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Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Science


Best of both worlds

Be a sought-after graduate, with skills in two vital areas for the New Zealand and international economy.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 510
  • Duration

  • 4 years full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

A conjoint Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science allows you to graduate with a conjoint BBus/BSc at the end of four years of study.

You will gain:

  • analytical and communication skills
  • business skills such as finance, accounting, economics, marketing and management
  • a broad knowledge of science disciplines.

Sought-after by employers

More and more New Zealand employers are seeking graduates with an understanding of business alongside the knowledge and skills of either an arts or science degree.


Both the BSc and BBus give you the opportunity to choose areas you are interested in, but to spend the first year exploring areas of interest before you decide on an area to focus on. The first step is to make sure that you enrol in both business and science courses in your first year - you can then apply at the end of your first year to study towards the conjoint degree.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publicationThe post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

Careers and further study


By combining these two degrees you’ll enhance your competitive edge in the job market. Employment opportunities continue to grow for graduates who have developed capacities in enquiry, analysis and communication, as well as an understanding of human behaviour.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


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

Transferring into the Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Science

If you have already started the Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science degree, in order to transfer into this conjoint programme, you must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum B average in relevant prior study, and have passed all courses. Only Massey grades will be used for GPA calculation
  • you must not have already completed the requirements of one of the component degrees (e.g. BA or BBus or BSc component).

You will submit verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey. 

English language requirements

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

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

510 credits

255 credits from the Schedule to the Bachelor of Business including:

  • BBus core courses – 120 credits
  • BBus major courses – 120 credits
  • Electives selected from the BBus Schedule – 15 credits

255 credits from the Schedule to the Bachelor of Science including:

  • BSc core courses – 90 credits
  • BSc major courses – 120 credits
  • Electives selected from the BSc Schedule – 45 credits

This is an achievement-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of courses before progressing your enrolment in the qualification.

Majors and minors

About specialisations

For information about each of the majors/specialisations and their courses, see the major web page linked from the Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Science programme pages.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

You should normally choose about half your credits for each year from each component.

If you are full-time in your first year you should enrol for a total of eight courses (120 credits), including the 100-level courses required for the BBus and BSc subjects you intend to study at 200-level. Generally you should take four courses from the BSc component and at four courses from the BBus component. Be careful to select the conjoint degree from the list rather than the Bachelor of Business or the Bachelor of Science.

In your second year you will need to take nine courses, so that by the end of the year you have passed at least 255 credits, including all the compulsory core business courses of the BBus, at least 60 credits from 100-level BSc courses and some 200-level courses.

In your third year you will normally take a combination of 200- and 300-level courses, which will allow you to complete your 300-level requirements in your fourth year.

You will need to obtain at least 510 credits, made up of at least 255 credits from the BBus Schedule (the BBus component) and at least 255 credits from the BSc Schedule (the BSc component).

For the BBus component you will need to complete the 8 core courses, the majoring requirements of one subject, no more than 135 credits at 100-level and at least 60 credits at 300-level.

For the BSc component you will need to complete the core courses and the majoring requirements of one subject.

Please note, once you are enrolled in the conjoint programme, you must:

  • pass all courses
  • maintain a B average
  • pass courses in both the BBus and BSc components each year of study
  • complete the programme within 10 years of first enrolling.

A recommended structure for the conjoint degree is shown below:

Year 1

BBus compulsory core courses (60 credits)
BSc compulsory core courses (60 credits)

Year 2

BBus compulsory core and major courses (75 credits)
BSc compulsory core and major courses (60 credits)

Year 3

BBus major courses (60 credits)
BSc major courses (75 credits)

Year 4

BBus major courses and elective course (60 credits)
BSc major and elective courses (60 credits)

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.

Look for information on ‘Student Progression’ in the:

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • like analysing problems and working out solutions
  • enjoy working with other people
  • love sciences but would like a business-related career.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships