduate of Tauranga Boys’ College where he was deputy head boy and Rutherford House Captain. He played for Northern Districts U19s and was in included in the New Zealand U19 World Cup Squad, although he did not play.

Sally Davenport

Human Resource Management, Strategic Management
Former Bethlehem College student Sally Davenport has been playing netball for 14 years and is studying Bachelor Management Studies with Honours.

Luke Dewar

Luke is currently studying a Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) in his first year of study at the University of Waikato. Rugby Union is his sport of choice where in 2015 was selected in both North Harbour and Blues U18 squads.

Matthew Dunham

Matthew Dunham has been rowing for several years and has been involved in a number of regattas in New Zealand and and around the world. He's raced in Australia at u21 and Youth Olympic regattas, Russia for the World University Summer Games and Italy and Bulgaria for the U23 World Championships.

Rebecca Foote

Public Relations
Rebecca Foote absolutely loves her job as a communications advisor for SKYCITY Entertainment Group in Auckland. “It’s a really varied, cool role. My role is on the promotion and internal communication side of things; to protect and promote SKYCITY’s brand to media, council, government and other key stakeholders," says Rebecca.

Ben Good

Former Cambridge High School Head Boy Ben Good has continued to excel in his chosen sport of Kenpo Karate. In the last six years Ben has put in dominant displays on the international stage at both the Oceania Kenpo 5.0 Championships and the World Kenpo 5.0 Fighter Championships.

Kym Hambly

Human Resource Management
Human Resources hadn’t really crossed Kym Hambly's mind as a potential career option until she took a paper on organisational behaviour in the second year of her Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.

Sharma McIntyre

Strategic Management
Variety is the spice of life for Waikato Management School graduate Sharma McIntyre, who is employed as a strategy manager at Spark New Zealand in Auckland.

Matthew Osborne

Economics, Finance

Nick Robertson


Dillon Williams

Marketing, Strategic Management
As the marketing manager for Flex Fitness New Zealand, Dillon Williams is responsible for developing monthly campaigns to generate new customer leads, boost the profile of Flex Fitness clubs, as well as finding ways to improve customer service and retention of gym members.

The Bachelor of Management Studies is changing.

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

Successful business leaders need a well-rounded understanding of all the key areas of management, and that's exactly what the Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) delivers to maximise your career opportunities.

In this four-year degree, you'll learn what makes a business perform in a competitive global marketplace, how to strategise for growth, lead teams of people, and harness new digital technologies to increase profits.

You'll get a taste of everything through the core papers in this degree. They cover accounting, economics, marketing, e-business, supply chain, statistics, finance, human resources, communication, business law and strategic management.

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and go on to forge successful careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as starting up their own businesses as successful entrepreneurs.

You can also 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 BMS, 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).

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

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.

Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and the world's top 250 universities for Business & Management Studies and Economics, in the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017

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
  • Agribusiness (Hamilton only)
  • Economics (Hamilton only)
  • Electronic Business (Hamilton only)
  • Finance
  • Hospitality Management (Hamilton only)
  • Human Resource Management (Hamilton only)
  • Leadership Communication
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management (Hamilton only)

    Note: International Management is available as a specialisation if you choose this major
  • Supply Chain Management (Hamilton only)
  • Tourism Management (Hamilton only)

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

 Career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • Business consultant
  • Economist
  • Human resource manager
  • International trade adviser
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Policy adviser
  • Public relations consultant
  • Strategic manager
  • Web manager
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Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 4
Points 480
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 Management Studies

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
Events Management
Health Communication
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

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.

BMS 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.

The Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours provides a year of postgraduate study in the fourth year of your BMS degree, giving you an opportunity to stand out from you peers if you are accepted. Learn more about the BMS(Hons) programme.

Alternatively, you may wish to go straight into a professional or research-focused masters degree (120, 180 or 240 points).

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.

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 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.
  • In fourth year, you'll choose whether to do a 15-20-week management internship (MNGT496) at a company of your choice; gain industry experience (MNGT495); or conduct an applied research project (MNGT499).

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 Management Studies 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 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 the BMS 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 13 NZDipBus papers towards this degree.

It's possible to finish your BMS (majoring in Accounting, Finance, Marketing or Public Relations) 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 BMS, you can also contact Anne-Marie Kell in the Bongard Centre, email or phone +64 7 557 8506.

Degree Structure

*Required choice paper. Choose one from:

  • 499 Report of an Investigation
  • MNGT496 A Management Internship: From Theory to Practice
  • 495 Industry Experience 4

BMS programme requirements

Degree requirements:

To graduate from the BMS, 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 480 points, including at least 360 points above 100-level, 200 points above 200-level, and 80 points above 300-level.
  • 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 choose to take either one or two subject majors for the BMS degree.

For any subjects offered by Waikato Management School, whether it's your first or second major, you'll need to:

  • Pass 120 points above 100-level, including at least 60 points above 200-level and 40 points above 300-level.
  • Complete any specific major paper requirements
  • If you are taking two management majors, you can count the compulsory paper MNGT221 towards your second major.

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 BMS 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 BMS degree, choose from Agribusiness, Events Management, Health Communication, 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.

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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