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Bachelor of Business

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

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

Waikato is proud to offer the best undergraduate business degree in the country. It's available at our campuses in both Hamilton and Tauranga.

Our BBus has been refreshed to give students even more choices and flexibility, all underpinned by the same academic excellence our students have come to expect over the last 50 years.

What really sets this degree apart is the focus on practical experiences. You'll have the opportunity to tackle real business challenges through internships, projects, and our new optional Experience Modules - which are exclusive to Waikato Management School! This hands-on learning approach will provide invaluable insights that can supercharge your future career.

Today's employers are looking for graduates with an agile and curious mindset, who can lead, communicate, negotiate, problem solve, and collaborate with others. And that's exactly what this degree delivers. You'll also develop a solid mix of analytical, numeracy, financial and project management skills to set you up for success.

We've designed the Bachelor of Business so you have the flexibility to tailor your subjects and papers to match your learning style and career aspirations - no matter which of our 15 subjects you are most excited about!

At Waikato, you'll be taught by passionate lecturers who are also sought-after business consultants and researchers, with links to leading companies and government agencies. You will be empowered to think independently and work collaboratively, with interactive discussions and experiential learning. Class sizes tend to be smaller at Waikato, so our teaching staff will know your name and can provide extra support when you need it.

Once you graduate, you can use your expertise to help organisations become more efficient and profitable, adapt to fast-changing global markets, help develop new products and services, drive technological innovations, manage international supply chains, and thrive in the 21st century.

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Real-world experiences

Connect with industry: The BBus includes a workplace internship or consulting project for a real organisation, based in New Zealand or overseas. This will give you practical business experience in your major subject/s, and allow you to grow your skills and confidence before you graduate.

Experience Modules: We are the only university in New Zealand offering our new Experience Modules, focused on specialist topics such as international business or Te Ao Māori business. These unique block courses are designed to enrich your student experence and give you a competitive edge in the job market. They will be offered in the teaching breaks between trimesters A, B and C. If you complete three Experience Modules, you'll receive credit for one 15-point paper at 200 Level.

Capstone paper: Your final year culminates with our legendary capstone paper, MNGMT321 Applied Business Challenge (previously known as the WMS Case Competition). You'll work in a team with other students to tackle a real-world case study of a New Zealand business that is looking to expand and grow. By bringing together your team's combined expertise, students will develop an innovative strategy for the business to increase its revenue and profits.

Learn from the best in the business

You can expect a world-class business education at Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally, thanks to our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

The Bachelor of Business provides a strong foundation across core business areas such as strategy and economics, along with advanced expertise in your specialist subjects, and cross-functional skills that are in high demand with employers.

In your first year you can choose from a selection of papers in accounting, finance, digital business, marketing, and supply chain management. This will help you discover which aspects of business you’re most passionate about, before deciding which subjects to focus on in your second year.

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Tailored for your ambitions

Customise your degree to align with your career interests. Our degree structure lets you choose from one of 12 business first majors, including a brand-new major in Leadership.

You also have the freedom to add either a second major subject (8 papers) or two minor subjects (4 papers each) or up to 8 elective papers from any discipline that interests you across the University of Waikato - such as law, arts or science.

You can even opt to study a second degree alongside your BBus (eg. LLB, BA or BSc) - known as a conjoint or double degree - for a truly unique educational experience. This allows you to complete both degrees in a much shorter timeframe than if you had enrolled in them separately.

Major subjects for the BBus degree:

Choose one of the following subjects as your 1st major:

You can opt to take a second major or 1-2 minors in almost any other undergraduate subject offered at your campus.

Professional Accounting pathway

If you'd like to become a certified Professional Accountant (by joining either CA ANZ, CPA Australia, CIMA or ACCA and passing their exams), you can use this internationally accredited degree to fast-track your journey by taking an approved suite of accounting and business papers.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis.

