Bachelor of Business: degree outline

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Gain a solid understanding of how businesses operate and the key issues you will face as a future decision-maker in business. Your study is informed by the latest business research and relevant industry examples, and your final year includes invaluable workplace experience in an organisation of your choice. You learn from leading academics at an internationally accredited business school – we’re among an elite group of 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
  • A choice of 11 business majors from traditional business areas to specialist majors not available at other New Zealand universities
  • Broaden your business degree with a double major or a minor in addition to your major
  • You can study the Bachelor of Business as a double degree with the Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Sport & Recreation
  • Real business experience through an applied business project or a supervised industry placement
  • Interactive classes that challenge you to explain your ideas, ask questions and work with other students to identify and solve problems
  • Real business experience through AUT Investment Club, AUT Venture Fund and the Business Strategy League, and the CFA Institute Research Challenge
  • A wide range of business scholarships
  • Opportunity to go on a student exchange to highly regarded business schools in the US, Europe or Asia
  • Solid preparation for study at postgraduate and masters level
  • Strong links with industry organisations including CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants Australia), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand**, and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • Campus events by the Breakfast Club, Chartered Accountants Australia, New Zealand, CPA Australia and and CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute
  • The AUT Business School is among an elite group of 5% of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3693 
3 years full-time / equivalent part-time
City Campus / South Campus*
Start dates:
17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

You can complete all or part of the Bachelor of Business at the AUT South Campus in Manukau, depending on the major(s) you choose:

  • Accounting, Management or Human Resource Management and Employment Relations majors: You can complete your entire Bachelor of Business degree at the South Campus.
  • Business Information Systems and International Business majors: You can complete Year 1 at the South Campus. The remainder of your degree will need to be completed at the City Campus.
  • Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Market Insights: Marketing, Advertising, Retailing, Sales and Sustainable Enterprise majors: You can complete your first semester at the South Campus. The remainder of your degree will need to be completed at the City Campus.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • Applicants for whom English is a second or additional language must have a minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6 overall with no band less than 5.5.  For more details, please refer to English Language Requirements in AUT’s Academic Calendar

Preferred school subjects
All approved NCEA level 2 and 3 language rich subjects, Business, Mathematics and Statistics subjects are useful.


Structure and content

Download our Bachelor of Business Study Guide (PDF 2.7KB)

Part 1

You take five core papers that cover fundamental business concepts:

In addition to the 5 core papers you choose 2 elective papers from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university, depending on your chosen major:

Part 2

Over the next two years, you focus on papers for your major(s), developing skills in one or more areas of business. You also complete your elective papers, or papers for a second major or a minor, which can be from any AUT degree.

Part 3

Co-operative Education – Capstone Paper

Workplace experience (Co-operative Education) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice. Students interested in postgraduate study may be invited to complete an applied research project.

Double your career options 

Today, standing out from the crowd is more important than ever. Conjoint programmes, double degrees and second majors double your knowledge and opportunities, but don’t take double the time to complete.

Conjoint degrees with the Bachelor of Business

You study two degrees at the same time in a single programme of study. It’s usually possible to complete two three-year degrees in four to five years. You need to maintain a B grade average across all papers and do papers from each degree every year.

Double degrees with the Bachelor of Business

You enrol separately in each of the two degrees. You can cross-credit papers from one degree to the other, which means you need to do fewer papers. Double degrees usually take longer than conjoint programmes but there are more programmes to choose from, no minimum grade average and no rules about taking papers from each degree each year.

Second majors and minors

If you choose a second major or a minor you can study an area of interest from a range of subjects. For example, you can major in both economics and management to prepare yourself for a wide range of careers. Please refer to AUT’s Academic Calendar for more details. 

Other related programmes

Opportunities for students

Undertaking an international exchange offers an amazing opportunity to study overseas at one of our partner universities. The AUT Business School’s exchange programme has been successfully running for 15 years and has seen hundreds of our students study overseas at a number of highly regarded business schools.

Students who have been on an exchange find it has changed their lives, both professionally and personally. As an exchange student you will gain international capabilities, an expanded knowledge base and a network of friends and contacts from all over the world. 

You can test your business skills, make friends and gain industry contacts through getting involved in activities such as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), The Breakfast Club, National Case Competitions, The AUT Investment Club and the AUT Venture Fund.

*Depending on your chosen major, you can study your first semester, first year or
entire degree at the South Campus (subject to availability). See above for
more information.

**  Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand is a trading name for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ABN 50 084 642 571) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants – see for further information.

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.40pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.