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Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

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WMS students

Learn what makes a business perform in a competitive global marketplace, how to strategise for growth and lead teams of people, and harness new technologies to increase productivity.

Successful business leaders need a well-rounded understanding of all the key areas of management – from accounting to human resources, economics and supply chain - and that’s exactly what the BMS delivers. The BMS is New Zealand’s only four-year business degree, and is highly regarded by employers as an internationally recognised qualification.

Throughout your studies you’ll enjoy hands-on, practical experiences. You’ll create a marketing plan for a new product (MKTG151), and work in teams to analyse a real company and then pitch your recommended business strategy to the client (STMG391).

You’ll complete an internship or industry experience paper (the ‘495’ or ‘496’) to gain real-world professional experience, or conduct applied research into an issue facing an organisation (the ‘499’).

Looking for personalised career and study advice? Come and talk to our friendly team of advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC), phone 0800 654 303 or email

Choose one or two of the major subjects below:

You can also choose to take a second major in any other undergraduate subject at the University of Waikato, or take a BMS specialisation instead. Please talk to our friendly advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC) to help you tailor your degree to your professional interests.

For the BMS, you can choose a specialisation from:

  • Agribusiness
  • Events Management
  • Health Communication
  • Management Education Abroad
  • Language - Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, or Te Reo Māori.

You will be eligible to apply for this degree if you have University Entrance, or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you live in Tauranga or Rotorua, it’s possible to complete the first two years of your BMS degree at Waikato by enrolling for a prescribed package of New Zealand Diploma in Business papers. Email to find out more about this option.

4 years - 480 points

This degree may also be taken as a conjoint. Find out more information on conjoint degrees.

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
120 Points120 Points120 Points120 Points
Compulsory PapersMajorElective Papers*
Accounting for Management
Macroeconomics & the Global Economy
Strategic Management
495 or 499
or MNGT496
Business Economics & the NZ Economy
Intro to Marketing
Organisational Behaviour
Integrated thinking: E-Business & Supply Chain Mngt
Management Communication
Management Statistics
Business Law, Ethics, Sustainability & the Treaty of Waitangi
Intro to Management
100* LEVEL    
100 LEVEL  

BMS Career Opportunities

  • Business development adviser
  • Communication consultant
  • Corporate finance
  • Economist
  • Events manager
  • Hotel or tourism manager
  • Human resource manager
  • Investment adviser
  • Operations manager
  • Management accountant
  • Marketing manager
  • Project manager
  • Public relations officer
  • Rural banker
  • Strategic manager
  • Sales manager

Dillon Williams

Dillon Williams

Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons))
Majoring in Marketing & Strategic Management
Current job: Marketing Manager for Flex Fitness New Zealand

As the marketing manager for Flex Fitness New Zealand, Waikato University management graduate Dillon Williams is responsible for developing monthly campaigns to generate new leads, as well as finding ways to improve customer service and retention.

The role was offered to him at the end of a five-month internship at Flex Fitness, which he undertook during the fourth year of his Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.

“This helped me to get my foot in the door and prove myself. For my internship I conducted industry research and competitor analysis for Flex Fitness using all the business models and knowledge taught in the BMS. We identified that Flex needed to help their six franchise owners market their businesses more effectively, so I provided strategic recommendations.”

In addition to his role at Flex Fitness, Dillon also runs his own social media marketing agency, Elevate Marketing Solutions, which specialises in developing strategy, content and advertising campaigns for Facebook and Instagram.

Find out more

To find out more about this qualification contact the Management Student Centre (MSC) or visit Waikato Management School.


Richard Bracefield, Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours) / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)


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