Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

Gain the business expertise and leadership qualities you need to become a globally-minded manager, with New Zealand's most comprehensive business degree.

Stuart Barrass

Economics, Finance
Stuart Barrass is working with some of Europe’s most innovative companies as a management consultant for Ernst & Young (EY), based at their global headquarters in London. Stuart helps his clients find ways to use or adapt to new technologies. He’s also involved in the EY Startup Challenge,which gives Europe’s best start-ups an opportunity to test their innovations on clients.

Luana Dow

Economics, Marketing
Mathematically gifted, Luana Dow works as an analyst at Statistics New Zealand in Wellington, where she writes press releases about the latest labour and income statistics.

Rebecca Foote

Public Relations, Strategic Management
Rebecca Foote absolutely loves her job as a communications advisor for SKYCITY Entertainment Group in Auckland. “It’s a really varied, cool role. My role is on the promotion and internal communication side of things; to protect and promote SKYCITY’s brand to media, council, government and other key stakeholders," says Rebecca.

Sam Gibb

Accounting, Finance, Law
Sam Gibb isn't one to rest on his laurels. In-between working as an analyst at Symphony Financial Partners in Singapore and travelling frequently, he's also finding time to train for a marathon.

Kym Hambly

Human Resource Management, Marketing
Human Resources hadn’t really crossed Kym Hambly's mind as a potential career option until she took a paper on organisational behaviour in the second year of her Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours degree.

Greg Johnston

Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management
Greg Johnston is a talented young Waikato entrepreneur who’s passionate about high-growth start-up ventures and social enterprises.

Sharma McIntyre

Finance, Strategic Management
Variety is the spice of life for Waikato Management School graduate Sharma McIntyre, who is employed as a strategy manager at Spark New Zealand in Auckland.

Paul Millward

International Management, Marketing
BMS(Hons) alumnus Paul Millward has been promoted to DB Breweries' senior leadership team as their new sales director.

Matthew Osborne

Economics, Finance
When he’s not focused on the financial markets, Matthew Osborne is enjoying the waves on Sydney’s northern beaches. The BMS(Hons) graduate works for the financial markets team at Westpac Institutional Bank, where his expertise in in foreign exchange (FX) derivatives.

Davis Palmer

Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Management Studies student Davis Palmer, 21, is studying in Hong Kong for a semester after winning a prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia.

Genevieve Pye

Finance, Strategic Management
Genevieve Pye landed an exciting internship at Waikato Rugby Union and says the Bachelor of Management Studies degree has given her a fantastic springboard for her future career.

Bradley Sam

Economics, Finance, Law
Bradley Sam has enjoyed a stellar career since completing a double degree in management and law at Waikato, majoring in Economics, Finance and Law. He is now employed as a management consultant in Sydney, Australia.

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Waikato's Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is New Zealand's premier four-year business degree.

To excel in business, you need a comprehensive understanding of all the key areas of management, and that's exactly what this degree delivers. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and go on to become senior leaders and entrepreneurs at organisations around the world.

The BMS(Hons) is an ideal choice for those who want a broad range of business, financial and people skills to maximise their career opportunities.

In first year, the business fundamentals papers will introduce you to accounting, economics, finance, digital business, supply chain management, marketing and strategic management.

Later on, you'll take advanced papers in each of your major/s (eight papers) and minor subject/s (four papers). In honours year, you'll build on your skills by choosing either the Professional or Research stream.

This degree is available to students based at the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.

1st Major subjects

For this degree, choose one of the following subjects as your 1st major:

**Subject to final approval

More about this degree

The BMS(Hons) will hone your abilities to identify new market opportunities, develop effective strategies for sustainable growth, lead teams of people, make business operations more efficient and profitable, and build a culture of innovation to help firms succeed in global markets.

You’ll also learn about some of the cultural complexities of doing business across national borders, the challenges faced by smaller firms, and how companies' actions can contribute to creating a better world.

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant, you can use the BMS(Hons) to fast-track your journey by taking a specific suite of accounting papers recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA; three of the world's leading professional accounting bodies.

