Bachelor of Business

Waikato's new three-year Bachelor of Business (BBus) will prepare you to lead and manage a successful company or organisation in a wide range of industries, or start your own entrepreneurial business.

This comprehensive degree will equip you with well-rounded business and financial acumen. You'll learn how to help an organisation become more profitable and efficient, satisfy customers' needs and wants, and the process of bringing new products to market. You'll gain insight into how companies need to be agile to succeed in a 24/7 global marketplace, and gain fundamental business knowledge, such as big data and cloud computing, which are revolutionising the modern business world.

You'll be studying at Waikato Management school, which is internationally recognized with Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. This means we rank in the top 1% of all business schools worldwide for high quality teaching and research.

We're also ranked in the world's top 200 universities for Accounting, Finance, and Business & Management Studies (QS Subject Rankings 2018).

To enrol in the Bachelor of Business you will need University Entrance or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Starting from 2019, new students can complete all three years of the Bachelor Business (BBus) at the University of Waikato's new campus in Tauranga. You can take a double major for this degree, or you can add a minor subject (four papers) to a single major.

Pathway options

Pathway from Toi Ohomai: It's also possible to complete the one-year NZ Diploma in Business (Level 5) at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, and then transfer into Year 2 of the BBus at the University of Waikato. You'll receive guaranteed credit for eight 100-level papers of the BBus (120 points), which may vary.

If you want to major in Accounting or Finance, choose the NZDipBus - Accounting strand. For a major in Marketing, choose the NZ DipBus - Marketing & Sales strand and for a major in Strategic Management, choose the NZDipBus - Leadership & Management strand.

Once you've started your NZDipBus, we recommend you contact the Tauranga Student Services team at the University of Waikato to discuss your intended programme of study.

Majors available in Tauranga

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

A second major can be selected from the majors offered by Waikato Management School and other Faculties/Schools of Study. Consult a Student Adviser to see how this can fit into your programme.

Practical experience

In third year, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical management experience working for a local or international organisation, and apply everything you've learned so far to a real business situation.

Career options

Our BBus graduates are working in a wide range of fields including: auditor, business analyst, business consultant, chartered accountant, financial adviser, marketing manager, policy analyst and sharebroker.

Learn more about studying the Bachelor of Business at the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus.