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Bachelor of Business

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BBus students

Our three-year Bachelor of Business will equip you with the flexible skills needed to work in today’s small to large enterprises, using your expertise to help them thrive, grow and succeed in the 21st century.

This degree is focused on developing New Zealand's business innovators and entrepreneurs of the future. Get set to take on highly skilled roles across a diverse range of industries – from agribusiness and logistics to tourism, professional services and the government.

In first year you’ll get a grounding in all the core areas of business, from accounting, economics and finance through to digital business, marketing, strategy and supply chain management.

Discover which career pathways you’re most passionate about, before specialising in up to two major subjects later on.

The Bachelor of Business will prepare you to play a crucial part in helping organisations run their operations in a responsible way, adapt to the needs of changing markets, and drive innovation processes to develop cutting-edge products or services.

You'll gain valuable insights into why companies need to be agile to survive in today's 24/7 global marketplace, and how to use the latest digital technologies to make an organisation more profitable and efficient.

With the Bachelor of Business, you’ll develop the bold and curious mindset that today’s employers are looking for, with a good mix of analytical, financial, decision-making, teamwork, project management and communication skills.

Top 1% global ranking

Gain your world-class business education from Waikato Management School, which ranks in the top 1% of all business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation.

Practical industry experience

A key strength of the Bachelor of Business is that it includes a work-integrated learning paper in third year. You'll gain practical industry experience with an organisation - such as an internship or applied research project - and have the opportunity to test your skills in the real world.

You’ll work on real-world case studies throughout your degree, drawing on your lecturers’ consultancy experience and strong business networks. We also invite guest lecturers from industry to share their insights.

Through practical assignments, you’ll learn how to forecast changing customer demands, manage international supply chains, lead transformative business projects, work collaboratively in teams, and apply your critical thinking to find creative solutions for business problems.

Major subjects for this 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 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. See further down this page for more details.

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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: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,590 per year (approx)
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
Fees (International): $28,525 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Faculty:
*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 overview

Year 1

100 Level
Major

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Business Fundamentals

100 level
Elective

100 Level
Elective

Year 2

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

200 Level
Major

100 Level or above
Elective

200 Level
Elective

200 Level
Elective

Year 3

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
Major

300 Level
9th Major paper*

300 Level
Work-Integrated Learning paper*

200 or 300 Level**
Elective

200 Level
Elective

200 Level
Elective

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

Required papers for BBus degree

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Business Fundamentals papers:

  • ACCTN101 Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • FINAN101 Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 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*, and count it towards their major. This would give you the flexibility to take another elective paper in the field of management.

*Work-Integrated Learning papers:

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

**This Elective paper should be taken at either 200-level or 300-level, depending on your specific programme of study. Please refer to the BBus degree regulations below.


You have the option to include one or two minors focused on 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, including at least two papers above 100-level, plus any required papers for that minor.


Career opportunities

  • Accountant or auditor
  • Banker (commercial or investment)
  • Business analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business manager
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial advisor
  • Human resources advisor
  • International trade advisor
  • Logistics/Supply chain manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
  • Project manager
  • Sharebroker
  • Systems analyst
  • Taxation advisor
  • Tourism or hospitality manager

Hayden Johnston Throughout my career so far I have found myself applying the skills I learned in BBA papers such as international corporate finance, portfolios and markets, and economics, law and policy.

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From 2019, new students can complete all three years of the Bachelor Business (BBus) at our new CBD campus in Tauranga.

Major subjects available in Tauranga

Four majors are available, with the option of a one-year pathway through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

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


NZ Diploma in Business - Toi Ohomai pathway into the BBus

You can also transfer into year 2 of the Bachelor of Business at the University of Waikato after first completing the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

You'll receive guaranteed credit for eight 100-level papers of the BBus (120 points), equivalent to one year of study.

Toi Ohomai staff can provide advice on the NZDipBus, including which papers you should take.

Choose the NZDipBus strand that aligns best with your intended BBus major subject:

  • Accounting or Finance: NZDipBus - Accounting strand
  • Marketing: NZ DipBus - Marketing and Sales strand
  • Strategic Management: NZDipBus - Leadership and Management strand

For advice before you enrol, please contact the Tauranga Student Services team at the University of Waikato to discuss your intended programme of study. Email uwt@waikato.ac.nz or phone 0800 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

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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.

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).

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


To meet the academic requirements for provisional membership of either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), 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.

