Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, Major in Digital Business, University of Waikato

University of Waikato New Zealand

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The award
BMS (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

Domestic course fees
NZD 6462 per year

How you will study
find out

Course starts
February, July

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours, Major in Digital Business at University of Waikato

You can apply to enrol for the Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours now, but you don't need to select your major subject/s until December - February. Once you've submitted an application form for the BMS(Hons), please email the Management Student Centre at or phone 0800 654 303 to discuss your preferred major subject options from the list below.

Waikato's Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours is New Zealand's premier four-year business degree.

To excel in business, you need a comprehensive understanding of all the key areas of management, and that's exactly what this degree delivers. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers and go on to become senior leaders and entrepreneurs at organisations around the world.

The BMS(Hons) is an ideal choice for those who want a broad range of business, financial and people skills to maximise their career opportunities.

In first year, the business fundamentals papers will introduce you to accounting, economics, finance, digital business, supply chain management, marketing and strategic management.

Later on, you'll take advanced papers in each of your major/s (eight papers) and minor subject/s (four papers). In honours year, you'll build on your skills by choosing either the Professional or Research stream.

This degree is available to students based at the University of Waikato campus in Hamilton.

1st Major subjects

For this degree, choose one of the following subjects as your 1st major:

  • Accounting - fast-track pathway to become a Chartered Accountant is available
  • Digital Business**
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management**
  • Strategic Management

**Subject to final approval

More about this degree

The BMS(Hons) will hone your abilities to identify new market opportunities, develop effective strategies for sustainable growth, lead teams of people, make business operations more efficient and profitable, and build a culture of innovation to help firms succeed in global markets.

You'll also learn about some of the cultural complexities of doing business across national borders, the challenges faced by smaller firms, and how companies' actions can contribute to creating a better world.

If you'd like to become a Chartered Accountant, you can use the BMS(Hons) to fast-track your journey by taking a specific suite of accounting papers recognised by CAANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA; three of the world's leading professional accounting bodies.

2nd Major subjects

This degree also offers the flexibility to take a 2nd Major in any of the nine major subjects listed above, or almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato.

If you choose to do a double major for your degree, you will need to complete eight papers (120 points) in each of those subjects.

If you prefer to focus on a single major, you will need to complete nine papers (135 points) in that subject.

Minor subjects/Elective papers

Instead of doing a 2nd Major, you have the option of taking 1-2 Minor subjects to complement your 1st Major. A Minor consists of four papers in the same subject (60 points).

Alternatively, you may choose up to eight elective papers during the course of your degree.

In addition to the nine Major subjects listed above, the following three subjects are also available as a Minor:

  • Agribusiness (Hamilton)
  • Leadership Communication (Hamilton)
  • Supply Chain Management (Hamilton)

Have a chat to one of our advisers in the Management Student Centre (MSC) to help you plan your programme of study. Phone 0800 654 303 or email

Why study business at Waikato?

Waikato University is the ideal place to study business - we're located at the heart of New Zealand's export-driven 'Golden Triangle', formed by the rapidly expanding cities of Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland. And we're surrounded by some of the best agricultural land in New Zealand.

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions have two inland ports, two seaports and an international airport right on our doorstep; and we're close to some of New Zealand's most popular tourism destinations, such as Rotorua, 'Hobbiton' (Matamata) and Waitomo Caves.

We're also home to a growing cluster of biotechnology, aviation, manufacturing and logistics companies.

Waikato has an international reputation

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

In the prestigious QS World University Subject Rankings 2017, Waikato is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for Accounting and Finance, and in the top 250 for Business & Management Studies and Economics.

We're also ranked 16th best university in the world for Hospitality and Tourism Management in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

Waikato is the only university in New Zealand or Australasia whose Public Relations programme is certified by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which sets the global education standards for the PR industry.

Career opportunities

  • Auditor
  • Banker (Commercial or investment)
  • Business analyst
  • Chartered Accountant
  • CEO or General Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Customer experience manager
  • Digital business or e-commerce manager
  • Economist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Government policy adviser
  • Human resource manager
  • International trade advisor
  • Logistics/Supply chain manager
  • Management consultant
  • Marketing manager
  • Operations manager
  • People and capability manager
  • Policy analyst (eg. Treasury)
  • Project manager
  • Sharebroker
  • Systems analyst
  • Taxation advisor
  • Tourism/hospitality manager

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBMS (Hons)How you will study find outHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsFebruary, JulyDomestic course feesNZD 6462 per yearInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University of Waikato to find course entry requirements.

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