Years: 3
Points: 360
BBus Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,302 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Estimated Fees* (International): $34,695 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*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.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Business (BBus) - Single Major (360 pts)

Year 1

100 Level
Major

Choose one:
ACCTN101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101

Choose one:
ACCTN101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101

100 level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 2

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

Choose one:
BUSAN201, BUSAN205, DIGIB201, MRKTG205

100 Level or above
Any WMS paper or 3 Experience Modules

200 Level
Elective or Minor

200 Level
Elective or Minor

200 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 3

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Work-Integrated Learning

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

200 Level or above
Elective or Minor

  • Major
  • Field
  • Elective

Experience modules (worth 5 points each) will be offered in the teaching breaks between trimesters A, B and C. If you complete three experience modules, you will receive credit for one 15-point paper at 200 Level.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Paper details

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100 LEVEL PAPERS:
  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
200 LEVEL PAPERS:
  • BUSAN201 Practical Business Analytics
  • BUSAN205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • DIGIB201 Creating Value with Social Media Analytics
  • MRKTG205 Marketing Analytics and Insights
WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) PAPERS:
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics:
School of Management and Marketing:

Degree planner — Bachelor of Business (BBus) - Double Major (360 pts)

Year 1

100 Level
Major 1

Choose one:
ACCTN101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101

Choose one:
ACCTN101, FINAN101, MGSYS101, MRKTG101

100 Level
Major 2

100 Level
Major 2

Year 2

200 Level
Major 1

200 Level
Major 1

200 Level
Major 1

Choose one:
BUSAN201, BUSAN205, DIGIB201, MRKTG205

100 Level or above
Any WMS paper or 3 Experience Modules

200 Level
Major 2

200 Level
Major 2

200 Level
Major 2

Year 3

300 Level
Major 1

300 Level
Major 1

300 Level
Major 1

300 Level
Work-Integrated Learning

300 Level
Major 2

300 Level
Major 2

300 Level
Major 2

  • Major
  • Field
  • Second Major

Experience modules (worth 5 points each) will be offered in the teaching breaks between trimesters A, B and C. If you complete three experience modules, you will receive credit for one 15-point paper at 200 Level.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Paper details

Open this section to read more

100 LEVEL PAPERS:
  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
200 LEVEL PAPERS:
  • BUSAN201 Practical Business Analytics
  • BUSAN205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • DIGIB201 Creating Value with Social Media Analytics
  • MRKTG205 Marketing Analytics and Insights
WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) PAPERS:
School of Accounting, Finance and Economics:
School of Management and Marketing:


You have the option to include one or two minors in almost any subject as part of your degree programme, instead of taking a 2nd Major or eight elective papers.

A minor is four papers (60 points) in the same subject. This includes a required paper at 100-level; another paper at 100-level or above; and two other papers at 200-level or above.


Career opportunities

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

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Students can complete all three years of the Bachelor Business (BBus) at our CBD campus in Tauranga.

For advice before you enrol in the Bachelor of Business, please contact the University of Waikato Tauranga Student Services team. Email [email protected] or phone 0800 WAIKATO.

Major subjects available in Tauranga

If you'd like to choose from a wider range of major subjects, you will need to transfer to our Hamilton campus instead.


Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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Prepare yourself for a global business 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 tuition fees, and then credit the points back to your BBus degree.

An overseas exchange will enhance your personal development, enable you to explore new places and cultures, and make your CV stand out to employers.

Bachelor of Business students are strongly encouraged to apply for the Waikato Management School International Exchange Scholarship, offered twice a year and worth up to $2,500.

If you’re planning to go to Asia, you can apply for a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia.


Top 1% global ranking

Gain your world-class business education from Waikato Management School. We are New Zealand's leading business school, ranked #1 in the country for Business & Economics in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings in both 2022 and 2023.

We are also in the top 1% of business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

The export-driven Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions are an ideal place to study business if you're interested in international trade, with two seaports, two inland ports, an international airport, and some of the best agricultural land in New Zealand.

We're also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, IT, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies. And we boast some of New Zealand's most popular tourism destinations, such as Rotorua, 'Hobbiton' (Matamata) and Waitomo Caves.


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:

Check out the Waikato Management School Facebook page for the latest news and events.


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 lets you develop advanced knowledge in an area of management that you are passionate about, giving you an edge in the job market.

Graduate-level programmes (100 to 300 level papers):

Postgraduate programmes (500 level papers):


Contacts

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Student Centre
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or 07 838 4176
Email: [email protected]

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 807 9275
Email: [email protected]

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