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Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

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Gain the strategic insights and leadership qualities to help companies achieve global success with New Zealand’s first truly international business degree.

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Our Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is one of New Zealand's leading four-year business degrees, with its international emphasis on strategic thinking, cross-cultural global awareness, and practical industry experience.

This exceptional degree is aimed at top students who wish to become dynamic, future-focused business leaders, with the ability to tackle complex challenges facing major organisations and help contribute to creating a better world.

With the BMS(Hons), you'll get two rounds of practical work experience built into the programme. This gives you twice as many opportunities to test your skills in the real world by delivering projects for real organisations; based either in New Zealand or overseas if you wish.

In first year you’ll get a grounding in business fundamentals, from accounting, economics and finance through to digital business, marketing, strategy and supply chain management. This allows you to discover which career pathways you’re most passionate about.

Then in second year you'll specialise in up to two major subjects, take papers at a more advanced level, and start to see the bigger picture from a general management perspective.

Global exposure at postgraduate level

The BMS(Hons) includes a series of professional management papers at postgraduate level in years 3 and 4, which are designed to be challenging and inspiring. You’ll delve deeply into real-world issues faced by business leaders, such as managing risk and uncertainty.

Another exciting highlight of this degree is the opportunity to take part in an international study tour and visit businesses in another country. This unique travel experience will bring to life your understanding of global business practice and the complexities of working in international markets.

Through hands-on learning and real-life case studies, the BMS(Hons) will equip you to identify new commercial opportunities, develop effective business growth strategies in the global context, and build a culture of innovation within firms. You'll also learn about the barriers faced by smaller companies, and how to make them more profitable and efficient.

Executive mentoring

As you move through your degree you’ll be studying with the same cohort of students, helping to build professional networks and lifelong bonds. You’ll also receive mentoring/coaching from industry executives in the corporate world, who will help guide your career development.

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and go on to become senior leaders at organisations around the world. You’ll graduate work-ready, with a well-rounded set of analytical, creative, leadership, problem-solving and communication skills to maximise your career opportunities.

Practical industry experience

Unlike most degrees, the BMS(Hons) includes two work-integrated learning papers, such as undertaking an internship with a relevant company or carrying out an applied business research project.

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.

In fourth year, teams of students will compete for cash prize to come up with the best growth strategies for a New Zealand firm as part of the Waikato Management School Case Competition.

Professional Accounting pathway

If you'd like to become a certified Professional 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, by taking an approved suite of accounting and business papers. See further down this page for more details.

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 from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.

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

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 the University of Waikato.

World-leading alumni

Join our community of world-leading alumni. You’ll be equipped to play a strong leadership role in society, following in the footsteps of inspirational alumni such as Avon CEO Jan Zigderveld, ASB Bank CEO Vittoria Short, General Motors Cruise Automation CEO Dan Ammann, former Telecom CEO and co-founder of My Food Bag Theresa Gattung, and Vista China CEO Lawrence Wang.



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    Key information

    Entry Requirements:

    University Entrance, or its equivalent, or on a case-by-case basis. Note: To be admitted into year 3 of the BMS(Hons), students must achieve a grade point average of 6 or better (B+) in their first two years of study. See 'Entry requirements' below.

    Years: 4
    Points: 480
    Study Locations:Hamilton
    Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
    Fees (Domestic): $6,591 (approx) 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
    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 Management Studies with Honours - BMS(Hons) - Single major

    Year 1

    100 Level
    Major

    100 Level
    Business Fundamentals Major

    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
    Any Management paper

    200 Level
    Elective

    200 Level
    Elective

    Year 3

    300 Level
    Major

    300 Level
    Work-Integrated Learning paper

    500 Level
    Managing People and Projects

    500 Level
    Negotiating and Communicating Effectively

    500 Level
    Data-Informed Decision-Making

    500 Level
    Business Ethics and Managing Risk

    200 Level
    Elective

    200 Level
    Elective

    Year 4

    300 Level
    Major

    300 Level
    Major

    500 Level
    Leading for an Uncertain Future

    500 Level
    Understanding Global Business Practice

    500 Level
    Managing Strategically

    500 Level
    Work-Integrated Learning paper

    200 Level
    Elective

    300 Level
    Elective

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

    Required papers for BMS(Hons)

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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

    Work-Integrated Learning papers:

    Remember you need to take at least five 300-level papers to complete the BMS(Hons) programme. See the BMS(Hons) degree regulations below.