2nd Major subjects

This degree also offers the flexibility to take a 2nd Major in any of the nine major subjects listed above, or almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

If you choose to do a double major for your degree, you will need to complete eight papers (120 points) in each of those subjects.

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

Minor subjects/Elective papers

Instead of doing a 2nd Major, you have the option of taking 1-2 Minor subjects to complement your 1st Major. A Minor consists of four papers in the same subject (60 points).

Alternatively, you may choose up to eight elective papers during the course of your degree.

In addition to the nine Major subjects listed above, the following three subjects are also available as a Minor:

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

Why study business at Waikato?

Waikato University is the ideal place to study business – 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.

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.

 Career opportunities

  • 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

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Waikato Management School
Years 4
Points 480
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $6,462 (approx for 2018) per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours

Scholarships and prizes

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Prepare yourself for a global career and broaden your horizons by going on a student exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, North America or Mexico.

You can take an overseas study exchange for 1-2 semesters, pay your usual Waikato fees, and credit the points back to your BMS(Hons) degree. Contact the University of Waikato Student Exchange team to find out more.

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

From second year, you can 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).

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).

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.

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.

You'll gain strong analytical and problem-solving skills; team-work, communication and interpersonal skills, and a holistic understanding of the global business environment.

  • In the first-year paper 'Fundamentals of Successful Marketing', you'll compete against other teams to come up with the best idea for an innovative new product.
  • 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, with the chance to win a cash prize. For more details see Waikato Management School Case Competition.
  • In fourth year, you'll choose whether to gain industry experience by working for a relevant host organisation; or undertake an applied research project for a local business.

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours 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 admission criteria, please contact, as there may be other pathways you can take to study at the University of Waikato.

  • To complete the requirements of a major for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, students must gain 135 points in that subject for a single major (nine papers), or 120 points in that subject for a double major (eight papers).
  • For a single major, these nine papers must include at least 105 points (seven papers) above 100-level, and at least 60 points (four papers) above 200-level.
  • You must pass any required papers for your major subject/s, as outlined on the website and in the Waikato Management School Student Handbook. Please refer to the handbook for the year in which you enrolled in the degree.
  • For a minor subject, you must complete four papers (60 points) in that subject, including at least two papers (30 points) above 100 level.
  • For this degree, you need to complete six List A 'Business Fundamentals' papers (90 points) from any of the following, including at least one paper at 200 level. One of these papers will also count towards your 1st Major subject:
    • STMGT101 Introduction to Management
    • ACCTN101/201 Accounting for Management
    • ECONS101/201 Business Economics and the NZ Economy
    • FINAN101/201 Introduction to Finance
    • MGSYS101/201 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
    • MRKTG101/201 Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • You must complete the following papers:
    • MNMGT300 Cultural Perspectives and Sustainability for Management
  • You  may take up to 120 points (eight papers) from subjects listed outside the field of the degree.
Honours stream
  • In fourth year, students will choose to enter either the Professional or Research Honours stream.
  • If you choose to enter the Professonal Honours stream, you must complete the following five papers:
    • MNMGT500 Managing Strategically
    • MNMGT501/502/503 Management in Practice
    • MNMGT595/596/599 Industry Experience or Applied Research
    • MNMGT504 Managing Self and Others
    • MNMGT505 Business Analytics for Decision-Making
  • If you would like to enter the Research Honours stream, you need to have at least a B+ grade average for papers in your final year. You must complete the following papers:
    • MNMGT500 Managing Strategically OR Research Methods in Management Studies
    • MNMGT598 BMS(Hons) Research Dissertation (30 points)
    • 60 points of papers in your specialist subject area at 500 level

To meet the academic requirements for provisional CA membership once you graduate from your bachelor's degree - of either Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia or ACCA - you need to take Accounting as a 1st Major and follow a specific programme of study.

These 14 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 the CA pathway for Accounting means it's not possible to take a 2nd Major (8 papers) in another subject without having to complete 4-5 extra papers for your degree. However, you still have the option of taking a Minor (4 papers) in another subject, or 4 elective papers.


Management Student Centre

Location: MSB.1.50, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday

Degree Structure

For advice on which papers you need to take for your Major or Minor subjects, please contact the Management Student Centre (MSC), email or phone (07) 838 4303.