Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

Gain the management expertise and leadership qualities you need to become a globally-minded manager, with New Zealand's most comprehensive business degree.

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.

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.

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Waikato's Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is New Zealand's premier four-year business degree.

To excel in business, you need a comprehensive understanding of all the key areas of management, and that's exactly what this degree delivers. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and go on to become senior leaders and entrepreneurs at organisations around the world.

The BMS(Hons) is an ideal choice for those who want a broad range of business, financial and people skills to maximise their career opportunities.

In first year, the business fundamentals papers will introduce you to accounting, economics, finance, digital business, supply chain management, marketing and strategic management.

Later on, you'll take advanced papers in each of your major/s (eight papers) and minor subject/s (four papers). In honours year, you'll build on your skills by choosing either the Professional or Research stream.

This degree is available to students based at the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.

1st Major subjects

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

**Some of the 1st Majors for the BMS(Hons) are subject to final approval and may not be available in 2018. However, they can always be taken as a 2nd Major or Minor subject for this degree.

You won't need to make a final decision about your choice of 1st Major until you enrol in papers for the second year of your degree.

In first year, you'll take all of our 'business fundamentals' required papers, which provide an introduction to six key areas of management.

More about this degree

The BMS(Hons) will hone your abilities to identify new market opportunities, develop effective strategies for sustainable growth, lead teams of people, make business operations more efficient and profitable, and build a culture of innovation to help firms succeed in global markets.

You’ll also learn about some of the cultural complexities of doing business across national borders, the challenges faced by smaller firms, and how companies' actions can contribute to creating a better world.

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant, you can use the BMS(Hons) to fast-track your journey by taking a specific suite of accounting papers recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA; three of the world's leading professional accounting bodies.

2nd Major subjects

This degree also offers the flexibility to take a 2nd Major in any of the nine 1st Major subjects listed above, or almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato - even if it's from another faculty.

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

Why study business at Waikato?

Waikato University is the ideal place to study business – we’re located at the heart of New Zealand’s export-driven 'Golden Triangle', formed by the rapidly expanding cities of Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland. And we're surrounded by some of the best agricultural land in New Zealand.

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions have two inland ports, two seaports and an international airport right on our doorstep; and we're close to some of New Zealand's most popular tourism destinations, such as Rotorua, 'Hobbiton' (Matamata) and Waitomo Caves.

We're also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of business schools worldwide, having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This is a globally recognised benchmark of excellence in teaching and research.

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, in the top 250 for Business & Management Studies and Economics, and is ranked as the world's 24th best university  for Hospitality and Leisure Management.

Waikato is the only university in New Zealand or Australasia whose Public Relations programme is certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which sets the global education standards for the PR industry.

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Banker (Commercial or investment)
  • Business analyst
  • Chartered Accountant
  • CEO or General Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business or e-commerce manager
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Government policy adviser
  • Human resource manager
  • International trade advisor
  • Logistics/Supply chain manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • People and capability manager
  • Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
  • Project manager
  • Sharebroker
  • Systems analyst
  • Taxation advisor
  • Tourism/hospitality manager

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 4
Points 480
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,462 (approx for 2018) per year

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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, North America or Mexico.

You can take an overseas study exchange for 1-2 semesters, pay your usual Waikato fees, and credit the points back to your BMS(Hons) degree. Contact the University of Waikato Student Exchange team to find out more.

Management students can apply for the Waikato Management School International Exchange Scholarship, offered twice a year and worth up to $2,500.

From second year, you can 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.

During lectures, students will discuss case studies of New Zealand and overseas businesses, begin to apply key business theories and concepts to solve real problems, and work in teams to write reports and give presentations.

You'll gain strong analytical and problem-solving skills; team-work, communication and interpersonal skills, and a holistic understanding of the global business environment.

  • In the first-year paper 'Fundamentals of Successful Marketing', you'll compete against other teams to come up with the best idea for an innovative new product.
  • BMS(Hons) students will act as management consultants and apply the business theories they’ve learnt in class to develop a growth strategy for a real New Zealand company, with the chance to win a cash prize. For more details see Waikato Management School Case Competition.
  • In fourth year, you'll choose whether to gain industry experience by working for a relevant host organisation; or undertake an applied research project for a local business.

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours 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.

  • To complete the requirements of a single major for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, students must gain 135 points in that major (nine papers). These papers must include at least 105 points above 100-level, and at least 60 points above 200-level.
  • Students must complete at least 120 points (eight papers) from papers listed for the field of the degree:
    • STMGT101 Introduction to Management - required paper
    • MNMGT2xx - Cultural Perspectives - required paper
    • At least three papers from List A, which includes the following: 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


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

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Introduction to Management
1st Major
1st Major
Accounting for Management
1st Major
1st Major
Business Economics & the NZ Economy
1st Major
1st Major
Introduction to Finance
List B paper
1st Major
Digital Business & Supply Chain Management
Cultural Perspectives paper
List B paper
Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
120 points 120 points 120 points 120 points (Choose either Professional or Research stream)
Compulsory Paper
Elective Paper

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

Note: You are required to take STMGT101 Introduction to Management, plus five other 'Business Fundamentals' (List A) papers in first year.

List A papers (100 level - Year 1)

You need to take all of the following five 'Business Fundamentals' papers - two of these may be counted towards your 1st Major subject.

  • 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

However, if any of the List A papers above is already being taken for a 2nd Major, Minor or elective paper in first year, then you may replace one of your 1st Major List A papers with one of the following papers:

  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting (Accounting major only)
  • ECONS102 Economics and Society (Economics major only)
  • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communicatio) or LCOMM102 Communication in an Online Society (Human Resource Management, Marketing and Strategic Management majors only)
  • MATHS100 Management Mathematics (Finance major only)

List B papers (200 and 300 level - Years 2 and 3)

You need to take two of the following papers, one in second year, and the other in third year:

  • DIGIB212 The Techno-Savvy Business
  • ECONS2x1 Understanding the Global Economy
  • HRMGT241/341 Organisational Behaviour
  • LCOMM230/330 Professional Speaking
  • LCOMM336 Conflict and Negotiation
  • LCOMM376 Intercultural Communication
  • MGSYS2x1/3x1 Tools for Managing Projects
  • MGSYS3x3 Decision-Making Processes
  • MNMGT2xy/3xy Business, Law and the Legal Environment
  • STMGT2x1 Strategy in the Global Environment
  • STMGT244/344 Strategies for People, Planet and Purpose
  • STMGT317 Doing Business Internationally
  • STATS2xx Management Statistics