    Degree planner — Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours - BMS(Hons) - Double Major

    Year 1

    100 Level
    Major 1

    100 Level
    Business Fundamentals Major 1

    100 Level
    Business Fundamentals

    100 Level
    Business Fundamentals

    100 Level
    Business Fundamentals

    100 Level
    Business Fundamentals

    100 Level
    Major 2

    100 Level
    Major 2

    Year 2

    200 Level
    Major 1

    200 Level
    Major 1

    200 Level
    Major 1

    100 Level or above
    Any management paper

    200 Level
    Major 2

    200 Level
    Major 2

    Year 3

    300 Level
    Major 1

    300 Level
    Work-Integrated Learning paper

    500 Level
    Managing People and Projects

    500 Level
    Negotiating and Communicating Effectively

    500 Level
    Data-Informed Decision-Making

    500 Level
    Business Ethics and Managing Risk

    200 Level
    Major 2

    300 Level
    Major 2

    Year 4

    300 Level
    Major 1

    300 Level
    Major 1

    500 Level
    Leading for an Uncertain Future

    500 Level
    Understanding Global Business Practice

    500 Level
    Managing Strategically

    500 Level
    Work-Integrated Learning paper

    300 Level
    Major 2

    300 Level
    Major 2

    • Compulsory
    • Major 1
    • Major 2
    This information is provisional and subject to change.

    Required papers for BMS(Hons)

    Open this section to read more

    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

    Work-Integrated Learning papers:

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


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

    A minor is comprised of 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
    • Chartered Accountant
    • CEO or General Manager
    • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
    • Customer experience manager
    • Digital business or e-commerce manager
    • Economist
    • Entrepreneur
    • Government policy adviser
    • Human resource manager
    • International trade advisor
    • Logistics/Supply chain manager
    • Management consultant
    • Marketing manager
    • Operations manager
    • People and capability manager
    • Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
    • Project manager
    • Sharebroker
    • Systems analyst
    • Taxation advisor
    • Tourism/hospitality manager

    • If you have gained University Entrance or its equivalent, admission to the first year of the BMS(Hons) is guaranteed.
    • Students must formally apply to be re-admitted into the third year of the BMS(Hons). This includes writing a personal statement that sets out your leadership/community involvement and your future career aspirations.
    • Applicants for the third year of the BMS(Hons) need to have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 6 (B+) or better in their first two years (240 points) of study. Selection will also take into account your leadership potential and community citizenship.
    • Students who are not re-admitted to the BMS(Hons), but who meet the entry criteria for the BBus, can be transferred into the Bachelor of Business (BBus) instead.

    The BMS(Hons) is not currently being offered in Tauranga. However, you can complete the first two years of the Bachelor of Business in Tauranga and then apply to transfer into Year 3 of the BMS(Hons) in Hamilton.

    To be admitted to the BMS(Hons) in third year, you'll need to achieve a grade point average of 6 or better (B+) in your first two years of study. As part of the application process, you'll also need to write a personal statement that sets out your leadership/community involvement and future career aspirations.


    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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    During lectures, students will discuss case studies of New Zealand and overseas businesses, begin to apply key business theories and concepts to solve real problems, and work in teams to write reports and give presentations.

    • In the paper MRKTG101 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing, you'll compete against other teams to come up with the best idea for an innovative new product, based around a particular theme, as part of the Marketing Trade Show.
    • In the paper ACCTN101 Accounting for Management, you'll research a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and use financial statements and other information - such as news articles and the company's track record on sustainability - to make a decision about whether you'd be willing to invest in or lend money to this company.
    • In the paper FINAN101 Introduction to Finance, you'll learn about the basic concepts of risk and return in relation to corporate finance and personal finance. For example, if you had $100, would you put it in a bank savings account, invest it in shares or Kiwisaver, or spend it on goods? You'll gain the skills to know which option provides you with the best return in the long run. For the first assignment, you'll examine case studies of well-known companies that have failed and discuss how to reduce agency conflicts between managers and shareholders. For the second assignment, you'll be asked to calculate the expected risk and return on two possible investment decisions, by using information sources such as the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges.
    • In fourth year, BMS(Hons) students will act as management consultants and apply the business theories they’ve learnt in class to develop a growth strategy for a real New Zealand company, as part of the Waikato Management School Case Competition. The top four teams will compete for a cash prize by pitching their ideas to a judging panel of industry experts in front of a public audience.

    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 BMS(Hons) 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.

    We strongly encourage our students 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.

    In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2018, we're ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Accounting & Finance, Business & Management Studies, and Communication & Media Studies.

    We're also ranked 17th best university in the world for Tourism and Hospitality Management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 and 27th for the same subject in the 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.


