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BMS(Hons) - Strategic Management as a major

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

Strategic Management enables you to discern a company's potential, find new market opportunities, and develop a clear plan to achieve growth and success.


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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
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $6,913 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $30,260 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
*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

  • Managing director / CEO
  • Management consultant
  • Business development manager
  • Business analyst / consultant
  • Business manager
  • General manager
  • New venture consultant

Degree Planner

Degree planner — BMS(Hons) in Strategic Management

Year 1

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
One of Business Fundamentals

100 Level
Elective or Minor

100 Level
Elective or Minor

Year 4

STMGT302, STMGT304, STMGT305, or STMGT306

500 Level
Work-Integrated Learning

200* or 300* Level
Elective or Minor

300 Level
Elective or Minor

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

Required papers

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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

Strategic Management papers:

Work-Integrated Learning papers:

* BMS(Hons) completion requirements:

  • No more than 9 100-Level papers may be included in your degree.
  • No more than 10 200-Level papers may be included in your degree.
  • You must complete at least five papers at 300 Level.

Strategic Management takes a big picture view of an organisation to envision its future potential, find new market opportunities, and develop a clear plan to achieve growth and success. Through real-world case studies and theory, you'll develop the skills to identify major threats and new opportunities facing a company, solve problems, and find ways to add value to the bottom line.

Strategic Management is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Business (BBus), Bachelor of Climate Change (BCC), and Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours (BMS(Hons)). Strategic Management may also be included as a second major or minor in other undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Strategic Management as a single major for the BBus, BCC and BMS(Hons) students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Strategic Management, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete STMGT101, LCOMM101, STMGT201, STMGT202, STMGT203, STMGT301, STMGT303, and 30 points from STMGT302, STMGT304, STMGT305 or STMGT306. BBus and BMS(Hons) students may count one of WSOMM396 or WSOMM399 in place of 15 points from the 300-level 30 point option list.

To complete Strategic Management as part of a double major for the BBus, BCC, BMS(Hons) or other undergraduate degree, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Strategic Management, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete STMGT101, LCOMM101, STMGT201, STMGT202, STMGT203, STMGT301, STMGT303, and 15 points from STMGT302, STMGT304, STMGT305 or STMGT306.

To complete a minor in Strategic Management, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Strategic Management major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete STMGT101.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LCOMM101Introduction to Leadership Communication15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga) & 22G (Hamilton)
By showing how to lead through improving communication, understanding who we are, and collaborating for problem-solving, this course provides a repertoire of skills relevant to personal, family, and organisational success.
STMGT101Introduction to Management15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Internet Waikato College), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Internet Waikato College) & 22X (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
Explores the world of management in organisations, the roles of managers and how they strategise, plan, organise, and motivate staff to achieve goals.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
STMGT201Strategies for Enterprise15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Explores growth strategies for enterprises including their formulation and execution, and also features the particular challenges for family businesses - which are the most common form of enterprise in the world.
STMGT202The Entrepreneur15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Discover what it takes to become a successful and socially responsible entrepreneur, how to develop new ideas into business ventures, and how to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set.
STMGT203Business Model Innovation15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
Business model innovation provides companies with significant growth options and may disrupt the market. Develop analytical skills to evaluate and design innovative business models.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
STMGT301Strategy and Innovation Management15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Examines innovative companies to explore the processes involved in developing and managing innovations which are vital for improving the strategic position and performance of organisations.
STMGT302Creating Value in a Connected World15.022B (Hamilton)
We live in a highly connected world. This paper focuses on how to identify, analyse and manage flows between and among organisations to create economic and social value.
STMGT303Applied Strategy15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
Develop strategic analysis and strategic thinking skills to be able to evaluate and improve the competitive position and performance of organisations.
STMGT304Commercialising a New Venture15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
Explore the steps involved in starting and growing a new venture. Develop a comprehensive business plan and pitch your ideas to a panel of judges.
STMGT305Doing Business Internationally15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
Explores the international dimensions of business that enable growth and provide new markets, but increase the complexities involved (e.g. scale, different regulations, cultures).
STMGT306Business Ecosystems15.022G (Online)
Entrepreneurial ecosystems showcase the factors driving economic growth and sustainable development. Develop skills in evaluating the context for innovation and entrepreneurial growth, assessing entrepreneurial culture and applying innovation metrics.
WSOMM396Management Internship15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Tauranga)
The Management Internship provides students with the opportunity to apply their management discipline-based knowledge to an authentic project within an organisation.
WSOMM399Report of an Investigation15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22C (Hamilton) & 22C (Tauranga)
This paper offers students the opportunity to complete a directed investigation of an approved topic relevant to an organisation or industry and in an area related to their management discipline of study.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
STMGT501Strategy and Organisational Theory15.022A (Hamilton)
Good theory is the foundation of good practice. This paper discusses and critiques the most important theories of strategy and organisation.
STMGT502Strategic Innovation15.022B (Hamilton)
Innovation has a key role in improving the competitive position and performance of organisations. This paper discusses and critiques the latest research on strategic innovation processes and practices.
STMGT503Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice15.022A (Hamilton)
Entrepreneurship and new venture creation provide a major impetus for economic growth and development. This paper introduces the key issues and questions relating to the theoretical perspectives on entrepreneurship.
STMGT504Strategies for Sustainability15.022B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to enhance students' understanding of sustainability issues confronting today's managers and to develop ability in analysing situations and in formulating strategies where sustainability business concerns are implicated.
STMGT591Strategic Management Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
STMGT592Strategic Management Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
STMGT593Strategic Management Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
STMGT594Strategic Management Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
STMGT800Strategic Management MPhil Thesis120.022X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
STMGT900Strategic Management PhD Thesis120.022I (Hamilton), 22J (Hamilton), 22K (Hamilton), 22X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Contacts

Management Student Centre (MSC)

Phone: +64 838 4303 or 0800 654 303
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.management.ac.nz/msc

Opening hours: 8.45am - 4.45pm Monday to Friday
Location: MSB.1.50, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

One of the best times to pop into MSC is Open Advice Day, held every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm.