Finance is the management of money, banking, investments and credit.

Finance looks at how individuals and organisations manage their money, shares, and other financial assets to generate wealth and help businesses grow. Develop the skills to embark on a financial career in corporate finance, investments, banking, insurance, government, Māori authorities, or small business. It will also help you make better decisions for your own financial security.

If you study Finance, you'll learn about investment decision-making when time and risk are central considerations.

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).

How to study Finance in Tauranga

To enrol in the Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance, 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 of 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 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.

Degrees Available in Tauranga

Bachelor of Business
Finance may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within most degrees.


You will study a combination of business, management and people-related papers in your first year, before going on to specialised study in second year.

Papers examine financial management, investments, data analytics with business applications, capital markets and institutions, entrepreneurial finance, computer modelling in finance, and financial risk management.

Read more about studying Finance at the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus.