Bachelor of Business

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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?

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

The 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.

An internship course is also 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.

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’s business school is ranked in the top 2% globally, with accreditation from AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

Massey University’s accountancy and finance programme ranks in the 200 universities in the world and its business and management studies in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration and finance programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.


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

There are six core subjects you will study in your first year – economics, strategic communications, 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. These courses 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 about leadership, 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 your 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.


For the core business courses in the BBus you are provided with regular feedback on your progress. So you will not 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.


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 and agricommerce programmes at Massey University.


All Bachelor of Business majors are available to take as minors. There are also additional minors as outlined below. For detail on campus and distance availability please see the regulations for this programme on the planning tab or contact a student advisor.

Business Analytics
Learn about organisational data, mechanisms to obtain, analyse and interpret that data and how to use it to enhance business decision making. Good preparation for a Master in Analytics and to obtain skills that are sought-after by employers.

Business Law
Gain the skills to act competently and knowledgeably in the legal environment, both generally and in a business context. An overview of statutory interpretation and specific areas of relevant business law.

Dispute Resolution
An overview of negotiation, mediation and arbitration in the workplace, legal implications and solving disputes.

Financial Advice
Learn some key skills in financial planning. Includes courses in personal risk management, estate and tax planning and investment.

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.

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
Current student

“I chose to do a Bachelor of Business degree because I like to know how the world ticks, why the economy goes up and down, why people think what they think…”

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.

Ezekiel’s goals may include being Prime Minister one day but, for now, he’s focused on his Bachelor of Business at Massey University.

“I chose to do a Bachelor of Business degree because I like to know how the world ticks, why the economy goes up and down, why people think what they think. A lot of people don’t consider that - when they think business they think financials, accounting - but to me it is a subject that teaches us how to solve real-world problems.”

Ezekiel says the wrench of moving away from whanau almost stopped him coming to university, but Massey’s support staff and lecturers made him feel at home. “The staff here really made it easy for me to settle in and do what I love to do.” He says he enjoys the small class sizes and the ability to build a relationship with lecturers.

As for those weighing up going to university, Ezekiel has some simple advice. “Don’t stress if you don’t have your life planned out - the beauty about university is that you find your way. You find what you love, you find what you don’t particularly like and from that I guess you create the path to go forward.”


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, in small businesses settings and within multi-national organisations.

Depending on the major specialisation 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, communications 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

If you dream of being successful in today’s competitive global economy, then Massey’s University’s Massey Business School is the right place for you. You will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in business or government administration.

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

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