    1) BMS(Hons) degree requirements:

    To complete the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, you need to pass at least 32 papers (480 points) in total. The minimum requirements are:

    • no more than nine x 100-level papers (135 points)
    • up to ten x 200-level papers (150 points)
    • at least five x papers at 300-level (75 points)
    • eight x 500-level papers (120 points)
    • all of the compulsory papers for the BMS(Hons)
    • complete the required papers for a 1st Major in either Accounting, Digital Business, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Management or Tourism and Hospitality Management
    • all of the required papers for your major/minor subject/s
    • two Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) papers, one at 300 level and one at 500 level
    • at least 24 papers (360 points) must be taken from subjects listed inside the field of the degree
    • up to eight elective papers (120 points) can be taken from subjects listed outside the field of the degree (unless you're taking a conjoint degree, see below)
    • instead of taking elective papers (120 points), you may prefer to take either a 2nd Major (120 points) or 1-2 Minor subjects (60 points each)
    • minors can only be taken alongside a single major programme, not a double major
    Conjoint degree requirements for the BMS(Hons) with an LLB or LLB(Hons)

    The BMS(Hons) can be taken as a conjoint degree programme with either the LLB or the LLB(Hons). Please note though that a Law major is now available that may be a more suitable alternative for you.

    The minimum requirements for taking the BMS(Hons) as a conjoint degree are:

    • seven x 100-level (105 points)
    • seven x 200-level papers (105 points)
    • three x 300-level papers (45 points)
    • six x 500-level papers (90 points)
    • at least 22 papers (330 points) must be taken from subjects listed inside the field of the BMS(Hons) degree
    • no more than 10 papers (150 points) can be taken from subjects listed outside the field of the degree
    • A minor can only be taken with a single major and may not be taken as part of a conjoint programme
    • A double major may not be taken as part of a conjoint degree programme
    • Only one cultural perspectives paper is required for a conjoint degree programme.

    2) Business Fundamentals compulsory papers:

    For the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, 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 another 100-level management field paper instead.

    3) Other compulsory papers for the BMS(Hons):

    • ECONS205 Data Analytics with Business Applications
    • MNMGT202 Intercultural Perspectives on Organisations
    • Any field paper of your choice (100, 200 or 300-level)
    • 300-level Work-Integrated Learning paper (at least 15 points):
      • MNMGT395 Industry Experience 4
      • MNMGT396 Management Internship
      • MNMGT399 Report of an Investigation
    • MNMGT5X1 Managing People and Projects
    • MNMGT5X2 Negotiating and Communicating Effectively
    • MNMGT5X3 Data-Informed Decision-Making
    • MNMGT5X4 Business Ethics and Managing Risk
    • MNMGT5X5 Leading for an Uncertain Future
    • MNMGT5X6 Understanding Global Business Practice
    • MNMGT5X7 Managing Strategically
    • 500-level Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) paper

    4) Single or double major requirements:

    • Single major requirements: To complete a single major for the BMS(Hons), students must pass nine papers (135 points) in that subject, including two 100-level papers (30 points), three 200-level papers (45 points), and four 300-level papers (60 points).
    • Minors and electives: If you are taking the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours 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. For a minor, you must pass four papers (60 points) in that subject, including at least two papers above 100-level, plus any required papers.
    • Second major requirements: You can choose to take a second major (double major) in almost any undergraduate major 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 two 100-level papers (30 points), three 200-level papers (45 points) and three 300-level papers (45 points). A second major may not be included 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 count towards your major subject/s. However, a paper taken for a major may not also be counted towards another major or minor.

    5) Minor subject requirements

    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. A minor can be any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

    Waikato Management School offers the following minor subjects:

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

    6) Management field papers

    Management field papers include all the compulsory papers for the BMS(Hons), any papers offered in the 1st Major subjects for this degree, plus any papers offered in the minor subjects of Agribusiness, International management, Leadership Communication, or Supply Chain Management.

    Other 100-level field papers:

    • 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

    To see the full list of papers offered by Waikato Management School, visit https://papers.waikato.ac.nz/advanced_search.php and select 'Management' under 'Faculty'.

    6) 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, which are designed to measure how well learning outcomes are being met.

    7) Class of Honours

    The BMS(Hons) degree may be awarded on the basis of your grades at 500-Level:

    • First Class Honours: equivalent to a GPA of 7 or higher
    • Second Class Honours (First Division): equivalent to a GPA of 6
    • Second Class Honours (Second Division): equivalent to a GPA or 5

    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:

    For more information about the best study pathway for you, please talk to an adviser in the Management Student Centre (MSC).


    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