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Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Hamilton Campus


Unlock your full potential with the Bachelor of Business (BBus). Be equipped with the tools to help organisations become more efficient, profitable and sustainable, so they can adapt and thrive in changing times.

Why study a BBus?

Ranked in the top 1% of business schools globally, Waikato is proud to offer the best undergraduate business degree in New Zealand.

Our Bachelor of Business (BBus) takes you beyond the textbook to tackle practical, real-world challenges facing companies, government, and community organisations. This hands-on learning approach will provide invaluable insights to supercharge your future career.

This degree is underpinned by academic excellence, and you'll be taught by passionate teachers who are also highly regarded business consultants.

But what really sets the BBus apart is the focus on versatile skills. Today's employers want graduates who can lead people, build successful teams, communicate ideas, think creatively, solve problems, analyse data to find trends, plan and deliver projects, and much more.

And that's exactly what this degree delivers to set you up for success. It provides a strong foundation of knowledge across core business areas such as strategy, economics, and data analytics, along with advanced expertise in your major/minor subjects.

We've designed the Bachelor of Business to offer students more flexibility and choices so that your papers align closely to your career interests.

You will gain the insights and technical skills to understand customer needs and changing market forces, assess financial charts, create new products and services, implement digital technologies to enhance productivity, and strategise for the future.

Get set to embark on an exciting career as an entrepreneur, business advisor or manager across a diverse range of industries.

Why study Accounting?

Accountants are trusted business advisors who work with clients to help them make their business more profitable and successful, reduce their exposure to risk, and achieve financial security. If you enjoy working with numbers and people, and want to help businesses grow, then Waikato’s accounting courses may be a good fit for you. The role of accountants today has changed dramatically with the rise of new technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. They are like financial detectives who probe deeper into the numbers to gain valuable new insights. Professional accountants can earn attractive salaries in New Zealand and overseas. They often work closely with a company's senior leadership team to make strategic decisions, so they need to be critical thinkers with strong analytical, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. In this subject, you’ll learn how to prepare financial records to comply with international reporting standards, and gain an understanding of commercial and taxation laws that apply to businesses. A qualification in accounting can lead you into all kinds of industries, such as agribusiness, manufacturing or entertainment. You'll study at our internationally recognised Waikato Management School, which is in the top 1% of business schools globally thanks to our prestigious Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA.

Career Opportunities

Chartered accountant


Business consultant

Chief financial officer

Financial controller

Financial manager

Management accountant

Tax accountant

Entry criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Students can apply if they 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.

English Language Requirements

  • an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no bands below 5.5), or
  • a TOEFL iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a TOEFL iBT Home Edition score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
  • a PTE Academic overall score of 46 with no band less than 36, or
  • a Language-Cert International ESOL (LRWS) B2 Communicator Expert with 33-37 score per skill, or
  • awarded a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), or
  • a Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) II with distinction in all four components, or
  • a B2 First (formally known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) with an overall score of 169 and no bands below 162, or
  • a Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)) minimum score of 54.

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