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Bachelor of Business

If you’re a trailblazer who wants to help drive the changes needed for businesses to thrive in the 21st century, the Bachelor of Business (BBus) will help you achieve your goals.

BBus students

Looking for a dynamic business career where you can advise companies on how to make the strategic or technological changes needed to succeed in the 21st century?

Waikato's new three-year Bachelor of Business in Hamilton and Tauranga will prepare you to lead people and manage a successful company or not-for-profit enterprise across a wide range of industries. You'll also gain the know-how to start your own small business.

This degree will equip you with well-rounded business and financial acumen that today's employers are looking for, across all the key areas of management: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, strategy, supply chain management, digital business, data analytics, and much more.

You'll also develop core skills in decision-making, analysis, innovation, teamwork, leadership and communication that will stand you in good stead throughout your career.

As a BBus student, you'll gain valuable insights into why companies need to be agile and innovative in today's unpredictable global marketplace. You'll learn how to make a company's operations more efficient and profitable, satisfy the needs of your customers, and what's involved in managing international supply chains.

Discover the entrepreneurial process of creating new products, and be introduced to the latest digital technologies – such as big data and cloud computing – that are revolutionising business and society.

In third year, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical management experience working for a local or international organisation, and apply everything you've learned so far to a real business situation.

Through assignments and case studies, students will develop the critical and flexible thinking required to manage projects, communicate ideas to other people, and find innovative solutions for complex problems.

If you'd like to become a professionally qualified accountant (by joining either CA ANZ, CPA Australia or ACCA), you can use this degree to fast-track your journey and gain an internationally recognised qualification. See below for details.

Second majors, minor subjects and elective papers

This degree also offers the flexibility to Major in your choice of any two of the subjects listed under "Choose a major" below. Or you can pair a single BBus major with almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

For a double major, you will take eight papers (120 points) in each of those two subjects.

If you prefer to focus on a single major, you will take nine papers (135 points) in that subject.

If you are taking a single major for the BBus, you may choose up to eight elective papers as well, allowing you to explore your interests and passions.

Alternatively, you could instead choose 1-2 Minor subjects to complement your single major. A Minor consists of four papers (60 points) in a single subject. All subjects offered at the University of Waikato are available as Minors. Recommended minors for the BBus are listed below.

Have a chat to one of our advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC) to help you plan your programme of study. Phone 0800 654 303 or email

Options to study in Tauranga

You can study the Bachelor of Business degree in Tauranga, majoring in either Accounting, Finance, Marketing or Strategic Management. Starting from 2019, you'll be able to complete the entire degree at our brand-new campus on Cameron Road in Tauranga.

You also have the option of transferring into Year 2 of the BBus after first completing the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, if you pass the diploma with at least a B grade average. We will give you guaranteed credit for all eight papers in the first year of the BBus degree.

To make an appointment with our Tauranga Future Student Advisor, please email or phone 0800 WAIKATO.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of the business schools worldwide, having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB,This is a globally recognised benchmark of excellence in teaching and research.

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and in the top 250 for Business & Management Studies and Economics.

We're also ranked 16th best university in the world for Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

Waikato is the only university in New Zealand or Australasia whose Public Relations programme is certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which sets the global education standards for the PR industry.

Why study business at Waikato?

We’re located at the heart of New Zealand’s export-driven 'Golden Triangle', formed by the rapidly expanding cities of Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland, and we're surrounded by some of the best agricultural land in New Zealand.

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions have two inland ports, two seaports and an international airport right on our doorstep; and we're close to some of New Zealand's most popular tourism destinations, such as Rotorua, 'Hobbiton' (Matamata) and Waitomo Caves.

We're also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
BBus Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $ 28,525 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Banker (commercial or investment)
  • Business analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business or e-commerce manager
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial advisor
  • Hospitality manager
  • International trade advisor
  • Logistics/Supply chain manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
  • Project manager
  • Sharebroker
  • Systems analyst
  • Taxation advisor
  • Tourism operations manager

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Business (BBus) - Single Major overview

Year 1

100 Level

One of List A
Business Fundamentals

One of List A
Business Fundamentals

One of List A
Business Fundamentals

One of List A
Business Fundamentals

One of List A
Business Fundamentals

100 level

100 Level

Year 2

200 Level

200 Level

200 Level

Any Level

200 Level

200 Level

Year 3

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level

300 Level
9th Major paper*

Choose one of
MNMGT 395/396/399*

200 Level

200 Level

200 Level

  • Major
  • Elective
  • Compulsory
This information is provisional and subject to change.