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 Introducton to Finance
  • MNMGT201/301 Business Law and the Legal Environment

Please note: Following this pathway means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete extra papers for your degree. However, you still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject, or 4 elective papers.


Top 1% global ranking

Gain your world-class business education from Waikato Management School, which ranks in the top 1% of all business schools globally with our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This is a globally recognised benchmark of excellence in business teaching and research.

We’re ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Accounting, Finance, Business and Management Studies, and 27th in the world for Tourism and Hospitality Management (QS World University Subject Rankings 2018).

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, 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:

We offer a student mentor programme for first-year management students to help you make the academic transition from high school to university.

For expert advice on writing essays and reports, contact our team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

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


Read the full Regulations for the Bachelor of Business in the University of Waikato Calendar.

1) Degree requirements:

To complete the Bachelor of Business, you will need to pass at least 24 papers (360 points) in total, with at least 15 papers (225 points) above 100-level, and at least five papers (75 points) above 200-level.

This includes:

  • up to nine x 100-level papers (135 points)
  • ten x 200-level papers (150 points)
  • five x papers at 300-level (75 points)
  • all of the compulsory core papers for the BBus
  • all of the required papers for your major subject/s
  • up to eight elective papers (120 points) can be taken from subjects listed outside the field of the degree
  • at least 16 papers (240 points) are always taken inside the field of the degree
Conjoint degree requirements:

If you are taking the Bachelor of Business as part of a conjoint degree programme, the minimum requirements are:

  • up to seven x 100-level (105 points)
  • five x 200-level papers (75 points)
  • at least five x 300-level (75 points)
  • at least 16 papers (240 points) are always taken in the field of the degree
  • A double major may not be taken as part of a conjoint degree programme.
  • Note: Only one cultural perspectives paper is required for a conjoint degree programme.

2) Business Fundamentals compulsory papers:

For the Bachelor of Business, you need to pass at least five of the six Business Fundamentals papers listed below:

  • 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

Note: At least one of the six Business Fundamentals papers will also count towards your major subject/s.

If you have already taken all of these papers, then you may take a 100-level field paper instead:

  • ACCTN102 Introductory Financial Accounting
  • DIGIB101 The World of Digital Business
  • ECONS102 Economics and Society
  • LCOMM101 Introduction to Leadership Communication
  • LCOMM102 Communication in an Online Society
  • MATHS168 Preparatory Mathematics
  • PUBRL101 Introduction to Public Relations
  • THMGT101 Fundamentals of Tourism and Hospitality

3) Other compulsory papers for the BBus:

  • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
  • MNMGT202 Intercultural Perspectives on Organisations
  • A Work-Integrated Learning paper at 300-level (at least 15 points):
    • MNMGT395 Industry Experience 4
    • MNMGT396 Management Internship
    • MNMGT399 Report of an Investigation

4) Single or double major requirements:

  • Single major requirements: To complete a single major for the BBus, students must pass nine papers (135 points) in that subject, including up to two 100-level papers (30 points), three 200-level papers (45 points), and at least four 300-level papers (60 points).
  • Minors and electives: If you are taking the Bachelor of Business with a single major, you have the option to take either 1-2 minor subjects (worth 60 points each), or up to eight elective papers (120 points). A minor can only be taken with a single major degree programme, not a double major. A minor consists of four papers (60 points) in the same subject, including at least two papers above 100-level, plus any required papers for that minor.
  • Second major requirements: You may opt to take a second major (double major) in almost any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato, instead of taking minors or elective papers. To complete a double major, students must pass eight papers (120 points) in each of the two subjects. This includes up to two 100-level papers (30 points), three 200-level papers (45 points) and at least three 300-level papers (45 points). A double major may not be taken as part of a conjoint degree programme.
  • Major papers: You must pass all of the required papers for your major subject/s, as shown in the online degree planners and the Catalogue of Papers. Note: At least one of the six Business Fundamentals papers will also count towards your major subject/s. A paper taken for a major may not also be counted towards another major or minor.
  • 9th major paper: If you are taking a single major for the Bachelor of Business, then you have the option to replace the 9th single major paper with the Work-Integrated Learning paper at 300 Level (ie. MNMGT 395/396/399). This would give you an extra elective paper in Year 3.

5) Employment Skills and Assurance of Learning:

By the time you complete your degree, you also need to:

  • Demonstrate competency in employment skills (ie. you have passed the Employment Skills Module (ESM))
  • Completed any Assurance of Learning requirements

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:


Contacts

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC) to help you plan your degree.

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday