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Bachelor of Business

  • Bachelor

Be a business trailblazer and use your innovative thinking to help drive companies forward in a fast-paced world that is changing with a click.

Key details

Degree Type
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul
Domestic Fees
$6,797 per year
International Fees
$30,260 per year

About this course

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:

  • Accounting (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Digital Business (Hamilton)
  • Economics (Hamilton)
  • Finance (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Human Resource Management (Hamilton)
  • Marketing (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Public Relations (Hamilton)
  • Strategic Management (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Supply Chain Management (Hamilton)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (Hamilton)

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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Career pathways

  • 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