Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)

This course of study is recognised by employers as New Zealand’s premier management degree. You'll receive a solid grounding in your specialty subject as well as learn what makes a business tick and what makes a manager great. Customise your degree by choosing one of the six majors offered; Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Public Relations, Strategic Management, or International Management.

Start your BMS in Tauranga by first enrolling in a NZ Diploma in Business (NZDipBus) and if you complete it with a B average you'll be guaranteed admission to the BMS with credit of up to 13 papers.

The extra year of the BMS compared to other commerce degrees allows core subjects that are central to management, plus up to 2 specialist areas. You'll get practical  experience including planning and working on real-life business problems and presenting a strategy as part of a third-year case competition.

These occasions will bring you face-to-face with potential employers and give you the confidence, experience and presentation skills to shine in your job interviews. The four-year BMS (Accounting major) meets the academic requirements for New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants membership.

Content Details

The BMS requires you to complete 26 papers studying full-time over four years, or part-time over a number of years. You will require a B grade average, and a minimum B grade for  papers 510 and 560, to guarantee credit towards the BMS.

Please contact the Group Leader regarding elective papers to ensure you select the correct papers for your major.

Compulsory Papers

Enrolment with Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology:
500 Accounting Principles
510 Introduction to Commercial Law
520 The Economic Environment
530 Organisation and Management
541 Fundamentals of Marketing
560 Business Communication
603 Business Finance (500)
633# Human Resource Management (530)
ECON200 Macro Economics and the Global Economy (520)
MSYS111 E-Business and Supply Chain Management
STAT160 Management Statistics

# Not required for the Accounting Major
The numbers in brackets denote prerequisite papers.


Additionally, if you wish to complete a major in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Public Relations, it is recommended that you include the following papers:

501 Accounting Practices
601 Financial Accounting (500, 501)
602 Management Accounting (500, 501)

642 Marketing Research (541)
648 Marketing Planning and Control (541)

ECON204 Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance (520, STAT160)

Public Relations
MCOM233 Public Relations Practices


Start dates for this programme match the NZDipBus.

JanuaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Four years
JanuaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
FebruaryFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Four years
FebruaryPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
JulyFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Four years
JulyPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)
NovemberFull-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)Four years
NovemberPart-timeTauranga (Bongard Centre)

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $897.00 per Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology NZDipBus paper

2017 international students $19,950.00 per year

PLUS University of Waikato fees - please refer to their website

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology papers:

  • You will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)
  • With a B grade average, and a minimum B grade for papers 510 and 560, you are guaranteed full paper credit to the University of Waikato’s BMS degree

Upon successful completion of the entire programme you will receive from the University of Waikato, the Bachelor of Management Studies.

Career Opportunities

Economist, accountant, general manager, marketing manager, business development manager, market researcher, journalist/writer, banking, financier.

Entry Criteria

  • A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the National Qualifications Framework; or equivalent.
  • 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of eight literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing.

Special Admission
Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview
We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.