Our Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is one of New Zealand's leading four-year business degrees, with its international emphasis on strategic thinking, cross-cultural global awareness, and practical industry experience.
This exceptional degree is aimed at top students who wish to become dynamic, future-focused business leaders, with the ability to tackle complex challenges facing major organisations and help contribute to creating a better world.
With the BMS(Hons), you'll get two rounds of practical work experience built into the programme. This gives you twice as many opportunities to test your skills in the real world by delivering projects for real organisations; based either in New Zealand or overseas if you wish.
In first year you’ll get a grounding in business fundamentals, from accounting, economics and finance through to digital business, marketing, strategy and supply chain management. This allows you to discover which career pathways you’re most passionate about.
Then in second year you'll specialise in up to two major subjects, take papers at a more advanced level, and start to see the bigger picture from a general management perspective.
The BMS(Hons) includes a series of professional management papers at postgraduate level in years 3 and 4, which are designed to be challenging and inspiring. You’ll delve deeply into real-world issues faced by business leaders, such as managing risk and uncertainty.
Another exciting highlight of this degree is the opportunity to take part in an international study tour and visit businesses in another country. This unique travel experience will bring to life your understanding of global business practice and the complexities of working in international markets.
Unlike most degrees, the BMS(Hons) includes two work-integrated learning papers, such as undertaking an internship with a relevant company or carrying out an applied business research project.
In fourth year, teams of students will compete for cash prize to come up with the best growth strategies for a New Zealand firm as part of the Waikato Management School Case Competition.
Professional Accounting pathway - If you'd like to become a certified Professional Accountant (by joining either CA ANZ, CPA Australia or ACCA), you can use this degree to fast-track your journey and gain an internationally recognised qualification, by taking an approved suite of accounting and business papers.
Major subjects for this degree
Choose one of the following subjects as your 1st major:
Human Resource Management
Tourism and Hospitality Management
Supply Chain Management
You can opt to take a second major or 1-2 minors in almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.
Accountant or auditor
Banker (Commercial or investment)
CEO or General Manager
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Customer experience manager
Digital business or e-commerce manager
Government policy adviser
Human resource manager
International trade advisor
Logistics/Supply chain manager
People and capability manager
Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
Entry requirements vary from country to country.
You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) program.