For the people ready to make business better

Bachelor of Business

Hamilton and Tauranga

3 years - 360 points

Supercharge your career in business

Unlock your potential with the Bachelor of Business at Waikato, where real-world experiences, academic excellence and flexible study options combine forces to supercharge your career.

Waikato's Bachelor of Business takes you beyond the textbook to tackle real challenges facing companies, government departments, and community organisations today.

Starting from 2024, our BBus degree has been refreshed to give students even more choices and flexibility, so you can tailor your papers to match your career interests.

But what really sets our Bachelor of Business apart is the focus on real-world experiences through internships, projects, and our new optional Experience Modules - which are exclusive to Waikato!

We also offer NZ's first undergraduate major in Leadership, focused on developing the skills needed to lead teams of people and deliver transformative changes within organisations. Waikato Management School is globally recognised for its expertise in leadership development.

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Flexible study options

  • Customise the BBus to suit your needs, with new paper options woven into the degree.
  • Option to add a second major subject or two minor subjects from any discipline - you're not restricted to business.
  • Option to take a second degree alongside your BBus (eg. Law, Arts or Science) and complete it in a shorter timeframe than usual.

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    Real-world experiences

    • Connect with industry through a workplace internship or consultancy project.
    • Work in teams on an Applied Business Challenge and pitch your strategy to a real company.
    • Experience Modules - block courses that delve into special topics - will give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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    Built on academic excellence

    • Build a strong foundation of knowledge across core business areas in your first year, before developing expertise in your major subjects.
    • You'll be taught by passionate lecturers, who are also sought-after business consultants.
    • Class sizes tend to be smaller at Waikato, so our teaching staff can provide extra support when you need it.

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    Choose from 15 business subjects:

    • Accounting - TGA, HAM
    • Agribusiness - HAM
    • Business Analytics * HAM
    • Digital Business - HAM
    • Economics - HAM
    • Finance - TGA, HAM
    • Human Resource Management - HAM
    • Leadership - HAM
    • Leadership Communication * - HAM
    • Marketing - TGA, HAM
    • Project Management * - HAM
    • Public Relations - HAM
    • Strategic Management - TGA, HAM
    • Supply Chain Management - HAM
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management - HAM

    * Minor subject only
    Not all subjects are available in Tauranga (TGA)

    Career pathways

    BBus graduates will be equipped to pursue a diverse range of careers in the private, public and government sectors:

    • Agri-consultant
    • Business analyst / consultant
    • Chartered accountant
    • Customer experience manager
    • Digital business or e-commerce manager
    • Economist
    • Entrepreneur
    • Financial advisor / analyst
    • General manager or CEO
    • Human resources manager
    • Logistics / Supply chain manager
    • Marketing executive
    • Operations manager
    • Policy advisor (eg.government)
    • Project manager
    • Public relations manager
    • Sharebroker
    • Tourism or hospitality manager

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    Why study business at Waikato?

    Real-world experiences that supercharge careers

    Top 1% of business schools globally with our Triple Crown Accreditation

    Deep connections with business and industry

    Ranked #2 in NZ for Business & Economics
    (THE Rankings 2024)