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Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

Your future calling awaits
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).

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 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Compulsory Papers Major Elective 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

Helping business owners succeed

Braden Kempthorne

Braden Kempthorne – BMS(Hons)

For student Braden Kempthorne, the desire to help Kiwi business owners thrive and succeed in the ever-changing global economy is what led him to take a BMS degree majoring in Strategic Management.

Having originally planned to be an accountant, Braden now dreams of starting his own consultancy business one day. “When I first started uni I was quite reserved and shy. But since then I’ve had so many great experiences that now I feel like I’m capable of achieving anything I set my mind to,” he says.

“What I’ve found most beneficial about my BMS degree is all the amazing opportunities and practical business experiences it gives you, and that’s what stands out for employers too,” says Braden. “They want to know what else you’ve done beyond the classroom.”

In June this year, Braden travelled to Japan with a team of Waikato management students to compete against 12 other universities at the Audi & Robert Walters Global Business Case Competition. The students had just 48 hours to analyse a real business and develop strategic recommendations for the company’s future growth plans, before presenting their case analysis to a panel of judges.

Read more graduate success stories.

Find out more

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


Daniel Stevenson, Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours)


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