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 150-200.

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 101-200 universities for the teaching of Accounting, Finance, Business & Management Studies, Communication & Media Studies, and Economics, by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

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.

Alternatively, you could choose to take a 'Specialisation' in either Agribusiness, Events Management, Health Communication, a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Te Reo Maori) or Management Education Abroad.

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

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton; Tauranga
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 4
Points 480
Domestic Fees $6,335 per year
International Fees $25,865 per year


These are all the subjects you can study in the Bachelor of Management Studies

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education Studies
Electronic Business
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Events Management
Health Communication
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
Social Policy
Sport and Leisure Studies
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Development
Tourism Management
Tourism Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies
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 also have a WMS student mentoring programme to  help ease the academic and social transition from high school to university, by connecting you with other students who've been in your shoes before.

Student mentors can offer advice on everything from papers, study strategies, student groups and resources to entertainment and social activities.

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.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Accounting for Management
Macroeconomics & the Global Economy
Strategic Management
400 LEVEL *
Business Economics & the NZ Economy
or above
or above
Introduction to Marketing
Organisational Behaviour
or above
or above
Integrated thinking: E-Business & Supply Chain Mngt
Management Communication
or above
or above
Management Statistics
Business Law, Ethics, Sustainability & the Treaty of Waitangi
or above
or above
Introduction to Management
or above
or above
or above
or above
or above
120 points 120 points 120 points 120 points
Compulsory Paper
Required Choice Paper
Elective Paper

*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.

Success stories content