Required papers for BBus degree

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List A - Business Fundamentals papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management

*Ninth Major paper:

Students have the option to swap the Ninth Major paper* in Year 3 for the work-integrated learning paper MNMGT 395/396/399*. This gives you the flexibility to take another elective field paper.

*Work-Integrated Learning papers:

  • MNMGT395 Industry Experience
  • MNMGT396 A Management Internship from Theory to Practice
  • MNMGT399 Report of an Investigation

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You can apply for the Bachelor of Business 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 entry requirements, please email, as there may be other pathways you can take to study at the University of Waikato.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Find your scholarship

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:

Prepare yourself for a global career and broaden your horizons by going on an overseas student exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, North America or Mexico. You can study overseas for 1-2 semesters, pay your usual Waikato fees, and then credit the points back to your BBus degree.

Management students can apply for the Waikato Management School International Exchange Scholarship, offered twice a year and worth up to $2,500.

You can also 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).

1) To complete the Bachelor of Business with a single or double major, you need to pass at least 24 papers (360 points) in total. This includes:

  • no more than nine 100-level papers (135 points)
  • up to ten 200-level papers (150 points)
  • at least five papers at 300-level or 400-level (75 points)
  • all the compulsory papers for the BBus, as well as the required papers for your major subject/s.
  • If you are taking a single major, you may take up to eight elective papers (120 points) from subjects listed outside the field of the degree. This may include 1-2 Minor subjects.

2) You also need to pass all the compulsory papers listed below:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 or MGSYS201 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management. Note: if you choose  MGSYS201, then one of your 200-level Elective papers can be taken at 100-level instead.
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • MNMGT302 Intercultural Perspectives on Organisations

3) You also need to complete an industry experience or applied research paper in Year 3, from the following options:

  • MNMGT495 Industry Experience 4
  • MNMGT496 Management Internship
  • MNMGT499 Report of an Investigation

4) You also need to:

  • take an Employment Skills Module (ESM)
  • demonstrate writing competency
  • complete any Assurance of Learning requirements, which are designed to measure how well learning outcomes are being met.

Major subjects

To complete the requirements of a major for the BBus, students must pass nine papers (135 points) in that subject for a single major, or pass eight papers (120 points) in both subjects for a double major.

  • For a single major, these nine papers must include up to two 100-level papers (30 points), up to three 200-level papers (45 points), and at least four papers (60 points) at 300-level or 400-level.
  • If you wish, you may count MNMGT 495/496/499 towards your single major instead of taking the ninth specified major paper for that subject. This would give you an extra elective paper in Year 3.

  • For a double major, these eight papers must include up to two 100-level papers (30 points), up to three papers (45 points) at 200-level, and at least three papers (45 points) at 300-level or 400-level.
  • Pass all of the required papers for your major subject/s.
  • Note: At least one of the six compulsory papers in Year 1 (ACCTN101, ECONS101, FINAN101, MGSYS101/201, MRKTG101, STMGT101) will also count towards your major subject/s, depending on your choice of major/s.
  • A 2nd Major can be any undergraduate major subject offered at the University of Waikato.

Minor subjects

A minor can be any undergraduate subject in any faculty. This includes the following management subjects:

  • Agribusiness
  • International Management
  • Leadership Communication
  • Supply Chain Management

If you are taking the BBus with a single major, you also have the option of taking 1-2 minor subjects. It's not possible to take a minor with a double major.

For a minor, you must pass four papers (60 points) in that subject. This includes any required papers and at least two papers (30 points) above 100-level.

To meet the academic requirements for provisional membership of a professional accounting body (CA ANZ, CPA Australia or ACCA) once you graduate from your bachelor's degree, you need to take Accounting as a 1st Major and follow a specific programme of study.

This means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete extra papers. However, you still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject, or taking elective papers instead.

These 16 papers are as follows:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN202 Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN203 Management Accounting: Accounting for Organisational Control
  • ACCTN204 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCTN301 Capstone in Accounting
  • ACCTN302 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCTN303 Advanced Management Accounting
  • ACCTN305 Auditing
  • ACCTN306 Taxation
  • ACCTN308 Performance Reporting
  • ACCT309 Law of Business Enterprise
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

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.

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Please speak to one of our friendly advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC).

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303

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