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Cert(Bus)
Certificate in Business

This one-year certificate is available to students who wish to gain an introductory qualification in business. It can even be the start of something bigger, like a bachelor's degree.

BBus students

A Certificate in Business is similar to completing the first year of a bachelor's degree at university. It's a great way to gain an introductory qualification and can propel you towards future success.

A one-year Cert(Bus) can include papers from any of these business subjects:

To complete the Cert(Bus), students must pass eight papers at Level 100 or above, including at least six papers in subjects listed within the field of Business, plus two elective papers in any subject offered at the University of Waikato. Please refer to the Regulations below.

See the Catalogue of Papers to view all papers being offered at our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga.

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Key information

Years: 1 Year
Cert(Bus) 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)
Faculty:

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Certificate in Business - 1 year (120 points)

You can study full-time and complete the Cert(Bus) in only two semesters, or if you prefer study part-time over three or more semesters.
Each paper is worth 15 points, please refer to the Catalogue of Papers for all papers being offered.

Semester 1

100 Level or above
Business field paper

100 Level or above
Business field paper

100 Level or above
Elective paper (Any subject)

Semester 2

100 Level or above
Business field paper

100 Level or above
Business field paper

100 Level or above
Business field paper

100 Level or above
Elective paper (Any subject)

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

Recommended papers

To gain a strong grounding in Business, we recommend that you include at least some of the following 'Business Fundamentals' papers in your course:

(Note: If you decide to continue your studies, these papers are also required for the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours.)


Entry requirements

Applications for the Certificate in Business are open to anyone with University Entrance or its equivalent. For more information, contact our Future Students Team: recruitment@waikato.ac.nz.

When you apply to enrol, select Certificate (Undergraduate) as your qualification.


Please check the Catalogue of Papers to view all undergraduate papers (Levels 100 - 300) being offered in Tauranga.

We currently offer papers in the four major subjects of Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Strategic Management, plus a variety of other papers in Economics, Leadership Communication, Digital Business and Supply Chain Management, and Management.


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To complete the Cert(Bus), students must pass eight papers (120 points) at undergraduate level (Level 100 or above), including at least six papers (90 points) from subjects listed within the field of Business, plus two elective papers (30 points) in any subject.

All students must pass the compulsory Business Fundamentals paper STMGT101 Introduction to Management.

We recommend that students include some of the following 'Business Fundamentals' papers in their programme of study, although this is not compulsory:

Please check the Catalogue of Papers to view all undergraduate papers being offered at our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga.

View full Regulations for the Certificate (Cert) qualification.


Subjects within the field of Business

Your Cert(Bus) can include study within any of these subjects:


Launch into further study

A Certificate in Business makes a good year of study - but if you find yourself wanting more, you'll have the option of crediting all of your papers towards a three- or four-year bachelor's degree instead.


Contacts

General enquiries: 0800 WAIKATO

Waikato Management School
Phone: 07 838 4303
Email: msc@waikato.ac.nz