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Sought-after by employers

When you study the Bachelor of Business you will gain research and practice-informed business knowledge. You will develop the leadership, communication, teamwork and creative skills that employers are looking for in many different types of businesses, in New Zealand and around the world.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

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

Massey University’s Bachelor of Business encourages you to explore and master your business knowledge and skills, so you can have a great career.

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

Massey’s Business School also has great links with communities and potential employers.  There are many opportunities to put your learning into practice while engaging with local community organisations and businesses.

You will be someone who:

  • has a sound base in the business fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, law and communication
  • is an independent learner
  • is an innovative thinker
  • is an effective communicator
  • is able to lead or work within a team
  • can find and use the latest knowledge to grow a business
  • is effective in multi-cultural and international business environments
  • is an ethical and culturally sensitive professional
  • is 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.


  • The 2020 Student Experience Survey results for this programme found that 83% of students on this programme were satisfied with the teaching they have received, 82% believed assessment tasks challenged students to learn, and 83% highlight that the programme has given them “confidence to learn independently”.
  • The 2020 Graduate Destination Survey results for this programme found that 80% of graduates are in employment and 29% have continued in further study. Respondents indicated that 53% were earning above the New Zealand median national salary.
  • Between 2018 and 2021 the average number of students enrolled in the programme was 3659 (headcount). In the 2020 academic year 77% of students in the first year of this programme continued their studies and across the whole programme 85% of courses were successfully completed.
  • The QS World University Ranking by Subject ranks Massey in the top 251-300 universities worldwide in this subject area. Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 ranks Massey in the top 150 universities globally and 1st in New Zealand in this subject area.


Majors, subjects or endorsements


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

Business Analytics
Business Law
Financial Planning and Advice
Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
International Business
Māori Business
Organisational Technology Management

Careers and further study


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


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.


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

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

Exemptions on the basis of high NCEA Level 3 marks are available in Statistics, Accounting and Economics.

If you have achieved 24 credits at NCEA Level 3 with an Average of Merit and have a high overall achievement, or have a scholarship in the relevant subject(s), you may be eligible to be exempt from taking the following core courses: 115.112 Accounting for Business, 115.113 Economics of Business. If you think you are in this category, you can apply for an exemption by contacting Academic Advice. Please note that you will need to take another course in place of any exemptions granted and even if eligible, we would not advise applying for more than two 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 qualifications 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 – 120 credits
  • Major courses – 120 credits
  • Electives – 120 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • Not more than 180 credits at 100 level (including no more than 90 credits of 100‑level electives)
  • At least 75 credits at 300 level (including at least 15 credits of 300‑level electives, if necessary)

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

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Core courses

115111 Communication Theory and Practice 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


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


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.

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.

Business Analytics
Business Law
Financial Planning and Advice
Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
International Business
Māori Business
Organisational Technology Management

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
Year two
200-level major
200-level major
200-level major
200-level major
Year three
300-level major
300-level major
300-level major
300-level major capstone course

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?

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 to gain detailed knowledge and insights into business subjects you are curious about
  • want to learn how to change business for the better
  • can think things through analytically and creatively.

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.

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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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 3 . 2   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