Bachelor of Business (Property)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Most courses available at Manawatū
  • Most courses available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ
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A career in a dynamic industry

Studying property at Massey gives you the expertise and confidence to access exciting opportunities in the dynamic and growing property industry.

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What is it like?

Massey University's Bachelor of Business (Property) will give you an introduction to a wide range of professional skills relevant to the industry, including property development, management and valuation.

You will learn the communication skills you’ll need to operate within the industry and to work effectively with clients.

Real world learning

Our lecturers at Massey combine extensive real-world property industry experience with sound academic knowledge, ensuring you are career-ready.

A great supplement to your studies is our field trip programme. You’ll visit a wide range of properties owned, occupied or operated by individuals or organisations. We will arrange business and professional contacts for you during studies. This will expose you to operating procedures, research facilities and employment opportunities. Practical assignments are organised to provide you with the appropriate professional skills. They also give you an essential link between theory and practice.

The programme is structured to allow for specialisation while preparing you for an interesting and rewarding career in a variety of property positions.

What are the specialisations?

Property Development

This involves planning the purchase, development, and sale of new or existing properties. This can include residential subdivisions, construction of office buildings, establishment of industrial parks, and refurbishment of existing buildings.

Property Management

This is a generalist profession which offers you career options and opportunities in a variety of occupations. Property Management involves the day-to-day management of commercial property, including office buildings, retail outlets, industrial properties, and apartments. It includes management of the building and the facilities within the building.


Valuations are required as the basis for a wide variety of real estate decisions, including those concerned with the buying and selling of property, advancing money on the security of a property, rental assessments, subdivision of property interests, compensation for public acquisitions, the assessment of local authority rates, and other forms of taxation. You can meet the requirements for accreditation by the Valuers Registration Board by including specific courses as electives.

You’ll get an introduction to a wide range of professional skills relevant to the industry including property development, management and valuation. You’ll also learn the communication skills you’ll need to operate within the industry and to work effectively with future clients. We encourage you to strive for the highest levels of professionalism and ethics.

Learn from leading business experts

The Massey Business School is one of the country’s leading and largest business schools - it is ranked among the top two per cent of business schools globally and is AACSB accredited.

Massey University’s business and management programme has been ranked in the top 250 universities in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). Our lecturers are actively researching, bringing the most relevant developments in business theory and practice to your study.


Marcus Kitt/Colliers International Bursary - Closing 30 October

  • This bursary is specifically for BBus (Property) students - applicable to current students in their second year of study
  • One bursary will be awarded annually, and will be to the value of $5,000
  • To be paid the bursary, students must be enrolled full time in the Bachelor of Business Property major degree, at the Auckland campus
  • The bursary is tenable to students who are New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents of New Zealand

Find out more about this scholarship
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.


The Bachelor of Business (Property) is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ), and the New Zealand Valuers Registration Board.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in real estate and property
  • Enjoy meeting new people, and are a good communicator
  • Would like to specialise in property, but want to keep your career options open
Nick Brown
Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management) and (Finance)
Commercial Real Estate Agent - Barfoot and Thompson

“I probably wouldn't have ended up where I am in the real estate industry if I had not studied property. The skills and knowledge I gained from the property and finance papers were definitely helpful.…”

I decided to study property as it interested me and my parents had suggested it when I was younger.
I knew a number of Massey graduates and they were all fond of the University and lecturers. Being close to home (I lived in Takapuna) and having car parking was a bonus.

My time at Massey was very enjoyable, social, challenging and rewarding. Studying definitely gave me the confidence and sense of achievement to get out there and go for it.

Leasing is a large part of my business, contributing to more than 50 per cent of my income. It involves marketing available space or working with businesses to put the two together. Negotiating lease agreements is a big part of this process and can range from simple negotiations over basic terms to very complex and difficult negotiations. My specialty is the retail market but I have done a number of industrial and office leases including one of the largest office leases in Takapuna in 2014.

I effectively run my own business and can organise my work day how I like. It is a high intensity industry and you get out what you put in, but everyone has those days when they need a break and I do not have anyone looking over my shoulder. I also enjoy the chance to meet interesting and successful people.

Eventually I would like to get into property development in a management type role. I may require further qualifications for this in construction and engineering.


There is a huge range of careers in the property business, in which you can choose to specialise, or become a generalist. Examples include:

  • Private practice firms involved in property and development consultancy, project management and co-ordination, and property management
  • Valuation firms
  • Commercial and industrial enterprises which use, occupy, or own all types of property
  • Development and construction companies
  • Real Estate firms

You can also apply for jobs in related areas for example insurance or finance companies, government organisations, local and regional authorities or shopping centres.

Depending on ultimate choice of careers, Property Institute of New Zealand and the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand are the professional organisations that you are most likely to join as a graduate of this programme. Each body is closely involved with the development of Massey's courses. Both institutes actively encourage students to get involved in the affairs of the local branch and, upon graduation, to become members of one or more of these organisations.

Registration as a valuer

The Valuers Registration Board accepts Massey's Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management major) as a qualification.

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