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Bachelor of Business

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

Sought-after by employers

Within six months of graduation, approximately 85% of Massey’s Bachelor of Business graduates are employed in the business area of their choice in New Zealand or internationally. When you study the Bachelor of Business you will gain the leadership, communication, teamwork and creative skills that employers are looking for.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Massey University’s Bachelor of Business is about you getting the most from your studies in business, so you can go on to a great career.

Why companies employ Massey business graduates

The Bachelor of Business will give you the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills that will make you a sought-after employee.

Real-world experience, while you study

Massey Business School has great links with potential employers and communities. You will spend time learning while helping local community organisations that need specialist help.

Learn the skills employers are looking for

The Bachelor of Business will give you many skills you can use in many different types of businesses, in New Zealand and around the world. You will be:

  • Someone that has a sound base in the business fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, law and communication
  • An independent learner
  • An innovative thinker
  • An effective communicator
  • Able to lead or work within a team
  • Someone who can find and use the latest knowledge to grow a business
  • Effective in multi-cultural and international business environments
  • An ethical and culturally sensitive professional
  • A specialist in at least one area of business expertise; and well-versed in the business fundamentals


Massey Business School is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Massey University’s accountancy and finance and communication and media studies programmes rank in the 200 universities in the world, while its business and management and economics and econometrics studies rank in the top 300 in the world (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings).

We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration, communication and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.


Our lecturers and professors are actively researching both nationally and internationally, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice.


With eight core courses, Massey’s BBus gives you more opportunities to spend more time focusing on your areas of interest. You may want to do more courses in business. Or in the arts or sciences. If you are an international student you could study English language courses. You can work on what you know are your strengths, or fill in gaps in your knowledge and skills. You will become a graduate with a well-rounded, relevant knowledge base ready to take on the working world!

How does it work?

Year One

You will study six core subjects in your first year – economics, strategic communication, finance, accountancy, management and marketing. No matter which area of business you choose to go into for a career, these are important skills to have and will build a solid foundational understanding of how businesses work.

You will build on these knowledge and skills as you move through the second and third year of the Bachelor of Business.

Year Two

In your second year you choose a major and, if you like, a second major or minor, plus complete two more core subjects on leadership and teamwork, and business law.

Year Three

In your final year you will progress to advanced studies in your chosen major. You will be able to do an internship course in this year, as well as an advanced course in your major topic, bringing your business knowledge, communication and teamwork and critical thinking skills, and understanding of ethics together in a capstone course.

You’ll emerge a well-rounded, experienced and knowledgeable graduate, sought-after by potential employers the world over.


You’re provided with regular feedback on your progress for the core business courses in the BBus,  so you won’t find a big final assessment at the end of the year.  Instead, you will be assessed across the year while the learning is still fresh in your mind.

International students

If you dream of being successful in today’s competitive global economy, Massey Business School is the right place for you.

New Zealand is a great place to study - we have a beautiful, clean, green and friendly environment. Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable. See


There are a large number of scholarships available to first year and current Massey University business students including hardship and sports-related scholarships.

Our Future Leaders Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship to recognise emerging leaders enrolling in full-time business, communication and agricommerce programmes at Massey University.


All BBus majors are available as minors. To see what courses are needed for a minor, click the 'View regulations' button on the Planning tab and scroll to the subject you are interested in.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to gain skills all employers are looking for, as well as detailed knowledge in business subjects you are interested in
  • Want to learn how to change business for the better, or start up your own
  • Can think things through analytically
  • Enjoy meeting new people, and are a good communicator
Ezekiel Raui
Bachelor of Business

“Without my degree, I do not feel as if I would be able to confidently lead the team or make effective yet efficient decisions…”

Even before getting to university, Northlander Ezekiel Raui (Te Rarawa) had racked up a lifetime of achievements. As head boy at Taipa College, Ezekiel created a leadership academy and a peer support programme. Not only did he visit the Beehive to share his ideas, he was part of a youth delegation to Washington DC and attended the first ever Tribal Youth Gathering at the White House where he got to meet President Obama. Then there are a string of awards including being named the Matariki Young Achiever of the Year at the 2016 Matariki Awards.

The Bachelor of Business furthered my love for the discipline of business. I came to understand the importance of infrastructure, the necessity of identifying and understanding my audience, the key role a team plays in the wellbeing of an organisation and much more. I was exposed to business leaders, innovators, policy makers and more, who continued to add value to what I was studying and encouraged me to go further.

One major takeaway from my degree that has shaped me into who I am today is the importance of ensuring sustainability. This includes being socially, economically, culturally and environmentally sustainable as well as placing a priority on future-proofing and building your business into one that can sustain itself.

I am currently a Programme Manager for Te Rau Ora, a workforce development organization focused on improving the health workforce, with a specific focus on Māori health. I am responsible for eight people in my team, who I am able to support as a result of what I have studied and experienced during my time at Massey University. Without my degree, I do not feel as if I would be able to confidently lead the team or make effective yet efficient decisions.


Open the door to many careers

More than any other business degree, the Bachelor of Business equips you with flexible and highly portable skills that employers welcome. Your skills will be useful across industries, from small businesses settings to multi-national organisations.

Depending on the major that you choose for your Bachelor of Business you can join the world of business in many different roles, such as:

  • Management accountant or financial accountant
  • Business, systems or information analyst
  • Public relations, communication manager, or media consultant
  • Economist, economic statistician, business/policy/risk analyst, economic forecaster, financial advisor or consultant
  • Small business manager, new venture initiator, or project manager
  • Financial analyst, investment banking analyst, sharebroker, or financial consultant
  • Human resource or recruitment manager, or facilitator in employment relations
  • International market developer, or dealer in exporting, licensing, and importing
  • Market researcher, marketing manager, or advertising and communication specialist
  • Professional sports administrator, sports marketer, or events manager
  • Property manager, property developer, or valuer.

Study abroad and get work experience

Student exchange

Massey University offers you a wide range of international student exchange opportunities around the world. That means you can combine your studies with an international experience. This helps you to create an international network, gain additional skills and also makes you also more competitive on the job market.

Internship programme

An internship course is an integral part of the Bachelor of Business, This course involves working for a relevant company while you are studying. This will help you build relationships with potential employers. It is great for your CV and gives you the chance to see how your learning will be applied in the real world. That means you will be able to take your learning and apply it from day one in your job.

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