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The University of Waikato Bachelor of Business Analysis
The University of Waikato

Bachelor of Business Analysis

3 Years


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* Domestic Fees: $6,335 per year / International Fees: $25,865 per year


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Bachelor of Business Analysis

This qualification will not be available for new enrolments for new students after 2017. See the new 2018 equivalent of the Bachelor of Business Analysis.

Interested in analysing data to help make better decisions for New Zealand business and the economy? This specialist three-year degree will equip you with sought-after skills in financial and economic analysis, to prepare for professional careers in the financial, business and government sectors.


The Bachelor of Business Analysis (BBA) will open the door to career pathways in accounting, economics, investment banking, stock broking, financial planning, and much more.

You could end up advising companies on how to increase their profits and reduce exposure to financial risk; or help private clients to grow their investment portfolios. Or you could become a policy advisor, helping government departments to make better decisions for the economy, jobs, housing or public transport.

With this three-year degree, you'll gain advanced skills in financial and economic analysis, learn how markets and economies operate, and develop a solid understanding of the commercial business environment.

By taking specific papers, you can use the BBA degree to accelerate your pathway towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Waikato has an international reputation

You'll be studying at Waikato Management School, which is ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally, having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB in 2005. This is a global benchmark of excellence in teaching and research.

Waikato is also ranked in the world's top 150 universities for the teaching of Business & Management Studies, Accounting and Finance by the prestigious QS Subject Rankings.

Major subjects

For this degree, you'll major in one or two of the subjects below - you don't need to decide until second year.

  • Accounting
  • Economics (Hamilton only)
  • Finance

If you choose to major in Accounting, you can use this degree to fast-track your pathway towards becoming a Chartered Accountant once you graduate, by following a tailored package of papers. On completion of your BBA, you can then apply for provisional membership of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), CPA Australia, or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

If you decide to take a second major, this could be another management subject, or any undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

Alternatively, you could choose to take a 'Specialisation' (60 points) in either Agribusiness, a language (Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Te Reo Māori) or Management Education Abroad.

Career opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Business analyst
  • Commercial and investment banker
  • Corporate financer
  • Economist
  • Finance manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment adviser
  • Policy analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Sharebroker
  • Taxation adviser

Exchange programme and study abroad

Want to travel while studying?

Take an overseas study exchange for 1-2 semesters, and credit the points back to your Waikato degree!

Prepare yourself for a global career and broaden your horizons by going on a student exchange to one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, USA, Canada or Mexico. Contact the University of Waikato Student Exchange team to find out more.

BBA students can apply for the Waikato Management School International Exchange Scholarships, offered twice a year and worth up to $2,500 each (depending on the study destination).

From second year, you may be eligible to apply for the Discover SWUFE International Summer Camp Scholarships. These provide funding for two or more Waikato management students to visit Chengdu, China for two weeks of lectures, business trips and cultural activities.

Cultural experience

Waikato Management School has a vibrant student culture that offers plenty of social and learning opportunities.

You can meet like-minded people through student clubs, such as:

  • Waikato Management School Students' Association (WMSSA)
  • Beta Alpha Psi - Waikato Chapter (Accounting club)
  • Economics Discussion Group
  • Management Communication Students Association (MCSA)
  • Te Ranga Ngaku - the Māori management student network
  • Pacific Islands Management Students Association (PIMSA)
  • Innovation Station Waikato
  • Social Innovation Waikato

We offer a student mentor programme for first-year management students to help you make the academic transition from high school to university.

For expert advice on writing essays and reports, contact our team of specialist teachers in the WMS Language and Learning Development Unit, located in the Management Student Centre (MSB1.50).

Admission and enrolment

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Business Analysis if you have University Entrance, or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more details visit see the admissions criteria and University Admissions Statute.

International students are required to have 13 years of school study and meet the English language requirements. Find out more here.

  • For this degree, you need to have either 18 credits at Level 2 in NCEA Mathematics, or 10 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Calculus, or 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA Statistics or NCEA Mathematics.
  • If you do not meet this prerequisite, select MATH168 when adding papers for your programme.
  • If you don't have a strong background in literacy, you may be directed to take MCOM104 Written Communication for Management to help prepare you before attempting STMG191 Introduction to Management.
  • Some first-year papers may have specific entry requirements, so please check the catalogue of papers carefully.
  • If you don't meet the prerequisites listed here, please contact [email protected] as there may be other pathways you can take to study in this field. The catalogue of papers can be found at

You can do your BBA degree in Tauranga by first completing the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) through the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. You'll need to gain a B grade average, and can then credit up to 10 NZDipBus papers towards this degree.

It's possible to finish your BBA (majoring in Accounting or Finance) at the Bongard Centre in Tauranga, or if you'd like a wider range of subject majors, transfer to the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.

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