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.

The Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is changing.

Thinking about enroling in Bachelor of Management Studies in 2017? Check out the current information.

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.

1st Major subjects

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

2nd Major/Minor subjects

For your elective papers, this degree gives you the freedom to take either a 2nd Major, or 1-2 Minors, or elective papers, in almost any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato, such as Digital Business or Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Have a chat to one of our advisers in the Management Student Centre to help you plan your programme of study.

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.

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 and Economics, in the prestigious QS World University Rankings 2017.

Career opportunities

  • Business analyst
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Economist
  • Financial adviser
  • Government policy adviser
  • Human resource manager
  • International trade negotiator
  • Management consultant
  • Managing director
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • People and capability manager
  • Project 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

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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.


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
Accounting for Management
1st Major
1st Major
PROFESSIONAL STREAM Managing Strategically
Business Economics & the NZ Economy
1st Major
1st Major
PROFESSIONAL STREAM Management in Practice
Introduction to Finance
1st Major
1st Major
PROFESSIONAL STREAM Industry Experience or Applied Research
Digital Business & Supply Chain Management
List B paper
1st Major
PROFESSIONAL STREAM Managing Self and Others
Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
Required paper
List B paper
PROFESSIONAL STREAM Business Analytics for Decision Making
Introduction to Management
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
RESEARCH STREAM Research Methods in Management Studies OR Managing Strategically
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
2nd Major or Minor or Elective
RESEARCH STREAM Research Honours Subject Area
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
Optional Paper
Elective Paper

This degree planner is indicative only, and is subject to final approval. Some subjects may not be offered in 2018.