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Overview

Sought-after by employers

When you study the Bachelor of Business you will gain the leadership, communication, teamwork and creative skills that employers are looking for.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

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

The qualification will give you the leadership, communication and critical thinking skills you can use in many different types of businesses, in New Zealand and around the world.

Massey’s Business School has great links with potential employers and communities. You will spend time learning while helping local community organisations.

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

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

  • someone who 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.

With eight core courses, the BBus gives you more opportunities to spend more time focusing on your areas of interest. You can work on what you know are your strengths, or fill any gaps in your knowledge and skills.

Specialisations

Majors, subjects or endorsements

Minors

For more information on minors see the Courses and planning tab.

Accountancy
Business Analytics
Business Law
Economics
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Finance
Financial Planning and Advice
Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
International Business
Management
Māori Business
Marketing
Organisational Technology Management
Property
Strategic Communication

Careers and further study

Careers

The Bachelor of Business equips you with flexible and highly portable skills that employers welcome. Your skills will fit across industries, from small business settings to multi-national organisations.

While it depends on what major you choose, some of the career opportunities available are:

  • 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.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Recommended

English and maths are desirable school subjects. A school background in accounting and economics is useful but not essential.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

Before you start

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

While you study

The language used in the study of business can be technical.  If English is not your first language and you would like to increase your confidence in academic English we recommend you incorporate one of both of these programmes as electives. This will support the successful completion of your Bachelor of Business.

  • 192.101 is Academic English for ESOL Students. It includes advice, practice and assessment of reading, writing, speaking and listening at University for students from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
  • 192.102 is Academic Writing for ESOL Students. It includes advice, practice and assessment in essay and report writing for students from non-English-speaking backgrounds.

These courses both include research based written assessments of more than 1000 words.

 

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

240 credits (at least)

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

Core courses

Major courses

 

120 credits

Elective courses including:

  • no more than 90 credits at 100-level
  • at least 15 credits at 300 level if required
 
 

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • Not more than 180 credits at 100 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

You could replace electives with a second BBus major, or some electives with a recognised minor.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Core courses

115111 Strategic Workplace Communication 15
115112 Accounting for Business 15
115113 Economics for Business 15
115114 Finance Fundamentals 15
115115 Management in Context 15
115116 Introduction to Marketing 15
115211 Business Law 15
115212 Fundamentals of Leadership and Teamwork 15

Schedule B: Specialisations

Majors

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Minors

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Majors and minors

About specialisations

Completing a major is compulsory. A major requires 120 credits including at least 60 credits at 300-level.

About minors

Completing a minor is optional.  Minors increase the breadth of your degree and give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities. A minor must be in a different subject from your major. 

If you study towards a BBus, you may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another degree the regulations of that programme will apply.

Bachelor of Business minors

All BBus majors are available as minors. The following are also available as minor-only topics. See the BBus regulations for requirements.

Business Analytics

Learn about organisational data, mechanisms to obtain, analyse and interpret that data and how to use it to enhance business decision making – this is good preparation for a Master in Analytics and to obtain skills that are sought-after by employers. 115.109, 156.233, 158.244, 156.340.

Business Law

Gain the skills to act competently and knowledgeably in the legal environment, both generally and in a business context – this is an overview of statutory interpretation and specific areas of relevant business law. 155.202, and 45 credits from 155.201, 155.203, 155.210, 155.301, 155.313.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

152.233, 152.234, 152.331, 152.337.

Māori Business

Learn about Māori approaches to management and entrepreneurship and doing business with and within the Māori economy – especially suited to aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners and managers.

Accountancy
Business Analytics
Business Law
Economics
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Finance
Financial Planning and Advice
Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
International Business
Management
Māori Business
Marketing
Organisational Technology Management
Property
Strategic Communication

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

Core business courses

Core courses are compulsory. These are courses which cover topics across the business spectrum. They are designed to give you the leadership, communication and solid business skills that you will need in your career.

The BBus provides considerable flexibility, enabling you to take control of your own programme within the regulations.

Capstone course

‘Capstone’ courses are designed to be taken in your last year of study. This relies on you having completed the correct first and second-year courses and ties your learning together.

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. You will also 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. This brings your business knowledge, communication and teamwork, critical thinking skills, and understanding of ethics together in a capstone course.

Typical pattern for the Bachelor of Business

Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.

Major courses Choose from a selection of courses appropriate for your specialisation.

Elective courses Follow your interests. Your qualification may have selection guidelines for elective courses.

Year one
115.111 Strategic Workplace Communication
115.112 Accounting for Business
115.113 Economics of Business
115.114 Finance Fundamentals
115.115 Management in Context
115.116 Introduction to Marketing
Elective
Elective
Year two
115.211
115.212
200-level major
200-level major
200-level major
200-level major
Elective
Elective
Year three
300-level major
300-level major
300-level major
300-level major
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

Courses are each worth 15 credits

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • want to gain detailed knowledge in business subjects you are interested in
  • want to learn how to change business for the better
  • can think things through analytically.

Meet our students

Accreditations and rankings

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.


PRME - Principles for Responsible Management Education

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative. It aims to raise the profile of sustainability, and to equip today's business students with the understanding and ability to deliver change tomorrow. Massey Business School has been a signatory since 2011.


QS Ranking - Business and Management

Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 300 universities for business and management.


ShanghaiRanking – business and finance

Massey University is ranked #1 in New Zealand and in the top 150 universities globally for business administration and finance by ShanghaiRanking.


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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