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Bachelor of Business

Bachelors Degree BBus
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Unlock your full potential with the Bachelor of Business (BBus). Be equipped with the tools to help organisations become more efficient, profitable and sustainable, so they can adapt and thrive in changing times.

360 points, 3 years

Hamilton, Tauranga

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a BBus?

Ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally, Waikato is proud to offer the best undergraduate business degree in New Zealand.

Our Bachelor of Business (BBus) takes you beyond the textbook to tackle practical, real-world challenges facing companies, government, and community organisations. This hands-on learning approach will provide invaluable insights to supercharge your future career.

This degree is underpinned by academic excellence, and you'll be taught by passionate teachers who are also highly regarded business consultants.

But what really sets the BBus apart is the focus on versatile skills. Today's employers want graduates who can lead people, build successful teams, communicate ideas, think creatively, solve problems, analyse data to find trends, plan and deliver projects, and much more.

And that's exactly what this degree delivers to set you up for success. It provides a strong foundation of knowledge across core business areas such as strategy, economics, and data analytics, along with advanced expertise in your major/minor subjects.

We've designed the Bachelor of Business to offer students more flexibility and choices so that your papers align closely to your career interests.

You will gain the insights and technical skills to understand customer needs and changing market forces, assess financial charts, create new products and services, implement digital technologies to enhance productivity, and strategise for the future.

Get set to embark on an exciting career as an entrepreneur, business advisor or manager across a diverse range of industries.

Career Opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Agri-consultant
  • Banker (commercial or investment)
  • Business development manager
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business manager
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial advisor / analyst
  • Human resources manager
  • Logistics / Supply chain manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Policy advisor / analyst (eg.government)
  • Portfolio or wealth manager
  • Project Manager
  • Public relations manager
  • Sharebroker

360 points, 3 years

Hamilton, Tauranga

Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Subjects Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Real-world experiences

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Connect with industry

The BBus includes a workplace internship or consulting project for a real organisation, which is related to your major subject. This will help you to grow your skills and confidence before you are ready to graduate.

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Experience modules

Unique to Waikato Management School, these are short block courses (worth 5 points each) focused on specialist topics such as international business or Te Ao Māori business. Experience Modules aim to enrich your student experience.

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Capstone paper

For the capstone paper MNGMT321 Applied Business Challenge, students work in teams to tackle a case study of a real New Zealand business. Their mission is to devise an innovative strategy to grow the company's profits.

Professional accounting (CA) pathway

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) one day, the Bachelor of Business offers a fast-track pathway certified by four of the world's leading professional accounting bodies to help you get there.

You will need to take an approved suite of accounting and business papers, so please speak to a study advisor first. Learn more on the Accounting subject page.

Study in Tauranga

For study advice, please contact the Tauranga Student Services team. Email or phone +64 7 262 0500.

You can take any of the following subjects with the Bachelor of Business at our Tauranga campus:

Why study business at Waikato?

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Top 1% globally

Waikato Management School is in the top 1% of business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB), held since 2005.

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Close to the action

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions are part of New Zealand's economic powerhouse, with ready access to seaports, rail links, inland distribution, and world-class agricultural land.

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High-tech futures

Hamilton and Tauranga are also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, IT, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies.

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Student clubs in WMS

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture. Getting involved with a student club - such as WMSSA or Beta Alpha Psi - is a great way to make new friends, gain new skills, enjoy fun social events, and meet people from industry.

Regulations for the BBus

Please refer above to the online degree planner for the BBus. You can also read the full Regulations for the Bachelor of Business in the University of Waikato Calendar.

Postgraduate study

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.