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Bachelor of Information Sciences (Information Systems)


Learn how technology and enterprise connect

Combine your interest in business and entrepreneurship with an understanding of how information systems are a vital part of organisations.  Learn how to manage knowledge, effectively use social media in your business and how to manage IT projects.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

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

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

If you are interested in IT but prefer working with people and establishing client requirements then the Bachelor of Information Science (Information Systems) is the right choice for you.

Information systems are everywhere

All around us, information systems are increasingly connected and automated. More and more data is being created daily (‘Big Data’). This changes the way that businesses and organisations process and apply information about their products. It also affects how they interact with services and customers. Such systems are not only about technology. Their success depends on their designers having an understanding of computer software and they also need to understand the social, human and organisational contexts of these systems.

Understand technology and its users

When you study information systems you will learn the essential soft skills of working with the users of IT systems. You’ll learn to understand their needs and how systems can be designed to meet them. You will understand the impact of ICT and how information systems are part of the strategy of any organisation. You will learn about computer systems from the perspective of the system developer as well as the manager, the administrator and the entrepreneur.

Our Information Systems major will combine your interest in organisations and entrepreneurship with an understanding of how information systems drive the contemporary enterprise. This is in contrast to computer science and information technology that stress the underlying technologies.

Careers and further study


Knowing the potential of information systems and having the ability to put this knowledge to work results in a successful personal career, organisations that reach their goals and a high quality of life.  The Information Systems major is well-suited to those interested in a career in management or administration in a technical environment.

Some examples of professional careers that follow on from this major include:

  • business and systems analysts
  • user support specialists
  • database administrators
  • software testing
  • software quality assurance
  • project managers
  • independent consultants

There are a huge number of job opportunities in this area worldwide. Check out the SEEK website for the many ICT careers available in New Zealand at any given time.

Further study

Once you graduate you can move on to advanced study in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (one year of 120 credits in taught courses) or the Master of Information Sciences (180 credits including 120 credits of taught courses and a major professional project).

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


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.

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

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

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

  • Core courses – 90 credits
  • Major courses (depending on chosen major) – 120‑165 credits
  • Electives (depending on chosen major) – 105‑150 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • Not more than 165 credits at 100 level
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level

You could replace some electives with a minor.

Courses for this specialisation

200-level courses (60 credits)

Between 30 and 45 credits
157216 Management, Analytics and Decision Making 15
157240 Social Media Networks for Business 15
157241 Technology Trends for Organisations 15
Between 15 and 30 credits
158235 Networks, Security and Privacy 15
158244 Software Quality Assurance and Testing 15
158258 Web Development 15

300-level courses (60 credits)

Between 30 and 45 credits
157340 Organisational Knowledge Management 15
157350 Technology Governance and Risk Management 15
157394 Managing Technology Projects and Programmes 15
Between 15 and 30 credits
158337 Database Development 15
158359 User Experience Design 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

This is a guide. You are advised to check the Courses for this Programme section and the regulations for this programme on this page for the latest information on courses.

Your first year

First year for a full-time student usually consists of eight courses.  Take electives (or courses from other majors) to get the total number of courses to eight.  Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.  You can change your major up until the start of your second year and it is a good idea to keep your options open by taking courses such that you are ready to move on to several different majors.  In the first year of study, you should take the following courses:

  • 159.101 Technical Programming 1
  • At least one statistics course – one of 161.111 or 161.122
  • 247.112 Science and Sustainability for ICT (or another Science and Sustainability course)
  • At least two of the following courses:
    • 157.151 Living and Working with Technology
    • 158.100 Introductory Concepts for Information Technology
    • 158.120 Fundamental Information Technologies

See ‘Courses for this programme’ for the required courses at 200-level and 300-level.


Completing a minor is optional.  Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major.

A Bachelor of Information Sciences (Information Systems) with a minor

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

An information systems minor (for students who are studying a different degree)  

If you are not studying towards a Bachelor of Information Sciences (Information Systems) and wish to complete a minor in information systems see the regulations for the requirements of this minor.  

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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want a career in today’s technology driven enterprises
  • would like to find out more about business and systems analysis
  • want to develop skills in IT project management.

Meet our students

Key information for students

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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 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