Bachelor of Business – BBus

Massey University

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Study a Bachelor of Business – BBus

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.


AucklandNew Zealand

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 39,980


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90

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Structure of the Bachelor of Business

  • 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 qualification 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.

Year one

  • 115111 Strategic Workplace Communication
  • 115112 Accounting for Business
  • 115113 Economics of Business
  • 115114 Finance Fundamentals
  • 115115 Management in Context
  • 115116 Introduction to Marketing
  • Elective
  • Elective


Year two

  • 115211
  • 115212
  • 200-level major
  • 200-level major
  • 200-level major
  • 200-level major
  • Elective
  • Elective


Year three

  • 300-level major
  • 300-level major
  • 300-level major
  • 300-level major capstone course
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Courses are each worth 15 credits

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

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: 115112 Accounting for Business, 115113 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.

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.

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.

Careers and job opportunities

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.
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